University of Cape Town

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The University of Cape Town (UCT) has launched a new African Centre for Cities (, which seeks to enable the delivery of urban services and infrastructure to rapidly growing urban populations.

One component of the centre’s work is a Masters programme, aimed at building capacity amongst those in government and the private sector who are committed to the future of African cities and to the servicing of — particularly poorer — inhabitants.

The programme, run by the UCT’s Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, leads to an MPhil in Urban Infrastructure: Design and Management. Its strong interdisciplinary focus belies the Faculty’s opinion that urban problems can only be addressed through an integration of approaches from specific disciplinary backgrounds.

A Fellowship programme funded by The Ove Arup Foundation enables the course to use some of the world’s best academics and practitioners in this area, and it draws on staff from engineering, architecture, planning, environmental sciences, geography, the social sciences and management. Course activities include both formal lectures and problem-based learning, through projects and cases.

Core courses offered are as follows: Developing Cities, Issues & Strategies; Community Development; Urban Renewal; and Sustainable Urban Systems. Courses consist of an intensive week at UCT, followed by work on an assignment at home and an examination. The programme can be completed in 18-24 months.

Recent graduates and in-service professionals with backgrounds in civil engineering, economics, geography, environmental science, law, management, town planning, politics or sociology are potential candidates for the course. However, applications will be considered from anyone with an interest in urban infrastructure and with suitable tertiary level qualifications.

The course website is at