SPRING – Regional Development Planning and Management

In order to reduce regional disparities, governments in Africa, Asia and Latin America have initiated new regional development strategies based on national decentralisation policies. The management level of the new decentralised administrative units (districts, regions or munici- palities), however, is rarely commensurate with the new requirements.

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DURATION:
24 months

Technische Universität Dortmund

Location The TU Dortmund University, with more than 24,000 students, com- bines academic tradition with high-quality teaching. Consistent with its mission, the University has been developing innovative programmes with a focus on new teaching and research content since 1968. The Faculty of Spatial Planning, the first and largest planning school in Germany, initiated the SPRING programme in 1984.

SPRING offers a Master’s degree (M.Sc.) in Regional or Urban Devel- opment Planning and Management jointly within an international uni- versity network:

  • the Faculty of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University, Germany;
  • the Department of Planning, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana;
  • the School of Urban and Regional Planning, University of the Philippines (UP), Quezon City, The Philippines;
  • School of Urban Planning and Regional Planning, Ardhi University (ARU), Dar es Salaam, Tanzania;
  • the Faculty of Economic and Administrative Science, Universidad Austral de Chile (UACh), Valdivia, Chile.
Course focus In order to reduce regional disparities, governments in Africa, Asia and Latin America have initiated new regional development strategies based on national decentralisation policies. The management level of the new decentralised administrative units (districts, regions or munici- palities), however, is rarely commensurate with the new requirements.

Planners are not only increasingly challenged to overcome the bound- aries between administrative sectors and bridge the gap between for- mulating a plan and implementing a programme but also cope with the implications of climate change on the planning process. New qualifica- tions 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.

SPRING places its emphasis on development management at an intermediate level between macro-regional and community-based planning.

Target group Practitioners in regional and urban development planning and administration in developing countries.
Course language English
Entry requirements
  • A Bachelor‘s degree or its equivalent in a field related to Regional or Urban Planning with significantly above average grades
  • A high standard of proficiency in written and spoken English: TOEFL (540 points paper based, 220 computer based, 80 internet based) or IELTS (6.0) and
  • A strong commitment to further work in regional development planning

Requirements for DAAD scholarships:

  • At least two years of professional practice
  • The age limit is 36
Degree Awarded Master of Science
Course Begins Every year in October
Course Duration 24 months
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Duration of German language course prior to beginning of programme The programme will commence in the following year on 1 September with the German language course.
The SPRING course begins in the second week of October.
Remarks A SPRING course covers two years. During the first year, students will study at the TU Dortmund in Germany with a focus on theories and methods of regional development. In the second year, students are free to choose a specific focus and continue their studies at one of the SPRING network partners.

The first SPRING year is organised into three phases simulating an ideal planning cycle (analysis, planning and implementation). Each phase converges into a workshop integrating the various subjects of the programme.

The second year concentrates on the specific focus of the network partner and on fieldwork, which provides the input for the Master’s thesis.

Fakultät Raumplanung
ISPC/SPRING
Dr. Anne Weber (Managing director)
D-44221 Dortmund
Phone: +49 (0)231 / 755-6075
Fax: +49 (0)231 / 755-6468