European Master in Biological and Chemical Engineering for a Sustainable Bioeconomy

Bioceb singled out in the Final Report of the study on “Promoting education, training and skills across the bioeconomy”

Bioceb has been singled out in the Final Report of the study on “Promoting education, training and skills across the bioeconomy” conducted by Deloitte, Empirica and Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini Srl SB (FGB), mandated by the European Commission’s DG Research & innovation (DG RTD).

In this Report, Bioceb is one of the five case studies showcasing good practice in higher education for the bioeconomy:

"The selection of the case studies considered the alignment of a particular programme or institution with the economic and policy context, multi-disciplinarity, as well as the relevance of circularity and sustainability within the curriculum."

"European Master in Biological Engineering for a Sustainable Bioeconomy (BIOCEB) is an inter-institutional programme with HEIs from Belgium, Estonia, Finland and France. This inter-institutional case study highlights the promotion of strong collaborative endeavours among thepartner universities (with a particular focus on the experience of TalTech in Estonia) and the impactful results for students (multi-disciplinary and multicultural training) and HEIs (knowledge transfer)."

The Report includes a case study fact sheet focusing on the impact of Bioceb for Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech). Pr. Jaan Kers was interviewed in the context of this Report.

"Bioceb is an Erasmus Mundus cooperation programme of five universities across Europe. TalTech is the Estonian partner. Bioceb has attracted high potential students from around the world and educates them in an unrivalled programme in four cohorts until 2024. It has helped the positioning of TalTech in the research landscape as well as as a destination of top talented students."

The Conclusion of the case study is that:
"The Bioceb cooperation has positive impacts on Taltech in that it helps attract top talents to Tallinn in the global competition for talents. Furthermore, the cooperation with other universities and getting together with all teachers and students in the Tallinn Summer schools is a very beneficial networking event. The ability to attract highly motivated and high-achieving students should not be underestimated as it greatly benefits TalTech and Estonia through knowledge transfer (biorefineries being an example mentioned in the interview). Through the cooperation in Bioceb, TalTech has become more product-oriented according to our interview partner. The HEI relies on good synergies developed throughout the alliance: for instance, skills on biomass production and use of postconsumer waste to develop new materials, as well as use of recycling and waste management. An impact and a lesson learnt concerning the valorisation of research is the increased speed of venture activities that is needed for successful entrepreneurship and a better understanding of the entrepreneurship and communication-related skills it requires. The summer schools especially contribute to the development of such skills in students and helps them develop from being lab workers to having a broader overview of the whole R&D proces. The Erasmus Mundus Scheme has contributed to attract students that traditionally would go to other countries which are better known (e.g., France, Germany). In this scheme, TalTech benefits of the expertise of the French and Belgian partners participating and Bioceb and promotes its institution and capabilities. According to the interviewee, the initiative constitutes a relevant example of an effective knowledge transfer that helps them strengthen their academic and administrative skills."

European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, Graaf, I., Papadimitriou, A., Peijl, S., et al., Promoting education, training & skills in the bioeconomy : final report, Publications Office of the European Union, 2022,

Download the Final Results of the EU project on “Promoting Education, training and skills across the bioeconomy”

- Updated October 2022 -