Smart Cities is a rapidly growing concept in both research and policy practice. It is viewed as a solution for cities to better cope with key societal challenges like energy transition, mobility and social innovation through extensive and effective use of big data and IT.
This, in turn, calls for new modes of – smart – governance, with the active involvement of a wide diversity of public, private and citizens’ organizations. In this summer course, Smart Cities is being studied through a variety of perspectives: the perspective of research, economy, government, ethics, marketing, communication, design and philosophy.
The central theme in this year’s Smart Cities course is sustainable energy, climate change and smart ways to deal with the challenges these bring to us. What technological innovation will be available? How can acceptance of people be improved? How about privacy, data and security? Will the costs be manageable? In the University of Twente high tech meets human touch and there we like to put the focus in the course.
The course is aiming at students interested in innovations that make life more effective, pleasant and efficient. Integrating technological, social and organizational science to achieve intelligent and smart solutions for challenges in a rapidly changing world. In the course you will:
- Learn all about many aspects of Smart Cities, ranging from governing a smart city to maintaining the infrastructure in a smart city
- Apply your knowledge from both technical and governance aspects to smart city development in group exercises
- Work in multidisciplinary teams
- Learn how you can contribute to smart city developments in your own environment
Stay tuned! The updated course schedule will follow soon. In the meantime, check out the below schedule of our previous edition to get a preview.
- Methods: Lectures, interactive workshops
- Course level: Advanced BSC., MSc.
- Target group: Students in their third Bachelor’s year, -entry level Master’s students and professionals with an interest in smart cities.
- Course leader: Robert Muster -Marinescu
- Credits: 2 ECTS for successfully completing the summer school