The general objectives of the urban planning capacity building and urban based strategies are to enhance the capability of different stakeholders within regional development. This can be reached through recognition of the main developing strategies in relation to the diversity of players and resources within local conditions. Each variable or participant constitutes a whole operational unit to which the different taylor-made programs can be developed or adjusted, dependant on contextual demands.
The course aims to enhance the effectiveness of urban design in relation to the new challenges brought by the actual complexity of a ‘global’ urban dynamic, and in its wake the specific conditions of globalization. Main scientific themes under this approach include; sustainable mobility, urban landscapes, transformation and regeneration of the global metropolis.