Politecnico di Milano, Facoltà di Architettura-Urbanistica-Ambiente - Centro per lo Sviluppo del Polo di Mantova – is hosting the
2nd level Master's Degree in "Settlements and Infrastructures Upgrading for Cooperation and Development”. This project is funded
by the European Social Fund - Objective 3 - (2000/2006) - /Ministero del Lavoro/Regione Lombardia.
Training objectives and employment opportunities
The Master is aiming to specialise technical professionals from Europe and
Developing or Emerging Countries capable of creating and implementing
projects at the small urban and the building scale, culturally sustainable and
reliable, in regions characterised by high demands and small resources, with an
approach close to the local context.
Employment opportunities are foreseen within profit and non-profit enterprises,
NGOs, public and cultural Institutions of developed or developing and emerging
countries, and International Organisations working on cooperation projects.
Admission requirements
The Master's degree is open to 20 students, Italian and foreign, of which at
least 9 women, holding a previous five-year degree in Architecture Building
Engineering/Architecture, Land, Urban and Environmental Planning, Civil
Engineering, Environmental and Land Planning Engineering or an equivalent
foreign degree. Admission to the course will be preceded by a selective,
individual interview with the Commission of the Master course (the interview, if
agreed in advance, can also take place by tele-conference or
telecommunication). The Commission will evaluate the eligibility of the
candidate (with reference to the skills necessary to attend the course) and will
list all applicants in order of merit for those eligible.
An adequate knowledge of the English language is necessary.
The Commission is composed by the Professors Walter Barbero, Elenora
Bersani, Giancarlo Leoni and Marina Molon. President of the Commission
and Director of the Master course is Professor Marina Molon.
Contents of the Master’s degree and organisation of the course
of study
Lectures, workshops, seminars and internships of the Master course will last a
total of 11 months, divided into 4 phases for a total of 60 Credits.
The structure of the Master course is based on 1500 hours per year, of which
800 hours are institutional, 700 of individual study, structured in:
- Phase 1 (1 trimester). Basic training.
This will take place at the Course centre at the Mantua Campus. It aims to
offer the students a basic training necessary to understand the context
conditions and the peculiarity of the problems that occur in developing and
emerging countries. It will deal with settlement conditions, ways of interpreting
technical, cultural and social conditions of different communities, of the agents,
of the procedures and responsibilities involved in development and
partnership programmes that are aimed at the planning and implementing
upgrading activities.
- Phase 2 (1 trimester). Thematic in-depth study, planning and implementation
This will take place at the Course centre at the Mantua Campus. It aims to
bring the students closer to the processes of development programmes,
supplying specialised technical skills through lectures, presentation of specific
situations, in-depth analysis of case studies within individual or group work,
assisted by specialists and tutors.
- Phase 3 (Four months). Internship and thesis preparation.
This will be an in-house working experience at profit or non-profit enterprises,
(NGOs, public institutions and cultural institutions, preferably from developing
or emerging countries, and with national and international organisations that
carry out development programmes.
- Phase 4 (one month). Preparation and discussion of thesis.
The final layout of the thesis does not have to be completed at the Course
centre in Mantua. The didactic activity, including lectures, workshops,
seminars, internships, tests and discussion of the Final Projects will begin on
November 13th and will end by the October 2004.
Other teachers of the University, NGOs and non-profit enterprises like Africa’70,
COOPI, MLAL, Nuova Frontiera, Transfair and ICS will also taking be part in the
Master Course with inputs to the institutional teaching activity and the
organisation of the working experiences.
Lecturers from partner Universities are taking part in the Master course through
teaching contributions (lectures, seminars and presentations of study courses):
European: Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura de Valladolid, Espana;
Technische Universiteit, Eindhoven, Nederland; Istanbul Technical University,
Istanbul, Turchia; Visokè Uceni Technickè V Brne, Repubblica Ceca; Universitat
Fridericiana, Karlsuhe, Germania; Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran
Canaria, Spagna; Ecole de Architecture de Lille et Regions Nord, Francia;
Norvegian University of Science and Tecnology, Trondheim, Norvegia;
Politechika Poznanska, Polonia; Leeds Metropolitan University, Regno Unito.
Non-European: UCLAS, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; TECH,
ITEMS, Monterrey, Mexico; Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas,
Venezuela; Universiad Simon Bolivar, Baruta, Venezuela; Universidad Central
de Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador; Pontificia Universidad Catholica de Chile,
Santiago, Chile; Universidade federal de Estado de Espirito Santo, Vitòria,
Brazil; Instituto Paraibanos de Educacao, Joao Pessoa, Brasile; Universidad de
Los Andes, Bogotà, Colombia, Tel Aviv University, Israele; Technion Israel
institute of Technology, Haifa, Israele;
The Master course is supported by the Province of Mantua,, by FUMFondazione Università Mantovana and by other public and private entities.
Qualification and acknowledgment
Those wishing to obtain the Master's degree must attend both lectures and
seminars and take part in the training and the internship; attendance is
compulsory in order to obtain the Master degree and will be registered. Those
who attend at least 75% of the hours scheduled for the entire course will be
given a regional certificate of attendance. The learning process will be evaluated
through on-going tests and discussions of the papers written by the students.
The final exam that will award the Master's degree consists in the evaluation of
the overall participation throughout the course and in a public presentation of the
thesis written during the third and fourth phases. It also verifies the candidates’
analytical and critical abilities as well as the technical competence they have
acquired. On those who pass the final exam and the discussion of their thesis
will be conferred the Master's degree in: “Settlements and Infrastructures
Upgrading for Cooperation and Development”.
Taxes and fees
Enrolment and attendance of the Master course are free, being financed by the
European Social Funding – Objective 3 – (2000-2006), Regione Lombardia.
It is also possible, for excellent students, to ask for further economic aid
whenever there are funds available.
Formal requirements
Those interested in being admitted to the Master course have to send the
application form and the necessary documents to: Politecnico di Milano - Centro
per lo Sviluppo del Polo di Mantova, via Scarsellini n. 15, 46100, Mantova, email: [email protected], by 12.00, October 31st 2003. The application
form and the list of documents required can be requested by email, downloaded
from the Politecnico’s website ( or from the Master’s website
The interviews will take place on November 6 , 2003, the schedule of the
interviews will be distrubuted as soon as the applications have been verified.
For further information contact:
Segreteria Didattica del Centro per lo Sviluppo del Polo di Mantova del
Politecnico di Milano; tel. +39 0376 31 7002, fax. +39 0376 31 7052/53
e-mail: [email protected]
Contributions and partners
The Master course has qualified teaching contributions from the Dipartimento di
Progettazione dell’Architettura and the Dipartimento di Scienza e Tecnologie
dell’Ambiente Costruito.
This preliminary call for applicants is an anticipation of the Official Call which will be distributed in Agust