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Master Studiengang Mundus Urbano: Internationale Zusammenarbeit in der Stadtentwicklung

Mundus Urbano ist ein interdisziplinärer Master Studiengang an der TU Darmstadt. Er beschäftigt sich mit den vielschichtigen Herausforderungen zeitgenössischer Stadtentwicklung in einem globalen Kontext im Zusammenhang mit Fragen der internationalen Zusammenarbeit. Das Programm ist ein Teil der europäischen Erasmus+ Exzellenzinitiative und wird von einem Konsortium von vier europäischen Universitäten angeboten.

Der Studiengang wurde 2007 gegründet und hat inzwischen sieben Zyklen durchlaufen. Er vertritt innovative und disziplinenübergreifende Ansätze und möchte zu einem besseren Verständnis der internationalen Stadt und zu einer neuen Planungspraxis beitragen. Dabei werden physische, verwaltungstechnische, ökonomische, soziale, technologische und rechtliche Perspektiven kombiniert. An der Architekturfakultät der TU Darmstadt finden 20-30 Studierende aus der ganzen Welt akademische Ressourcen von höchster Qualität, samt einer Riege von mehr als 20 international versierten Dozenten. Die Unterrichtssprache des Programms in Englisch.

Weitere Informationen finden sie auf den Hautptseite des Programms

About

The Mundus Urbano programme is an advanced Master of Science programme specialising in International Cooperation in Urban Development, jointly offered by four European Institutions:

  • Technische Universität Darmstadt (TU-Darmstadt) – host institution
  • Universite Pierre Mendes France (UPMF), in Grenoble
  • Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC), in Barcelona
  • Università degli Studi Roma Tor Vergata, in Rome

It addresses the dynamic challenges faced throughout the world due to rapid urbanisation processes.

For detailed information, see the official website: www.mundus-urbano.eu

Program

Transdisciplinary approach. MU provides innovative transdisciplinary solutions, including physical, managerial, economic, social and legal elements simultaneously. It provides students with the highest quality academic resources and teaching staff, and affords them insight into current development planning theories and prac-tices, instigating them to propose architecturally, socially, economically and ecologically sustainable urban development solutions.

Diversity as an asset. The multi-faceted composition of both the Mundus Urbano student groups and teaching staff fosters a diverse learning environment and allows for the development of a global professional network. Lecturers and students have backgrounds that range from Engineering, Architecture and Design to Social and Political Sciences, coming from different parts of the world.

International double degree. The consortium structure of the program allows students to pursue a double degree in International Cooperation in Urban Development with specialisations in Development Economics (Rome), Sustainable Emergency Architecture (Barcelona) or Urban Planning (Grenoble).

Vast working field. MU prepares both professionals and academics for critically analysing and assessing the growing problems in urban areas internationally. Internship opportunities arise during the course and Mundus Urbano alumni are skilled to work in institutions as international cooperation agencies, municipal planning offices, research institutes and consultancy firms, involved in international finance, foreign aid, human settlements, slum improvement and infrastructure development, among other areas. MU also provides improved access to PhD programs.

Programme details

Duration: Two years

Beginning of classes: First week of October, yearly

Language: English is the official language of tuition in all courses and exams, although a number of elective courses can be taught in the national language (German in Darmstadt, Spanish/Catalan in Barcelona; Italian in Rome, French in Grenoble). Universities offer national language courses to Mundus Urbano students for no additional charge, so that they are able to communicate on simple matters in the guest country.

Number of students: Maximum of 30 per year

Credit system: According to the Bologna agreement harmonizing university studies in Europe, the curriculum is structured into modules, which may be broken down further into courses. All modules are defined by their contents, learning outcomes and number of credit points that can be earned in the course according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The total two years course requires 120 credit points (CPs), normally divided equally into 30 CPs per semester.

Application: See Website www.mundus-urbano.eu

Curriculum

Year 1: TU-Darmstadt Full-time courses and workshops with lectures by TU-Darmstadt and visiting professors, and diverse methods of practice and evaluation, such as group work and discussions, essay writing and oral presentations. This year also includes local and/or international excursions.

Module 1: Urban Planning
Courses on urban planning, civil engineering, ecology & landscaping, socio-economic & cultural challenges, conviviality & urban culture, governance, and slum upgrading. This module is supported by training on presentations and time management, and is finalized with two workshops about concrete case studies, during which students pick up and integrate the contents of the courses taken.

Module 2: Urban Development Studies
Courses on public participation & community inclusion, gender friendly cities, organizational development, sustainable urban infrastructure, and urban heritage preservation. This module is supported by training on paper writing, and is finalized with a workshop about concrete case studies, during which students pick up and integrate the contents of the courses taken. Elective courses and free research activities supplement this module.

Module 3: Urban Management
Courses on conflict management, urban violence & crime prevention, land management & security of tenure, taxation, urban health & education services, municipal budgeting & finance, and city marketing. An international excursion supplements this module.

Module 4: International Cooperation and Project Skills
Courses on statistic-based decision making, project planning, project management, disaster management, project finance & budgeting, development aid & funding agencies, and proposal writing. Elective courses and free research activities supplement this module, which is finalized with a two-week workshop, during which students pick up and integrate the contents of the courses taken.

Year 2: European partner university or TU-Darmstadt Upon successful completion of the first year in TU-Darmstadt and depending on students' mobility preference, Mundus Urbano students are admitted to spend the second year of the programme at one of the partner universities in France, Catalunya or Italy. Students in this case are awarded a double-degree. Self-financed and third-party financed students also have the possibility to remain at TU-Darmstadt to complete the second year. In this case, successful graduates will receive a Master of Science degree in International Cooperation and Urban Development from TU-Darmstadt only.

Transdisciplinary approach

MU provides innovative transdisciplinary solutions, including physical, managerial, economic, social and legal elements simultaneously. It provides students with the highest quality academic resources and teaching staff, and affords them insight into current development planning theories and prac-tices, instigating them to propose architecturally, socially, economically and ecologically sustainable urban development solutions.

Diversity as an asset

The multi-faceted composition of both the Mundus Urbano student groups and teaching staff fosters a diverse learning environment and allows for the development of a global professional network. Lecturers and students have backgrounds that range from Engineering, Architecture and Design to Social and Political Sciences, coming from different parts of the world.

International double degree

The consortium structure of the program allows students to pursue a double degree in International Cooperation in Urban Development with specialisations in Development Economics (Rome), Sustainable Emergency Architecture (Barcelona) or Urban Planning (Grenoble).

Vast working field

MU prepares both professionals and academics for critically analysing and assessing the growing problems in urban areas internationally. Internship opportunities arise during the course and Mundus Urbano alumni are skilled to work in institutions as international cooperation agencies, municipal planning offices, research institutes and consultancy firms, involved in international finance, foreign aid, human settlements, slum improvement and infrastructure development, among other areas. MU also provides improved access to PhD programs.

Course information

Programme detailsDuration: Two years

Beginning of classes: First week of October, yearly

Language: English is the official language of tuition in all courses and exams, although a number of elective courses can be taught in the national language (German in Darmstadt, Spanish/Catalan in Barcelona; Italian in Rome, French in Grenoble). Universities offer national language courses to Mundus Urbano students for no additional charge, so that they are able to communicate on simple matters in the guest country.

Number of students: Maximum of 30 per year

Credit system: According to the Bologna agreement harmonizing university studies in Europe, the curriculum is structured into modules, which may be broken down further into courses. All modules are defined by their contents, learning outcomes and number of credit points that can be earned in the course according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The total two years course requires 120 credit points (CPs), normally divided equally into 30 CPs per semester.

Application: See Website www.mundus-urbano.eu

Curriculum

Year 1: TU-Darmstadt Full-time courses and workshops with lectures by TU-Darmstadt and visiting professors, and diverse methods of practice and evaluation, such as group work and discussions, essay writing and oral presentations. This year also includes local and/or international excursions.

Module 1: Urban Planning
Courses on urban planning, civil engineering, ecology & landscaping, socio-economic & cultural challenges, conviviality & urban culture, governance, and slum upgrading. This module is supported by training on presentations and time management, and is finalized with two workshops about concrete case studies, during which students pick up and integrate the contents of the courses taken.

Module 2: Urban Development Studies
Courses on public participation & community inclusion, gender friendly cities, organizational development, sustainable urban infrastructure, and urban heritage preservation. This module is supported by training on paper writing, and is finalized with a workshop about concrete case studies, during which students pick up and integrate the contents of the courses taken. Elective courses and free research activities supplement this module.

Module 3: Urban Management
Courses on conflict management, urban violence & crime prevention, land management & security of tenure, taxation, urban health & education services, municipal budgeting & finance, and city marketing. An international excursion supplements this module.

Module 4: International Cooperation and Project Skills
Courses on statistic-based decision making, project planning, project management, disaster management, project finance & budgeting, development aid & funding agencies, and proposal writing. Elective courses and free research activities supplement this module, which is finalized with a two-week workshop, during which students pick up and integrate the contents of the courses taken.

Year 2: European partner university or TU-Darmstadt Upon successful completion of the first year in TU-Darmstadt and depending on students' mobility preference, Mundus Urbano students are admitted to spend the second year of the programme at one of the partner universities in France, Catalunya or Italy. Students in this case are awarded a double-degree. Self-financed and third-party financed students also have the possibility to remain at TU-Darmstadt to complete the second year. In this case, successful graduates will receive a Master of Science degree in International Cooperation and Urban Development from TU-Darmstadt only.