The Nordic Master’s Program in Sustainable Urban Transitions (NMPSUT) was launched in 2012 and is a Nordic double degree master program which has been developed by the Nordic Five Tech (N5T) collaboration. N5T is an exclusive, strategic alliance of the five leading technical universities in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden: Aalto University (Aalto), Chalmers University of Technology (Chalmers), Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). The goal of the N5T alliance is to utilize shared and complementary strengths and create synergy within education, research and innovation.
Programme profile and aims:
Processes of urban planning, design, transition and management are highly complex and laden with compound uncertainties. NMPSUT provides integrated knowledge development and capacity building to young professionals in the field sustainable urban transitions. This is achieved through inter-/transdisciplinary competence building developing capacities to
a) understand principles of human settlements,
b) engage in new and shared knowledge production and problem-solving and
c) develop improved practices contributing to positive urban change.
The program thus offers one of the most comprehensive and relevant master programs in the urban development topic area. The focus of NMPSUT is on sustainable urban development, but within different fields of application at the five participating universities:
Aalto – Human-oriented living environments – combining the creative disciplines of architecture, design, media, and the arts
Chalmers – Local socio-spatial dynamics and citizen involvement in sustainable urban and neighbourhood transitions
DTU ‐ Planning, innovation and management of the built environment – in a socio-technical perspective
KTH – Collaborative city networks and multi-scalar governance for sustainable urban and regional development
NTNU – Towards sustainable livelihoods, land-use and urban infrastructure through formal and informal planning processes at local and city levels
Together, these different fields of application forms a new joint subject area: planning and design for Sustainable Urban Transitions, where systems thinking, participative and scenario approaches, risk reduction, research by design and generative planning are key concepts.
Jaan-Henrik Kain, Nordic Coordinator of NMPSUT (Chalmers Architecture)
NMPSUT Program Board:
Rolee Aranya (NTNU)
Peter Brokking (KTH)
Jaan-Henrik Kain (Chalmers)
Kimmo Lapintie (Aalto)
Per Sieverts Nielsen (DTU)