Netherlands, Groningen

Pathways Towards Sustainable Futures

when 16 January 2019 - 29 January 2019
language English
duration 2 weeks
fee EUR 550

Learn about planning in the Netherlands! This January 2019 summer/winter course is organised and taught by the University of Groningen (UG), Groningen, the Netherlands, and delivered in cooperation with the Unviersity of Fortaleza (UNIFOR) in the city of Fortaleza in Brazil, and Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) in the city of Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

When?
PASF will be delivered in January 2019 in two parts:

Part One, as a one week 'Summer School', will be delivered January 7 - 11, 2019 at the University of Fortaleza (UNIFOR), in the city of Fortaleza, Brazil. This will be the 4th edition of the summer school in Brazil. Earlier editions were delivered in 2016 (UFABC, Santo Andre), in 2017 (UFRGS, Porto Alegre) and in 2018 (UFMG, Belo Horizonte).
Part One will also be delivered as a one week 'Summer School' January 7 - 11, 2019 at the Faculty of Geography of Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), in the city of Yogyakarta, Indonesia. It will be the first time that PASF Part One will be delivered in Indonesia.
Part Two, as a two week 'Winter School', will be delivered January 16-29, 2019 at the University of Groningen, in the city of Groningen in the Netherlands.
In an ideal world, participants attend both parts - but Part One and Part Two can also be attended separately.This course focuses on the achievements, challenges and innovations of urban and regional planning in the Netherlands. Some of the internationally well-known features of the Dutch planning system include: dense urban development, ongoing adaptations to the challenges of climate and climate change, innovative transportation planning aimed at reducing emissions and energy use, affordable, high-quality housing (also for lower income groups) and water management.

Course leader

Paul van Steen

Target group

The course was developed in 2013 on the experiences and positive evaluations of a large number of Brazilian students in “Architecture and Urbanism”, “Environmental Engineering” and related disciplines. These students had the opportunity to study at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences of the University of Groningen as a “Science without Borders” student between 2013 and 2016. The course also aims to match the interests of students enrolled in partner univerisites in Indonesia and other countries outside Europe that have expressed an interest in learning about Dutch urban and regional planning practices.

Part One, the 'summer school' course primarily targets students from the cities and regions where the course is delivered: Brazil and Indonesia. The main target group consists of advanced undergraduate (bachelor) students: students that have completed 4 or 5 semesters in their undergraduate degree. But also students from other levels, or graduated students from the hosting partner universities, are welcome. As the topic of PASF is first and foremost interdiciplinary, the course is open for all students from all disciplines that are eager to learn about the unique and specific planning tools and policies that have been implemented in the field of sustainable urban and regional development in the Netherlands, and the learning experiences in these (policy) fields.

Part Two, the 'winter school' course in Groningen, is open to all international students.

Both parts of the course are delivered in English. Participants are expected to have a sufficient command of the English language in order to participate in discussions and to write short essays. Participants do not need to submit proof of a language test, but an English language proficiency equal to TOEFL 550 or IELTS 5.5 is expected.

Course aim

Acquiring knowledge about the unique and specific planning tools and policies that have been implemented in the field of sustainable urban and regional development in the Netherlands.

Fee info

EUR 550: Part Two of PASF in Groningen has a cost fee of EUR 550 excluding housing. A restricted number of rooms in International Student Houses in the City of Groningen are available for a surcharge of EUR 350.

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