THIS IS A EUROPEAN PROJECT FUNDED BY ERASMUS+ UNDER THE KEY ACTION 2:
COOPERATION FOR INNOVATION AND THE EXCHANGE OF GOOD PRACTICES - STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS IN HIGHER EDUCATION 2020 - 2023
What was the motivation for the project?
Many natural resources are limited and need to be used in a smarter, more sustainable way. The European Commission’s Circular Economy Action Plan sets many ways on how to “close the loop” of product lifecycles. Extractive industry is the industry where large volumes of waste are generated.
This includes not only solid waste from mine extraction but also liquid waste in oil&gas industry and gaseous waste (eg. greenhouse gas emissions from mines).
The Circular economy act published by EU puts a major emphasis on finding new, innovative means to move away from a 'take-make-dispose' culture and to develop new methods, technologies and also approaches to recycle and re-use
products. In this context extractive industry and higher education programmes related to it suchas:mining, mineral engineering, raw materials, applied earth sciences need to put an emphasis on this context and include this concept in the existing curricula and/or create new study programmes or short courses that will include circular economy approach.
The objective of this project is to create a strategic partnerships between Universities and companies developing a comprehensive training platform that will help to modify existing
study programmes related to extractive industry also knowledge of proper waste management incorporating circular economy approach.
The programme will aim to strengthen the strategic and structured cooperation between higher education institutions through
support for various types of cooperation models, including the most ambitious ones such as the European Universities
contributing to remove obstacles to mobility by implementing automatic mutual recognition of qualifications and learning outcomes, and by embedding mobility in curricula
support for higher education institutions to implement the Bologna principles and tools to enhance mobility for all and to develop a successful multilingual European Education Area by 2025.