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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 four partnering universities in Ghana, Tanzania, The Philippines or Chile. 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.


SPRING-Party 2019


10.05.2019 – In this May, the SPRING students celebrated the cultural exchange at the annual SPRING-Party. Read more to find out what they did.


Berlin Excursion 2019

Berlin Excursion 2019

01.04.2019 – In this March our SPRING batch went on the annual excursion to the German capital, Berlin. On four days, with a multifarious and and inspiring programm, they learned a lot about the history of the city, but also the current planning activities. It was a highlight for every student.


Happy New Year


07.01.2019 – We all wish you a prosperous and happy New Year 2019.


Jilan Hosni visted SPRING

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28.11.2018 – Jilan Hosni (Batch 2015/17) from Egypt graduated at UACh, Valdiva, Chile in 2017. Since the completion of SPRING, she interim works as a scientific assistant at the Institute of Urban Planning and Design in Stuttgart, Germany. Now she visited SPRING.


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Notes & Dates

Planning Workshop III
15. - 19.07.2019

SPRING Partner



UN Habitat

SPRING Documents

Accreditation Certificate

AGEP Membership Certificate


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