The world’s cities are changing, but not enough. New technology, business models, and global priorities are transforming the way we get around, and regional planners and urban engineers are under pressure to prepare for and exploit these transformations to help bring about an urban environment that consumes fewer scarce resources, contributes less to climate change, and provides more liveable neighbourhoods and workplaces. To accomplish this requires integrating traditional engineering disciplines with entrepreneurial skills to drive change that puts innovations into practice.
Transport, Mobility and Innovation at KTH
The master’s programme Transport, Mobility and Innovation is part of the EIT Urban Mobility Master School, which trains students in both engineering skills to work with urban mobility and entrepreneurial skills to help put innovations to use. The theme Sustainable Urban Mobility Transitions is the first to be opened at KTH, where students implement a holistic approach in facing different issues traditionally faced by urban planners, civil and transport engineers, and policy makers.
Students will learn practical skills and broad knowledge of theories and concepts in urban planning, transport and sustainability. This includes gaining the ability to envision, identify and assess short- and long-term future consequences of plans and decisions, and to develop insights into the role that transport and mobility systems have in creating an inclusive, resilient and sustainable built environment. The knowledgebase will aim to include a wide range of perspectives, from understanding people’s daily lives and mobility technologies to large-scale strategic and systemic thinking.
The programme integrates a wide range of unique features:
- Students spend one year each at two different universities–the “entry” university and the “exit” university. All choices are located at a leading university in Europe in the field of urban mobility: KTH, Aalto University, Technological University of Eindhoven, and UPC Barcelona Tech. Graduating students will be awarded two master’s degrees, one from each university where they carry out their studies.
- During the first-year studies, students will be given an introduction to Innovation and Entrepreneurship and participate in an extended Challenge Project. During the same year, students will acquire essential technical skills for working with urban mobility challenges.
- Between the first and second year, students will participate in a Summer School applying new skills to two different cities located in Europe.
- In the second year, students will choose from several more specialised courses in both technical content and innovation and entrepreneurship. Students will also participate in a shorter challenge project that includes an internship at a company or organisation working to meet urban mobility challenges.
- Finally, also in the second year, students will carry out their own master thesis work, combining and demonstrating their full set of technical and entrepreneurial skills.
An inclusive, resilient, and sustainable urban transport system is crucial to creating a liveable and prosperous city. The skills learned in this programme are highly demanded by city and transport authorities and industries across Europe and worldwide, with an increasing trend of new and inter-sectoral employment domains.
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