Circular Economy Research Center (CERC)
Read more from our CERC Director, Giorgos Demetriou, on the importance of Circular Economy in the following interview.
Circular Economy will profoundly impact the future of business as we know it. We want to enable current and prospect students as well as the alumni of the School to sharpen their knowledge on the upcoming transformation and to be enabled to understand it, embrace it and prepare for it in their domains of professional interest.
The newly opened Circular Economy Research Center (CERC), under the direction of Professor Giorgos Demetriou, is currently developing dedicated courses, a certificate and an E-MBA specialized in Circular Economy Management as well as Circular Economy training programs, a Circular Economy Live Lab and an CE Journal.
What is Circular Economy? Circular economy is a “resource-full” alternative to the traditional linear “resource-depleting” economic model of produce-consume-waste.
Circular Economy is a “make-use-enrich” model that allows the economic ecosystem to do ‘more with less’ and transition to sustainable growth that fosters innovative practice and thinking. Students, faculty, researchers, experts and executives alike will fully benefit from, and rapidly expand, this growing body of cutting-edge knowledge.
Circular economy has attracted attention in recent years. It is characterized as an economy that is restorative and regenerative by design, and which aims to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value. It is conceived as a continuous positive development cycle, reforming the current economy model of ‘take-make-dispose’, by preserving and enhancing natural capital, optimizing resource yields and minimising system risks by managing efficiently finite stocks and renewable flows.
We strive for excellence and have already taken action in supporting this transformation process through education, training and research.
The Inaugural Symposium of CERC - 23 June 2017
WHAT STUDENTS SAY
I was really convinced that the Global Executive MBA from École des Ponts was the best education I could get. It is one of the top three leading engineering schools in France, known on a worldwide basis and I was fully confident that doing an MBA at École des Ponts would create the right momentum to move up in my career.
Three months into the program, I was promoted to project manager within my previous company, the Capgemini Group. The program also helped me find my new assignment with Metanext at Société Générale. Furthermore, the E-MBA degree has improved many of my skills.
What’s most special about the Global Executive MBA is that it gives you a holistic view on business on top of being an expert. In my opinion, the business plan development course is one of the most important courses in the MBA program. It gives you a ‘ready-to-go’ kit if you’re planning to launch your own company. And even if you’re not planning to be an entrepreneur it is a great tool and asset to have for your internal and external customers and your investors.
Nicolas Lapalu (France)CEO - Osborn-Unipol France
Jadwiga Gajda (Poland)IT Service Manager – Metanext
Shaleish DixitHead of Consulting & Sales Solutions - Wipro