EPFL Free Online Course on Urban Infrastructure Management

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EPFL is offering free online course on Urban Infrastructure Management. This course will teach you about the management and governance of infrastructures.

In this five-week course, applicants will learn the principles of managing urban infrastructure systems – the complex socio-technical systems that provide basic services to more than 50% of the world’s population. This course will start on July 15, 2017.

Course At A Glance 

Length: 5 weeks
Effort: 2-3 hours pw
Subject: Business & Management
Institution: EPFL and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $49
Session: Course Starts on July 15, 2017

Providers’ Details

EPFL is the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. The past decade has seen EPFL ascend to the very top of European institutions of science and technology: it is ranked #1 in Europe in the field of engineering by the Times Higher Education (based on publications and citations), Leiden Rankings, and the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

About This Course

The course is structured into 4 blocks. The first block provides a solid foundation for understanding urban infrastructures: why are they important? How do they function? Why are they different from other large socio-technical systems?

The second block explores the main challenges as well as the main schools of thought in managing and governing urban infrastructures.

The third and fourth blocks are dedicated to developing a deeper understanding of urban energy and urban transport management and governance respectively.

Block 3 will offer an introduction to urban energy systems, focusing, in particular, on the unique characteristics of these systems. Block 4 will do the same for urban transportation systems and highlight, in particular, the emerging integrated approach to urban mobility.

Why Take This Course?

This course will teach you about the management and governance of infrastructures.

As cities are currently hosts to half of the world’s population, the role played by urban infrastructures in the delivery of services (such as energy, transport and water) becomes crucial. The management and governance of such complex socio-technical systems becomes vital to ensuring their performance.

Learning Outcomes

  • The systemic nature of urban infrastructures
  • The main schools of thought in management of urban infrastructures
  • Urban Energy Systems and the key principles for managing them
  • Urban Transportation Systems and the key principles for managing them

Instructors

Matthias Finger

Prof. Matthias Finger is a Professor of Management of Network Industries at EPFL since 2002. As of 2010 he also directs the Transport Area of the Florence School of Regulation at the European University Institute. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Geneva and has been, before joining EPFL, an Assistant Professor at Syracuse University (New York), an Associate Professor at Columbia University (New York), a Professor of Management of Public Enterprises at the Swiss Federal Institute of Public Administration.

Requirements

No background is required; all passionate learners interested in managing and governing urban infrastructure systems are welcomed.

How To Join This Course

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