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.”

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


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ATTENTION: Open Lecture at Mundus Urbano, 🗓Tuesday, 05 November 2019🗓

Are you interested to learn more about informal housing strategies? Please come to an open lecture, hosted by Mundus Urbano alumna Brenda Pérez-Castro, the Regional Coordinator for the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (Bangkok, Thailand).

When: Tuesday, 05 November 2019, from 11am-12pm.

Where: Mundus Urbano classroom (Room 8), Technische Universität Darmstadt, L3 / 01, El-Lissitsky Straße 1, Darmstadt 64287

About the lecture:
*The politics of doing: commoning for urban land and housing in Asia*

The void in housing provision left by profit-seeking market actors and weakened states in Asia has been filled with people’s self-development strategies. 50-60% of most cities in the region have been directly built by urban poor communities through their housing solutions. Informal settlements are, therefore, the only housing delivery mechanism reaching the needed scale. However they often lack adequacy due to conditions of insecure land tenure and vulnerability to disasters, among other factors. The lecture examines the strategies used by organised groups of urban poor communities, with the support of local NGOs, community architects and activists. Together these groups work together to aid in accessing secure urban land, upgrade informal settlements, and develop community-led, affordable and adequate housing projects. Thus this opens the political space for the co-production of inclusive urban housing policies and programs.

Brenda Pérez-Castro is a Colombian sociologist and Mundus Urbano alumna (2008-2010 cohort), currently acting as Regional Coordinator for the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights, based in Bangkok, Thailand.

To learn more about this and other events hosted by Mundus Urbano, please visit: mundus-urbano.eu
#mundusurbano #internationalcooperation #urbandevelopment #urbanplanning #housing #informalsettlements

📸 Credit: Brenda Pérez-Castro
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Are you curious about the many complexities that exist in urban development? Are you looking to gain international experience and engage with individuals from diverse academic and cultural backgrounds? Are you invested in elevating your professional profile to work in areas that require a transdisciplinary approach to international cooperation?

We’re looking for you.

Mundus Urbano offers an advanced interdisciplinary Master of Science programme in International Cooperation in Urban Development. It addresses the dynamic challenges faced throughout the world due to rapid urbanisation processes. Applications for the 2020-2022 cohort are now open until January 15, 2020. This period also serves as the application for MU’s tuition scholarships.

To find out more about the programme and application process, visit: mundus-urbano.eu/applications/
#mundusurbano #internationalcooperation #urbandevelopment #urbanplanning #management #city #infrastructure

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