The Netherlands is at a tipping point. The transitions that have already started, for example to a circular and energy-neutral society by 2050, must be accelerated if we want to achieve these objectives. With the Talent Program Leadership for the Circular Transition (LCT) we serve the goal of a circular and energy neutral Netherlands in three ways:

1. We facilitate the development of future leaders, so that they can help realize the necessary transitions.

2. We experiment with hybrid learning ecosystems (also known as learning ecology) that bring higher education and students together to work on transition issues. In this way we support system change towards a circular economy.

3. By translating the talent program into the regular programs of universities of applied sciences, we strengthen educational innovation in the field of circular economy and ultimately ensure the structural anchoring of the circular economy in education. We do this by making all materials and insights that are developed open source available.


The basic principle of this talent program is that we expand the knowledge acquired to existing courses, minors, projects, etc. In this way, the program offers space for educational and scientific experiments to develop innovative pedagogical approaches that contribute to the transition.

The programma is a result of a unique co-creation of six universities: Haagse Hogeschool, Fontys Hogeschool, Hogeschool Rotterdam, Hogeschool InHolland, Hogeschool Zuyd and Hogeschool van Amsterdam, together with Mission Zero, het Groene Brein and het Lectorenplatform Circulaire Economie.
The programme is made possible by the Ministery of IenW, Ministery of LNV, Duurzaam Door & Leren voor Morgen. 


The biggest win is the value that young change agents continue to add to society and the acceleration that is needed to achieve a new, circular economy.


Tibbe van Leeuwen 
co-coördinator LCT &
teacher Hogeschool Rotterdam

 Dianne de Fijter
Coördinator LCT,  projectmanager Het Groene Brein (d.defijter@hetgroenebrein.nl

Camiel Simonis: Studying Commercial Economics at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences