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Welcome to SPRING!

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 pro­gram 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 pro­gram 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 pro­gram 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 pro­gram. 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 pro­gram. Launched in 1984 and designed as a joint post-graduate course, SPRING has pioneered a new way of in­ter­na­tio­nal academic co-operation.

SPRING Contact

TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity
Department of Spatial Planning

Au­gust-Schmidt-Straße 6
44227 Dort­mund

Phone: 0049 231 755-6075
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Application: application.springtu-dortmundde
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