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DDM Urban Governance within a Global Environment

Studying Planning in Beijing enables you to view your own surroundings through new eyes, which gives you a new perspective on how multi faceted urban planning can be in small cities and metropoles.

The urban age of our globe is now unfolding, with more than half of the world’s population living in cities. Three quarters of the world’s urban population are in the Global South, and China plays a critical role in shaping the global trend of urban transformation. In a country with more than 1.3 billion people, 650 cities, and 20,000 towns, the urbanization process has been inducing a series of social, spatial, and economic changes in contemporary China. These transformations in turn foreground a vital challenge for people living in, and moving into, cities: how could we make the urban space more productive, innovative, and inclusive? To address this question, we need to reflect upon theories and practices of urban governance and seek alternative modes that are in line with local and historical-geographical conditions of urban development.

The Double Degree Master in Urban Governance within a Global Environment is a collaboration between the Faculty of Spatial Sciences of the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, and the School of Public Administration and Policy of the Renmin University of China in Beijing. It combines the expertise of the Department of Spatial Planning and Environment in Groningen and of the number 1 university in China in the field of public administration.

Renmin University of China is a research-oriented key university with outstanding advantages in the fields such as economics, sociology, law and management.

Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Environmental and Infrastructure Planning, MSc in Society, Sustainability and Planning
Course type
Double Degree master
Duration
0 days (60 ECTS)
Croho code
66194, 66653
Language of instruction
English
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Faculty
Spatial Sciences
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • Possibility to combine a one-year and a two-year master programme in two countries at two top universities and graduate in two years.
  • Renmin University is the number 1 university in China in the field of public administration.
  • Courses are provided by a skilled and pleasant team of experts in the field of public administration and spatial planning.
Programme

Curriculum

Course examples:

  • Planning in urban China
  • Public administration and policy in China
  • Urban and regional development in contemporary China
  • Chinese culture and philosophy

See also:

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is required
Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test
  • English on VWO level
  • IELTS overall band 6.5, no less than 6.0 on each section
  • TOEFL internet based:
  • Overall: 90
  • Reading: 18
  • Listening: 18
  • Speaking: 20
  • Writing: 21
  • Cambridge English: Cambridge certificate C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency (formerly known as CAE/CPE)
  • Please note that TOEFL MyBest Scores are not considered in the Admissions procedure
previous education

See Environmental and Infrastructural Planning & Socio-spatial Planning or contact Study Advice at study.advice.fss rug.nl

other admission requirements

In the year 2020-2021 it may be possible for you to start your Master programme with 15 ECTS or less deficiency, the so called 'Zachte Knip'. For more information, please visit: https://www.rug.nl/frw/education/introduction/zachte-knip/

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test
  • English on VWO level
  • IELTS overall band 6.5, no less than 6.0 on each section
  • TOEFL internet based:
  • Overall: 90
  • Reading: 18
  • Listening: 18
  • Speaking: 20
  • Writing: 21
  • Cambridge English: Cambridge certificate C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency (formerly known as CAE/CPE)
  • Please note that TOEFL MyBest Scores are not considered in the Admissions procedure
previous education

See Environmental and Infrastructural Planning & Socio-spatial Planning or contact Study Advice at study.advice.fss rug.nl

other admission requirements

Application deadline: May 1st

In the year 2020-2021 it may be possible for you to start your Master programme with 15 ECTS or less deficiency, the so called 'Zachte Knip'. For more information, please visit: https://www.rug.nl/frw/education/introduction/zachte-knip/

Tuition fees

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

Our graduates work in:

  • Different levels of government
  • Consultancies, housing associations and developers (private sector)
  • NGOs (environmental, social, heritage)
  • Universities and research institutes

We support you in developing a rich set of analytical tools and practical skills that allow you to create sustainable cities. A master in Planning makes you a critical (even a little activist) professional who knows how to engage citizens in the major spatial transformations of our times.

Research

Research programmes and focus

The main research direction at Renmin University includes planning- and urban research. Focuses include: scientific urban planning mechanisms and efficient urban planning and management systems, urban social and community problems and migration.

The research agenda of the department of Spatial Planning and Environment focuses on 'Institutional Innovation and Spatial Transformation', as part of the Faculty's Research Program 'Towards Wellbeing, Innovation and Spatial Transformation' (tWIST).

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Contact

  • Drs. Nienke Harteveld (Study advisor)
    Email: n.harteveld rug.nl
    Telephone: 050-3633906
  • Saskia Enuma (Study advisor)
    Email: study.advice.frw rug.nl
    Telephone: 050-36 33906

Study associations

Ibn Battuta

Ibn Battuta is the Faculty Association of Spatial Sciences
Becoming a member of Ibn Battuta means you can join the social drinks, foreign trips, lectures and all other activities organized by the Association. At these events you come into contact with students from all years, which is a great way to make friends that can last a lifetime! Ibn Battuta also organizes informative and career-focused activities. Our informative activities, such as lectures, In-Housedays and the Career Day will help you to orient on your future.
https://www.ibnbattuta.nl/
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Student profile

Students who have completed the one-year master programme Environmental and Infrastructure Planning or Socio-Spatial Planning at the University of Groningen can do the two-year master programme Urban Governance or Urban Planning and Management at the Renmin University of China in Beijing in one year, and pay a reduced tuition fee.

Students who have completed the master programme in Urban Governance or Urban Planning and Management at Renmin University enroll in the master Environmental and Infr