What's the Master's Geo-information Science and Earth Observation about?
TimelineFrom January 2019 to 14 January 2022
CountriesAustria, India, Netherlands
Funded byErasmus+ Programme of the European Union
More infohttp://www.breucom.eu



Increased frequency of natural hazards and sea level rise are expected impacts of climate change in India. Marginalized urban settlements are often vulnerable to disaster due to their location in hazardous areas and the use of non-durable building materials, already today their inhabitants are therefore strongly affected by climate change. But amidst strives to meet climate targets, the poor’s needs are mostly overlooked.

In this context, there is an urgent need for paradigmatic shift in the education of graduate students in spatial planning and design as well as training of urban professionals from different backgrounds in order to confront upcoming challenges related to climate change impacts on urban informal settlements.

The BReUCom project conceives and pilots postgraduate short term Professional Development Programs (PDPs) targeted at real world problems. 

BReUCom will:

  • produce Open Educational Resources by developing 10 comparative case studies & 10 descriptions of new courses for graduate students in existing programs, following MIT’s OpenCourseWare model
  • pilot 5 new courses on urban resilience in existing curricula for graduate students
  • develop 20 new Professional Development Programs (PDP) modules on urban resilience for urban professionals from different backgrounds and working experiences, pilot 10 modules including internships with NGOs in India and Europe

BReUCom is implemented by a consortium led by Danube University Krems (Austria) and includes the following partners

  • School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada, India
  • School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal, India
  • National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur, India
  • Society for Promotion of Area Resource Centres, Mumbai, India
  • Centre for Urban and Regional Excellence, Delhi, India
  • Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies, Mumbai, India
  • Danube University, Krems, Austria (coordinator)
  • ITC, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands

Professional Development Programs (PDPs) www.breucom.org

Urban professionals from different backgrounds and different previous educational attainments display differing needs for in depth knowledge, specialization and training in the sphere of urban resilience to climate change. Professional Development Programs for these groups are therefore developed within the framework of BReUCom.

The concept of lifelong and extra occupational learning is relatively new in India. It needs to be conditioned and formatted for Indian professionals in the context of urban resilience studies via the development and pilot implementation of PDPs.

Syllabi of these Professional Development Programs related to urban resilience, which contain up to date and locally relevant knowledge are documented in extensive descriptions following MIT’s OpenCourseWare model. Each of these descriptions contains the same structural elements (summary, syllabus, readings, lecture notes, assignments) and therefore renders a clear cut picture of each program in a standardized manner. They can serve as a model for implementation of similar programs around the globe.

All PDPs run bei BReUCom partner institutions are announced on a dedicated portal and personalized training schemes (comprising of different PDP modules) can be conceived for each participant by the project team in an individual assessment process. For more information visit www.breucom.org

Contact persons

dr. J.A. Martinez (Javier)
Project leader