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Features of the Higher Education for the Circular Economy: The Case of Italy

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Department of Mechanics, Mathematics, and Management, Polytechnic University of Bari, 70125 Bari, Italy
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Department of Computer, Control, and Management Engineering “Antonio Ruberti”, Sapienza University of Rome, 00185 Rome, Italy
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Department of Industrial Engineering and Business Information Systems, University of Twente, 7522 NB Enschede, The Netherlands
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Academic Editor: Roberto Cerchione
Sustainability 2021, 13(20), 11338; https://doi.org/10.3390/su132011338
Received: 31 August 2021 / Revised: 22 September 2021 / Accepted: 8 October 2021 / Published: 14 October 2021
The higher education system plays a critical role in supporting the transition towards a circular economy (CE). It helps create business leaders and policymakers having appropriate skills, competences, and consciousness referring to the CE challenges. Nevertheless, few studies have specifically investigated how the higher education system is addressing the CE, how the current academic offering is integrating the CE principles, and which skills and competences are currently provided. This paper overcomes these limitations by investigating the current offering of the higher education for the CE in Italy. We analyze the academic programs, courses, and modules at different levels of 49 Italian universities and, by means of a detailed classification of the learning outcomes, provide a clear picture of the knowledge, skills, and competences offered by the CE education. We finally discuss implications of our findings concerning the development of CE education and CE jobs. View Full-Text
Keywords: circular economy; education; learning outcomes; circular economy transition; skills and competences circular economy; education; learning outcomes; circular economy transition; skills and competences
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Giannoccaro, I.; Ceccarelli, G.; Fraccascia, L. Features of the Higher Education for the Circular Economy: The Case of Italy. Sustainability 2021, 13, 11338. https://doi.org/10.3390/su132011338

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Giannoccaro I, Ceccarelli G, Fraccascia L. Features of the Higher Education for the Circular Economy: The Case of Italy. Sustainability. 2021; 13(20):11338. https://doi.org/10.3390/su132011338

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Giannoccaro, Ilaria, Gaia Ceccarelli, and Luca Fraccascia. 2021. "Features of the Higher Education for the Circular Economy: The Case of Italy" Sustainability 13, no. 20: 11338. https://doi.org/10.3390/su132011338

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