Pioneer Universities are an international network of higher education institutions developing truly pioneering and innovative circular economy-orientated research or teaching programmes.
Higher education is a priority focus for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. We have a vision of a global network of higher education institutions that explore, develop, and critique key ideas and priorities in the transition to a circular economy. To bring this about, the Foundation is working with leading universities around the world, as they themselves work with business, to find solutions which educate and inspire future leaders to address emerging economic realities.
As non-fee paying members of the CE100 programme, Pioneer Universities have a formal agreement with the Foundation, and commit to drive and support relevant and beneficial knowledge exchanges between business and higher education. This furthers the collective understanding of the circular economy through insights and skills development. Many of the research and teaching programmes focus on our target disciplines - business, education, design and engineering.
The Pioneer University programme offers bespoke input from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s team and facilitated links with our business and regional networks around the world. Collaboration is developed on a case-by-case basis, and we aim to work with a maximum of ten Pioneer Universities by the end of 2019.