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International and interdisciplinary formation in sustainable planning, development, management and operation of city-regions and large agglomerations

The Master degree course has a strong international orientation. It is implemented by the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Germany, in cooperation with renowned international partner universities for an international exchange course in the third semester.

 

"Urban Agglomerations" is a 2-year full-time course. The course is taught completely in English. The course leads to the international academic degree Master of Science (M.Sc.).

 

Summary

Program Urban Agglomerations
Master of Science (M. Sc.)
Terms 4 semesters, full-time
ECTS credit points 120
Program starts Winter semester
Application deadline September 15
Applicants with degrees from foreign countries on April 15
Language English
Accreditation

By ACQUIN e.V. until 30.09.20.

(Re-accreditation until 30.09.2026 forthcoming)

Urban Agglomerations is now 10 years old!

Discover the program

Discover the program

"Urban Agglomerations" is a 2-year full-time course. The course is taught completely in English. The course leads to the international academic degree Master of Science (M.Sc.).

The Master's degree course is based on an integrated international orientation. It is organized and implemented by the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Germany, in cooperation with renowned international partner universities for an exchange course during the third semester.

The exposure to teaching and planning environments of different cultures forms an important intention of the degree course, contributing to intercultural sensibility and competencies.

The Master's degree course consists of four semesters. The specific study content during the first two semesters at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences provides the students with a broad understanding and basic knowledge of urban agglomerations.

The modules concentrate on a structured study program and introduce and deal with all relevant topics, including planning, environmental infrastructure, mobility, governance, as well as social and cultural issues.

The third semester is an international exchange semester. The Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences has cooperation agreements with partner universities worldwide, offering master courses in similar fields.

In the fourth semester the students return to the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences to write their Master thesis.

Target group

The target group is graduates from all countries all over the world holding a diploma, a bachelor or an equivalent first academic degree confirming to EU first degree standards in

  • Architecture, 
  • Civil Engineering, 
  • Urban, Regional, Landscape or Environmental Planning, 
  • Facility Management, 
  • Surveying, 
  • Real Estate, 
  • Geo-Informatics, 
  • Urban Geography,
  • or other planning-related disciplines,

training for a career and relevant position in the public or private sector, like urban and regional administration and authorities (e.g. planning and management departments), development corporations, free-lance consultants, real estate agencies, research institutes, and others.

Career prospects

In its specific aims, the course is primarily practically oriented, training and qualifying for a professional career and responsible position in the public, semi-public or private sector, such as urban and regional administrations and local authorities with their planning or management departments, development corporations, free-lance consultants, real estate agencies, research bodies, international institutions etc.

 

The overall conception aims to approach and solve complex urban problems in interdisciplinary teams and to prepare decision-makers for their future tasks as well in developed as in developing countries.

Tuition fees

The study program is subject to tuition fees.

 

Application fee from 1st July 2020:

100 € for each application

Fees from matriculation for the winter semester 2020/21:

11.630 € tuition fee for the whole study program (payment in 4 instalments possible)

+ administration fee for each semester in the respectively applicable amount (approx. 375€) 

Fee for retake examinations:

300 € for each retake examination

Fee for retake examination of the master thesis:

1.500 €  for each retake examination

 

For details please contact the coordination office: ua-info(at)fb1.fra-uas.de

 

 

18.06.2020
Urban Agglomerations student and Rugby player for ScFrankfurt 1880

One of our students, Ian Minjire from Kenya, shows us how to combine studies and sports. Recently an article was published about the engineer and his passion for Rugby .
More details can be found under: JKUAT Alumnus Secures a Sports Scholarship in Germany
The article even led to the Kenyan national television: youtu.be/6V_f2kahzCw

10.12.2019
Place-Making through the Creation of Common Spaces in Lima’s Self-Built Settlements: El Ermitaño and Pampa de Cueva as Case Studies for a Regional Urbanization Strategy

A scientific article about common spaces in self-built settlements in Lima was published by a group of UA students together with Prof. Dr. Jeffrey Kenworthy and  Dr. Kathrin Golda-Pongratz in December 2019. The article can be found here: Place-Making through the Creation of Common Spaces in Lima’s Self-Built Settlements

14.10.2019
Arrival of the New Students

On Monday, 14th October 2019 at 10:00 a.m., the students of the 12th year of Urban Agglomerations started their studies. They were welcomed by the program director, the coordinators and by the President of  the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences. The opening ceremony was followed by a three-day introductory event.

11.07.2019
Anatomy of an Informal Transit City: Mobility Analysis of the Metropolitan Area of Lima

A group of UA students worked together with Prof. Dr. Jeffrey Kenworthy and  Dr. Kathrin Golda-Pongratz on a scientific article about the metropolitan area in Lima. The article dealt with the difficult issue of mobility in rapidly motorizing cities using Lima as a case example. Lima was found to be a city that relies heavily on transit but it is mostly poorer quality informal modes. If Lima wants to progress in sustainable transport it needs to develop a strong backbone of formal modes of transport preferably rail, stop building freeways and devote attention to radically improving the situation for non-motorised modes. The article was published in July 2019 and can be found here: Anatomy of an Informal Transit City: Mobility Analysis of the Metropolitan Area of Lima

26.06.2019
Reports about the Exchange Semester

After returning from their exchange semester, our students presented the experiences they were able to gain at our partner universities during the last winter term. Students from the Master Program Urban Agglomerations studied at our partner universities in Sweden, Poland, Italy and Turkey.

16.09.2019
Master Thesis Presentations

On 16th and 17th September, the 13 master theses of the current summer semester were presented to the public.

20.06.2019 - 23.06.2019
Excursion to Lyon

In June 2019, students and lecturers from the master program Urban Agglomerations, Barrier-Free-Systems and UMSB spent a prolonged weekend in Lyon in France and visited many urban developments and some architectural projects. Each student prepared a short report to a project which they presented on tour. These were for instance the urban development projects Part-Dieu, La Duchère, La Confluence, the development of the riverbanks and public spaces in the historic city centre, the Croix-Rousse district and housing estates from the 1920s such as the Gratte-Ciel district and Les États-Unis. Furthermore we visited the Musée des Confluences from CoopHimmelb(l)au and the Museum and Roman Theaters Lugdunum from Bernard Zehrfuss.

Modules

The Masters Course Urban Agglomerationsis completely taught in English. It comprises twelve modules with 5 to 30 credits each and the final Master Thesis (30 credits), in total 120 ECTS-credits.

 

The students spend three semesters in Frankfurt (semester 1, 2 and 4) and one exchange semester (semester 3) at an international partner university

    Modules from winter semester 2020:

     

    Exams

    There are ten study modules and each terminates with an exam.
    The specific kind of examination performance necessary for each module can be oral, written or project work and is defined in the module descriptions.

     

    Available exams

    Number Titel ECTS Credits Examination of the module Language
    UA M1 Urban Development and Sustainable Cities 5 Written exam (120 minutes, 50%) and written assignment (8 weeks, 50%) English
    UA M2 Mobility in Cities 5 Project work (12 weeks) English
    UA M3 Social and Cultural Challenges of Cities 5 Oral presentation (10-20 minutes, 25%), written assignment (8 weeks, 25%) and project work (8 weeks, 50%) English
    UA M4 Land Management and Land Use Planning 5 Project work (12 weeks) English
    UA M5 Geographical Information Systems (GIS) 5 Written exam (150 minutes) English
    UA M6 Scientific Methods and Academic Skills 5 Written assignment (6 weeks, 25%), written assignment 2 (6 weeks, 25%), written assignment 3 (8 weeks, 50%) English
    UA M7.1 Deutsche Sprache und Kommunikation (A1-Niveau) 5 Klausur 1 (60 Minuten, 35%), Klausur 2 (60 Minuten, 35%), Präsentation 5-10 Minuten, 30%) Deutsch
    UA M7.2 Deutsche Sprache und Kommunikation (A2-B1-Niveau) 5 Klausur 1 (60 Minuten, 35%), Klausur 2 (60 Minuten, 35%), Präsentation 5-10 Minuten, 30%) Deutsch
    UA M8 Urban Infrastructure: Water and Sewage 5 Written assignment (8 weeks) English
    UA M9 Urban Infrastructure: Waste and Energy 5 Written assignment (8 weeks) English
    UA M10 Green and Public Spaces 5 Project work (12 weeks) English
    UA M11 Interdisciplinary Project 10 Project work (12 weeks) and presentation (10-20 minutes) English
    UA M12 International Exchange Course 30 Depending on the requirements at the partner university English or other
    UA M13 Master Thesis with Colloquium 30 Master Thesis (18 weeks) and colloquium (40-60 minutes, 25%) English

    The Master degree course "Urban Agglomerations" M.Sc. offers an international and interdisciplinary formation in sustainable planning, development, management and operation of city-regions and large agglomerations. The course has a strong international orientation. It is implemented by the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Germany, in cooperation with renowned international partner universities for an international exchange course in the third semester.

     

    "Urban Agglomerations" is a 2-year full-time course taught completely in English. The course leads to the international academic degree Master of Science (M.Sc.)

    First start of the degree course: October 2008
    Accreditation until: September 2020


    Next application deadline:

    April 15, for applicants with a first degree from foreign countries
    September 15, for applicants with a German degree.

    Thesis topics

    Year of Graduation Thesis Topic Author
    2019 Street Fight of the 21st Century: Learning from Barcelona’s Superblock Model on Sustainability in Transportation Samar Al Maaroufi
    2019 Housing of immigrants in Columbia – A challenge for future living conditions Hirenkumar Bhagvandas Patel
    2019 Strategies and Recommendations for Redeveloping the Settlements of Syrian Refugees Bachar Ntefeh
    2019 Analysis of the Colombian Metropolitan Areas Andrés Felipe Mendoza Roa
    2019 A Study of the Polycentric Urban Growth Strategy of Istanbul Khashayar Dashti
    2019 Sustainable Management of the Channelized Water Streams in Bogotá Natalia Pulido Castro
    2019 An Analysis of the Public Transport Performance in Brazilian Cities Sara Costa Sena Pereira
    2019 Impact of High-Rise Development Plans on Property Values Frankfurt and Mumbai Ekta
    2019 Lessons Learnt from the Changing Role of Public Spaces during the Arab Spring Ahmed Hamdi Ali Ihsan Hamdi
    2019 HealingCooum: A study of the Cooum river and it‘s restoration measures Varoon Venkat Shenoy
    2019 A City by People? Public Participation in the Urban Planning of Leon, Mexico Natalia del Carmen Calixto Solano
    2019 Proposal Pedestrianization of Kota Lama Semarang, Indonesia Muhammad Fahd Diyar Husni
    2019 Mototaxis as paratransit modes in the periphery of Lima Guillermo Franco Jauregui Fung
    2019 Road Pricing as a Congestion Control Mechanism Ashish Talasadar
    2019 Contemporary Shopping Spaces in the City of Bengaluru, India Sruthi Venkataramanan
    2019 Waste as Ressource-Energy Recovery Potentials of Sewage Sludge in Bengaluru City, India Mayura Varma Rajkumar Vatsala
    2018 A Comparative Assessment on Bus Rapid Transit Systems in Latin America David Eduardo Castrillon Arango
    2018 How to Transfer GIS Based Urban Models to Graphic-Optimized 3D-Tiles: State of the Art and Future Work Hung Che Yi
    2018 Healing Monterrey trough Natural Infrastructure Ana Lucía Araujo Castro
    2018 Revitalization of River Vishwamitri in the City of Vadodara, India Bhavsar Rahul
    2018 Transitional Urbanism Forward Inclusive Rural Settlements Enna Aylen Briceño Córdoba
    2018 Affordability of Housing and Transportation in Vancouver, Canada Jessica Wei-Lin Lam
    2018 Introducing Low-Cost Technologies to Improve Thermal Comfort trough Participatory Design Based on The Social and Cultural Dynamics in Informal Settlements, Bogotá Abishek Ghayal
    2018 Livability in Existing and Future Cities Anuradha Sharma
    2018 World Heritage Historical Centers Protection and Development Policies Polina Khanukaeva
    2018 Pedestrian Rights in Kathmandu Streets Jyotsna Shrestha
    2018 Urban Innovation Process as a Factor for Sustainable Local Development in Germany and Mexico Cristina Salzazar Soto
    2016 A Comparative Analysis of Eco-districts Shima Bouzari
    2016 A sustainability analysis of harbour redevelopments in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Hamburg Shikha Salla Mohanraj
    2015 Integration of electromobility into the city of Ahmedabad, India Mittal Patel
    2015 The Urban and Socio-Economical Resilience of Tourism Based Developments: The Case of Playa del Carmen, Mexico Allyson Murillo Ruiz
    2015 Smart Cities as a New Model for Urbanism in India Rajiv Singh Irungbam
    2015 Housing Provision under the Effect of Current Development Strategies Öykü Ülgüner
    2015 Capturing Land Value Appreciations Generated by Public Transport Improvements Evgenia Marinaki
    2015 Concept design of a sustainable Transit Oriented Development in cooperation with a smart urban electrical grid Maria Tsioutsia
    2014 urban Community Gardening as a Social Movement for More Sustainable Neighborhoods Olga Korovina
    2014 The implementation of sustainable development principles in Tianjin Eco-City Biying Ding
    2014 A Sustainability Assessment of the housing project Ciudad Verde in Soacha Colombia Jean Francisco Duque
    2014 Formal and Informal Transport In Mexico City Public Transport Carolina Zabas Roeland
    2014 Urban Safety. Food Production and Social Inclusion Alejandra Cid Patino
    2014 An investigation of the anticipated spatial impacts of a high-speed train service in Chiangmai, Thailand Patchara Kanmuang

    All students applying for Urban Agglomerations have to prove a first degree conforming to EU first degree standards, awarded by a higher education institution in architecture, civil engineering, urban and regional planning, landscape and environmental planning, facility management, surveying, real estate, geo-informatics or other planning-related disciplines.

     

    Please, fill in the Application Form for admission as student to Urban Agglomerations, and provide all documents required plus a copy of your passport page stating name, date of birth etc... with your application. Incomplete applications cannot be processed. Please, do let us know your e-mail address, if you have one. We will then be able to communicate faster and in a more reliable manner with you in clarifying open questions.

    Your application will be checked by the International Office of the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences.

    If all formal conditions are met, the International Office passes the application to the faculty committee, responsible for the admission.

    All international applicants need one set of authenticated and officially translated documents.
    All German applicants need one set of documents and may present their authenticated official degrees and reports - as far as they were achieved in Germany - in german language. Applicants will be informed quickly as to whether their prior academic records fulfil the formal requirements of the Master Program "Urban Agglomerations".

    Please, be aware that your documents will only remain with the Coordination Office for one year. After the period of one year those documents will be destroyed. Documents can, in general, not be sent back to you.

    For remaining questions with respect to this application and the Master Program please contact us.

    Overview

    Name of Study Program Urban Agglomerations
    Study Program Full time studies, regular period of study is 4 semester (2 years), tuition fees
    Degree Master of Science
    Language English
    Beginning of Study Program The study program begins once a year in the winter semester.
    Admission restrictions First degree conforming to EU first degree standards (from a University or University of Applied Sciences), awarded by a higher education institution in architecture, civil engineering, urban and regional planning, landscape and environmental planning, facility management, surveying, real estate, geo-informatics or other planning-related disciplines with a standard period of studies of at least 6 semesters (3 years) or 180 Credits;
    Professional experience of at least one year;
    English language ability (TOEFL 213 or IELTS 6 or Cambridge First Certificate (A) or equivalent test);
    Letter of motivation;
    Curriculum vitae;
    Letter of recommendation
    Fees from Winter Term 2020/21 Application fee from 1st July 2020:
    100 € for each application

    Fees from matriculation for the winter semester 2020/21:
    11.630 € tuition fee for the whole study program (payment in 4 instalments possible)

    + administration fee for each semester in the respectively applicable amount (approx. 375€)

    Fee for retake examinations:
    300 € for each retake examination

    Fee for retake examination of the master thesis:
    1.500 €  for each retake examination
    Additional Information The third semester is an international exchange course and has to be completed at a foreign partner university.

    The admission is limited. The applicants have to prove a first degree conforming to EU first degree standards (from a University or University of Applied Sciences), awarded by a higher education institution in architecture, civil engineering, urban and regional planning, landscape and environmental planning, facility management, surveying, real estate, geo-informatics or other planning-related disciplines with a standard period of studies of at least 6 semesters (3 years) or 180 Credits.

    Professional experience of at least one year is required. This can be waived in case of excellent final results in the first degree.

    Non-native English-speaking students have to prove their English language ability by TOEFL 213 or IELTS 6 or Cambridge First Certificate (A) or equivalent test. If the Bachelor (or comparable) degree has been obtained at a school, where the primary language of instruction was English, language skills are accepted as sufficient.

    Supporting documents to the application form:
    A letter of motivation in English which describes professional experience, interests as well as professional aims after the studies, Curriculum vitae, a letter of recommendation from a professor.

    If the numbers of qualified applicants exceed the number of places in the Master Program, the written documents and applications will be decisive. The quality of the first degree and of the professional experiences as well as the quality of the letter of motivation will affect the selection criteria.

    Download a list of all required application documents.

    Please send your application with all necessary documents by post or e-mail to Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences - Urban Agglomerations, Nibelungenplatz 1, 60318 Frankfurt am Main, ua-info(at)fb1.fra-uas.remove-this.de.

     

    Enrollment

    You can enroll at our Study Office from August 3rd until October 12th 2020.

    The following steps outline the process to get registered at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences.

    Before arriving in Frankfurt, please share your flight itinerary with our program office. We can arrange for an escort from the airport to your lodging if requested. From the airport, we will travel via public transit to the accommodations you arranged without coordination office. Be sure to have Euros in advance to pay for the tickets.

     

    Establish a bank account as quickly as possible. A special foreign student "blocked" account must be established to satisfy German embassy requirements. The Frankfurter Sparkasse has branches in the vicinity of the university. Information can be found here: www.frankfurter-sparkasse.de/en/home/about-us.html?n=true  Deutsche Bank also has many locations in Frankfurt and throughout Germany(https://www.deutsche-bank.de/pk.html) You will need a local bank account in order to pay the tuition fees. The tuition fees take several working days for the Frankfurt UAS to process.

     

    According to German law (welfare legislation and immigration legislation) students must obtain a health insurance policy from a valid provider. Students from EU and other partner nations may be able to simply notify their provider and temporarily transfer the policy to Germany. In all the other cases it is advisable to join the so called Mandatory Health Insurance (Gesetzliche Krankenversicherung-GKV): it is less complicated than bringing private insurance from home and usually it is cheaper.

    Insurance companies work with our International Office. During the enrollment process students can register for health insurance at a kiosk in front of the International and Admissions Offices.

    The Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) is one of the most popular choices. Information (only in German) can be found on their website. During the introductory week there will be an opportunity to sign up for an account with the Techniker Krankenkasse on site. Mr. Jan Müller is the local TK representative and can be reached at jan.mueller@tk-online.de.

    Once the tuition fees have been processed, visit Frau Kaboth in the International Office located in building 1 room 8 on the ground floor. She will verify your official original documents (diplomas, transcripts, etc) which will allow you to enroll.

     

    Testimonials

    When I graduated from Urban Agglomerations in 2013, I was living in Istanbul and I stayed living in Turkey. I started to write for some Italian on-line and printed magazines about sustainable planning and architecture. Now I continue writing books on different topics including the field of architecture

    Virginia Elena Patrone, Italy

    Thanks to the experience through the master program at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, nowadays I work as an adviser in urban planning, sustainable building and housing at the Urban Development Direction at the National Planning Department (DNP) of Colombia. Based on my academic experience in Germany and Sweden I currently implement in consultancy on national planning levels, urban policies and environmental programs, data analysis and assessment on infrastructure, climate change and urbanization.

    Alexandr Rodriguez Larin, Colombia

    Currently I‘m a research assistant at the Academy for Spatial Research and Planning (ARL). Since 2014, I have a position as a PhD candidate at the Institute of Economic and Cultural Geography, University of Hanover. While pursuing the international master’s program, I got the opportunity to study the fundamentals of urban sustainability and attend a number of workshops, focusing on several case studies in Europe and South America. This experience taught me that the key factors regarding prosperity and resilience is deeply rooted in the innovativeness of cities.

    Milad Abbasiharofteh, Iran

    I am an Indian Architect, graduated out from the Urban Agglomerations program in March 2016. I am currently working as an intern at Radbonus UG in Köln. Here, my task is to analyze the bicycle infrastructure of different German cities and also to perform market research. Choosing Urban Agglomerations as a master’s degree is one of the best decisions I made as a student. This program has not only enhanced my research skills, but also enabled me to work in the field of sustainable urban development. It has provided me with adequate knowledge of the various urban challenges faced by today´s agglomerations around the world.

    Shikha Salla, India

    The multidisciplinary faculty of the program enabled my fellow students and I to develop distinct scholarship based on our own individual interests. Through their guidance, I was able to obtain integral insights on the topics I have used to define my early career. Since graduation, I have gone on to become an urban development consultant for projects across Latin America, Africa, Europe and North America. Currently based between Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, and Frankfurt am Main, Germany, I am grateful for the intercultural and interdisciplinary foundations the program helped to set.

    Nicholas Kasang, USA

    I graduated from the M.Sc. Urban Agglomerations in 2014 and have since worked for non-governmental organizations, as well as for the public and private sector. Currently, I work for the Government as a Senior Business Development Analyst, working for the Regional Transport Authority, Metrolinx, in the Toronto Region in Canada. I am leading the Voice of the Customer for our Fare Payment System, helping improve our customer experience and satisfaction

    Carolina Zabas Roelandt, Belgium/Spain

    Program director

    Prof. Dr.-Ing.
    Michael Peterek
    Head of degree course: Environmental Management and Urban Planning in Metropolitan Areas (M. Eng.) and Urban Agglomerations (M. Sc.)
    Building 1, Room 506

    Coordination office

    Carmen RauberCoordinator in the study program Urban Agglomerations
    Building 1, Room 429
    Prof. Dr.
    Caroline Günther
    Head of degree course: Barrier-free Systems: Planning and Building (M. Sc.)
    Building 1, Room 510
    Fax : +49 69 1533-2761

    Teaching staff

    Prof. Dr.
    Caroline Günther
    Head of degree course: Barrier-free Systems: Planning and Building (M. Sc.)
    Building 1, Room 510
    Fax : +49 69 1533-2761
    Prof. Dr.
    Christian Hähnlein
    Building 9, Room 19a
    Fax : +49 69 1533-2374
    Dr.-Ing.
    Dominic Hofmann
    Building 1, Room 40
    Fax : +49 69 1533-2374
    Prof. Dr.
    Martina Klärle
    VP Research, Continuing education, Transfer
    Building 9, Room 216
    Fax : +49 69 1533-2374
    Prof. Dr.-Ing.
    Michael Peterek
    Head of degree course: Environmental Management and Urban Planning in Metropolitan Areas (M. Eng.) and Urban Agglomerations (M. Sc.)
    Building 1, Room 506
    Prof. Dr.-Ing.
    René Dieter Thiele
    VP Studium und Lehre
    Building 2, Room 516
    Fax : +49 69 1533-2401

    Additional teaching staff of other universities

    Prof. Dr. phil. Thorsten Bürklin
    FH Münster

    th.buerklin(at)fh-muenster.remove-this.de

    Cooperation agreements

    The Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences (Germany) has cooperation agreements for an exchange semester with the following universities in Europe and overseas:

     

    KNUST

    KNUST Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana

    Master Program: Development Planning & Management

    Griffith University

    Griffith University, Australia

    Master Program: Urban and Environmental Planning

    SPA

    India, Delhi
    School of Planning and Architecture Delhi
    Master Program: Urban Planning

     

    KMITL

    Thailand, Bangkok
    KMITL King Mongkut‘s Institute of Technology, Ladkrabang, Bangkok, Thailand
    Master Program: Master of Urban and Regional Planning

     

    German-Jordanian University

    Jordan, Amman
    German-Jordanian University, GJU
    Master Program: M. Sc. Program in Spatial Planning

     

    PUT

    PUT Poznan University of Technology, Poland

    Master Program: M.Sc Architecture

    PW

    Warsaw University of Technology, PW

    Master Program: M.Sc. Architecture and Urban Planning

    ITU

    POLIMI

    Politecnico di Milano, Italy

    Master Program: Urban Planning

    PK

    Krakow University of Technology, PK

    Master Program: M.Sc. Architecture

    IZTECH

    Izmir Institute of Technology, Turkey

    Master Programs: Urban Design, Urban Planning

    University of Malmö

    University of Malmö, Sweden
    Master Programs: Sustainable Urban Management, Project Management and Organisation

    NTNU

    Norwegian University of Science and Technology
    Master Program: Urban Ecological Planning

    ABC

    Universidade Federal do ABC, Santo André, Brasil

    Master Program: Territorial and Planning Management

    UFRJ

    Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

    Master Program: Mestrado en Engenharia Urbana (Master in Urban Engineering)

    UPC

    Universidad Piloto de Colombia, Bogota, Colombia

    Master Program: Urban Management 

    TEC

    Tecnológico de Costa Rica

    Master Program: Bachiller en Arquitectura y Urbanismo (Bachelor in Architecture and Urbanism, 10 semesters)

    PUCPR

    Universidade Catolica do Paraná - PUCPR, Curitiba, Brasil

    Master Program: Pós-Graduação em Gestão Urbana

    Bio-Bio

    Universidad del Bío-Bío, Concepción, Chile

    Master Program: Habitat Sustentable y Eficiencia Energetica

    UAEM

    PUCP

    Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, PUCP, Lima

    Master Program: Bachiller en Arquitectura (Bachelor in Architecture, 10 semesters)

    Workshops

    Each year the master programme “Urban Agglomerations” and partner universities from South America organize an annual meeting. In September 2013 the meeting took place at the UAEM Universidad Autonomá del Estado de México in Toluca, Mexico. This fourth meeting was arranged as a workshop and for the first time students from each university were invited to participate. Apart from the UAEM as the hosting university and the master programme “Urban Agglomerations”, professors from the partner universities from PUCPR Curitiba, Brazil; UFABC, Santo André, Brazil; Uni Piloto, Bogotá, Colombia; attended the workshop, which took place from September 17th till 24th, 2013.

    The topic was „Sustainable Development in Metropolitan Regions“ and the students had the possibility to study and discuss metropolitan regions by examining the city of Mexico. Excursions, lectures, round tables and project work were on the agenda. Five students from the master programme “Urban Agglomerations” participated.

    Altogether it was a lively, international group of students. Active discussions among students and lecturers enriched the communication between the involved participants coming from different areas of research. All in all, it was an intensive and interesting week, in which, apart from the professional input, cultural aspects also gave new insights. The main focus was set on informal housing, as well as transportation and open spaces in the city. Mexico City is a good example to examine and do research on these topics, as the problems of a mega-city are visible and can easily be detected. The challenges of informal settlements, when spreading out along the borders of the city, become very obvious. Traffic, infrastructure, hygienic factors and crime are only a few aspects which lead to serious problems within a metropolis.

    Since 2010 the master programme “Urban Agglomerations” and partner universities from South America arrange an annual meeting of the international network „Urban Knowledge Net“. In 2014 it was organized by the Universidad Piloto de Colombia in Bogotá. “Urban Knowledge Net”, initiated by Prof. Michael Peterek and Caroline Günther, is an international cooperation between the master programme “Urban Agglomerations” and postgraduate programmes from partner universities from Latin America, where lecturers from the individual postgraduate courses and research projects deal with topics of sustainable metropolitan regions.

    For the second time this meeting was arranged as a workshop. Students from all the participating master programmes were invited to join and learn. The topic of the workshop was “Integration of Metropolitan Regions” and it took place from September 22nd till 27th, 2014. Apart from participants from the Universidad Piloto de Colombia, as the hosting university, and the master programme “Urban Agglomerations”, professors from the partner universities from PUCPR Curitiba, Brazil, UFABC, Santo André, Brazil, UAEM, Toluca, Mexico, Universidad del Bío-Bío, Concepción, Chile, attended the workshop.

    After the official opening of the international colloquium, which was organized as an accompanying event to the network meeting, various lectures were held by professors and students from the participating universities. The topics of the lectures dealt with the integration of metropolitan regions.

    Apart from the theoretical discussions, different field trips were organized to give a practical connection to the topic. One field trip was a visit to the operator and system of Transmilenio, the public transportation system of Bogotá. A second field trip went to the outskirts of Bogotá to see an environmental project, as well as a housing quarter, established on the furthermost border of the city. In both cases it was possible to get an intense insight of the problems such a mega city is confronted and has to deal with.

     

    From 5th to 9th October 2015, the annual meeting of the “Urban Knowledge Network” of the Master Programme “Urban Agglomerations (M.Sc.)” took place at the Universidad del Bío-Bío in Concepción, Chile. Most of the Latin American partner universities participated, as well as Michael Peterek and Caroline Günther from Frankfurt University.

    In the past, Chile has been confronted with vast earthquakes and subsequently had to cope with many tsunamis. Dealing with such threats and defining strategies in order to adapt cities to such natural disasters, was the major topic to the country as well as all other affected countries. In this context a workshop took place at the Universidad del Bío-Bío, additionally to the network meeting. The topic of the workshop was „Global Climatic Change, Natural Disaster and Resilience“ and concentrated on strategies of future prevention as well as mitigation. The workshop concentrated on research approaches and projects that are testing to anticipate events, mitigate disaster effects and build local resilience, in order to prepare communities to major challenges like global warming and future events.

    Thematically, the workshop invited all professionals interested and involved in neighborhood projects, risk and vulnerability analysis, climate change adaptation, mitigation strategies, integrated design approach, reconstruction projects, case studies on urban planning that contribute to enhance the local resilience and concerning question local empowerment. The workshop took place over two days, with many internationally renowned speakers.

    Summer School Urban Sustainability

    Bangkok, Thailand (2015)

    From July 13th to 29th, 2015, the master program “Urban Agglomerations” organized its first international Summer School with the partner university King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL) in Bangkok. Sponsored by funding from the DAAD and the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), an interdisciplinary course on “Urban Sustainability” took place at the local International College.

    Six professors from Frankfurt and three colleagues from Bangkok gave lectures in the fields of sustainable transport, urban theory, perception and culture, urban water supply and sanitation, land management, urban planning and universal design. The 18 students came from seven different countries and the diverse disciplines of architecture, landscape and urban planning, civil and energy engineering as well as environmental management.

    Altogether 18 students from 7 countries took part in the summer school. They came from Cambodia, Thailand, Philippines, Nepal, Turkey, Italy and Germany. The students were mainly studying in their third to fifth year in architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, civil engineering, traffic management, energy engineering and environmental management.
    After the opening ceremony, conducted by the president of the KMITL, representatives of the German Embassy Bangkok and the DAAD German Academic Exchange Service, the course began.

    The program was divided into six learning units, dealing with the different aspects of urban sustainability:

    • Sustainable Transport - M.Eng. Dennis Knese
    • Urban Theory, Perception and Culture - Prof. Kathrin Golda-Pongratz
    • Urban Water Supply and Sanitation - Prof. Monika Horster
    • Land Management - Prof. Fabian Thiel
    • Urban Planning and Development - Prof. Michael Peterek
    • Universal Design - M. Sc. Caroline Günther

    Additionally, the group did four field trips together with colleagues from the KMITL. The aim was to intensify the specific contents of the units by investigating the real situation of the mega city Bangkok, it’s urban, traffic, infrastructural and socio-cultural challenges. The field trips were:

    • a whole-day experience with the public transportation system (train, skytrain, metro, bus)
    • an excursion in the evening through quarters and neighborhoods in the city centre
    • a visit to the campus of the Mahidol University. This university follows principles of a sustainable development on campus as well as in the neighborhoods (for example with projects concerning bike mobility, urban farming, waste- and water recycling)
    • a guided tour through the informal settlement Klong Toey, a traditional neighborhood in the centre of the metropolis.

    During the summer school the students worked on various case studies in fours interdisciplinary groups. They were supposed to map, analyse and validate according to the knowledge they attained in the units and finally develop first planning advises for a future sustainable development of the urban area they were working on.
    Introspective, the summer school was a great success for the master program “Urban Agglomerations”. The intercultural and interdisciplinary exchange with all the participants was inspiring. Also the collaboration with the partner university KMITL was excellent.

    Urban Agglomerations, as an international study programme, combines theoretical knowledge and practical experience. We aim to connect theory and practice by offering specific events such as field trips, excursions, public lectures, or visits to institutions.

    In May 2018 the international Master program "Urban Agglomerations" celebrated its 10th anniversary in an international week with lectures, workshops, excursions and a public celebration. In addition to alumni and students, numerous representatives of the partner universities worldwide took part.

     

    The publication published on the occasion can be found here.

    Excursions

    At the beginning of every winter term we organize an excursion to a city in Germany to welcome the new students of our master program Urban Agglomerations. Apart from learning more about Germany at the beginning of the master program, the students also have the opportunity to get to know each other. This year we spent two days in Leipzig, a city that has a lot to tell about German history.”

    Apply now!

    Next application deadline for the winter term 2020 has been extended to June 1st, for applicants with a first degree from foreign countries.

     

    Next application deadline for the winter term 2020 is September 15th, for applicants with a German degree.

    Send us your application now.

    Contact

    Prof. Dr.-Ing.
    Michael Peterek
    Head of degree course: Environmental Management and Urban Planning in Metropolitan Areas (M. Eng.) and Urban Agglomerations (M. Sc.)
    Building 1, Room 506
    Carmen RauberCoordinator in the study program Urban Agglomerations
    Building 1, Room 429
    Prof. Dr.
    Caroline Günther
    Head of degree course: Barrier-free Systems: Planning and Building (M. Sc.)
    Building 1, Room 510
    Fax : +49 69 1533-2761
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    last updated on: 07.10.2020