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Welcome to the Department of Urban Development

Urban areas worldwide

Urban growth is extensively transforming the face of the planet. For the first time in human history, more than half of the world's population now lives in towns and cities. With an average growth rate of 2.1% per annum from 1990-2003, the MENA region has one of the world’s most rapidly expanding populations, increasingly concentrated in urban areas.

Open Day El Gouna 2018

Open Day El Gouna Campus Urban Development Department Stadtentwicklung Egypt Ägypten

As per annual tradition, the doors of Campus ElGouna opened on January 27, 2018, to welcome prospective students, young professionals and the general public showcasing study programmes, research activities and the facilities of the Technical University of Berlin in its branch in ElGouna, Egypt.

Over 150 curious minds used this unique opportunity to get a taste of what studying in ElGouna is like, to get in touch with professors and lecturers of the three departments of Energy Engineering, Urban Development and Water engineering and to fire questions at the campus staff and scholarship funders such as the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development.

The programme of the Urban Development Masters’ is tailored to address urban challenges in the MENA-region and beyond, equipping a new generation of urban practitioners with the knowledge and tools to effectively design and implement urban interventions tackling social, economic, ecological and technical issues. As such it received a host of interested students, among whom were architects, civil engineers, urban planners and designer but also geographers, archaeologists and the social scientists, reflecting the interdisciplinarity of the programme. The team of Urban Development thoroughly enjoyed the enthusiasm and spirited exchange and discussions on the Open Day and is looking forward to your applications.

In case you have missed this opportunity and would like to apply to the “Urban Development” masters’ programme, please follow this link.

A detailed description of the application process can be found here.

Should there be any questions regarding the content and course structure of the Urban Development Masters’, please send an email to


Cairo Urban Excursion


From 10th to 14th of January, third semester students of the Urban Development Master's Program explored Cairo urbanism through an excursion. They visited various urban areas and met with urban development experts in form of lectures and guided tours. The main concept and objective of the excursion were to explore different urban initiatives and urban development typologies in areas such as Al-Khalifa district, Downtown Cairo, Al-Darb Al-Ahmar, New Cairo (Al-Rehab city), Informal areas (Istabl Antar and Manshiet Nasser).


10th Community Forum: 29th May from 03.30 to 08.30 p.m.


The 10th Community Forum El Gouna 2030 is going to take place on 29th May from 03.30 p.m. to 08.30 p.m. The forum will bring interesting topics related to "Urban Agriculture and Urban Gardening: Perspectives for El Gouna and Innovations by Egyptian Startups” with the cooperation of AHK MENA and German-Arab Chamber of Industry & Commerce.


Invitation to the 9th Community Forum on Mobility: 16 March


On 16 March, 2016, at 4 p.m., the 9th Community Forum in El Gouna takes place. The topic is 'Sustainable Mobility & Traffic Planning - Perspectives of El Gouna and Innovations by Egyptian Startups'. The main partner for this Community Forum is the German-Arab Chamber of Industry and Commerce. The organizational team is looking forward to welcoming you there.


Visit of Informal Settlements (Ashwa’eyat) in Cairo


Cairo, January 2016 – Students from the third semester visited the informal settlements of Manshiet Nasr and Istabl Antar in Cairo, and a school project on urban farming in Qanater. The excursion took place on Thursday and Friday, 14th and 15th of January 2016.


Excursion to Aswan


Aswan, October 2015 – Students from the fourth intake visited the city of Aswan and its 1997 commenced extension New Aswan in a double missioned excursion. The first reason was an exercise in urban analysis in the old part of Aswan, the second part a visit to the new town of New Aswan. New Aswan is the current topic of the first term project for the fourth intake.


Lecture on ‘Strategies to fight water scarcity and urban risks traps in Lima’


15 October 2015, El Gouna - In the framework of the third semester project on the informal settlement of Zerzara in Hurghada, the students had the chance to get external input from Rossana Poblet. Under the title ‘Strategies to fight water scarcity and urban risks traps in Lima’ she introduced two projects which are of high relevance for the case of Hurghada.


Dept. of UD at the conference on 'Historic Districts for Tomorrow' (October 25th – 26th, 2015)

Ahmed Khalil during his presentation

25-26 October 2015, Cairo – The dean of the Department of Urban Development of Campus El Gouna and students of the first and second intake attended the conference ‘Historic Districts for Tomorrow’. The conference was organized by Cairo and Alexandria University, and Brandenburg University of Technology, (Germany).


Excursion showing urban development paradigms of Berlin


Berlin, April-July 2015 – Berlin is an open-air exhibition for urban-planning and urban-development paradigms.  During the summer semester 2015, the students attended a series of excursions and city walks within Berlin with the objective to see various neighborhoods presenting these paradigms. Additionally to these Berlin excursions, some other trips were organized to other cities like Görlitz, Hamburg or Dessau.  


News and activities from previous years

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