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.
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.
More informationVisit official programme website
- 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
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
September 15th at partner universities: KNUST, ARU, SURP and UACh.
DisciplinesEnvironmental Economics & Policy Urban Planning View 6 other Masters in Urban Planning in Germany
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- 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
InternationalFreeTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
EU/EEAFreeTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
The arising costs for the entire study differ depending on the respective second year SPRING partner university.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.
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Check the official programme website for potential updates.