Land Markets and Informal Settlement, Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 19 days
    Duration
  • English (schedule IELTS)
    Language
University rank #72 (WUR) ,
The course will enable you to understand the underlying causes of informal occupation of land and slum formation, to acquire knowledge and skills to develop upgrading strategies to improve slums, and to formulate policies that create options to prevent new slum formation. Land Markets and Informal Settlement programme is offered at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

About

The Land Markets and Informal Settlement course from Erasmus University Rotterdam is intensive in nature and innovative, demanding a proactive attitude from participants. They are engaged in a number of specially designed learning environments that comprise lectures, practical exercises, case study analysis, role-playing games, video films discussions and controversial policy debates. The course draws from lessons learned through international experience and stimulates creative thinking as participants are exposed to contexts from a wide variety of countries.

Create options and prevent new slum formation

Existing informal settlements need to be regularised and upgraded but, even more urgently; their growth needs to be decompressed. More and more people, and increasingly not only the poor, have no alternative other than to resort to slums, using a substantial part of their own resources to access land. Informality has to do with more than urban poverty; it has to do with the lack of capacity of cities and their markets to provide sufficient supply of well located, serviced, affordable and secure land. What is called for is to accompany, if not actually to precede, regularisation efforts with sound preventive land strategies.

Such strategies should change the rules of the game, re-align land markets, mobilize the resources already used even by poor households, increase them by capturing the value created by the city and produce serviced land for all. Traditional tools to administrate land are not enough; preventive strategies need more effective instruments required to meet the challenge.

Throughout the Land Management and Informal Settlement Regularisation (LMIRS) course, two questions guide our learning:

  • How can we create options for low-income households so that they don’t have to resort to informality?
  • How can we effectively use innovative and preventive land instruments and not only curative action?

Partner

IHS partners with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and UN-Habitat to run this course. Academics and practitioners from these institutions stimulate creative thinking; participants are exposed to context and experience they bring from a wide variety of countries around the world.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: If you require a visa, we advise you to apply at least one month before the IHS application deadline.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 19 days
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Course content

The course starts by enabling participants to understand the underlying causes of informal occupation of land and slum formation. Participants become aware that slums are increasingly shaped by how land markets work, how they fit into the overall land dynamics of the city, how different stakeholders inter-act as pushing and pulling factors in land allocation and how different kinds of public interventions either prevent, curtail or even stimulate more land informality. 

The curriculum is constantly being updated with the latest insights. Issues such as trading development rights, inclusionary zoning, fair vs. market compensation, land sharing and value mobilization, street led development and re-develop, alternative land tenure forms, and others are discussed in the course.

For more information, please visit the course website.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    92

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

The application process is done by the IHS. Interested in participating in this post-graduate diploma course? Make use of the IHS online application system.

For more information, please visit the course website.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    2750 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2750 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 19 days.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2750 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2750 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 19 days.
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Living costs for Rotterdam

  • 760 - 1270 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

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