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Land Governance

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Language of education
English (100%)
19 days
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Type of institution
Research University

Program description

This course provides you with broad knowledge, tools and skills to strengthen land governance issues while implementing policy frameworks for sustainable development.

Land remains a highly complex issue, and often forms a cause for conflict at regional, national, local and personal level in view of its value as an economic resource in relation to social, political, cultural and often religious systems. The failure to adopt, at all levels, appropriate (urban and rural) land policies and land management practices remains a primary cause of inequity and poverty.

The consequences often take the form of difficult access to land Information, unawareness of land policies and legal frameworks, ignorance about land transactions and prices, misallocation of land rights, land grabbing and abuse. Many of the general governance principles thus appear highly relevant to the management and administration of land. When in place, this in turn strengthens confidence in governments and public agencies, and has a positive economic impact, also on economic development.

The main aim of this advanced module is to provide the participants with the broad knowledge, tools and skills to strengthen land governance issues while implementing policy frameworks for sustainable development in developing and emerging countries.

Understand various international initiatives and relevant tools for promoting good governance; Explain the relation between land, human rights and governance; Describe relevant land governance issues and apply them in land management and land administration in building trust between public agencies and citizens; Apply relevant tools for good governance to reduce corruption in the relevant case study environment of Asian and African continents.

Instruction modes
Lectures, supervised practicals, unsupervised practicals, group assignments, individual assignments, self-study.

The concept of governance and its principles, transparency, corruption and reflection on human rights policies; International initiatives (such as UN, FAO, World Bank, UN-HABITAT, FIG, UT/ITC, etc.), paradigm and vision for land governance and transparency issues; various governance indicators; The broader ethical issues to deal with corruption and enhance transparency; exploring and situating ethical dilemmas using real case studies in developing contexts; Key substantive issues and tools (i.e. assessment of transparency, access to land information, public participation, professional ethics and integrity, and institutional reform) to promote good land governance in the management and administration of land; Exploring possible entry points for the key substantive issues to address the problem situation and mitigate undesirable consequences using transparency tools in real case studies developed by the Asian and African land experts;

About the University of Twente

The University of Twente focuses on the development of technology and its impact on people and society. It offers bachelor, master and postgraduate programs in the field of Technology, Behavioral and Social Sciences. University of Twente students are always encouraged to look beyond the boundaries of their own field and establish links with other disciplines.

High tech, human touch. This is what characterizes the University of Twente. Some 3,300 scientists and other professionals working together on cutting-edge research, innovations with real-world relevance and inspiring education for more than 9,000 students. The enterprising university encourages students to develop an entrepreneurial spirit and is a partner of Knowledge Park Twente.

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Admission requirements

Previous education

Knowledge of the MSc modules 1 - 10 is recommended.

Professional experience

A few years of professional experience is recommended.

Language test

IELTS overall band 6.0
TOEFL computer based 213
TOEFL internet based 80
TOEFL paper based 550
Cambridge Advanced English C1
Cambridge Professional English C2


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