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Welcome to SPRING!

Workshop of the M.Sc. Batch 2017/18Mensa Campus NorthSPRING Students at Campus SouthTU Dortmund University Campus and living area around CampusStudents and a Student Assistant After Finishing the First YearView on parts of Dortmund City. Picture by Stefanie Kleemann, Stadt DortmundAnnual SPRING PartyPhoenix Lake in Dortmund. Picture by Mandana Maged, Stadt DortmundWelcome Speech at the SPRING CentreDortmund City Hall. Picture by Anneke Wardenbach, Stadt Dortmund

International Joint Master of Science on 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.


Internship of Fenesia at the UNESCO office in Jakarta


28.09.2018 – Fenesia, one of Carlo Schmidt Awardees from SPRING in 2017, finished her internship at UNESCO Office Jakarta in last March 2018. During her internship, one of her assignments was to develop a report on ‘Good Practices for Applying Eco-labelling in Asia and the Pacific Biosphere Reserves’ under Water and Environmental Science Unit (WES).


Research of SPRING alumnus published in the Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture


19.09.2018 – Francis Dakyaga, an alumnus of SPRING from the batch 2015-17 has published an article in the Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture. It is one of other upcoming articles from a second year’s master’s dissertation of the SPRING programme that assessed accessibility of private-led water supply in the informal settlements.


Interview with Wubalem Fekade - SPRING Alumnus of the Batch 1986-1988


27.08.2018 – As part of the 50th anniversary of the TU Dortmund, a SPRING graduate of the first hour was interviewed - In September 1986, Wubalem Fekade from Ethiopia came to Dortmund as a student in the newly established Master’s Programme in Spatial Planning for Regions in Growing Economies (SPRING).


Keynote Lecture by Einhard Schmidt-Kallert in Dodoma, Tanzania

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17.08.2018 – On June 28th, 2018 Einhard Schmidt-Kallert (the former Head of SPRING Dortmund) gave a keynote lecture at an international conference in Dodoma, Tanzania’s new capital.


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