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January 30, 2015

"Learning for the Cities in Transition" Seminar in Ahmedabad, India

"Learning for the Cities in Transition" is a one-day promotional seminar for students that aimed to promote European Higher Education in Sustainable Urban Development, support partnerships between and among European and Asian academic institutions and networks, present the SUSTAIN project and demonstrate its products and outputs, and provide information regarding the practical implications of studying in Europe.

The seminar was organized by Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam and the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT), India within the framework of the Erasmus Mundus programme "Strengthening Higher Education in Urban Sustainability and Transitions towards Internationalization of Academic Institutions and Networks" or SUSTAIN.

The organizers have scheduled an intensive whole-day programme for this seminar. The event was opened by Darshini Mahadevia, Dean of Faculty of Planning, CEPT University and Peter Scholten, Project Coordinator, IHS.

Furthermore, Prof. Peter Droege from University of Lichtenstein gave a presentation on 'Towards Sustainable Cities: Urban Development in the Asian, European, and Global Contexts'.  Alisher Umarov, Programme Specialist in Education from the UNESCO Office in New Delhi, addressed the role of higher education in meeting the challenges of urbanization.

In addition to this, there were presentations on sustainable urban development in Indian higher education, including perspectives from students and alumni, and leaving space for panel discussion. 

The participants had a chance to learn more about the SUSTAIN project, while Sanjeev Roy from EU Public Diplomacy and Outreach in India and in the SAARC presented the guidelines for studying in Europe. Last but not the least, Indian Alumni shared their experiences on studying and living in Europe.