SWITCH-Asia Leadership Academy on Circular Economy in China 2019

SWITCH-Asia Leadership Academy on Circular Economy in China 2019

The SWITCH-Asia Regional Advocacy Component (RPAC) Component Component (implemented by the United Nations Environment Program) and Tsinghua University (represented by the School of Environment) are receiving applications for the SWITCH Leadership Academy- Asia 2019 on Circular Economy in China.

The overall objective of the SWITCH-Asia program, financed with community funds, is to promote sustainable and uniform growth, contribute to economic prosperity and poverty reduction in Asia and Central Asia, and to a transition towards a low-carbon circular economy and Efficient in the use of resources.

Launched in 2007, the program has advanced more than a decade in CPS in 24 countries in the region. This has been possible thanks to the joint efforts of the three SWITCH-Asia components:

  • The regional policy promotion component (RPAC): implemented by the United Nations Environment Program.
  • The Sustainable Production and Consumption Fund – implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and Adelphi.
  • The SWITCH-Asia Grants program managed directly by the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development of the European Commission.
  • The SWITCH-Asia Regional Policy Advocacy Component is responsible for the implementation of the

SWITCH-Asia Leadership Academies. If you want to know more about SWITCH-Asia Academy 2018 visit the official link.


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  • Country: China
  • Financial coverage: Fully Funded
  • Eligible Regions: Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka
  • Deadline: October 13, 2019
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    Eligibility Criteria :

    • Candidates are required to have completed at least a first university degree in environment, development, engineering, politics, economics or relevant discipline. The completion of vocational and / or postgraduate training relevant to sustainable development would be considered favorable.
    • Young participants from Asian countries who are already working on a topic related to the circular economy.
    • Junior government professionals or junior professionals from the private sector or development consultants or junior professionals from the civil society sector
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    Benefits :

    • The Academy encourages the exchange of experiences, case studies and stories from Asia and the EU on circular economy. It includes:
    • Interdisciplinary, project-based and participatory approaches.
    • The possibility of being part of a growing network of young professionals working with a circular economy in Asia
    • Participation will be open to participants from the 18 countries (see the chapter on ‘how to apply to the academy.
    • A full scholarship will be awarded to selected participants.


    Objectives of the academy:

    • Change the mentality and inspire actions towards a circular economy among young professionals in Asia.
    • Increase knowledge and understanding of the circular economy by future decision makers.
    • Improve a network of junior professionals in Asia in the field of circular economy.
    • Show circular economy policies and best practices.
    • The Academy Agenda: The Academy will be held in five days and will cover the following topics:

    Why are we talking about CE?

    • The concept of CE – origins and theoretical background
    • Policies: the role of regulations and policies for the EC
    • Innovation and technology: the role of innovation and technology for the EC
    • Business models: innovative business models for CE
    • Finance: innovative financial instruments for CE
    • Behavior change and communication: how behavior change and communication relate to the achievement of an EC
    • Indicators: how to define CE performance
    • Case studies from Europe and Asia will be used to illustrate each topic.


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    Application Process:

    Apply online through the Apply Now link.

    • To apply for the Leadership program for the circular economy, participants must:
      Complete the online application form
    • Prepare an application letter explaining the circular economy issue you are currently working on and how you plan to apply the knowledge of this Academy to this work (1-3 pages)
    • Provide a short CV (one page)
    • Provide a copy of the titles obtained.
    • If you cannot access the online registration form, download the form offline from the official link


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    For More Queries :

    Mr. Mushtaq Ahmed Memon Regional Coordinator for Resource Efficiency UN Environment, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific Project Manager Regional Policy Advocacy Component (SWITCH-Asia – the European Union funded programme) Email: [email protected]

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