Managing and Financing Urban Infrastructure (MFUI): Water & Sanitation, Energy, Transport and Green City

The MFUI specialization provides hands-on knowledge and expertise on how local governments can most efficiently provide, manage, finance and operate municipal infrastructure to deliver desired levels of service.

The specialization is anchored on our Green City concept, which provides a framework to help cities become green, more sustainable and competitive. The green city concept sees the city broadly composed of three elements (parts): the built environment (man-made physical structure also called here infrastructure), the natural and the anthropogenic (citizens).  Decisions on infrastructure will influence the other two parts and will affect the livability and sustainability of the city.

The specialization focuses on the built environment part of a city covering the following infrastructure sectors: drinking water, wastewater, green infrastructure (drainage & urban floods), integrated solid waste, green building, sustainable (green) transport, electricity and renewable energy, and is primarily oriented towards developing and transition countries.

The theoretical framework of the specialization is used by our students as the base to develop their research protocols. This is done within the Sustainable Infrastructure Research Workshop (SUI), where research is formulated using different theories, concepts and aspects of governance, management, finance and sustainability, in order to explain, to assess and to evaluate the quality of the services being delivered by local governments, as well as their impacts on the local socio-economic and/or environmental sustainability.

Three special features complete the programme of the specialization:

1. the one week workshop on green city (debate on key theories/concepts related to green city and the practical exercise on how much green is your city); 
2. the half day case study on the Cheongyecheon Restoration Project (analysis/discussion of the causes and impact of the demolition of a 5.8 km highway to bring back an ancient river; and the construction of a green linear recreational corridor in downtown Seoul, capital of South Korea);
3. a three-day exercise using the SIM City game. The exercise allows groups representing different stakeholders with different interests to plan and manage a green city.

The Managing and Financing Urban Infrastructure specialization is part of the IHS Master's programme on Urban Management and Development and is also linked to the advisory and research pillars, through projects like the Nepal Switch-Asia Programme.

Students testimonial

"MFUI is a comprehensive program that covers all infrastructure sectors in an integrated way. It provided me with knowledge and expertise on how cities can manage, finance and efficiently operate their infrastructure and most importantly in a socio-economic and environmentally sustainable way. Thanks to this specialization, I now know the principles of resilient, energy efficient and smart city infrastructure."

Abeer Almomani, Jordan
Urban Management and Development master’s student 2015-2016