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Urban Management
Bachelor's degree, full-time programme

WHAT IS URBAN MANAGEMANT?

Urban management is an innovative and the only one in Poland course being taught in English (required B1 English level – pre-intermediate), which was created in the cooperation with the best Dutch NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences. It educates engineers that are responsible for balanced city development. The course program was prepared based on western patterns and realized by Dutch and Polish lecturers and specialists from areas related to intelligent development of cities. 

WHO DO URBAN MANAGEMENT STUDIES SUIT BEST FOR?

Urban management is designed for those that are interested in creating urban space and would like in the future to professionally take part in managing, designing and shaping modern cities in architectural, functional and social context, also on micro scale e.g. building, street, area. It’s also appropriate direction for those already working with space design e.g.  graphics, artists, architects, interior decorator, which want to broaden their competences, master workshop and get inspired.

WHY IS IT WORTH TO STUDY URBAN MANAGEMENT IN COLLEGIUM DA VINCI?

Compared to other engineer studies, Urban Management in Collegium Da Vinci marks out great emphasis on development of interpersonal competences in combination with essential technical and analytical knowledge. The study not only teach you the rules of designing urban space but also better self-organization and creative presentation. It provides you with valuable abilities in scope of communication with the project receivers, space uses or investors.

 

 

WHAT ARE YOU PAYING FOR :

  • Activities being held by renowned practitioner on labor market , your potential employers!
  • You work in small groups
  • You lead your own coaching sessions
  • You receive consultations with mentor
  • You got access to modern equipment and software
  • Mentor watches your development – guardian of the course
  • Real support by Career’s office in search of practices, internships and work.
  • Number of additional activities such as brand meetings or workshops: KOMPAS, AULA POZNAŃ
  • Contribution in business projects
OUR PARTNERS

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The Urban Management major was created in collaboration with the
best Dutch university NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences.

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The study programme has been prepared on the basis of Western models and is implemented by Dutch lecturers and specialists in the field of urban planning. 

WHO ARE YOU GOING TO BE TAUGHT BY AND HOW THE STUDY IS ORGANISED?

  • The schooling is in English. All you need is knowledge of English at level B1, if there’s a need we provide an intense refresher course.
  • Teaching program based on Dutch NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences model and it’s divided into trimester ( 3 periods of teaching, 11 weeks each).
  • Activities held by experienced Polish and Dutch specialists working professionally as balanced city developers and urban space planners, that understand the specifics of Middle and East Europe. They represent affiliated approach toward students, stimulate their creativity senses and support in solving all the problems they encounter.
  • We provide you with foreign vocation internship, study trips, exchange with Dutch students and contact with international urban environment.
  • Different shape of activities – from workshops and team projects up to work within open ateliers and workshops.
  • You will be provided with two 3-month internships created individually for you, under the wings of international team of specialists
  • Your thesis is either individual or team work, including a project or examination done for your employer, certain client or your college. 

FOR WHOM ARE URBAN MANAGEMENT STUDIES?

HOW DO WE TEACH?

Studios
Classes in the studio are one of the key elements in the curriculum. They are conducted in the form of teamwork or on an individual basis and involve implementation of specific design tasks, from the planning of work, drawing up a timetable, through preliminary analysis, concepts, up to offering creative solutions. 

Courses and training sessions

Courses and trainings enable students to gain technical knowledge and skills related to designing, communicating, performing research, and making technical drawings. Trainings are conducted in small groups and are focused on the acquisition of skills necessary for carrying out tasks in the studio. 

Foreign training trips

During the first three years of study, you will have the opportunity to go on study visits to cities such as Amsterdam, Barcelona, ​​Seville and Copenhagen. All this, in order to get to know innovative designs and forms of management, as well as methods to cope with global challenges of the European cities. 

Internships

In the framework of internships that take place during the second and the third year, you will become familiar with the reality of your future profession by testing your knowledge in urban design offices, consulting companies, engineering companies, as well as local and central government units.

Coaching

Individual coaching sessions will help you develop interpersonal skills necessary for effective work in design teams. In cooperation with a coach, you will be able to optimally shape your career development plan, based on your qualifications and experience. 

International exchange

During the second and the third year, students have the opportunity to participate in a student exchange programme with a Dutch university NHTV Breda. Owing to this, you will broaden your experience not only with work in an international environment, but also with a network of valuable contacts.

Why trimesters?
The trimester system (as compared to the commonly used in Poland two-semester system) assumes three periods of teaching in the academic year lasting 11 weeks each.

Such a system allows the synchronisation of the CDV academic year organisation with that of our partner university NHTV Breda as well as joint implementation of projects, student exchange and optimal use of the Erasmus+ programme. 

  • Year I, II and III - classes in studios, seminars, courses and training sessions.
  • Year II and III – internships
  • Year IV - thesis in a selected area for a company or public institution in Poland or abroad.
Selected courses:
  • City history - development, function, structure
  • Urban analyses – methods
  • Smart City - a new dimension of urban development
  • Transport and communications
  • Sustainable city
  • Strategic management
  • Architecture of modern cities
  • Design drawing – CAD
  • Social aspects of planning

Workplaces:

consulting companies in Poland and in the world providing consulting services in the field of spatial planning and urban design, design offices, urban planning offices, public sector: government and local government units responsible for the development of cities and regions as well as for investment and spatial planning
What makes Urban Management different from similar engineering studies? A strong emphasis on the development of interpersonal skills, combined with technical and analytical knowledge necessary to practice as an urban planner. 
Your knowledge and skills:
  • Knowledge of rules applicable in the area of ​​design technical and engineering tasks, which enable planning and supervising the process of developing urban and architecture programmes, plans, strategies, concepts, and projects.

  • Managing a team of economists, urban planners and architects in the scope of planning and designing solutions for urban areas.
  • Development of concepts of urban plans, preliminary forecasts and feasibility studies.
  • Knowledge of modern technological solutions enabling development of projects, visualisations and management of the team's work.
  • Ability to use in the practice of graphic software necessary in the process of urban and architectural design, and spatial analysis.
  • Ability to communicate with representatives of public and private sector, including drawing conclusions, suggesting solutions and decision-making.
  • Knowledge of key elements of the city's economy, constructing the public budget, financial and investment planning, their mutual relationships and the impact on the effectiveness of management.
Why it is worth to study Urban Management in CDV in cooperation with NHTV Breda University of applied sciences?

Trimester 1hours
Introduction 8
PA (1) 10
Language 1: English 20
Studio (1): Shaping The City 140
History of the City: growth, function and structure of the cities 10
Seminar (1): Knowledge Improving Skills 8
Writing and Oral Presentation 24
Creative Presentation (1) 21
Digital Presentation 21
Statistics, Statistical and Estimation Tools 22
Trimester 2hours
PA (2) 10
Language 2: English 20
Studio (2): Efficient City 110
Urban Analysis – Methodology 18
Public Areas – The Formation and operation 20
Transport 26
Green areas formation 20
Project Drawing - CAD (1) 26
Trimester 3hours
Studio (3): Living City 110
International Training Trip (1) 30
Social Aspects of Planning 23
Water in Urban Areas 18
Seminar (2): Communication with stakeholders 12
Urban Revitalisation 18
Creative Presentation (2) 36
Trimester 4hours
Case study after Internship (1) 10
Internship (1) 400
Trimester 5hours
Foreign Language 1 - free choice 20
Studio (4): Urban Tourism and Recreation 110
Economical Aspects of Urban Planning 20
Funding of the City - Sources, Opportunities and Problems 25
Spatial planning 28
Methods of Spatial Analysis (1) 18
Seminar (3): Psychology and Management 16
Graphical Presentation 30
Trimester 6hours
Foreign Language 2 - free choice 20
Studio (5): Smart City 110
Smart city - new dimension of urban development 18
Urban Engineering 30
Project Drawing - CAD (2) 26
Sustainable City 16
Seminar (4): Techniques and methods of conducting public meetings 16
Personal Brand and Entrepreneurship 20
Trimester 7hours
Case study after Internship (2) 10
Internship (2) 400
Trimester 8hours
Studio (6): Branding the Future 110
Strategic management 18
Methods of Spatial Analysis (2) 16
Cartography and infographics 28
Investments and the Future of Cities 18
Process Managing 14
Seminar (5) Visions of city development 16
Trimester 9hours
Studio (7): The Rapidly Growing Cities 110
International Training Trip (2) 30
The Architecture of Modern Cities 16
Urban Transformations 16
3D Presentation Graphics 24
Project management 24
Seminar (6) Cross-border Cooperation 12
Trimester 10hours
A specialized studio module (1, 2 or 3) 60
Trimester 11hours
A specialized studio module (1, 2 or 3) 60

 

CourseCourse type YearsTuition fees per one academic yearTuition fees per one semesterTuition fees per one mounth
URBAN MANAGEMENT Bachelor degree 3,5 3000 Euro 1500 Euro 250 Euro

 

Huub Droogh
Dutch urban planner

Specialist in the field of urban planning and sustainable development of cities and regions. After a career at the Dutch Ministry of Economic development since 1993 connected with Rothuizen Architecten Stedenbouwkundigen. During the period 2008–2012 he combined the role of managing partner establishing RDH Architekci Urbaniści in Poznań (Poland). Since 2013 his professional life mainly focuses on
Poland.

 

Roel Korten
First-year student NHTV

“The programme focuses on how to design and redevelop new areas in the city. We learn how to think of a design by analysing the city in a series of scale levels. By working on international projects we not only gain more theoretical knowledge, but also expand our designing skills and planning techniques. The combination of knowledge about the areas of design, planning and mobility gives us the opportunity to develop a complete package of content and skills, to find interesting internships and prepare for our future jobs!”

 

Danielle van de Kuil
First-year student NHTV

“This programme appealed to me because of its geographical and international aspects. I enjoy studying in English and have always had a fascination with the built environment abroad. In addition, an international degree also gives a great advantage in my future career. We have had a couple of international projects so far. Two in Belgium and for our third project we went to Hamburg, Germany. It was a fun and inspiring trip. We gradually learn all about the differences in spatial planning and land use management in the neighbouring countries. Next year we will probably have a project in Copenhagen, Denmark.”

 

Ed Ravensbergen
Architect, Urbanist, Researcher, Lecturer and Social Entrepreneur.

He worked as a designer and project leader for leading and internationally acclaimed Dutch firms in the field of architecture and urban design, before starting his own office Nieuwbruut with Marc Holvoet, after winning a number of competitions (Europan, Eo Wijers) in 2010. He was trained as an architect at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, and gained recognition in and experience with the construction of housing projects, hotels and office buildings, and urban renewal and expansion projects as well as regional planning. He was a part of international collaborations on projects in various countries, such as France, United Kingdom, Spain, Slovakia and Poland. Starting with urban planning and design, Nieuwbruut’s work gradually and increasingly came to include  doing research. Their research involves  exploring processes that are shaping today's cities and their suburbs, and the civic, social and economic domains. Ed Ravensbergen is currently also working as a lecturer for NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences at the department of Built Environment.

 

This year you have the opportunity to get a scholarship if you choose Urban Management studies. In order to obtain a scholarship you need to:

1. Submit your application;

2. Send required documents;

3. Write an essay in English answering the questions bellow:

  • Why do you want to study at Urban Management faculty?

  • Do you have any interests, passions related to selected faculty?

  • What are the current issues related to the Urban Management are you interested in?

4. Fill in the application form for participation in the competition

Notes of the essay format: 1 page, font: Times New Roman 12, the interval between the lines: 
1.5 lines, 1.5 cm fields. You can complete the essays with drawings,  schemes , maps, photos, layouts, etc. You need to send the essay in pdf, doc, docx format.

Read the rules and believe in your abilities. Maybe this year You will be that person who will rejoice this victory! Applications for the scholarship, as well as answers to the questions, should be sent to the address: admissions@cdv.pl. You can read the details of the scholarship are in the competition statute.

MARC HOLVOET 

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Marc Holvoet is landscape architect, urbanist, researcher, lecturer and social entrepreneur.

He worked as a designer and project leader for leading and internationally concerned dutch firms in the field of landscape architecture and urban design, before starting his own office Nieuwbruut with Ed Ravensbergen, after winning a number of competitions in 2010.

He was trained as a landscape architect at the Wageningen University and the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands, and gained recognition and experience with the construction of large housing projects and urban renewal and expansion projects as well as regional planning. He was a part of international collaborations on projects in various countries, such as Finland, United Kingdom, and U.S.A.

The work of Nieuwbruut, starting with urban planning and design, progressively included doing research. On exploring processes that are shaping today's cities and their suburbs, and the civic, social and economic domains. Last winter Marc completed a research called ‘Building Block for Liveable Neighbourhoods’. Currently he is conducting a EU-research Metamorphosis on the impact of children behaviour on mobility and liveability of city’s.
Marc Holvoet is currently also working as a lecturer and researcher for NHTV university of applied science at the department of Built Environment.


What is the most important for you in the teaching? How do you work with students? What would you like to teach them, what to transfer, what to share with them?

Creating awareness and an attitude in which students can create innovative solutions for the big challenges and questions in society. Ownership and knowledge, we can create this by coaching and debate. And especially by observing and being sensitive.
This is also my own focus at the office. I am a partner of NIEUWBRUUT Amsterdam, where I work in the field of Urban planning, Architecture and Landscape architecture.

What is interesting for you in life, art and at work?

All three questions I can catch in this one thing: How to involve people in processes concerning all questions in the city. People make things happen! 

What do you do in your spare time?

When all children are busy and there is spare time left, then I do like to bike, run, kitesurf and cook.

What is inspiring you?

The history of landscape. A good knowledge of the build-up of the landscape give you so much knowledge about the cultural history, urban development, architecture and population of the area.

What is your life's sense? What is the reason for you to get up in the morning?

Surprise, Surprise,… Carpe Diem! And mostly my two son’s and girlfriend (wife).

What are your goals, what do you dream about (not only in professional life)?

Travel around and discover the world with my family.

Is there anything else you think we should know about you?

I am married with Femke and dad of two sons, Fedde and Oscar, of 4 and 2. Recently we moved out of the city of The Hague to a little village. There we started to build-up a new live in-between the forest (for Dutch standards) and at the edge of the valley of the Ijssel. We thought It was hard to manage the change but living in a village give a lot of rest and peace.

ED RAVENSBERGEN 

ED RAVENSBERGEN

Architect, Urbanist, Researcher, Lecturer and Social Entrepreneur. Urban management lecturer.

He worked as a designer and project leader for leading and internationally acclaimed Dutch firms in the field of architecture and urban design, before starting his own office Nieuwbruut with Marc Holvoet, after winning a number of competitions (Europan, Eo Wijers) in 2010.

He was a part of international collaborations on projects in various countries, such as France, United Kingdom, Spain, Slovakia and Poland. Starting with urban planning and design, Nieuwbruut’s work gradually and increasingly came to include  doing research. Their research involves  exploring processes that are shaping today's cities and their suburbs, and the civic, social and economic domains.

Currently working as a lecturer for NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences at the department of Built Environment.


What is the most important for you in the teaching? How do you work with students? What would you like to teach them, what to transfer, what to share with them?

For me, the essence of the work that I do as an urban designer in my own office NIEUWBRUUT is to improve the world around us by creating or improving the (built) environment. Therefore we need to know how exactly it is used and percieved, how it functions, the way it is shaped and how it is designed. How can we learn from the past? What will the future look like and how can we anticipate the challenges that urban designers will have to face? We should be committed to the future of the world around us.

As a teacher developing and sharing this commitment through knowledge and competences is my main focus and ambition.

What is interesting for you in life, art and at work?

Life can offer many interesting things, and things that are uninteresting at first glance have a way of coming back in different circumstances and surprise you. I always try to have an open mind and give attention to things and people around me to discover what qualities they may present. In short; the world is dynamic and I am easily distracted.
When I look at art, culture or politics, these things fascinate me mainly because I want to understand how they work. Who created them, and how? Why have they become what they are, what is their history and reason for existence?
Reading a book on 19th century city planning I was very excited to realize it helped me understand social, cultural and governmental processes around me. That history quite literally repeats itself and I could apply what I read to the here and now...

What do you do in your spare time?

I work as a teacher for two days a week. The rest of my time I am a partner in NEUWBRUUT, an office for Architecture, Landscape and Urban Design. But most importantly I am a father of two, so I try to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

I enjoy spending time with my family consisting of two daughters of 12 years old, my wife and me. We like food, travelling, sports and all things digital. We live in the centre of Amsterdam and enjoy all that the city has to offer us, like music, movies and international cuisine. To make up for the clean air and nature that we miss, we love to travel to the countryside and go visit family that live on an old farm in the northern part of the Netherlands.

What are your goals, what do you dream about (not only in professional life)?

My hopes and ambitions concern three things: my family, my person and my profession.
Having fun, enjoying each others company and making wonderful memories is what I hope for in my family life. As a person I want to keep growing and improving where I can, to treat people around me well and be wise, honest and pleasant company. My professional ambitions are to be an inspiring teacher that delivers enthousiastic students fully prepared for a succesful career. Likewise I hope to lead our office to be a innovative group of professionals making outstanding projects.

HUUB DROOGH

droogh

Dutch urban planner. Urban management lecturer.

Specialist in the field of urban planning and sustainable development of cities and regions. After a career at the Dutch Ministry of Economic development since 1993 connected with Rothuizen Architecten Stedenbouwkundigen. During the period 2008–2012 he combined the role of managing partner establishing RDH Architekci Urbaniści in Poznań (Poland). Since 2013 his professional life mainly focuses on Poland.

 


What is the most important for you in teaching? How do you work with students? What would you like to teach them, what to share with them? 

Most important for me is to share my experience with my students. As Dutch urbanist and spatial planner I practiced the first years of my career at the Dutch ministry of economic development, in the field of regional economic development. Working at the National level is interesting, but a bit abstract. Later I started to work at RDH/Rothuizen Architecten Stedenbouwkundigen. Here my work became more practical. I was (and still am) involved in a substantial amount of projects related to (regional) urban development, city master planning, urban design and urban consultancy. I am practicing these projects in the Netherlands as well in Poland and Lithuania.

If you want to work with cities, theoretical knowledge is of course an important asset. But more important is to understand the city itself: to feel its history, its successes, failures, scarfs and potential. Cities are made by people. They give content to spatial, economic and social activities. Cities are like living organism. To understand the city, you should understand people’s drive and motivation.

Nowadays the (inter)national social economic context has significant influence on the development of cities. Students of Urban Management should have the ability to get overview what is going on in the world, and able to explain complex processes in understandable language to local politicians.

I like to make complex issues simple, down to earth. The advantage of having a lot of experience is to have overview. I like to use this overview to help students developing the practical skills to understand cities and its processes. 

What is most  interesting for you in life  and at work?

For me everything in life is connected: private and business, past and future, functionality and esthetics. Life is holistic, and I try to live it like that. I read a lot about history, about politics and new developments. I travel a lot for business as well private. I try to do it with open mind: observing, thinking, asking…Avoiding judgment as much as possible. It makes life interesting when you discover connections between current times and the past, between art and economy, between young and old.

What inspires you?

People and their ability to surprise you every day again…

What is your life's sense? What is the reason that makes you get up in the morning?

Curiosity what the new day will bring this time…  

What are your goals, what do you dream about (not only in professional life)?

In fact I am fulfilling every day a part of my dream. Working for and with society is the most inspirering for me. Monitoring progress of change, bringing understanding between people and creating concrete solutions helping people to improve their life conditions is very satisfying. I am looking forward to share this experience with young people who are choosing to step into the fascinating world of urban management!

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