ISOCARP Institute cooperates with Maastricht University within the PREMIUM Honours Programme

Project Duration: January – May 2021

ISOCARP Institute is cooperating with Maastricht University within the PREMIUM Honours Programme project framework.

PREMIUM is Maastricht University’s Honours programme for high-performing, motivated master’s students. Once selected, students are grouped together in interdisciplinary teams and given a project to complete for a client from the (local) business or government sector under the guidance of a project mentor. Alongside their project, students receive individual coaching focused on personal competence development. Lastly, students attend several workshops to help cultivate valuable skills and knowledge to prepare them for the job market.

Within this framework ISOCARP Institute has provided a learning environment where students interact with a professional group at our office on the projects that are ran by the Institute, specifically +CityxChange.  

Within +CityxChange, ISOCARP Institute is supporting 5 Follower Cities – Alba Iulia, Sestao, Smolyan, Písek and Võru in the development of their Bold CityVvision with fully integrated planning process, implementation roadmap, and guidelines for deployment, monitoring and continuous improvement of the process. Evidence-based data and insights will be used to make informed decisions on urban, technical, financial, and social aspects of its future, guided by the overarching goals and ethical standards as set in the Sustainable Development Goals 2030. The FCs will create well-integrated innovative strategies with realistic implementation roadmaps that support each other, use open innovation, avoid duplication of effort and costs and a reduction in the resources used for implementation.

The objective of the PREMIUM students for ISOCARP Institute is to develop a strategy for the analysis and interpretation of EU Urban Data, under the umbrella of +CityxChange project. The PREMIUM students are seeking to develop and if possible implement a strategy around citizen engagement, that would help Follower Cities kick start their Bold City Vision (Local strategy for Urban Sustainable Development). This strategy will reflect sustainable urban development and the inclusion of SDGs.

The end goal would be to provide ISOCARP with a communication platform to facilitate their communication with the municipal staff, as well as, the city-to-city communication. This project has a large design component, in which the PREMIUM students to engage in creative activities such as creating infographics and storytelling events for citizen engagement.

Five
students have been selected to participate in this cooperative programme
between ISOCARP Institute and Maastricht University: Norberto
Zamora
, Monika
Mikolasjka
, Sebastian
Meyer
, Ane
Corrales Rodriguez
and Justus
Langer
.

Want to get
to know the student and the work that they are doing for ISOCARP Institute more
closely? Keep yourself updated through their Tumblr PREMIUM page! https://isocarp-premium.tumblr.com/  

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