A total of 445 subscribers closed registrations for the Introduction to the Circular Economy course led by CircularTec, which will be held from July 9.

Participants from all over Latin America, as well as Canada, Andorra and Australia, will take part in the four modules of the "Introduction to the Circular Economy" course; representatives from the seven municipalities of the Tarapacá region and other Chilean towns such as Puerto Varas, as well as officials from the municipalities of Argentina and Ecuador, will also participate in the course. 

According to Albina Álvarez, head of Training and Public Projects at CircularTec, the participants come from different areas: academia, the private sector, public officials and entrepreneurs. At the same time, she added that the professionals are CEOs, analysts, advisors, consultants and coordinators. In addition, there are directors, managers, executives from different companies and specialists, managers, managers, chiefs, professionals and technicians from different areas of knowledge. Also noteworthy is the large number of NGOs that have enrolled in this version of the course. 

"We are pleasantly surprised by the interest shown in the Introduction to the Circular Economy course. It is very gratifying for us to have this level of interest. We have interested parties from public and private institutions, NGOs and municipalities. Therefore, this speaks of the interest that this topic has awakened and also of how we are deployed as a center to bring this topic closer to the community", said Albina Álvarez. 

During its four modules scheduled for July 9, 11, 17 and 18, the course will provide participants with the origins, advances, challenges and opportunities that the circular economy offers compared to the traditional linear economy model. The circular economy is an alternative to the linear model that dominates today's economy. In the current model, goods are produced, used and discarded. In contrast, with the circular model, it is a restorative economic model that seeks to keep products in use, help lower pollution levels, propose alternatives to the economic-social crisis and the effects of climate change. 

Macro-regional interest and facilitators 

Albina Álvarez highlighted the great interest from different latitudes. From North America, interest came from Canada and Mexico. From Central America and the Caribbean, those registered came from Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama, Dominican Republic and Cuba. South America was represented by Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela, with Peru being the country with the second highest number of participants after Chile. It is worth mentioning the participation of participants from Andorra, Australia and India. 

As for the facilitators of the program, the professionals in charge of teaching the Introduction to Circular Economy course are outstanding and outstanding professionals at the international level in the field of Circular Economy, even participating in the development of the Environmental Roadmap for Latin America. 

Vanessa Prieto Sandoval has a PhD in Applied Engineering and a Master in Biodiversity, Landscape and Sustainable Management from the University of Navarra. She is also a professor at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and holds a PhD in Circular Economy implementation from the University of Navarra. Vanessa Prieto has a long track record in international organizational development, strategic management, supply chain management and research project development, with a strong emphasis in the areas of circular economy, environmental management, eco-innovation, design and sustainable strategy. 

Andreé Henríquez Aravena, another of the prominent participating facilitators, is executive director of the Technological Center for the Circular Economy. He is an international advisor to the energy security and climate change program of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. He is also a member of ProChile's sustainability advisory board. Henríquez Aravena is a PhD candidate and holds a master's degree in business and administration and in his career he has been director of University Research at the Faculty of Economics and Business at the same university. 

Luis Martínez Cerna, another of the professional facilitators, is director of the School of Government and Communication of the Universidad Central, is a member of the board of CircularTec and an international advisor to the energy security and climate change program of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. He holds a PhD in Economics and Business Management from the University of Deusto, Spain, and is an international consultant on sustainability, corporate social responsibility and circular economy. 

Second semester 

CircularTec and its training area will also conduct four other training courses. Such is the case of the course "Circular Economy applied from the ISO 59000 series of standards", in its second version and scheduled for next August. This program considers a theoretical-practical course on concepts, terms and guidelines for the implementation of this ISO standard in business models and companies that seek to move away from the linear economic model. It is aimed at public and private organizations.

The mining sector, one of the most important sectors of the national economy, also has a course scheduled for September, which will address the circular economy with a focus on mining. Oriented under a theoretical-practical regime, it is focused on companies and suppliers of the metallic and non-metallic mining sector. 

October comes the course for journalists and communicators. "Communication and Journalism for the Circular Economy", this theoretical and practical course aims to enable participants to acquire tools and knowledge to help them face the challenges of current scenarios and thus communicate with arguments based on sustainability. 

Likewise, in November it will be the turn for the course called "Design of Strategies and Business Models in Circular Economy". In this opportunity and also as a theoretical-practical program, it is oriented to deliver sustainability and innovation methodologies based on the principles of the circular economy, in order to provide the tools to promote competitive advantages and sustainable value creation for companies.

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