This week about 7.000 participants from 163 countries start with a free online course about sustainable city development and Amsterdam serves as an example.
In seven weeks challenges that the Amsterdam metropolitan area face are deepened and solutions are sought to keep Amsterdam and other cities sustainable. With this MOOC (massive open online course) AMS Institute shares her knowledge and connects students worldwide around the theme ‘Cities of the future’.
Metropolitan challenges and solutions Cities take up less than 3 percent of the earth’s land surface, but more than half of the world’s population lives in cities and that share is expected to increase. Large cities and their hinterlands (jointly called metropolitan regions) greatly contribute to global urbanization and sustainability challenges. This MOOC shows what the challenges are and offers solutions that course members can use in their own region.
100 teams, 100 local issues After participants signed up they can start to form a team and start thinking about solutions for issues in their own city or region. With the 100 x 100 Challenge the program puts 100 teams to work on local issues. Before the start of the course 38 teams are already formed, from Osaka to Lima and from a collection of cities in Nigeria to India. So Amsterdam is not the only topic of this course, but there are also a lot of other areas. Simultaneously this will provide an overview of local issues worldwide.
Cooperation between universities This free course forms a part of the educational programme of the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions and is developed by Wageningen UR and TU Delft, two of the founding universities of AMS Institute. But also other people that are interested in urban development can benefit from the knowledge, inspiration and an international network of the course. The first course members start on 26 January 2016, but you can also start later because the course is given online. A specific pre-education is not necessary. You can directly apply on the website edX.
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