Many choices in urban planning
‘There’s a broad range of subject areas. We don't all have to follow the same line of study. There are many different possibilities,’ underlines Markus, who would advise new students to be open, inquisitive and on the lookout for opportunities when they start the programme.
‘Urban planning is complex. There are so many topics that can be studied in more detail.’
Students can shape their education by taking the initiative.
Markus and Amne focus on urban planning, while Asim focuses on transport planning and mobility.
A great deal of innovation and new thinking is required.
‘The plans to banish cars from city centres require sustainable solutions. They require new thinking from young people with different mindsets. More people are needed to help shape the future cities,’ says Markus.
We’re in demand
‘It is wonderful to have already been offered a summer job related to smart mobility in one of the big companies and to hear them say there’s a huge demand for people like us. People who understand urban planning and know about smart mobility,’ says Asim.
‘There’s great potential in the jobs market, both in the public and private sector.’
‘While considering the vast array of employment opportunities, we also need to choose which line of study to follow.’
The students talk about some of the courses they are taking in the spring semester.
‘We will have a course on geographic information systems (GIS), in which we will learn the GIS software. We will also have a course on inclusive, sustainable, and smart cities, and one on transport modelling and analysis,’ says Amna.
The courses in the first semester were fairly general. In the second semester, we focus a bit more, based on what we want to specialise in in the third semester,’ says Asim.
In the third semester, the students can specialise in ‘Space Syntax’, which provides in-depth knowledge into how complex architectural and urban systems work and how urban spaces can be planned, designed, and arranged to contribute to a better society.
They can also specialise in ‘urban mobility’, which provides in-depth knowledge of land use and transport planning that meets the need of smart and sustainable cities.
In the fourth semester, students will work on their master's thesis.
At the top of the article you see Markus (left), Asim and Amna in Holbergs plass with the new Oslo tram on the right.