Scholarships for EPFL Executive Master on Innovative Governance of Large Urban Systems

Feb 21, 2013

Application is now open for Scholarships for EPFL’s Executive Master on Innovative Governance of Large Urban Systems (IGLUS)

The IGLUS Executive Master is designed by EPFL, Switzerland, to empower city managers and cities to develop and implement more innovative governance solutions, so as to improve the competitiveness of cities, their sustainability, as well as the quality of life in Large Urban Systems more generally. The program is designed and officially accredited by EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne, Switzerland) which consistently ranks among the world’s top 15 engineering Universities.

To facilitate the presence of experts in this unique learning experience, we are offering a limited number of IGLUS scholarships to high-potential candidates. Applicants for the IGLUS scholarships should be working in a management capacity (e.g., city managers) and already have a Masters degree and at least five years of professional experience. We accept applications by individuals, as well as nominations by the cities.

Deadline to apply for IGLUS Scholarships is 15th April 2013.

You can find out more about this unique globally oriented executive master, and the application process for IGLUS scholarships by visiting our Executive Education webpage in this LINK (Click here).

If you are interested to find more information about the IGLUS Research and Education initiative, please visit our website: IGLUS.EPFL.CH

The main focus of this unique Executive Master program is to offer its participants a comprehensive understanding of how technological (especially information and communications technologies) and institutional innovations can and do improve the governance of large urban systems. Training is provided by both academics and practitioners, using often illustrative case studies from the host and other cities.

In particular, the curriculum covers the innovative governance of transportation, energy, water distribution, sanitation, waste, environmental and other systems (health, postal and delivery services). Our approach is multidisciplinary and combines insights from engineers, architects, urban planners, economists, geographers, political scientists and management experts.

The Executive Master on Innovative Governance of Large Urban Systems is divided into five modules of two weeks of intensive training each, lasting over a period of one year. There is also a master thesis of approximately 6o pages to be written by each participant, accounting for one third of the required credits. Training is being taught at five different locations across the world, namely:

About the IGLUS Research Lab in EPFL:                                   

IGLUS has a unique focus, both in research and training, at the interface of infrastructure systems, urban planning, management, public administration, and the active use of the information and communication technologies (ICTs) for both engineering (optimization) and governance (e-governance) purposes. We do indeed think that there are better and more innovative ways to “govern” large urban systems, which uniquely combine the intelligent use of the ICTs with effective management practices, citizens’ and users’ involvement and solid partnerships between the public, the private, and the third sectors, especially when it comes to the planning, financing, operations, and governance of urban infrastructure systems (energy, transport, water, waste, telecommunications, postal and delivery services, greens, and health services).

Consequently, we see the city as a complex socio-technical system, whose main performance indicators pertain to the quality of life, to sustainability, and to the ability to constantly innovate and adapt to the evolving challenges of growing urbanization, global competitiveness, and citizens’ aspirations for emancipation.

Our unique IGLUS approach is thus fully trans-disciplinary: our team is composed of engineers, economists, political scientists, architects, urban planners, and management experts. We furthermore think that the IGLUS project can only progress if practitioners (urban managers, urban officials, and operators) work hand in hand with critical thinkers towards the common aim of solving the concrete problems urban systems already are and inevitably and increasingly will be facing. The innovative governance of such large urban systems is, in our opinion, key to facing such often unprecedented challenges. We believe that practitioners across the world can and must learn from each other’s best governance practices. And we aspire to play an active role when it comes to facilitating such global mutual learning.

If you are also interested to join the IGLUS global initiative, please feel free to send us an email to:                   

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