Sustainable Urban Development (SUD) is a full-time two-year (4-Semester) Master Program offered at Vietnamese German University (VGU) by the Technical University of Darmstadt (TUD).
Basics of urban planning and understanding of general urban structures are necessary to get an idea of a sustainable urban development. These basics should be acquainted with the students but will also be picked out in the first courses.
The general concept of sustainable development has in the past most often been broken out into three constituent parts: environmental, economic, and sociopolitical sustainability. In the last years, more recently, it has been suggested by some researchers and institutions and at least by the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) that a more consistent analytical breakdown is to distinguish actually four parts of ecological, economic, political, and cultural sustainability.
Regarding the sustainable development of urban and rural areas, these four domains are considered as well. Sustainable urban development refers to attaining social equity and environmental protection while minimizing the costs and risks of spatial development.