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Ulla Häggblom: “Somebody’s waste can be someone else’s raw material” – TAMK takes on changing the future of recycling

Ulla Häggblom: “Somebody’s waste can be someone else’s raw material” – TAMK takes on changing the future of recycling

Tampere University of Applied Sciences announced another Master's degree. The brand new programme in Risk Management and Circular Economy has been designed following a demand to enable students to combine the ideology behind the two topics in their working life.

Dr. Ulla Häggblom proudly presents paper made from cellulose and food industry by-products in the Carbon Sink Design Studio.
Dr. Ulla Häggblom proudly presents paper made from cellulose and food industry by-products in the Carbon Sink Design Studio.

In order to educate professionals beyond the basics of manufacturing and business, TAMK is launching this new Master's degree in response to global needs. The first-time offer in January 2018 received a very respectable 74 applicants. Expert professionals from backgrounds of engineering, natural sciences and business administration were eligible to apply. 

Dr Ulla Häggblom, Head of Bioproduct and Process Engineering Degree Programme explains how the idea works.

– Circular Economy is a hot topic at the moment, yet not entirely separated from Risk Management. We want our students to understand and rethink processes and services by promoting the use of current resources in a sustainable way.  How do you see the future? How do you look at the material you're using? What is your take on sustainability? Circular Economy and Risk Management are common issues globally. It's also a matter of attitude.

Students with minimum three-year work experience are expected to bring an innovative mindset and development tasks when they enroll in the studies. Bachelor engineering students are welcomed to apply, and so are students with a background in Business in order "to get a more skilled and expanded perspective that takes big steps forward into the matter". Hence the slogan of the programme: "Don't just think outside the box, but also outside the toolbox".

According to Ulla, studies will go mostly on a virtual basis with five intensive weeks in which the primary focus is creating the right teams so they can achieve maximum success in their final projects. There will be hands-on courses taking groups of students to nature "to see, experience and explore the spirit of the forest", and workshops in collaboration with Tampere-based companies to tackle future changes in the environment.

– The current and next generations have to reassess the way they live, work, travel and consume. One of the last courses called Method Pinata is unique in this sense – meaning we want students to have already a formed view accompanied by a strategy regarding their subjects of choice. We have an excellent team at TAMK sharing the same vision and focusing on developing the future of adult education.

Cradle-to-cradle thinking is supported by the use of LCA software that will be used throughout the studies to bring quantitative measures needed in management and monitoring. In order to apply tested technical solutions, communication and leadership skills are required. As Ulla points it out. 

– Circular Economy is not a synonym for recycling, it's a much wider issue aiming for zero waste. I see it this way: somebody's waste can be someone else's raw material.

Cooperation with other Master programmes such as Forestry and International Business is also possible for students to develop teamwork and intercultural skills. Ulla shares her enthusiasm on this exciting study opportunity and would like to welcome all students to apply.

– We are very excited and looking forward to getting started!


Text: Andruta Ilie 
Photo: Anna Vättö

 

Risk Management and Circular Economy

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Published 30.01.2018