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Programme Objectives

The Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design trains and prepares a new generation of urban practitioners to face the tremendous environmental, cultural, socio-economic  and governance challenges resulting from the dynamic urban transformation around the globe.

It is open to graduates and young professionals from the fields of architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture and regional planning. Professionals with Bachelor degrees in geography, sociology, environmental management, political science or economics and cultural studies, Arabic, African or Islamic studies with relevant professional experience will also be considered but should also provide proof of relevant professional experience in fields related to architecture, urban and development planning or infrastructure design.

The Masters program strongly encourages applications from young professionals working in public institutions, private sector, civil society initiatives or NGOs all over the world who are interested in IUSD-related topics and who have a high level of interest in knowledge transfer and achieving a social benefit. We would welcome applicants from many different backgrounds and countries.

Our philosophy is based on transnational learning exchange between students with different regional backgrounds applied to a specific urban reality. Our current learning hubs are focused on the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) and Germany.

Students work in interdisciplinary teams on site-specific projects in cooperation with local communities and with different stakeholders, organizations and institutions, locally and internationally.

IUSD students acquire reflective and practical skills to develop integrated and transdisciplinary solutions for planning, managing and designing landscapes, cities and buildings.

The Masters programme is part of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) «Emerging Country Programme» funded with resources from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE).

Should security concerns pose an obstacle to travel to Cairo in the 3rd and 4th semester, students will be offered an alternative study programme for the second year with equally challenging applied training provided by Ain Shams University and external partners leading in the development sector.

Partner Universities: Stuttgart University and Ain Shams University, Cairo

The Masters Programme is hosted by the two partner universities with the first and second semester being taught in Stuttgart and the third and fourth semester in Cairo in partnership with Ain Shams University and external partners leading in the development sector. Should security concerns pose an obstacle to travel to Cairo in the 3rd and 4th semester, students will be offered an alternative study programme for the second year with equally challenging applied training.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

The installation of the German-Arab Master Programme IUSD is supported by DAAD through

  • Providing up to 30 study grants to applicants from Germany, Egypt and MENA countries (see also section Application)
  • Extracurricular workshops and summer schools in Germany and Egypt open to IUSD students
  • Installation of state-of-the-art CAD and GIS equipment and video conferencing facilities to benefit students of IUSD at Stuttgart University and Ain Shams University
  • Travel grants and staff mobility between Stuttgart and Cairo to ensure close cooperation of both universities throughout the Masters Programme

Application                                

Who can apply?

Applicants from all over the world with an internationally recognized Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, regional planning or civil engineering. Professionals with Bachelor degrees in geography, sociology, environmental management, political science or economics and cultural studies, Arabic, African or Islamic studies with relevant professional experience will also be considered but should also provide proof of relevant professional experience in fields related to architecture, urban and development planning or infrastructure design. The Masters programme strongly encourages applications from young professionals working in public institutions, private sector, civil society initiatives or NGOs all over the world who are interested in IUSD-related topics and who have a high level of interest in knowledge transfer and achieving a social benefit. The Admission Commission will give applicants with work expertise or equivalent internship experience preferential treatment. We would welcome applicants from many different backgrounds and countries and this year applications will not be limited to applicants from Germany, Egypt and MENA countries. 

The programme hopes to attract young professionals with experience and maturity who are willing to tackle new challenges, be integrative and open-minded in their approach to problem solving. Prospective students need to be able to recognise and embrace the vast scope of subject matters covered by the programme, from the scale of ecosystems to constructional architectural detail, and consider this a special quality and an important asset to their professional and personal skills. 

The application period for winter term 2016/2017 opens on 15th December 2016 and closes on 15th February 2017.

How to apply?

Step 1: Online application

In order to apply for admission to the Masters programme in winter term 2016/2017 you need to submit a full set of the required documents to the online application portal no later than 31 January 2017 (CET Central European Time +01:00). Please don't send any hard copies to us. The link to the application portal is only available during the application period. Please make sure that you have a complete set of the required files in order to proceed with the online application process. After completing the online application process you will see the note "received" in the application portal. 

Step 2: Pre-selection and interviews 

If you have passed the pre-selection stage, you will be interviewed by two members of the selection committee. This interview may be a face-to-face or a telephone interview. For the intake in winter term 2016/2017 interviews will take place in March/April 2017. Please make sure your application documents contain an up-to-date telephone number and an email address as we have to contact you in order to make an appointment for the interview. If we cannot contact you we will not able to consider your application further.

Step 3: Selection, submission of hardcopy documents, scholarships

The final selection of up to 30 students will take place at the end of March 2017. You will be informed of the results as soon as the decision has been made. If you have been selected, you will be offered a place to study on the MSc IUSD, which is conditional on the on-time submission of your documents in hardcopy. Please make sure to have all the documents ready for timely hardcopy submission. Your notification will also contain detailed instructions on further steps such as VISA applications (if applicable), travel arrangements and arrival in Stuttgart. In addition, you will receive more information regarding your DAAD scholarship. 

Online-application >

Contact

Contact Stuttgart

IUSD Office
University of Stuttgart
Faculty of Architecture and Urban Design
Keplerstr. 11
70174 Stuttgart
Germany
Email: info@no-spamiusd.uni-stuttgart.de
facebook.com/groups/MScIUSD >
 
Contact Cairo

IUSD Office
Ain Shams University
Faculty of Engineering
1 El-Sarayat Street
11517 Abbasiya, Cairo
Egypt
Email: iusd@no-spameng.asu.edu.eg
 
For further information visit the website of the programme
IUSD-Website >

 

 

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