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Green Cities for Eco-efficiency, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 21 days
University rank #70 (WUR) ,
Cities are the primary source of growth and innovation, but at the same time, a large consumer of energy and raw materials. The Green Cities for Eco-efficiency course is offered by IHS, the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam. 


The unsustainable model of our cities, together with the advent of climate change, the shortage of fossil fuels and natural raw materials are forcing cities to rethink their way of planning and growth. In this context, cities are responding with arrays of options or levers at their disposal when it comes to the task of improving their overall environmental performance and eco-efficiency.

The Green Cities for Eco-efficiency course offered by the Erasmus University Rotterdam provides a collection of concrete local solutions and policies cities in many countries are applying for integrating green concepts into their planning and managing processes. 

You will be introduced to the IHS-Green City Concept Framework (IHS-GCCF) and the different approaches cities around the world are promoting to become greener. Such approaches include: increasing urban green areas; reducing energy consumption; promoting renewable energy and sustainable transportation systems; greening urban services by promoting energy efficiency and use renewable energy to deliver drinking water, wastewater, storm water and solid waste services; promoting eco-industrial parks; using new methods in urban agriculture (food security), focusing on green homes and green economics; using green growth tools to help cities become green cities.

Green Cities for Eco-efficiency employs a wide variety of learning methods including lectures, group discussions, documentaries, field visits and group exercises. A number of sessions will be dedicated for participants to share their experiences from their respective countries. At the end of the course participants will apply their newly obtained knowledge to measure how much green a city is (measuring the actual city environmental performance) and using this result to create a green city action plan for a city of their choosing.


Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • Course takes place: 1 April – 18 April 
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 21 days
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Thematic areas

Thematic coverage of the course is built upon the Green City Concept developed at IHS. It provides a framework of entry points and enablers that play a critical role in making green cities. Thematic areas covered in the course are:

  • Green City Concept, IHS
  • Spatial Form for Green Cities
  • Green Transport, Buildings and Energy
  • Greening Urban Services
  • Green City Action Plan
  • Green Economy/Green Growth


If you are engaged in sustainable development policy making as a government official, working for NGO, a consultant, an advisor or a lecturer or you are an academic or researcher in sustainable development then this course is right for you.


Dr. Ogenis Brilhante

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

We welcome applications from prospective students with a wide variety of backgrounds, all related to the field of urban management and development. Each application is considered carefully, taking the individual potential of the applicant into account. Before you start your application, please read the application procedure and admissions information carefully.

  • At least a bachelor’s degree from a recognised university in a field related to the chosen course.
  • Fluency in English in order to fully understand and participate in all aspects of the program
    • Motivational statement

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 21 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 21 days.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Please note that for EU participants, the VAT of 21% will apply. The tuition fee stated above is excluding the VAT.

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.


  • If you are looking for a fellowship to sponsor your study at IHS then you must take a number of steps. IHS can try to assist you for this purpose, but in most cases it is the student’s responsibility.
  • Keep in mind that procedures to get a fellowship take time. We advise you to approach donors and funding agencies at least 6 months in advance. If you have any questions on fellowship possibilities, please contact 
  • The NFP deadline is 20th of September. 

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