Skills after graduation
Graduates of this master are managers who are well trained in strategic planning, policy development, governance, communication, negotiation, research, and spatial analysis. You will be equipped with the knowledge to be an innovative urban manager and creative planner. You will have broadened your knowledge regarding urban issues, policies and trends from local and international perspectives, which vary from different geographical contexts and social environments.
After graduation, you will be able to apply new methodologies and techniques in your work. You will be able to incorporate some of the new innovative approaches and concepts that you learned. You will also be able to effectively plan, manage and define tasks for others. Having studied in the international IHS environment you will be able to collaborate with people from different backgrounds and cultures. More specifically, IHS graduates gain the skills to:
- Identify contemporary urban issues and trends in developing, developed and transition countries.
- Monitor and assess urban management policies in terms of actors, performance and context.
- Design multidisciplinary urban policies that account for the physical, economic, environmental and social sustainability of urban spaces.
- Implement creative policy-making and strategic planning aimed at reducing poverty and increasing the quality of life in cities.
- Manage stakeholders, negotiate effectively and execute complex decision-making.
- Design policies, strategies, and actions based on problem analysis and applied research.
- Conduct academic, applied and commissioned research across a spectrum of urban topics.
- Work with, and lead, international teams across different sectors and disciplines.
- Demonstrate presentation, communication, negotiation and leadership skills.
Alumni Spotlight: María Ruiz de Gopegui
After graduation she joined the Basque Centre for Climate Change in Bilbao as a researcher.
You will graduate as an expert with specialist knowledge in the sphere of urban management and development. The career prospects of urban management development graduates are excellent. Cities are expanding increasingly fast, this means that there is an ever-growing demand for urban professionals who are able to come up with solutions and innovations that will make a difference in a city. Once you have completed the programme you will be able to work in various sectors ranging from city/town planner to urban project manager, or urban development specialist.
IHS is a highly reputable institute with a strong reputation with donor agencies and training centers worldwide. Our lecturers have outstanding international experience and continue to work all over the world, therefore, creating a possibility to discuss and initiate links to programmes and projects in countries and cities of the participants.
Here are a few examples of positions taken up by our graduates:
- Project manager circular economy at Philips
- Urban governance and policy specialist at UN-Habitat
- Architectural consultant at Asian Development Bank
- Spatial planning advisor at GIZ
- Senior Inspector at the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development
- Director at Center for Environmentally Sustainable Transport and Climate Change
- Full Professor at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
Join a powerful alumni network
During the course of 60 years, the IHS has developed an extensive and international network with former students. The IHS Alumni are urban professionals who have key positions in projects, programmes and organisations in public, private and academic sectors. The IHS alumni have formed a unique and global network of international contacts which currently has more than 9000 urban professionals in 143 countries that are actively engaged in the field. Once you graduate you will be able to benefit from this diverse and extensive network of urban professionals. As a student of IHS, you will also have the unique opportunity to connect with like-minded people from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds with whom you exchange experience and knowledge.
In 2009 the IHS Alumni International (AI) network was established. The goals of IHS AI are to maintain and promote the formation of IHS Alumni Associations around the world, and to provide a platform to support active interaction between them, IHS and the urban world. The network slogan is “sharing urban knowledge” internationally. The Alumni International Board oversees the activity of Local Alumni Associations and connects alumni through various events and initiatives.
IHS Alumni International Network
Meet the current board and learn about the most recent activities in our network
IHS Alumni International Network Webinars
Check out these webinars organised by our alumni network on smart cities, climate change and more