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Smart sustainble cities (Internationaal ook bekend onder de naam Minor Essence)

​Cities still depend on substantial flows of non-renewable energy and of (building) materials that are not part of a closed cycle. As a large and growing part of the world's population lives in cities, it is paramount that we find and implement sustainable solutions that can easily fit in with the ways in which people live (i.e. are 'smart'). Students taking part in the minor participate in one of several applied research project assignments commissioned by municipalities (in Spain, Finland, the Netherlands or one of the other countries involved) and varying in scope, location and spatial scale. These assignments are invariably multidisciplinary in nature. Some examples include: implementing zero-energy solutions in existing buildings; smart coupling of photovoltaic and wind energy to electric car batteries; or making an integral plan to make an existing neighbourhood energy-neutral.
You will work with students from other Universities of Applied Sciences. Project work (with a study load of 10 EC) is supported by four courses (of 5 EC each).
The program has been developed under the name ESSENCE (European Sustainable Solutions for Existing and New City Environments) by five partner universities of the CARPE network: TUAS (Turku, Fi), UPV (Valencia, E), MMU (Manchester, UK), HAW (Hamburg, D) and HU.


​You will learn:
1. What are sustainable cities and how can we understand them (Introductory Module)
2. How to find creative solutions to realize sustainable cities (Methodology Module)
3. What is the social design of a Sustainable City and how can we help develop an optimal social city climate. (Social Design Module)
4. How to realize the physical transition towards a sustainable city and which knowledge is needed for that (Physical Transition Module)
5. What entrepreneurial and innovation skills are needed to make a city function in a sustainable way (Entrepreneurship Module)
6. How to combine all this information to improve the city of your choice by doing field research in that city: find solutions for the real problems (Project Module)

Aanvullende informatie

​De vermelde extra kosten zijn indicatief en hebben betrekking op de reis en 3 weken verblijf i.v.m. een mogelijke projectopdracht in het buitenland.

Learning Agreements received by us before July 1 2017, can be considered.


​Students are expected to have a background in some technical dicipline (building, architecture, energy systems, engineering, environmental sciences et cetera). Since this minor deals with multidiciplinary issues, students of other disciplines, such as economy, chemistry and social work, are explicitly encouraged to participate, provided they have  basic understanding of physics, chemistry and mathematics.
There are no explicit entry requirements, but there is an intake and selection procedure for students. For more detailed information, see: and, after enrolling in the minor, you will receive further instructions for application.


​Learning outcomes for each course are being assessed by letting students apply the knowledge they obtained in a practical group assignment with individual elements.


All literature will be available through the Essence web site.


​The minor has a full-week schedule, containing supervised and unsupervised team work, supervised course activities and individual work on course assignments.