The Erasmus+ project CirThink - Embedding circular economy thinking in Higher Education Institutes (HEI) through university and industry partnerships aims to embed circular economy thinking in HEIs through cooperation between universities and industry.
An interview-based study with various circular economy experts from universities, industry and projects identified the main drivers, obstacles and opportunities of the circular economy in Germany and internationally.
Drawing on these findings, an embedded curriculum for the integration of circular economy thinking was developed for the university. The curriculum is aimed in particular at teachers and integrates aspects of the circular economy into courses. It is a cross-sectional curriculum, describing trans- or interdisciplinary competences to be acquired by students during their studies.