Circular economy design forum - Introducing entrepreneurial mindset and circularity to teaching

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The Circular Economy Design Forum (CEDF) is an EIT RawMaterials educational project aimed at incorporating an entrepreneurial mind-set into engineering education, particularly in topics related to circular economy (CE). As part of this initiative, a new course was developed as a platform to promote a dialog between students, industry and academia. To use this educational platform effectively, a "Training the trainers" event was organized where teaching staff learned how to integrate an entrepreneurial mind-set into courses with technical content and how to support student innovation capabilities. In this paper, the objective is to explore the impact on the mind-set and motivation of students when: i) a circular thinking is promoted though iterative project work within the circular economy context, and ii) a customer-centric approach is incorporated in an engineering course, by letting the students identify real industrial needs together with stakeholders. According to the student's feedback, most of the participants (15/18) felt that the course supported well their learning on CE topics and enhanced their study motivation. However, it was also evident that additional support is needed for timid students that have trouble contacting stakeholders directly.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 45th SEFI Annual Conference 2017 - Education Excellence for Sustainability, SEFI 2017
PublisherSEFI Société Européenne pour la Formation des Ingénieurs
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9789899887572
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventAnnual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education - Terceira Island, Azores, Angra do Heroismo, Portugal
Duration: 18 Sep 201721 Sep 2017
Conference number: 45


ConferenceAnnual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education
Abbreviated titleSEFI
CityAngra do Heroismo


  • Circular Economy
  • Entrepreneurial mindset
  • Industrial collaboration
  • Project work


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