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By on April 16, 2017

TU Dortmund University of Technology

Faculty of Spatial Planning


Tu Dortmund University of Technology
Rektorat / Hochschulverwaltung
August-Schmidt-Straße 4
D-44227 Dortmund

0049 231 755 2426

Official Focal Point
Prof. Karsten Zimmermann

Alternate Focal Point
Dr Wolfgang Scholz

Authority approving the partnership
Rector Tu Dortmund, Professor



Since its founding 47 years ago, TU Dortmund University has developed a special profile, encompassing 16 faculties ranging from science and engineering to social sciences and cultural studies. The university currently has circa 34,200 students and 6,200 staff members, including 300 professors. The curriculum is comprised of around 80 programs of study, both traditional and innovative, some even unique to this university. A broad teacher training program is also offered for all school types. The various scientific disciplines share a common university spirit in which interdisciplinarity, communication and cooperation are not only taught but lived and experienced. This interaction creates an environment conducive to technological innovation and fosters advances in methods and knowledge.Since its founding in 1969, the School of Spatial Planning pursues an interdisciplinary approach covering all spatial levels. According to the number of students and the range of topics, the School of Spatial Planning at TU Dortmund University is one of the largest educational institutes of its kind in Europe.
Students can study the German-speaking degree courses „Bachelor of Spatial Planning (B.Sc.)” and the „Master of Spatial Planning (M.Sc.)”. In addition to the German course, two English speaking specialised Master programmes “Transformation of Post-Industrial Regions (ToPIR)” and “Urban Transformation” are offered. The English speaking Master programme “Spatial Planning for Regions in Growing Economies (SPRING)” is jointly offered by the School of Spatial Planning with an international network of universities. Graduated students work in different disciplines such as urban development, property economics, transport planning or housing, as well as different spatial and governmental levels, such as the neighbourhood, district, city, region, state or the European level. “Urban Transformation” is one year, English taught and full-time master programme where graduated students specialised their studies in technological change and digitalisation, migration and demographic shifts, climate change, increasing the relevance of agglomeration economies as well as post- and re-industrialisation to face the major spatial challenges that urban areas have.
Suggested Collaboration Opportunities
SPRING Master Programme

SPRING (Spatial Planning for Regions in Growing Economies) is a two year Master´s degree programme that addresses up to date topics of spatial planning in developing countries. In lectures, participants of the SPRING Programme discuss for instance the rapid growth of megacities, searching for solutions in the conflict between environmental protection and economic development as well as dealing with strategies to improve traffic systems. The course starts with one year of study in Dortmund, Germany, followed by the second year at one of the four partner universities in Asia, Africa or Latin America. At TU Dortmund University SPRING is with now more than 25 years the oldest Master course and was the first one being conducted in English.

IGLUS – Innovative Governance for large Urban Systems
IGLUS is a non-profit initiative of EPFL and selected partners, seeking to help cities better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the governance of their infrastructures with respect to the dimensions Efficiency, Sustainability, and Resilience.
IGLUS brings together practitioners (city managers, city officials, urban services providers, etc.) and academics from many different disciplines (amongst others, urban planners, architects, geographers, engineers, economists, management experts, and political scientists). IGLUS’ multidisciplinary approach focuses on infrastructures (technologies), institutions (rules), actors (organizations) and pervasive information and communication technologies (ICTs). The Faculty of Spatial Planning is part of the IGLUS programme.

Research and Graduate School
Under the funding scheme “Partnerships for sustainable solutions with Sub-Saharan Africa” of the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research Prof. Baumgart and Prof. Grieving of the Faculty of Spatial Planning recently initiated a Graduate School on Governance and Planning of Resilient Cities in East Africa.

Areas of Expertise related to UN-Habitat
  • Slum Upgrading
  • Resilience
  • Planning and Design
  • Mobility
  • Land
  • Governance
  • Environment
  • Climate Change

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