The Urban Economics and Competitiveness program enables you to understand what makes urban regions competitive in the global, knowledge economy, and how their competitiveness can be further enhanced.
The Urban Economics and Competitiveness is especially designed for those who have finished a Bachelor’s in economics, management, architecture or urban planning and want to know everything about the way successful urban regions function and are managed, as well as urban policy makers, managers, consultants and researchers interested in urban economics. The programme focuses on European cities as well as on leading cities in emerging economies. It combines important theoretical concepts with practical case studies from Europe and beyond. The course has an excellent reputation and an extensive network of lecturers, alumni and partners, both within Europe and globally.
The topics of the course include urban dynamics, urban economics, governance, sustainable development and climate change, transport economics and policy, global networks and international trade, city marketing, urban tourism, urban finance and the creative city. Optional courses can be taken on housing and land economics, social urban development, urban planning and urban infrastructure. The courses are lectured by top researchers.
The Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) is an international centre of excellence of the School of Economics (ESE) and the Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS) of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. IHS operates on a global scale by offering postgraduate education, training, advisory services and applied research.
IHS was selected as the winner for the 2007 UN-HABITAT Scroll of Honour Award for leading the way as a global center of excellence and knowledge through its high quality training programmes in housing, urban management and urban environmental management and planning.
In 2008 IHS celebrated its 50th anniversary of assisting countries, cities and institutions to find suitable approaches to housing and sustainable urban development, and strengthen their capacity to implement them.
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