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


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As final assignment of the Introduction to Urban Economics course, Mundus Urbano students examined persistent and current urban issues, through the lens of economics: Economics of Homelessness in Seattle and New OrleansPollution from the Port Arthur Oil Refinery in the USPros and Cons of Noise “Pollution” in Lively Urban Neighbourhoods, and Urban Sprawl in Jakarta Metropolitan Area. The presentations concluded the two-weeks course on Urban Economics… which is also a “taster” to the second-year specialisation on Development Economics at Università di Roma Tor Vergata, Rome. Well done students (It’s been tough and courses still have to be run remotely) and thank you Prof Paolo Paesani! #MundusUrbano #internationalcooperation #urbandevelopment #UrbanEconomics #MESCI ... See MoreSee Less

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Our alumna Anaïs-Marie De Keijser from class of 2012-2014 was back as guest lecturer for Mundus Urbano's course on Project Bid & Tender Management! Professionally, Anaïs works as bid manager (writing proposals), as urban development expert and is responsible for the development of the Smart City strategy for Sweco, an international consultancy firm. #mundusurbano #internationalcooperation #urbandevelopment #alumna ... See MoreSee Less

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What does economics theory say about cities, land policies, traffic, and retail agglomeration? Mundus Urbano started this Summer Semester 2021 with Prof. Paolo Paesani, who is also MU's Programme Director from the Faculty of Economics, Universitá degli Studi di Roma ‘Tor Vergata’. #Urbaneconomics #MundusUrbano #internationalcooperation #urbandevelopment #MESCI #fb15architektur #tudarmstadtfb15architektur ... See MoreSee Less

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