Inclusive Smart Cities

Windesheim Flevoland, Almere

Inclusive Smart Cities is a semester program, specifically designed for international students who would like to take part in shaping a smart, healthy, social and sustainable future.

The central stage for this program is the city of Almere and its surroundings. Almere is a “new town” that is developed on reclaimed land. The short history of the town and its planned character are elements that connect it to other adolescent cities in Europe. New towns often share a typical history and growth pattern. In their transition to urban adulthood they strive to create a strong individual identity, bring their facilities up to par with their current and/or prospective size and accommodate social, economical and cultural diversity. The very birth of Almere demonstrates its innovative character as a city. Since then, Almere has been a city where innovation can thrive, which is essentially what the new town character of Almere is all about.

About the programme

The Capstone of the program Inclusive Smart Cities is the Comakership project. Within this Comakership you will work together with students from various backgrounds but also with governmental institutions and businesses. The overall goal is to find and design innovative solutions for challenges that urban societies are faced by and to create more inclusive and smarter cities. Next to the Comakership you are offered several modules that cater knowledge and insights that can be used within the Comakership.
Within the course module Sustainable Cities you will explore the concept of urban sustainability through the lens of people, planet and profit. The module Smart Cities deals with the role of disruptive technologies like big data, internet of things, smart
grids and the like on shaping the city of the future. Cities are not only buildings and technology; on the contrary, it’s the people that make the city. Within the module Inclusive Cities the processes of development include a wide variety of citizens and activities, with a main focus on the labour market  

Practice-oriented 

In a practice-oriented environment, students learn how to work together and make practical use of theoretical knowledge. 
 

Location

The program takes place on the Windesheim Flevoland Campus in the City of Almere. Almere is one of the main cities in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area and is situated not far from Schiphol International Airport. The very birth of Almere demonstrates its innovative character as a city. Since then, Almere has been a city where innovation can thrive, which is essentially what the new town character of Almere is all about.

Multicultural

Students study in a multicultural environment, which helps them develop intercultural skills and understand norms and values unlike their own.

Entry requirements 

Two years of bachelor studies in a relevant field and English-language skills at B2 level.

Total ECTS Credits: 30
Level: Bachelor

Contact 

For questions about the exchange programme Inclusive Cities, please contact:
Mr Jurriaan Louman (course coordinator) 
Email: j.louman@windesheimflevoland.nl 
Phone: +31 88 469 71 73.

Teacher Jurriaan Louman about Inclusive smart cities