USP has extensive experience in developing, coordinating and conducting trainings, seminars and workshops. The content, format and methods of the trainings are customised to the specific requirements of each organisation or group and reflect the current debates and latest developments on urban issues as well as a wide variety of teaching methods and techniques.
The courses pay special attention to the integration of interactive, analogue or digital tools for collaboration, learning and communication. The trainings are seen as an opportunity for participants to reflect on both conceptual issues and practical aspects of their work, and be able to embed new aspects in their daily working routines.
USP is always interested in setting up trainings (refresher course, tailor-made training, workshop or seminar) for urban professionals, city officials and students. See below examples of trainings that have recently been conducted:
Urban Space and Disaster: Building Resilience with Communities (Nepal, 2017)
Organised in collaboration with IHS Alumni Nepal and Khwopa Engineering College. The point of departure for this course were the impacts of the 2015 earthquake in Nepal and how the post-disaster situation was managed in urban space. Concrete proposals for spatial configurations in Bhaktapur were developed by the participants with active engagement of communities. The course focused on concepts of community and gender-related vulnerability and resilience by strengthening the capacity participants (from Nepal, India, Bhutan, Bangladesh) and their organisations to better prepare for similar future situation.
Capacity Development Workshop. The Second International Conference on National Urban Policies (Paris, 2017)
Full-day capacity development session was led by IHS and UN-Habitat along with experts from OECD and Cities Alliance. The objective of this training session was to bring together a diverse group of stakeholders (academics, country level representatives and local government representatives) to develop an enhanced understanding of the institutional and urban dynamics that are required to develop a National Urban Policy.