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Circular Sustainable Business Development

Sustainable Cities and Communities; Responsible Consumption and Production

Transition from unsustainable linear economy to sustainable circular economy is a top priority of our society. Future business models will be shaped according to the circularity of our resources, which will provide employment to a wide range of engineers (industrial, mechanical, design, construction, biotechnology, chemical, etc.), business administrators, managers, and policy-makers. It is useful for students to learn the principles of circular economy in line with the triple-bottom-line (people, planet, profit) of sustainable business development, as they are expected to be the future managers and decision-makers.


The challenge

Part of the course is writing an essay, where you can work on a challenge of your choosing, i.e., ‘bring your own challenge’. Any challenge that improves ‘slowing the loops’, ‘narrowing the loops’, or ‘closing the loops’ of materials/water/energy is welcome. The challenge should investigate how a linear/unsustainable challenge is converted into a circular/sustainable solution.     

Examples are: 

1.     use of industrial waste between at least two companies from different sectors.

2.     rural symbiotic business models for efficient use of regional resources derived from     agricultural, animal-farming, forestry, greenhouse, etc. activities.

3.     capture and use of energy waste (such as waste heat).

4.     ‘carbon capture and use’ to drive negative carbon emission technologies.

5.     overconsumption of food and multiple stakeholders in the food supply chains.

As a team you will select a challenge you want to work on in this 10 week period.


Important information

The challenges are part of the course ‘Circular Sustainable Business Development’. It is a 10 week, 5 EC part time course which takes 140 hrs. (= approx. 14 hrs per week). Besides theory on different topics, you will play an online serious game and write an essay on your challenge. The course will be partly online and partly on campus. After successful completion of the course, you will receive a certificate and a transcript of records with the ECs.




1-     Individual written exam (open and multi-choice questions), 50%

2-     A short group report based on the online serious game, 25%

3-     ‘Bring your own challenge’: a group essay based on your challenge, 25%


A max of 20 ECIU students can apply for this course.

Deadline of application: 24 August 2021.

Start of course: Monday 6 September 2021.

End of course: Friday 12 November 2021.

Teacher: dr. D.M. Yazan

Lectures & location: Please take into account that most lectures will take place on campus at the University of Twente, the Netherlands.


University of Twente

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