Management of Urban Infrastructure course – Part 1

The Chair Management of Network Industries at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), directed by Prof. Matthias Finger, is happy to announce the release of the first free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), on February 16th 2016, on the Management of Urban Infrastructures.

This course is offered by EPFL, and diffused through the Coursera platform. The MUI MOOC provides an introduction to the principles of urban infrastructures management. In this MOOC, you will learn these principles from practitioners (City of Geneva, Veolia, Boston Consulting Group, CarPostal), Experts (The World Bank) and Academics (EPFL, CUNY).

The Course is structured in four blocks:

  • Block1: Introduction to Urban Infrastructures
  • Block2: Basic principles in management of Urban Infrastructures
  • Block3: Management of Urban Energy Infrastructure
  • Block4: Management of Urban mobility Infrastructure

Besides fulfilling the mandatory requirements to obtain the course certificate from Coursera, the participants can also write an optional case study to win a prize! The 3 best case studies will win a tuition waiver scholarship to enrol in the IGLUS professional training program in Fall 2016.

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You can find more information about the course and subscribe here.

The Peer Experience and Reflective Program (PEARL)

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The Peer Experience and Reflective Learning (PEARL) network was launched by the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India in January 2007 under JNNURM. The project aimed to create manageable networks for knowledge sharing and cross-learning among JNNURM cities and make them more liveable, economically vibrant and environmentally sustainable.

The Cities Alliance (CA) Knowledge Support for PEARL Program under JNNURM was initiated in 2010. This built on the Ministry of Urban Development initiative and contributed to making PEARL an effective learning and knowledge-sharing platform. Strategies adopted under the CA Knowledge Support facilitated horizontal learning, assessing knowledge needs in city networks, developing customised knowledge products through research and action projects. Moreover, the support helped to plug PEARL into other city/knowledge sharing networks (both national and international).
The key objective of the PEARL program is to enhance knowledge exchange and cross learning between cities.

COMPONENTS

Knowledge Network Support Unit
The Cities Alliance supported Knowledge Support for PEARL was initiated in the year 2010 to strengthen the horizontal learning network through strategic support in terms of accessing knowledge needs of cities, provide inputs in designing knowledge exchange initiatives in terms of concept notes, program briefs, etc, and finally, plugging PEARL to other national and international knowledge exchange networks to access their expertise in knowledge sharing and exchange.

Capacity Building
The PEARL program focuses on building capacities of the cities in the network through activities such as:
• Peer-to-peer learning
• Expert visits
• Exposure visits
• National and international workshops
• Group workshops
• e-Learning
• Training
• Internship

Knowledge Dissemination
Knowledge dissemination, a key PEARL objective is carried out through the creation of various knowledge products and solutions. Documentation of city-wise urban initiatives, national good practices, global good practices, film, research studies and bi-annual newsletters form a knowledge repository while participatory exercises like monthly dialogue series and a regularly updated web portal by a dedicated web development support unit, strengthen the network through sustained interaction.

Listed below are PEARL’s Good Practice documentations
Compendium of Global Good Practices on ICT in Urban Services
Compendium of Global Good Practices on Urban Sanitation
Compendium of Global Good Practices on Urban Solid Waste Management
Compendium of Global Good Practices on Urban Mobility
Compendium of Global Good Practices on Urban Water Supply
Compendium of National Good Practices on Urban Transportation in Indian Cities
Compendium of National Good Practices on Urban Water Supply and Sanitation in Indian Cities
Compendium of National Good Practices on Urban Solid Waste Management in Indian Cities
Compendium of National Good Practices on Urban Heritage in Indian Cities

Find out more about PEARL network here

Building Leaders in Urban Transport Planning (LUTP) September 10-16, 2017

The Korea Transport Institute, Seoul Metropolitan Government and the World Bank are jointly hosting the 6th LUTP-Seoul on September 10th through Sep. 16th, 2017.

Sponsored by CityNet, this workshop will again take place in Seoul, and cover important issues for urban transport leaders such as integrated transport planning, ICT in transportation, PPP, and other key challenges.

You will have opportunities to participate in presentations, group discussions, site visits to Korea’s cutting-edge transport related institutions, and networking luncheons/dinners.

 

You can download the application form online by visiting the URL below:

http://english.koti.re.kr/lutp2017/overview.asp

Your completed registration form (scanned copy) can be emailed to LUTP@koti.re.kr

or faxed to: +82-44-211-3222 by August 10, 2017.

 

A fee of US $3,500 will be charged. This would also cover the cost of boarding and lodgings in Korea.

Participants will be expected to bear their own airfare to reach Korea.

 

EcoMobility World Festival 2015

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EcoMobility World Festival 2015
The EcoMobility World Festival demonstrates urban mobility without dependency on the private automobile in a real city, by real people, in real time. Taking place in South Africa’s economic capital, the EcoMobility World Festival 2015 in Johannesburg shall demonstrate how an ecomobile business district looks like. Walking, cycling, and using buses and trains – for a cleaner air, healthier lifestyle and livable city.
Conveniently commuting through your city in an affordable and environmental friendly way, feeling healthy and enjoying your urban public space – try a greener urban lifestyle at the EcoMobility World Festival 2015 in Sandton, Johannesburg!

EcoMobility Dialogues 2015
A series of dialogue sessions is a key part of the EcoMobility World Festival 2015. They will bring together thought leaders, decision makers and implementers of innovative forms of sustainable urban mobility to shape the future of urban mobility. Solutions will be sought to reduce the dominance of private automobiles in cities and to build an urban transport system that meets the needs of residents while minimizing energy consumption, emissions, material use and space requirements. The EcoMobility Dialogues will be hosted by the City of Johannesburg and organized in partnership with ICLEI from 5 – 9 October 2015. Various pre- and post-events are being planned together with partners of the Dialogues.

Website: http://www.ecomobilityfestival.org/

For more information: Ecomobility Festival Brochure

 

Future Cities Asia 2015

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Future Cities Asia is the only conference to exclusively bring together the full smart cities value chain.

Dates: 20 – 22 October 2015
Venue: Le Meridien Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

From city authorities, infrastructure, central government, system integrators, and specialist technology providers: their shared focus is to make Future Cities a reality by collaborating to align their people, processes and technology.

It is the smart city strategy and implementation event for city authorities, infrastructure, central government, system integrators and specialist technology providers. Over 200 industry professionals will learn from top speakers in the industry while fostering key relationships through networking at this event.

More information: http://goo.gl/LFUabE

Future Cities Asia

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Future Cities Asia is bringing together city authorities, government agencies and the private sector to discuss integrated citywide solutions that will drive and foster convergence in the smart city space.

  • Dates: 13 – 15 October, 2014
  • Venue: CyberPort Conference and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong

5 reasons why you must attend Future Cities Asia:

  1. Assess and review the business case for why cities should want to become smart
  2. Understand why the focus is on cities and what smart means to different cities
  3. Get the verdict on whether the smart city is genuinely our future or whether it’s just empty hype
  4. Learn what future technologies will be needed and how in future cities
  5. Do smart cities need smart citizens, and if so, what are the implications for your organisation?

Future Cities Asia organiser, Worldwide Business Research (WBR), is happy to extend two complimentary passes for the conference to CityNet members. These will be awarded on a first come first serve basis.

In order to register yourself:

1)      Click here and fill in the form
2)      Email WBR at wbrinfo@wbresearch.com
3)      Call WBR at +65 6722 9455

 

Third Sanitation Dialogue: Manila, Philippines

Third Sanitation Dialogue: 11th Hour to MDGs 2015
Manila, Philippines – 27-29 May, 2014
Sanitation Dialogue
The Third Sanitation Dialogue, this year themed “11th Hour to MDGs 2015”, will advocate a comprehensive approach to sanitation among the Asian Development Bank and its developing member countries. Through the sharing of innovative solutions to financing, affordability and sustainability issues among others, the dialogue will strengthen the capacity of developing countries to conceptualize, plan and implement sanitation strategies and projects.

The Asian Development Bank encourages sanitation experts and practitioners working in government, the private sector, academe and NGOs to attend. There are no registration fees. Please contact Marc Ebarvia at cebarvia.consultant@adb.org for information on how to join the discussion. For more details of the event itself, please visit: http://bit.ly/1m1Mohm

2nd Annual Transit Oriented Development

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Date: 23-24 November 2016

Place: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Join 2nd Annual Transit Oriented Development where we bring together city planners, property developers, transit agencies, transport planners, architects and urban planners to discuss the countless opportunities for growth and overcoming challenges in developing TOD through world’s leading TOD case studies!

 

Press Release – Future Cities Asia

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Meet with Mayors, Vice Mayors, CIOs, CTOs, CSOs, Architects, Town Planners and many more…

 

HONG KONG, Aug. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Future Cities Asia, Asia’s premier smart cities event will examine how harnessing technology can transform urban infrastructure. It is an initiative that will explore topics such as Smart Governance and Funding, Smart Energy, Smart Buildings, Smart Mobility, Smart Technology, Smart Infrastructure, Smart Healthcare, Smart Citizen and Smart Resilience for future cities.

 

Future Cities Asia is taking place on the 13 – 15 October in Hong Kong which is already a highly sophisticated smart city and a gateway to Asia. Taking place at the Cyberport Conference and Exhibition Centre, the event will bring together over 200 senior level executives including government authorities, urban planners, investors, academics and the private sector from some of the worlds leading cities who will give direction to sustainable city development and is a must-attend for key stakeholders committed to creating smarter cities.

 

Future Cities Asia is being organized by Worldwide Business Research (WBR) the world’s biggest large-scale conference company in partnership with Cyberport and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Danny Levy the Head of Asia Public Sector for WBR said, “We are delighted to be bringing Future Cities Asia 2014 to Hong Kong, which is regularly voted Asia’s leading smart city. The 3 day event brings together over 50 speakers from some of the worlds leading future cities with the opportunity to see the latest innovations, technologies and solutions for the smart cities community during our industry leading exhibition.”

 

Future Cities Asia is being partnered by Microsoft, Bosch Software Innovations, Cyberport, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Tigerspike, CTTC HK, iOmniscient, Technology Quotient, The Future Cities Institute and EU Academic Programme.

 

 

About Worldwide Business Research (WBR)

WBR is the world’s biggest large-scale conference company and part of the PLS group, one of the world’s leading providers of strategic business intelligence with 16 offices worldwide. Our conference divisions consistently out-perform their industry sector competitors on the quality of the events we produce and the relationships we nurture with both delegates and sponsors. to learn more visit www.wbresearch.com, or call us at +65-6722-9455.

 

Contact: Dhiraj Bhanushali
Tel. +65-6722-9455
Email: Dhiraj.Bhanushali@iqpc.com.sg

 

 

IGLUS

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Innovative Governance for Large Urban Systems IGLUS, EPFL

IGLUS is a long-term research and education project initiated by the Chair MIR (Management of Network Industries) at EPFL Switzerland. It focuses especially on the governance of the urban infrastructure systems (e.g., transport, energy, telecommunications, water, waste, greens) and brings together practitioners (city managers, city officials, urban services providers, etc.) and academics from many different disciplines (urban planners, architects, geographers, engineers, economists, management experts, and political scientists) in order to help cities better analyze the strength and weaknesses of the governance system, and share such a mutually built knowledge with other cities around the world. The IGLUS project aims to create an Excellency platform concerning all issues related to urban governance. For more information see our IGLUS Yearbook 2015

The IGLUS training modules and Executive Master; APPLY NOW! 

The EPFL IGLUS Executive Master offers a combined practical and theoretical approach, from scholars and city practitioners from private and public sector, to governing and managing the main challenges complex urban systems face today. It is structured in such a way that, in each host city, a two-week training program addresses the most important challenges that the city faces. Participants can choose to attend one of the modules to obtain a certificate of attendance (jointly signed by EPFL and the host university) or 5 modules from the 6 IGLUS modules to get an executive master degree. The proposed modules are each time host by partner university

• Rhine-Ruhr, Germany – The metropolitan challenge – TU Dortmund
• Guadalajara and Mexico City, Mexico – The social challenge – Tecnologico de Monterrey
• Dubai, UAE– The environmental challenge – The American University of Sharjah
• Istanbul, Turkey – The cultural challenge – Kadir Has University
• Detroit/Chicago and NY, USA – The economic challenge – Michigan State University / CUNY
• Seoul, Korea – The technological challenge – Sungkyunkwan University

To apply to this program please contact iglus@epfl.ch

Other Information 

The next training module will take place in Mexico from 2nd to 13th of November 2015 and will focus on the social challenges encountered by Metropolitan Regions. If you are interested to participate to this training event, please contact IGLUS at iglus@epfl.ch

For information about the 2016 program in Seoul, please see this flyer and this announcement.

Partners

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