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.”

AnonymousAlumni survey

“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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Applications for self-financed students are open until July 15th!


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Last week in our lecture series URBAN TRANSITIONS @laurenugur gave a lecture on "Digital transformation of tourism value chains for sustainable economic development".This lecture took a deep dive into understanding theissues surrounding local economic and community development through tourism and focused on the potential that the digitalisation of tourism value chains at the local level offers in terms of securing local economic development and improved community benefit through tourism.For decades tourism has been touted for its development potential. Most particularly, tourism development has been justified based on its potential to stimulate local development through infrastructure spending, job creation and the promise of local community upliftment.All too often such goals have not been realised, in part due to the domination of multinational firms and their control over tourism supply chains. Our Lecturer Lauren Uğur from Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences is a South African born urban developmentplanner and management specialist. She holds a Ph.D. in urbansociology from the Darmstadt University of Technology (Technische Universität Darmstadt) in Germany, as well as a first-class MBA from the University of South Australia. Now she holds a full professorship for International Tourism Management within the Faculty of International Business in Heilbronn.Lauren applies her interdisciplinarybackground to both her teaching and research and has also contributed to a wide variety number of independent consulting projects in the broad fields of international tourism and urban development. Her works focus on sustainability in terms of resilience building and enablement at the community level and her current research interests explore how the creation of [urban] tourism products shape planning and development processes, specifically highlighting the need for novelty and innovation in promoting more inclusive formsof development.#mundusurbano #internationalcooperation #urbandevelopment #tudarmstad #fb15architektur #tudarmstadtfb15architektur #urbantransitions #laurenugur #lectureseries ... See MoreSee Less

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In the intensive studio class on Transformative Community Planning taught by Gül Tuçaltan, students produced tactical solutions to tackle multi-layered urban challenges in a real-life context designed as a collective learning experience. One good thing about online classes: There is a broad possibility to get experts from all over the world to share their experiences with students. Experts from Living Cities Sweden and Turkey also joined the class to share their experiences with community planning in various contexts and cases.Gül Tuçaltan also taught a second course on Urbanization and Infrastructures. This course challenges the mainstream discourses on urbanization and infrastructures that focus on functional technologies and technocratic notions of decision-making. Students gained awareness on the political nature of the infrastructures and the role of the social relations of power in shaping technological change. Martin Knöll who is a professor at @fb15 at the TUDa also delivered a guest lecture revealing the political nature of transport infrastructure development at neighbourhood, urban and regional levels.We're always happy to have our lecturers that we see every year, like Gül and many others! #mundusurbano #internationalcooperation #urbandevelopment #livingcities #communityplanning #urbanization #infrastructure #tudarmstadt #fb15architektur ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago  ·  

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Some screenshots from our lecture last week, held by Günter Meinert. It focused on SDGs, the New Urban Agenda 2030 and Paris Accord. As teaching in Covid times requires new ways to integrate students, this was an interactive lecture with students participating in polls during the lecture and sharing their experiences of working with three strategies. #mundusurbano #internationalcooperation #urbandevelopment #tudarmstadt #tudarmstadtfb15architektur ... See MoreSee Less

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