Module 3: Circular Economy Workforce Building

ADBI Circular Economy Course

Module 3: Circular Economy Workforce Building

About this module

The role of education in building circular economy (CE) workforce is inevitable through development of novel curriculum design, and content delivery coupled with effective education policies enabling CE transition. The introduction of interdisciplinary modules involving the role of emerging technologies, value/supply chain analysis, stakeholder engagement, and life-cycle thinking are critical in addition to the existing curriculum on waste management and general environmental management. The successful implementation of policies for CE education requires a holistic approach in developing/delivering content such as promotion of skills economy, experiential learning and revolutionizing student assessment strategies. Furthermore, youth-empowerment is an integral part in CE workforce building through education and entrepreneurship by engaging youth in strategic decision-making, as practiced by the STEAM platform.


21 min

Learning Objective

    • Role of Education in Circular Economy
    • Current CE Education Practices and Gaps
    • Policy Implications and Success Factors in CE Education
    • Impacts of CE Education in Building a Future Workforce


    1. Which one of the following is important in CE education?
    a. Critical thinking
    b. System thinking
    c. Life-cycle thinking
    d. All of the above

    2. Today’s education practices are focused on lecture-based learning & cramming.
    a. True
    b. False

    3. Which one of the following is true?
    a. Knowledge economy is better than skills economy
    b. Skills economy is better than knowledge economy
    c. Cramming is a great way to assesses student’s abilities
    d. None

    4. Would you agree that our curriculum development and assessment strategies need a revolution?
    a. Yes
    b. No

    5. What is your country’s education policy and is there any existing CE education curriculum, if not, how can you contribute towards its development as a policy maker? (Please describe briefly)


Module 3: Circular Economy Workforce Building
Education Lead
STEAM Platform
Module 3: Circular Economy Workforce Building

Module 1: Fundamentals of Circular Economy

Module 2: Financing the transition to Circular Economy

Module 4: Circular design, technology and innovation

Module 5: Policy Implementation Mechanisms & Challenges and Consumer Behavior

Module 7: Circular Cities

Module 1: Introduction to the Plastics Circularity (with Life Cycle Thinking)

Module 2: Review on Global Policy on Plastic Waste Management

Module 4: E-commerce Packaging Circularity: Design, Reusability, Reverse Logistics & Business Model

Module 6: Circular Economy in Global Value Chain

Module 1: Introduction to the Plastics Circularity (with Life Cycle Thinking)

Module 3: Plastics Life Cycle, Value & Supply Chain, and Impact

Module 5: Circular Supply Chain Management

Module 6: Public and Private Partnerships and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Building

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