About Us


Mission

  • The Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design (IUSD) is an International Master Programme at Ain Shams University. IUSD was established in 2011 as a platform for interdisciplinary research and design on integrated sustainable approaches of landscapes, cities and buildings.
  • IUSD is a double-degree Master Programme currently organized by Ain Shams University and the University of Stuttgart, with one year in University of Stuttgart and another year at Ain Shams University.
  • IUSD trains and prepares a new generation of urban practitioners to face the tremendous environmental, cultural, socio-economic and governance challenges resulting from the dynamic urban transformation around the globe.
  • It is open to graduates and young professionals from the fields of architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture and regional planning as well as to graduates with other Bachelor degrees and with relevant professional experience.
  • Our philosophy is based on transnational learning exchange between students with different regional backgrounds applied to a specific urban reality. Our current experiential learning hubs are focused on the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) and Germany.
  • Students work in interdisciplinary teams on site-specific projects in cooperation with local communities and with different stakeholders, organizations and institutions, locally and internationally.
  • IUSD students acquire reflective and practical skills to develop integrated and trans-disciplinary solutions for planning, managing and designing landscapes, cities and buildings.

IUSD Programme aims at …

  • Training a new generation of urban practitioners and decision-makers.
  • Integrating ecological and social approaches to engineering, to design and planning of landscapes, cities and buildings.
  • Developing the efficiencies of cities, supporting political decision makers in respect to sustainable urban development.
  • Strengthening the link between academia, international organizations and industry in the field of planning and design.
  • Creating beneficial research skills and capabilities for similar public-private partnerships projects.