Switch-Asia Leadership Academy on Circular Economy 2019

Deadline:  13 October 2019
Open to: young graduates from countries in Asia who are already working in a topic related to circular economy
Venue: 2 – 6 December 2019,  Tsinghua University, Beijing, China


The SWITCH-Asia Regional Policy Advocacy Component (RPAC) and Tsinghua University are welcoming applications for the 2019 SWITCH-Asia Leadership Academy on Circular Economy in China.

The overall objective of the EU funded SWITCH-Asia programme is to promote sustainable and inclusive growth, contribute to the economic prosperity and poverty reduction in Asia and Central Asia and to a transition towards a low-carbon, resource-efficient and circular economy.

Launched in 2007, the programme has achieved more than a decade of progress on SCP in 24 countries in the region. This has been possible through the joint efforts of the three SWITCH-Asia components:

  • The Regional Policy Advocacy Component (RPAC) – implemented by United Nations Environment Programme.
  • The Sustainable Consumption and Production Facility – implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and adelphi.
  • The SWITCH-Asia Grants Programme – directly managed by the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development of the European Commission.


  • Participation will be open to participants from the 18 countries (see below);
  • Candidates are required to have completed as a minimum a first university degree in environment, development, engineering, policy, economics or relevant discipline. Completion of postgraduate degree and/or professional training relevant to sustainable development would be considered favorably;
  • Young participants from countries in Asia who are already working in a topic related to circular economy;
  • Junior Government professionals or Junior private sector professionals or development consultant or Junior professionals from the civil society sector.

*Eligible Regions: Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka


  • The Academy stimulates the sharing of experiences, cases 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 circular economy in Asia;
  • Full scholarship will be provided to the selected participants.

How to apply?

You can apply using the following link.

For more information, please visit this website.