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Circular economy expands in higher education with new MSc at Cranfield University

March 08, 2016

Cranfield University, one of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's six Pioneer Universities, has launched the world's first MSc course on the circular economy. The new part-time executive MSc course, Technology, Innovation and Management for a Circular Economy, has been developed in close collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's education team.

The course, which will start in Autumn 2016, combines Cranfield University’s strengths across technology and management, fusing expertise in engineering, logistics and environmental sciences with world-leading programmes in business and finance. Through Cranfield University’s membership of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Pioneer University and Circular Economy 100 networks, students on the course will benefit from contributions by leading businesses that are collaborating on circular economy innovation.

The new MSc at Cranfield is the latest circular economy course to be offered by the Foundation's network of Pioneer Universities, an international network of higher education institutions which are developing truly pioneering and innovative circular economy-orientated research or teaching programmes. Circular economy courses currently offered by Pioneer Universities include the MBA in Innovation, Enterprise and Circular Economy at the University of Bradford, now in its second year, and TU Delft's circular economy MOOC, launched in 2015.

The circular economy is emerging as the new paradigm for a system that can work in the long term. In order to achieve its full potential, it needs solid skills-building programmes and the involvement of leading international universities. The executive Masters course demonstrates Cranfield’s commitment to providing the right multi-disciplinary environment, in order to help accelerate the transition to this restorative and regenerative economic model.

- Ellen MacArthur

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