Netherlands, Enschede

Smart Cities

when 14 August 2016 - 23 August 2016
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 800

The city of the future is facing a wide range of challenges, from health, food security and energy provision to transport and climate action. Facing these challenges relates to smartening our cities by applying ICT and new governance models. Our full-package summer school (food & tent/ camping included in the price!) is a unique chance to learn more about this topic. In a Smart City big data and ICT are widely applied and smart incentives are used to spur adoption of small-scale and efficient solutions for energy and transport. This also requires new governance as the city of the future will be governed by a wide diversity of public, private and citizens’ organizations. In sum, the concept Smart City is about urban vitality, resilience competitiveness, and - ultimately – and in the end a high quality of life.
Establishing Smart Cities - or rather the transition from traditional to smart cities - generates a plethora of questions. How should we exploit the potential in our cities to achieve greater vitality, competitiveness and resilience when coping with less and more expensive resources and space? How to identify and exploit the added value of smart technologies in cities? How to empower civil society in ways that they contribute optimally to achieving smart cities? How should we manage the transition from traditional cities towards a smart cities? And how to design (evidence-based) smart governance that contributes to designing the smart city of tomorrow?

Target group

Medium/advanced; Ba+ students and professionals

Course aim

Learn all about the aspects of Smart Cities, ranging from governing a smart city to constructing the physical infrastructure of a smart city. Applying your knowledge from both technical and governance aspects to smart city development in small projects. Work in multidisciplinary teams. Learn how you can contribute to smart city development

Fee info

EUR 800: The base fee for attending the summer school is €800. The fee includes: A stay at the inspirational campus of the University of Twente, Course participation, course materials, a tent to sleep in (included: air mattress, flashlight, pillow and sleeping bag), WiFi, food (breakfast, lunch and evening meal) and coffee/tea.


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