Urban Innovation and Sustainability

UIS Academic Program has replaced Urban Environmental Management (UEM),
and is accepting applications for August 2021 intake

ABOUT UIS

Urban Innovation and Sustainability (UIS) program aims to enhance the capacity of professionals in coping with growing and complex urban needs, challenges and opportunities. Innovation refers to development of new technologies such that they denote physical objects (e.g. products, services) and knowledge systems (e.g. methods, systems), and sustainability transition aims to meet socio-ecological system needs in ways that promote healthy ecosystems, human well-being, and viable economies. The program covers systems approach of multi-scale and cross-sector, and multi-agent connectivity and decision making. It also applies different methods of enhancing capacity, for emerging themes, e.g., ageing society, circular economy, smart buildings, responsible tourism and consumption, healthy and inclusive cities, etc.

Research Area

Urban sustainable land use planning and management, Management of urban infrastructure and services, Environmental systems analysis and sustainability assessment, Low carbon and sustainable transportation, Adaptation approaches to disaster risks and climate change, Sustainable and responsible tourism for development, Urban waste management and circular economy, Sustainable metropolitan development, Urban innovation in housing and real estate development, Green and inclusive buildings, Urban development and information management systems, Urban logistics and sustainable consumption

Keywords: Systems development and management; Smart and sustainable cities Exchanges and practical workshops

WHY STUDY THIS PROGRAM

UIS program is very much in line with global and regional trends of urbanization and sustainability which have come with both challenges (eg, more inclusive/environmental friendly services, complicated and growing risks incl. Covid-19 pandemic, and opportunities

Call for Application!

for August 2021 Intake

UIS Curriculum

UIS provide diverse programs to meet the dynamic needs of students, including regular (two-year) M.Sc./M.Eng./M.Phil. program, one-year master’s degree program, one-year professional master’s program, and doctoral degree program. Each program requires corresponding credits and courses for the degree.

A summary of credits required for different programs in UIS (in the same group of programs/sub-department) is given below.

 

Thesis Option

48

Credits

3 Credits of Required Institute Wide Course (IWC)

11 Credits of Required program

10 Credits of Elective

24 Credits of Research

Research/Internship/Exchange Option

48

Credits

3 Credits of Required Institute Wide Course (IWC)

11 Credits of Required program

18 Credits of Elective

12 Credits of Research/Internship/Exchange

Minor (in other program)

48

Credits

3 Credits of Required Institute Wide Course (IWC)

11 Credits of Required program

10 Credits of Elective

12 Credits of Research & 12 Credits of Urban Management

Master of Philosophy

48

Credits

3 Credits of Required Institute Wide Course (IWC)

45 Credits of Thesis

Special Study

30

Credits

3 Credits of Required Institute Wide Course (IWC)

9 Credits of Required program

12 Credits of Elective

3 Credits of Special Study

Course work (only)

30

Credits

3 Credits of Required Institute Wide Course (IWC)

9 Credits of Required program

18 Credits of Elective

 

33

Credits

24 Credits of Elective

3 Credits of Special Study and 6 Credits of Project

12

Credits

6 Credits of Required program

6 Credits of Elective

84

Credits

3 Credits of Required Institute Wide Course (IWC)

9 Credits of Elective

72 Credits of Dissertation

48

Credits

3 Credits of Required Institute Wide Course (IWC)

11 Credits of Required program

10 Credits of Elective

24 Credits of Research

A list of courses for different degrees in UIS is given below; 

TitleCredits Regular (two-year)One-year MSPM (in UM)Minor in UEMDoctoral (Ph.D.)Semester
Urban Systems Innovation and  Sustainability3(3-0) August
Urban Planning and Design 3 (3-0) August
Information Systems Development and Management 3(3-0) August
Managing Technology and  Innovation3(3-0) August
Urban Air Quality Management 3(3-0) EAugust
Climate Compatible and Sustainable Infrastructure  Development3(3-0) August
Smart Energy Buildings 3(3-0) August
Urban Innovation and Sustainability Workshop3(1-6) January
Digital/ICT Innovation for  Built Environment3(3-0) January
Urban Population and Health 2(2-0) January
Urban Eco-Innovation and  Circular Economy3(3-0) January
Socio-ecological Systems  Approach and Diagnosis2(2-0) January
IWC 3(3-0) January
Logistics Systems 2(2-0) EInter-Semester
Sustainable Tourism and Urban Landscape2(2-0) Inter-Semester
Spatial Analysis for Urban Environmental Management2(2-0) Inter-Semester
Urban Resilience Assessment 2(2-0) Inter-Semester

Note: R = Required, E = Elective

Preferred Background​

Since UEM is a multi-disciplinary program, academic background of applicants can be flexible. However, the following background areas are preferred: Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning, Economics, Environmental Science, Civil Engineering, Natural Resources Management, Geography, Political Science, Social Science, Public Administration, Law, etc.

For Doctoral program, in addition to the Master’s degree in a field relevant to UEM, two or more years of relevant professional experience is ideal. A detailed dissertation research outline must be submitted for PhD application.

EXPERIENCE & CAREERS

Enhancing Your Student Experience
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"Gain first-hand experience of urban development and management concepts plus valuable work experience without additional costs."
Career Perspective
"UEM graduates emerge from the program prepared for professional work with the ability to apply UEM practices and principles in technical and development fields."
Alumni Network
"A notable strength of the UEM community is the great variety of regional and academic backgrounds of its staff and students."

UEM Networks

A notable strength of the UEM community is the great variety of regional and academic backgrounds of its staff and students. Currently the school has 2,300+ students from 47+ countries, faculty from 40+ countries, and a powerful alumni network of 10,00+ SERD graduates and 23,000+ AIT graduates.

Partners & Collaborators

UEM has collaborated with various major organizations through projects, training, and other academic events. 

Our current and past partners include: UNESCAP; Un-Habitat; UNDP; ADB; CIDA, Canada; SIDA, Sweden; Helsinki University of Technology, Finland; University of Toronto, Canada; University of Tokyo, Japan; Yokohama National University, Japan; Toyo University, Japan; Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Phnom Penh Municipality, Cambodia; Chiang Mai University, Thailand; Ho Chi Minh University of Technology, Vietnam; West Java Environmental Protection Agency, Indonesia; Open Works and Transportation Institute, Lao PDR; Urban and Regional Development Institute, Indonesia; Local Government Academy, Philippines; Association of Cities in Vietnam; The National Municipal League of Thailand; Community Organization Development Institute, Thailand and more

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