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.”

AnonymousAlumni survey

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


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.-

„MU is not only a master's program, it is also a big community that will allow you to feel home away from home, you know they have your back no matter what.
Time flies for sure, is hard to believe that my first year of Mundus Urbano is over. This year has been a great adventure that has allowed me to have personal and professional growth. It has been full of challenges including Covid-19, but thanks to the support from all the MU team (students and coordinators) the process of adaptation to online learning was easy. I feel lucky enough to be surrounded by people that inspire me and challenge me to become a better person, they all have become my second family, and I'm grateful for having such spontaneous, loving people that during hard times help me remember how brave and strong we are when we are together. I will miss Darmstadt but I’m looking forward for my second year at Tor Vergata University of Rome“ - Laura Patricia Pérez Francis

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

"WOW! It's already the end felt like we started yesterday 😅
MU was a mind-blowing experience!! Learned a lot from all the cool people.
Made some really good friends.
I just hope to get my bag loaded with more knowledge and cool experiences in the coming semester.“ - Shantanu Raut

If you want to apply for the Mundus Urbano 2020/22 cohort, you cab still do so for 3 more days - applications deadline closes at July 31! For more information, see the following link: www.mundus-urbano.eu/applications/

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MU is proud of the diversity of our students, guest lecturers and consortium. With recent ongoing debates and protests around identities globally, our students along with Dr Shanti Pillai discussed hegemonies in identities and evolving concepts around identity constructions. As mentioned in the Washington Post (www.washingtonpost.com/news/book-party/wp/2018/10/18/feature/identity-politics-may-divide-us-but-...), it is something we can't unite without!
We at MU are proud to showcase the diversity!

Applications are open until July 31st!

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