The Master 'Socio-Spatial Planning' provided me with the
necessary insights to understand and actively contribute to changes
within the dynamic built environment, after obtaining a technical
(bachelor) degree in construction engineering.
What I like about the program, next to the excellent quality
education it provides, is the degree of flexibility to select
courses that fit my interests. Through the broad mix of courses I
could select in addition to the core courses, I gained strong
analytical and research capabilities that prepared me for my
current job. Furthermore, I developed a strategic mindset, which
allows me to have a birds-eye view perspective - something I now
actively use in my professional life to convince and connect actors
in different decision-making processes.
Furthermore, the program offered a unique intimacy with regard
to the size of the group and the connection with the practice. I
experienced a great deal of interaction among students, professors
and alumni, which had beneficial effects on my professional
development and perspective as an urban planner.
Wolbert van der Haar is currently a consultant and
project manager at Arcadis Design & Consultancy, Department of
Real Estate and Urban Development.