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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, six 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 online teaching knows no spatial boundaries


17.07.2020 – The current COVID-19 situation has challenged the Master Programme SPRING in this summer semester.
The SPRING students come from all over the world (Bangladesh, Brazil, Ghana, Iraq, Kenya, Colombia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines and Uganda). Some of them flew back to their home countries before the Corona crisis, some of them were stranded somewhere on their journey to their home countries or were still in Dortmund far away from their home country.


Summer School "SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP" - Online-Edition

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15.07.2020 – "I have an idea and want to become self-employed, is that possible?"
This question occupied the international students of the Master Programme SPRING at the beginning of July.


Digital start of the SPRING Programme


20.05.2020 – SPRING entered in a new era. On April 20th all SPRING courses started for the first time online in order to reduce social contact as much as possible and to contain the infection.


Let's remember the refugees, IDPs and homeless in this COVID-19 struggle

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19.05.2020 – The SPRING students of the current Batch 19/20 created a campaign to draw attention to the refugees and other people without homes who are especially affected by this Corona crisis, worldwide.


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Notes & Dates

02. November 2020
Semester start

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