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Sunday, 22. April 2018

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Master Programmes in Germany on Urban-, Regional-, and  Infrastructure Planning



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International Joint Master of Science Regional Development Planning and Management


Excursion to Berlin 2018

In March the SPRING students went on a four-day excursion to Berlin. The trip is a part of Module 1 and highlights major planning issues existing in Germany’s capital.
Christian Hajer, a town planner and landscaper, took the group around and explored with them sites of relevant urban development and architecture.
The students first visited the Berlin “City Model” to get an impression of the historical and urban transformation of the city. In the following days they walked around the government quarter and visited the former airport Tempelhof, which used to be one of the largest buildings in the world for a long time.
The students found out about open projects for buildings in the area around the German Parliament and the Chancellery and discovered the old tunnels in the underground of Berlin, which at the same time introduced them to the former divided Berlin and to one option refugees had to escape from East to West Berlin.
When students were asked about the most striking aspects of the excursion and what the enjoyed most the following responses were received:
“It was very interesting to understand how Berlin has been planned throughout the different political periods. The information we got from our guide Mr. Hajer was not information of a typical city walk tour but very relevant for us as planners.”
“The personal stories of Berlin Underground were very touching. I really felt like I was in a movie!”
“It was a wonderful experience to explore Berlin and its history. During the excursion we could envision the story behind a certain place, like Berlin Underground and Berlin Gate compared to our knowledge we already had before about these sites. Overall, it was great!”

SPRING Student at Global Landscapes Forum, Bonn 2017

The Global Landscapes Forum, held at the World Conference Center in Bonn, on 19-20 December 2017 brought together concerned individuals from all around the globe. As a privileged participant of this global phenomena, this year’s SPRING student Tamanna Rahman felt motivated for acting as a patron for earth's wellbeing, to fight for the prospective sustainability of its diverse landscapes. As Robert Nasi, Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research - CIFR, mentioned in the event “We are all stakeholders in the problems we address”.
Tamanna realized, that integration of indigenous knowledge, science and appropriate investment can help in restoring ecosystems and its services which in turn brings economic and social benefits for our planet. The necessity of such benefits could, in her opinion, be traced in the wise words of the mystical leader Sadhguru “The very body that we carry is just an outcrop of this planet, so there is no good life without a good planet”.
The core objective of this two-day long event was to promote and convey the potential of the landscape approach and hence major topics of discussion were: rights and equitable development, financing sustainable landscapes, food and livelihoods, landscape restoration and measuring progress towards climate and development goals. In addition to various plenaries, numerous sub-plenaries and structured networking sessions were arranged.
Moreover ‘THINK LANDSCAPE’ was the take-home message for Tamanna to act around the planet's pressing climatic and development challenges for different landscapes. Tamanna said that she is grateful to the SPRING Master Program for granting her the unique opportunity of being a part of this outstanding forum.

Christmas and the end of the year are coming closer, the holidays will start soon. The SPRING staff wishes everyone:

SPRING Student at Global Landscapes Forum, Bonn 2017

This year, Tamanna Rahman from Bangladesh, one of our SPRING students from TU Dortmund 2017/2018, will be attending the Global Landscapes Forum to be held at the World Conference Center in Bonn, Germany from Dec 19 - 20, 2017. Her Expression of Interest to join the Big Event, was selected as One of the Top 10 submissions (entry no #6) from the International Students’ Day Special Access Offer. Tamanna will get the unique opportunity to meet the President of Mauritius Her Excellency Ameenah Gurib Fakim, Yogi and Spiritual leader Sadhguru, UN Environment Director General, Cultural Instigator Scott Goodson and Emmy Award-winning Filmmaker Rob Burnet at the World’s Largest Gathering on Sustainability Issues.
Link to the Global Landscapes Forum in Bonn 2017
Link to Tamanna Rahmans Expression of Interest
Link to Youth in Landscape