The Master’s Degree in Sustainable Urban Development (SUD) is a full-time two-year program offered at Vietnamese German University (VGU) by Technical University of Darmstadt (TUD) – GERMANY since 2012.

The program was successfully accredited by ACQUIN, a leading independent accreditation agency in Germany.

The program has sought to provide Vietnamese and International students with specialized knowledge and skills to successfully fill in the role of urban practitioner in governmental, non-governmental and private sectors and with a wide array of expertizes involving economic, social and environment.

Since the academic year 2016 - 2017, SUD Study Program will be held at HCMC TEG Building (307A Nguyen Trong Tuyen Street, Ward 10, Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City).


Why Sustainable Urban Development Master Program?

Since the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, sustainability is a principle for any development in the world. Sustainable development means attaining a balance between human economic, social and cultural development as well as environmental protection and between present and future needs. That comprises equity in development and sectoral actions across space and time and requires an integration of economic, social and environmental approaches towards development.

Urban development – a multidisciplinary task: Urban practitioners have to meet complex problems

Segregation, demographics, traffic, and climate are only some of the main objectives cities have to deal with. Besides, the economical profit and loss of urban development should be distributed fairly.

Vietnam’s economy for example has experienced rapid growth which also affects the urban and rural development. According to a 2008 forecast by PricewaterhouseCoopers, Vietnam may be the fastest-growing of the world's emerging economies in 2025. At the same time, the Vietnam demographics profile shows a fast growing population as well as a rate of urbanization of 3 % per year. This results in social and economical disparity as well as the requirement of a sustainable handling of resources. These functional, economical, social and ecological demands assign urban practitioners for new tasks. As a consequence, they need a broad education in sustainable urban development and related sciences, economical sciences, as well as sciences related to infrastructure.

Urban development – instruments needed

To analyze, measure, balance and assess the situation as well as to make a decision, urban practitioners need to be able to handle different instruments of urban development. Spatial data modelling as well as real estate appraisal models, empirical methods and traffic analysis are some of those instruments the students are introduced to.

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  • If you have questions regarding the study program, please contact SUD Master Study Program:

SUD OFFICE - Room A110, B9 Building
Le Lai Street, Hoa Phu Ward, Binh Duong New City, Binh Duong Province, Vietnam
Phone: +84 - (0) 650-2220990, Ext. 119
E-Mail: sud@vgu.edu.vn
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