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The Economics of Urbanization

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
14 days
Full time
Summer / Short course
Scholarships available
Amsterdam
English
Virtual open day
11/7/2021
Virtual open day
12/5/2021

Program description

The Economics of Urbanization

In this course, you will be introduced to the economic forces that underpin urbanization and shape metropolitan areas. Along the way, you will be equipped with knowledge and skills that help answer questions such as: Why are firms and people moving to cities? How do we measure the performance of urban areas? What factors explain why some cities thrive, while others struggle? What can policy-makers do to improve the economic, social, and environmental performance of their cities? To understand these topics, students will participate in lectures, self-directed work, and several field visits.

From humble beginnings as a bridge over the river Amstel, Amsterdam rose to prominence during the 17th century as a center of international trade. Today, Amsterdam is part of a large and prosperous metropolitan region at the heart of Europe, providing a unique base from which students can learn about cities. The Economics of Urbanization is delivered by the Department of Spatial Economics at Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, which is home to approximately 60 staff actively engaged in multi-disciplinary research and policy development. Publications by the Department’s staff are internationally recognised, ranking in the top 5% of institutions worldwide in relevant economic disciplines.

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Admission requirements

Who is it aimed at?

Bachelor, Master, PhD students and professionals

Prerequisites

Good English


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Program content

  1. To obtain a solid understanding of the economic mechanisms that drive urbanization, as well as those that determine why some cities are successful and why some are not.
  2. To obtain a clear understanding of policy challenges that metropolitan areas face, and the pros and cons of the instruments that can be used to tackle these challenges.
  3. To develop experience in conducting and presenting applied research, including valuation methodologies used in benefit-cost analysis.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

EU and Non-EU students fee: 1000 EUR

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VU Amsterdam offers a variety of intensive, trans-disciplinary online short courses for students and professionals. By joining our Summer or Winter school you can improve your research and academic skills, and expand your knowledge whilst earning study credits. All our small-scale courses are designed to give you an intensive and in-depth look into the subject.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam strives to contribute to a better world through her education and research. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers high-quality, meaningful and challenging (post) academic education. With her education, VU Amsterdam delivers a contribution to the society of today and tomorrow by educating students for meaningful positions in that society.

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Welcome to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (‘VU Amsterdam’) is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 175 English-taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to more than 26,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff...


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Why study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

With more than 24,000 students, of which 4,088 are international, VU Amsterdam conducts cutting-edge research into problems of societal and scientific importance.

They distinguish themselves in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes:

  • Human Health and Life Sciences
  • Science for Sustainability
  • Connected World
  • Governance for Society

As a student this will help you to look beyond the boundaries of scientific disciplines, and to seek for tangible solutions for a better world.

In addition, VU Amsterdam regards diversity, whether in culture, conviction, nationality or prior education, as source of innovation and progress, and hence as special strength.

The Dutch higher education system has been ranked in the top 10 by Universitas 21. In the first Times Higher Education University Impact Ranking, VU Amsterdam is ranked 16th worldwide. In this ranking, universities are assessed based on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to measure the impact of the universities on society. In the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018 (Shanghai Ranking) VU Amsterdam holds the 104th position. The international QS World University ranking 2021 places the Vrije Universiteit at number 236 in the world, which means the Vrije Universiteit belongs to the top 20% of the world.

At VU Amsterdam, the teaching style can be described as student-centred: they encourage students to develop their own opinions through independent and creative thinking. This means that teaching is mainly conducted in small tutorials, where interactivity is the norm rather than the exception. At every opportunity, students are encouraged to engage in constructive dialogue with their professors.

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
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