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SPRING - Spatial Planning for Regions in Growing Economies, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #351 (WUR) Dortmund, Germany
SPRING - Spatial Planning for Regions in Growing Economies is a two-year Master's degree programme offered by TU Dortmund University that addresses current topics of spatial planning in developing and emerging countries.
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Overview

In lectures, for instance SPRING - Spatial Planning for Regions in Growing Economies participants at  TU Dortmund University discuss the challenges of rapid urban growth, reflect on the conflict between environmental protection and economic development, develop concepts to improve transport systems or define strategies to cope with impacts of climate change. 

Mission

Over the last decades, many governments in Africa, Asia and Latin America have initiated new regional development strategies, based on national decentralisation policies in order to reduce regional disparities. The level of management of the new decentralised administrative units (districts, regions or municipalities), however, rarely correspond with the new requirements. 

The quality of governance is still weak and experience in managing regional and urban development limited. Planners are increasingly challenged to bridge the boundaries between administrative sectors and the gap between formulating a plan and implementing a programme. New qualifications are required, ranging from planning competence to management skills, i.e. to make programmes operational with respect to financial requirements and restrictions or to moderate participatory processes. 

In order to fill the evident gap in adequate training for regional planning and management, five universities in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe are co-operating in running the SPRING programme. Launched in 1984 and designed as a joint post-graduate course, SPRING has pioneered a new way of international academic co-operation.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Planning Approaches and Key Skills for Planners
  • Workshop - Planning Practice
  • Planning in Developing Countries and Physical Infrastructure
  • Planning Tools
  • Concepts and Theories for Planning
  • Socio-Economic Development Planning

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    If you are a citizen of Tanzania, Chile, Ghana or the Philippines you must apply at the respective SPRING Centres (overleaf) until September 30th.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    90 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6

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  • Minimum required score:

    80

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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General Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent with significantly above average grades
  • High proficiency in English
  • Professional experience in a planning related field is highly desirable

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Course fee per year 550 – 5,000 € depends on the university 

Living costs for Dortmund

  • 730 - 1100 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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