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A central issue for both South Africa and the broader African continent is the delivery of urban services and infrastructure to rapidly growing urban populations, enabling the urban residents to live and work in sustainable and integrated environments. The Master of Philosophy in Urban Infrastructure: Design and Management programme is aimed at building capacity amongst government and the private sector practitioners who are committed to the future of African cities, and in particular, to the servicing of poorer urban inhabitants. The programme is presented by the Department of Civil Engineering, within the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment and is supported by the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town
The programme has a strong interdisciplinary focus, as the Faculty believes that urban problems can only be addressed through the proactive integration of specific disciplinary backgrounds. To this end the programme draws on staff from engineering, architecture, planning, environmental sciences, geography, the social sciences, and management. Whilst presenting perspectives from their specific disciplines, the presenters have been selected specifically for their experience in approaching challenges that require interdisciplinary approaches. This is a central theme of the degree programme. Course activities include both formal lectures and problem-based learning, through projects and cases specifically aimed at seeking out solutions that go beyond business as usual and fundamentally question current paradigmatic perspectives. Course material is thus a mix between academic work and practitioner experience. The programme includes some of the world’s best academics and practitioners in this field.
Edgar Pieterse, Director of the African Centre for Cities speaks more about the programme.