Habitat Unit

DAAD/BMZ, 2016  2020
Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz, Jakub Galuszka, Dr. Anna Steigemann 

Wits – TUB Urban Lab Interdisciplinary Bilateral Postgraduate Studies Programme

The recently adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement have highlighted the fundamental roles played by cities and local urban stakeholders in achieving sustainable development. The Habitat III process and the New Urban Agenda (NUA), currently under discussion and expected to be agreed in Quito in October 2016, is a unique opportunity to strengthen the urban narrative globally and provide an enabling framework for cities and local urban stakeholders to achieve SDG goals. By recognising that cities and their inhabitants safeguard global common goods, such as climate, economic prosperity, social integration, democratization and political stability, a profound change in policy responses is needed to enable truly transformative actions, motivating changes in the way we use, build and govern our urban environments.

The bilateral Wits-TUB Urban Lab programme supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) seeks to improve graduate education in urban fields across sub-Saharan Africa. Both lead partners, the Habitat Unit at the School of Architecture of the Technische Universität Berlin, and the School of Architecture and Planning at University of the Witwatersrand offer a new urban-oriented graduate and postgraduate training and capacity building programme that would effectively address the challenges and needs outlined above.

The overall objective of the programme is to: Contribute to the implementation of urban-relevant SDGs and the New Urban Agenda in sub-Saharan Africa through the development of a sustainable, bilateral academic programme at the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) and TU Berlin (TUB) that will deliver increased capacities at institutional and individual levels in academia, civil society, private and public sectors. The main project activities will include bilateral exchange activities, workshops and conferences implemented through the Wits-TUB Urban Lab and will focus on four innovation areas that address SDG implementation in urban areas: 

  • Politics and policy of the urban
  • Understanding complex urban systems 
  • Managing change processes
  • Co-producing knowledge between theory and practice ​

The programme offers scholarships to African students with the first scholarships available for the masters studies at Wits University commencing in 2017.

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WITS-TUB Urban Lab Graduate School – 1 st Joint Summer School+

Between July 17 and July 28 2017, the Habitat Unit hosts the first summer school of the Wits – TUB Urban Lab Interdisciplinary Bilateral Postgraduate Studies Programme (2016-2020).

The summer school focuses on the themes of co-production and practice orientation in research and academia. In this context, the summer school explores three sub-themes central for urban development practice and research. This includes key concepts and different approaches relevant for contemporary housing, urban ecology, social in- and exclusion and urban informality as the three themes with which we research for new innovative ways to co-producing knowledge that also encompasses more practice orientation. The summer school offers the possibility to critically reflect on the origins of such concepts and their applicability across contexts of the global South and North.

The summer school is joined by 14 Master students and 5 PhD students from the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg as well as 23 Master students from the TU Berlin’s international Urban Management Programme. Additionally a number of external scholars from South Africa and Germany take part in the summer school, deliver guest lectures and contribute to the planned discussions and workshop sessions.

In the context of the Wits-TU Berlin Summer School, we also host a public Urban Talk lecture with Prof. Marie Huchzermeyer, who speaks on “Interrogating the New Urban Agenda from the perspective of pressing urban realities in Sub-Saharan Africa” on Monday, July 17, 6.30pm in TUB H3005.

The Summer School is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation (BMZ) and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) via the Bilateral SDG Graduate Schools initiative.

Poster

Wits-TUB Urban Lab – 2nd Joint Summer School+
 
The Wits-TUB Urban Lab – 2nd Joint Summer School is organized by the School of Architecture and Planning (SoAP) in cooperation with the Habitat Unit at the Technische Universität Berlin (TUB) and will be hosted from the 15th-21th of April 2018 at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. The purpose of the summer school is to encourage international exchange of knowledge and research between postgraduate students of SoAP, TUB and local partners. The summer school will have a series of lectures, seminars, field trips, exhibitions and presentations by internal and external stakeholders. It will be joined by a group of master and PhD students from the Technical University of Berlin as well as current master and PhD scholarships holders of the Wits-TUB Urban Lab programme from the University of the Witwatersrand.
 
The summer school will involve piloting of a new course Theory and Practice of Urban Management (which is a core course of the Master of Urban Studies in the field of Urban Management) as well as one of the modules developed within the Wits-TUB Urban Lab project: ‘Co-producing knowledge between theory and practice’. It will be delivered through the engagement of students in an urban studio/workshop identified with partner organisations networked with the university and located in Braamfontein district.
 
The summer school is realised with the support from the DAAD and BMZ.
Call for scholarship applications +

Co-producing urban sustainability transformations: Wits-TUB Urban Lab – Summer School Application deadline for PhD students

3 scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis to PhD students for joining a summer school at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, April 16 – 22, 2018, in collaboration with Habitat Unit.

The DAAD/BMZ funded Wits- TUB Urban Lab offers 3 scholarships for PhD students to take part in a summer school on Urban Development in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. The advertised call invites students' contributions, which question whether co-production can serve as a new paradigm to achieve transformation to sustainability in urban areas. How would existing conflictual co-production partnerships need to evolve and what new state-civil society-private sector interfaces might be needed? And what are the roles of urban professionals and researchers in this context?

The submission deadline for scholarship applications is December 30, 2017. During the current selection process 3 PhD students will be selected. Please send your application (including CV and 1 page motivation letter) to: jakub.galuszka@tu-berlin.de (cc: anna.wilkpham@gmail.com).

The scholarships are effective for the time April 16 – 22, 2018 and include flight and accommodation.

Call for scholarship applications - 5 Master Scholarships for master courses offered at the School of Architecture and Planning+

Wits University | January 2019 - December 2019

 

Background

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement have highlighted the fundamental roles played by cities and local urban stakeholders in achieving sustainable development. The Habitat III process and the New Urban Agenda (NUA), agreed in Quito in October 2016, are a unique opportunity to strengthen the urban narrative globally and provide an enabling framework for cities and local urban stakeholders to achieve SDG goals.

By recognising that cities and their inhabitants safeguard global common goods, such as climate, economic prosperity, social integration, democratization and political stability, a profound change in policy responses is needed to enable truly transformative actions, motivating changes in the way we use, build and govern our urban environments.

The bilateral Wits-TUB Urban Lab programme supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) seeks to improve graduate education in urban fields across sub-Saharan Africa. Both lead partners, the Habitat Unit at the School of Architecture of the Technische Universität Berlin, and the School of Architecture and Planning at University of the Witwatersrand offer a new urban-oriented graduate and postgraduate training and capacity building programme that would effectively address the challenges and needs outlined above.

Wits-TUB Urban Lab focus

The programme includes bilateral exchange activities, workshops and conferences implemented through the Wits-TUB Urban Lab and will focus on four innovation areas that address SDG implementation in urban areas:
• Politics and policy of the urban
• Understanding complex urban systems
• Managing change processes
• Coproducing knowledge
between theory and practice (Wits-TUB Urban Studio)
The scholarship recipients will benefit from guest lectures, joint supervision scheme and a summer school at Wits University.

Supported Masters programmes

The masters scholarships apply to the following 1 year full time degrees at Wits University in Johannesburg, supported by a bilateral programme with TU Berlin:
• MSc Development Planning (MSc DP)
• Master of Urban Studies in the field of Sustainable Energy Efficient Cities - MUS (SEEC)
• Master of Urban Studies
in the field of Housing and Human Settlements - MUS (HHS)
• Master of Urban Studies in the field of Urban Politics and Governance (MUS - UPG)
• Master of Urban Studies
in the field of Urban Management - MUS (US)
Please note that once completed, the degree certificates are issued by Wits University. They are not joint degrees as such.

Value, period and conditions of the Scholarship

The masters scholarship covers the duration of one academic year. Successful candidates will be expected to sign a contract stipulating the conditions of the scholarship.
The scholarship includes:
• Full tuition fee
• Monthly stipend (living
expenses including: subsistence expences, accommodation, other costs)
• Travel from home country/ place of origin is covered.
• Costs of Summer/Spring School in Berlin

Eligibility Criteria 

Scholarships are open to :
• South African citizens
• Citizens from other countries in sub-Saharan Africa
• Applicants must possess the requisite qualifications to be granted the scholarship.
There is no age limit applying to the scholarships for study purposes. However, at the time of the application, no more than 6 years should have passed since an applicant graduated from his/her previous bachelor or master studies. All scholarship applicants must have applied for admission to the relevant degree (as per above list) at Wits University and be in possession of a ‘person number’ which is issued by Wits University upon application for admission into a degree.

How to apply to the Degree Programmes?

Every applicant has to fill in the first basic application form before they can access the full form.
The whole application process (including online access to the application form) is to be find here

- The University of the Witwatersrand is an English medium university. International students from non-English speaking countries must provide proof of English proficiency. Please refer to the URL above for further information.
- Applications for admission to postgraduate degrees at Wits University for South African and international students for study in 2018 close 30 September 2018. The ‘person number’ provided upon application for admission must be included in the scholarship application form.
- Applicants whose previous degrees were obtained at a university outside South Africa must have their qualifications evaluated by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). This process may happen in parallel to submission of an application for admission. The procedure is set out at www.saqa.org.
- Each degree has a particular requirement regarding admission assignment and/or motivation letter and CV. Please see details for each degree here
- Once admitted for their degree, international students will apply for a study visa from the South African consulate or embassy in their country. This process must be started as soon as an admission letter is issued.

How to apply for the scholarship programme?
This is a separate application in addition to the Degree Programme application outlined above.
- Once an application for admission into the degree has been submitted, the candidate can proceed to complete
the bursary application form which is either attached or can be downloaded here
The ‘person number’ that is issued once you apply for admission to a masters degree at Wits University must be included in this form. Forms without the ‘person number’ will not be considered. Applications not using this form, or not adhering to its instructions will not be considered. Only scholarship applications of those whose applications for admission into the degree was successful will be considered.

- The closing date for submitting applications for the bursary is 30 September 2018 (i.e. the same date as the closing date for applications for admission into the degrees). Only candidates whose applications for admission are complete by this date will be considered for the scholarship.
- The University reserves the right not to make not to make all or to make no scholarship awards.
Please send the completed application form to the following email address:
lebo.skhosana@wits.ac.za
The deadline for applications is 30 September 2018.
Application results will be announced in October 2018.

Contact:
If more information is needed, please contact:
Ms Lebo Skhosana
lebo.skhosana@wits.ac.za

Principal Investigators of the programme:
Prof. Fana Sihlongonyane (Wits) Prof. Marie Huchzermeyer (Wits) Prof. Philipp Misselwitz (TUB).

Call for scholarship applications - 8 Master Scholarships for Msc of Urban Studies in the field of Urban Management+

Wits University, Johannesburg | January 2019 - December 2019

Background

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement have highlighted the fundamental roles played by cities and local urban stakeholders in achieving sustainable development. The Habitat III process and the New Urban Agenda (NUA), agreed in Quito in October 2016, are a unique opportunity to strengthen the urban narrative globally and provide an enabling framework for cities and local urban stakeholders to achieve SDG goals.

By recognising that cities and their inhabitants safeguard global common goods, such as climate, economic prosperity, social integration, democratization and political stability, a profound change in policy responses is needed to enable truly transformative actions, motivating changes in the way we use, build and govern our urban environments.

The bilateral Wits-TUB Urban Lab programme supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) seeks to improve graduate education in urban fields across sub-Saharan Africa. Both lead partners, the Habitat Unit at the School of Architecture of the Technische Universität Berlin, and the School of Architecture and Planning at University of the Witwatersrand offer a new urban-oriented graduate and postgraduate training and capacity building programme that would effectively address the challenges and needs outlined above.

Master of Urban Studies in the field of Urban Management

The masters scholarships apply to the newly set up Master of Urban Studies in the field of Urban Management, a 1 year full time degree at the Wits University in Johannesburg.
The MUS (UM) is set to respond to challenges associated with rapid urbanisation process by providing practice-oriented knowledge and innovative skills to graduates who have a drive for urban transformation. This programme introduces the field of urban management through four crucial and cross-cutting dimensions:
• Politics and policy of the urban
• Understanding complex urban systems
• Managing change processes
• Coproducing knowledge between theory and practice
(Wits-TUB Urban Studio)

Addressing, analysing and responding to these four dimensions is significant for engagement with the urban. MUS (UM) seeks to educate and train planning or built environment practitioners, researchers, scholars and policy makers who can integrate the knowledge of and skills in urban policy, development and management and the planning, urban and social sciences in general, in order to foster transformative urban strategies that enable cities to function more efficiently and effectively. In line with global commitments such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and New Urban Agenda as well as other global agendas which tackle developmental and urban challenges in a cross-sectorial manner, this programme stresses the interdisciplinary diagnosis/analysis and prognosis of urban issues across all scales. It provides graduates with an interdisciplinary theoretical, methodological and practical base from which to approach the diverse issues involved in urban development. It promotes an understanding of the complex urban processes and effective interventions that can contribute to the development of well-managed sustainable, inclusive and resilient cities

The programme includes bilateral exchange activities, workshops and conferences implemented through the Wits-TUB Urban Lab including a fully funded Summer/Spring School at the Technical University of Berlin.

Value, period and conditions of the Scholarship

The masters scholarship covers the duration of one academic year. Successful candidates will be expected to sign a contract stipulating the conditions of the scholarship.
The scholarship includes:
• Full tuition fee
• Monthly stipend (living
expenses including: subsistence expences, accommodation, other costs)
• Travel from home country/ place of origin is covered.
• Costs of Summer/Spring School in Berlin

Eligibility Criteria 

Scholarships are open to :
• South African citizens
• Citizens from other countries in sub-Saharan Africa
• Applicants must possess the requisite qualifications to be granted the scholarship.
There is no age limit applying to scholarships for study purposes. However, at the time of the application, no more than 6 years should have passed since an applicant graduated from his/her previous bachelor or master studies. All scholarship applicants must have applied for admission to the degree at Wits University and be in possession of a ‘person number’ which is issued by the University upon application for admission to the degree.

How to apply to the Degree Programmes?

Every applicant has to fill in the first basic application form before they can access the full form.
The whole application process (including online access to the application form) is found at:
https://www.wits.ac.za/applications/
- The University of the Witwatersrand is an English medium university. International students from non-English speaking countries must provide proof of English proficiency. Please refer to the URL above for further information.
- Applications for admission to postgraduate degrees at Wits University for South African and international students for study in 2019 close 30 September 2018. The ‘person number’ provided upon application for admission must be included in the scholarship application form.
- Applicants whose previous degrees were obtained at a university outside South Africa must have their qualifications evaluated by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). This process may happen in parallel to submission of an application for admission. The procedure is set out at www.saqa.org.
- The degree has a particular requirement regarding admission assignment and/or motivation letter and CV. Please see details here.
- Once admitted for the degree, international students will apply for a study visa from the South African consulate or embassy in their country. This process must be started as soon as an admission letter is issued.

How to apply for the scholarship programme?

This is a separate application in addition to the Degree Programme application outlined above.
- Once an application for admission into the degree has been submitted, the candidate can proceed to complete
the bursary application form which is either attached or can be downloaded here

The ‘person number’ that is issued once you apply for admission to a masters degree at Wits University must be included in this form. Forms without the ‘person number’ will not be considered.
Applications not using this form, or not adhering to its instructions will not be considered.
Only scholarship applications of those whose applications for admission into the degree was successful will be considered.

- The closing date for submitting applications for the bursary is 30 September 2018 (i.e. the same date as the closing date for applications for admission into the degrees). Only candidates whose applications for admission are complete by this date will be considered for the scholarship.

- The University reserves the right not to make not to make all or to make no scholarship awards.

Please send the completed application form to the following email address:
lebo.skhosana@wits.ac.za
The deadline for applications is
30 September 2018.

Application results will be announced in October 2018.

Contact:
If more information is needed, please contact:
Ms Lebo Skhosana
lebo.skhosana@wits.ac.za

Principal Investigators of the programme:
Prof. Fana Sihlongonyane (Wits) Prof. Marie Huchzermeyer (Wits) Prof. Philipp Misselwitz (TUB).

Academic partners +

The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, School of Architecture and Planning, Professor Mfaniseni Sihlongonyane, Professor Marie Huchzermeyer

academic partners

Publications+

Articles

SDG-Graduiertenkollegs: Gemeinsames Wissen für die Städte von morgen – Bevölkerungswachstum, Luftverschmutzung, verstopfte Straßen – in den Städten in Subsahara-Afrika nehmen die Herausforderungen zu. Ein südafrikanisch-deutsches Graduiertenkolleg fördert nun Nachwuchskräfte, die Städte nachhaltiger gestalten sollen.

Contact+

Jakub Galuszka
kubagal@gmail.com

Habitat Unit, Room A 622
T + 49 – 30 – 314 – 21908
F + 49 – 30 – 314 – 21907