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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.


Manfred Max-Neef († 8. August 2019)

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14.08.2019 – We have lost a brilliant thinker and outstanding visionary. SPRING Dortmund mourns Manfred Max Neef (1932 – 2019).


Final examinations at the SPRING partner universities

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31.07.2019 – In May and July the final examinations of the M.Sc. SPRING students took place at the four SPRING partner universities.


Farewell to SPRING 2018/19 Batch


19.07.2019 – On 19th July 2019 SPRING Batch 2018/19 spent their last day at campus in Dortmund. The students are now on their way to their second year destinations at SPRING partner universities.


SPRING Alumni Winter School in Valdivia, Chile


15.07.2019 – "Regional Developemnt Planning and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at local level in Latin America and the Carribean" - this was the topic SPRING Alumni worked on at a self-organized Winter School in Valdivia, Chile from July 8 - 12, 2019.


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GIZ Students‘ Day  

Excursion week

SPRING Partner



UN Habitat

SPRING Documents

Accreditation Certificate

AGEP Membership Certificate


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