The learning modules combine the best knowledge, experience, and practices on sustainable urban development from Europe and Asia. The learning modules contain lectures and exercises that cover a range of topics – from water, transport, energy and infrastructure to green cities, sustainable tourism, climate resilience and low-carbon development. Moreover, case studies are provided to contextualize concepts and themes to Asian practices. Building skills and competencies related to sustainable urban development and planning are integrated, taking into account the labor market perspective.
The e-learning courses serve as an introduction to sustainable urban development; enhance access to educational materials in a more time-flexible and cost-effective matter; reduce the matriculation barriers to access as the course can function as a transition mechanism from institutions in Asian countries to those of European Higher Education; and provide credits that can be used as an elective for students who are willing to study in Europe. Moreover, the e-courses link theory and practice through the decision support tools; integrate practical experiences from cities; and incorporate academic competencies and soft skills.
Decision Support Toolbox
Our decision support toolbox provides a link between education and practice. Developed by academics (through higher education institutes in Europe and Asia) and practitioners (by way of city networks and partnerships), the toolbox is a state of the art collection of decision-support methodologies that can be used to support or complement courses or programmes related to sustainable urban development. The toolbox makes practical decision support tools accessible and appropriate for educational purposes. In some of these tools, manuals are provided to allow lecturers to use these in educational settings.