About Mundus Urbano

Mundus Urbano (MU) is a consortium of four European universities offering an advanced interdisciplinary Master of Science programme –International Cooperation in Urban Development. The programme addresses the dynamic challenges faced throughout the world due to rapid urbanisation processes. The two-year course is innovative in its interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary set-up and arranges knowledge around emerging global phenomena.

Transdisciplinary approach

Conventional town planning approaches have proven inadequate in dealing with the constantly evolving urban challenges. MU provides students with the highest quality academic resources and teaching staff. The program affords them insight into current development planning theories and practices, 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. Coming from different parts of the world, lecturers and students have backgrounds that range from Architecture and Design, Engineering to Social and Political Sciences.

International double degree

MU produces advanced graduates who can innovatively address the complexities of phenomena facing the world’s urban populations, mostly in developing countries. The programme 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

Professionals are increasingly required to undertake projects internationally in the urban development field. MU builds the capacity to meet the challenges that this type of work presents. It prepares both professionals and academics for critically analysing and assessing the growing problems in urban areas internationally. Internship opportunities arise during the course. MU alumni are skilled to work in local and international institutions and have improved access to PhD programmes.

"The presence of a diverse student body and international faculty made this one of the most important learning experiences of my life, and opened up avenues and opportunities previously unfathomable to me."

Apoorva RathodArchitect, India, Class 2012-2014, Current affiliation: University of Gothenburg, Ph.D. Candidate

"The program itself helped consolidate and link up my previous knowledge on development. In particular, the course lecturers provided a real world perspective to current issues and provided a comfortable space to discuss and understand the intricacies of development.”

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"Mundus Urbano gave me the opportunity to learn a more holistic approach towards urban development.

Blanca CalvoArchitect, Catalunya, Class 2011-2013 Current affiliation: Urbanists for Equity, South Africa

“The most relevant experience is the contact with professionals from all around the world, daily confrontation with colleagues with different backgrounds on urbanization issues, and the variety of topics addressed during the semester.”

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"I can easily say that this program has changed the way I see myself as a professional."

David KostenweinUrban and Regional Planner Austria, Class 2011-2013 Current affiliation: ETH Zürich, Ph.D. Candidate

“Global views and perspectives from multidisciplinary students and professors in the program through sharing of experiences enriched the program.”

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“Global views and perspectives from multidisciplinary students and professors in the program through sharing of experiences enriched the program.”

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“Mundus Urbano prepared me to have a more global perspective and understand in a broader sense the challenges that cities face. I also gained great friends from around the globe.”

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Fizza Fatima"The transdisciplinary nature and diverse courses of Mundus Urbano allowed me to explore various topics throughout the two years." Fizza's dissertation explored the notion of citizen sovereignty in the smart city of Barcelona during COVID-19. She analysed the role of the digital platform ‘Decidim’, implemented by the Barcelona City Council, and interviewed the cofounder and coordinator of the platform for her data collection.After completing my second year at UIC Barcelona, Fizza is currently interning with the UN-Habitat Urban Resilience Programme in Barcelona, Spain. She is contributing to advocacy and outreach as well as providing technical assistance on a project focused on building urban economic resilience in cities during and after COVID-19. "In addition to learning new digital skills, this internship has also given me the opportunity to implement the theoretical knowledge I gained at Mundus Urbano. MU has been a life-changing experience in terms of professional and personal growth, and I’m extremely grateful to have been a part of it."#Covid19 #urbanresilience #smart city #citizensovereignty #transdisciplinary #UICBarcelona #MundusUrbano #internationalcooperation #urbandevelopment #tudarmstadt #tudamrstadtfb15architektur @tudarmstadt @uicbarcelona ... See MoreSee Less

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Oshrit ReisOshrit is currently undergoing her internship with the regional office of the Americas and the Caribbean of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR). She is working in the Making Cities Resilient (MCR2030) initiative, supporting cities in reducing disaster risk and improving local resilience.At the same time, she is writing her thesis, which weighs the challenges and opportunities of self-built housing and organic growth on disaster vulnerability in Brazil."My two years at Mundus Urbano provided me with theoretical and practical knowledge on my interests: community-based approaches and disaster risk management in my first year at TU Darmstadt, and in my second year at Universita di Roma Tor Vergata, project management and evaluation. But MU is much more than the knowledge learned. In these two years I gained a new family, and a community I’m proud to be part of!"#Disasterriskmanagement #resilience #housing #internationalcooperation #urbandevelopment #MundusUrbano #tudarmstadt #tudarmstadtfb15architektur #MESCI @mastermesci ... See MoreSee Less

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Joint Master's Thesis Jury at UGA GrenobleLast week, our Consortium Academic Director, Annette Rudolph-Cleff and our Consortium Manager Nebojša Čamprag from @tudarmstadt sat in a master's thesis joint jury at @universitegrenoblealpes. From UGA Grenoble, Mundus Urbano's UGA Programme Co-Director, Adriana Diaconu and Programme Assistant Marta Pappalardo were also part of the jury, alongside UGA professors Jean-Christophe Dissart, Frédéric Santamaria, Charles Ambrosino, Federica Gatta, and Jean-Michel Roux.8 students from the master of International Cooperation in Urban Planning (ICUP) programme had their thesis defense on 13 and 14 September. Among them were five Mundus Urbano students.Well done and congratulations to the students: Aditya Awari, Aswini Raveendran, Gabriela Buffon Vargas, Gaoli Xiao, Ismail Magdi Ahmed, Laural Miller, Laura Maria Espinosa Hermida, and Sreeparna Mitra! #mundusurbano #muconsortium #internationalcooperation #urbandevelopment #tudarmstadtfb15architektur #tudarmstadt #thesis #thesisdefence #ugagrenoble ... See MoreSee Less

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