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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.”

AnonymousAlumni survey

"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.”

AnonymousAlumni survey

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Latest news

Our first year students are done with their first part at Mundus Urbano. We asked some of them how they experienced this year.

„My first year at MU was a constant process of learning and growing, both professionally and personally. This year equipped me with professional and academic tools, and as importantly, with new friendships and the chance to better understand different cultures. The weekly modules allowed me to explore different approaches to urban development, re-examine common conceptions, and complement my existing experience with advanced research. Although the Covid19 crisis posed challenges, our coordinators worked hard to shift the program online in the best way possible and gave us all the support we needed, so that our experience and learning process was unhindered. I am a bit sad that this year is already over, but I am also really excited towards next year's mobility program.“

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We are always happy to see our students successfully finishing their time with us. Last Friday our second-year student @ricaurte_ defended his Master's thesis at our partner university @universitegrenoblealpes. His work "Possibilities of participatory tools in the attainment of sustainable housing solutions - The case of Bogotá" determines the main approaches that address social housing and sustainable development, empathizing the participation of civil society in contexts of urban informality in Latin America.
The focus is set on the Colombian case, an intent to formulate a guideline to address the issues of the present situation in the country and Bogotá especially. The conclusion empathizes the importance of the discussion over housing and land markets, gentrification, and urban inequality in the future of the city.
We congratulate him on his great success with his thesis and wish him all the best for the future!

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We look back at an exciting year with amazing people. In July, our first-year students held their Final research proposal presentations.
Congratulations to Gaoli and Trevor who received the best proposal prizes!

Although we could not celebrate together, farewells were said via Zoom and our students are excited to begin their second year in different cities all over Europe. We wish them all the best and are excited to welcome the new MU cohort 2020-2022 soon!

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