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Welcome to SPRING!

Workshop of the M.Sc. Batch 2017/18Mensa Campus NorthAnnual SPRING PartyTU Dortmund University Campus and living area around CampusStudents and a Student Assistant After Finishing the First YearView on contrasts in Mumbai, IndiaSPRING Students at Campus SouthView on an agricultural setting in VietnamWelcome Speech at the SPRING CentreView on street setting in Ghana

International Joint Master of Science SPRING - Regional Development Planning and Management

SPRING signifies Spatial Planning for Regions in Growing Economies and is a two-year Master´s degree programme that addresses current topics of spatial planning in developing and emerging countries. In lectures, for instance SPRING participants discuss the challenges of rapid urban growth, reflect on the conflict between environmental protection and economic development, develop concepts to improve transport systems or define strategies to cope with impacts of climate change. The first year of the SPRING programme takes place at TU Dortmund University, followed by a second year at one of the five partnering universities in Ghana, Tanzania, The Philippines, Brazil or Chile (currently not available). Language of instruction is English. The SPRING programme awards a M.Sc. Degree in “Regional Development Planning and Management”. Both final documents, certificate and transcript, are jointly issued by TU Dortmund University and the respective partnering university of the second study year.


Over the last decades, many governments in Africa, Asia and Latin America have initiated new regional development strategies, based on national decentralisation policies in order to reduce regional disparities. The level of management of the new decentralised administrative units (districts, regions or municipalities), however, rarely correspond with the new requirements. The quality of governance is still weak and experience in managing regional and urban development limited. Planners are increasingly challenged to bridge the boundaries between administrative sectors and the gap between formulating a plan and implementing a programme. New qualifications 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. In order to fill the evident gap in adequate training for regional planning and management, five universities in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe are co-operating in running the SPRING programme. Launched in 1984 and designed as a joint post-graduate course, SPRING has pioneered a new way of international academic co-operation.


Coronavirus 2


17.03.2020 – SPRING Office closed until April 20, 2020
In order to make an effective contribution to slowing down the ongoing corona pandemic, the presence on campus should be reduced. The SPRING team therefore is now in home office mode. We kindly ask you to communicate with us via email. Thank you for your understanding.


Coronavirus 1


16.03.2020 – Semester start postponed to April 20, 2020. All written and oral examination as well as excursions and workshops scheduled during semester break are cancelled.


International Conference on “Climate Change Adaptation: Evidences from Best-Practice in Coastal Areas”


22.01.2020 – The Alumni Association of German Universities in Bangladesh is looking for participants for the Internatinal Conference on “Climate Change Adaptation: Evidences from Best-Practice in Coastal Areas” from 20 -22 March 2020 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Weihnachten 2020 Students Homepage verkleinert

18.12.2019 – The SPRING Team wishes you a merry christmas and a prosperous and happy New Year 2020


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Notes & Dates

Semester Break extended!
01.02. - 20.04.2020

Planning Workshop II postponed!
23.03. - 27.03.2020

Exam Module 1 postponed!

Exam Module 5

SPRING Partner




SPRING Documents

Accreditation Certificate

AGEP Membership Certificate


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