SPRING, Fakultät Raumplanung, Universität Dortmund (ISPC / SPRING) SPRING (Spatial Planning for Regions in Growing Economies) is a two year Master´s degree programme that addresses up to date topics of spatial planning in developing countries. In lectures, participants of the SPRING Programme discuss for instance the rapid growth of megacities, searching for solutions in the conflict between environmental protection and economic development as well as dealing with strategies to improve traffic systems. The course starts with one year of study in Dortmund, Germany, followed by a second year at one of the four partner universities in Asia, Africa or Latin America. At TU Dortmund University SPRING is with now more than 25 years the oldest Master course and was the first one being conducted in English. SPRING combines teaching in development theories and strategies, planning concepts and methods, and implementation and monitoring tools with practice-orientated field studies aimed at elaborating regional development plans and programmes in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The programme content is oriented by the specific socio-economic problems in the developing world.
SPRING places its emphasis on development management at an intermediate level (e.g. district) between macro-regional and community-based planning. Development planning is seen as a problem-oriented management tool with the following objectiv to identify development problems, trends, resources, constraints and potentials; to formulate development objectives, policies and strategies; to design plans and programmes; to assess environmental impacts of plans and programmes; to organise target group participation and decision-making processes; to apply instruments for programme implementation and management and to evaluate and monitor plans and programmes.
SPRING, Fakultät Raumplanung, Universität Dortmund (ISPC / SPRING), Germany