Practical Approach for Teaching Circular Economy


The aims of the project are to develop a joint curriculum for teaching circular economy, find out best pedagogical practices and connect labor market to development work and teaching of circular economy. Created different sized circular economy modules and best pedagogical solutions will be gathered into a common toolbox. Modules and didactic solutions can thereby be used in appropriate combinations for specific purposes.

The project “Practical Approach for Teaching Circular Economy” is implemented with the support of Nordplus programme.

Project period: 15.06.2017. - 01.10.2018.

The coordinating institution: Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Finland. 

Partner institutions:

EE-TTK University of Applied Sciences, Estonia

LV-Liepaja University, Latvia

LV-Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, Latvia

LT-Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania

On September 27 – 28, 2017, Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences researchers A. Liviņa, V.Zaķis and Knowledge and Technology Centre (ZTC) project manager L.Fišere organized an international seminar for the participants of the project on the topical issues and challenges of circular economy in order to prepare an intensive study course on the circular economy. The first day of the seminar was held at the company ZAAO waste landfill in Daibe, where the company's project manager Mārtiņš Niklass introduced the participants with the company and highlighted the problems and challenges in the circular economy development. Natālija Cudecka-Puriņa from the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development explained the twists and turns in the policy development of circular economy. While the professor of Riga Technical University Tatjana Tambovceva (jointly with the professor of Banking Institution of Higher Education Dzintra Atstāja) presented the study on the circular economy in the content of business management study programmes in Latvia. Thus, triple helix model was used in practice.

The second day of the seminar took place at Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences Smart Lab with the main task of developing the content for the international study course, defining the knowledge and skills to be acquired. The work was led by ViA researcher Jana Simanovska and ViA student Armands Aivo Astukevičs helped by taking the notes during the brainstorm.

The University of Liepaja attended the seminar in a large number, as it provided the opportunity for acquiring knowledge and experience to four Master's students, including two students from Pakistan. Students were especially pleased with the opportunity to visit businesses.

The next project partners’ meeting will take place on November 13 – 15, 2017, in Kaunas in order to learn the most appropriate methods of teaching circular economy.

The programme for the seminar in ViA

Project meeting was held on 23 -25 January 2018 in Tallinn, Estonia. V.Zaķis and M.Leščevica took part in meeting. The main purpose of the meeting was to elaborate project proposal of intensice study course on circular economy for the next call of Nordplus programm. During the meeting, we had opportunity to visit company.


Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences

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