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.”

AnonymousAlumni survey

"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.”

AnonymousAlumni survey

“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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The first round of applications is open between the period of November 1st until January 15th!


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Participatory Planning and Design

Among the modules taught in the first year, MU students partake in a 2-week course that examines the historical development, concept, application, and challenges of participation in urban planning. Taught by Yaşar A. Adanali (M.Sc. UCL), the aim is to enable students to employ the practice with a critical eye, discerning optimum ways to improve its implementation.

During the spring of 2019, three students from the 2018-2020 cohort had the chance to expand their knowledge beyond the classroom and onto the streets of Istanbul. Joining Adanali’s team at Mekanda Adalet Derneği (MAD or Center for Spatial Justice) were Aboli Mangire, Özge Tasar, and Leonardo Ricaurte Ospina. The students engaged on a research project that assessed how Istanbul’s rapid urban transformation impacted the population’s collective memory and social relationships in its affected areas. This contributed to mapping work that was completed by previous interns. Included in this work were partaking on street walks and making observations of neighbourhoods’ usages, interviewing experts and speaking with locals, and evaluating specific architecture types. Ultimately their efforts resulted into a report that combined the architectural characteristics of the visited neighbourhoods with the views and memories of people who inhabited or worked in those areas. To learn more about MAD’s efforts in Istanbul, please visit beyond.istanbul/mad/home.

Mundus Urbano is currently accepting student applications for the 2020-2022 cohort. Applications are open until 🗓January 15, 2020🗓. To find out more about the programme and application process, visit: mundus-urbano.eu/applications/

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📸: Aboli Mangire @ Istanbul, Turkey
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It is with deep sadness that we share the news that our dear friend and colleague, Carmen Tata, passed away. Ms. Tata has been involved in coordination of the Mundus Urbano programme at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata" since its inception, offering kind and thoughtful assistance to her colleagues and students all these years. We will always remember her smile, energy, and her big heart.
She will be truly missed by her family and all of us in the Mundus Urbano Consortium.
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