[CODATA-international] Master’s Program in Smart Cities and Urban Informatics

Ronit Purian-Lukatch ronit.purian at gmail.com
Mon May 3 03:55:19 EDT 2021

*Hebrew University Launches an International Master’s Program in “Smart
Cities and Urban Informatics”*


With urban areas growing dominant globally, cities are increasingly being
challenged to develop the urban environment in ways that both embrace
technology but also preserve and enhance urban quality of life. This
motivation has popularized the idea of designing ‘smart cities’ equipped to
confront  the challenges and opportunities of the ever-growing city.

Israel, as a country with a highly urbanized population, is at the
forefront in the research and development of these technologies, including
autonomous vehicles, location–based services,   cellular navigation and
tracking systems that can be used to improve urban quality of life.
Recognition of the need for these technologies has increased in the advent
of the Covid-19 pandemic. This has forced a reconsideration of many of the
key premises of city growth and function such as urban densities, optimal
land use mixes,  the separation of  home and workspace,  new forms of urban
mobility and the future of transportation systems*.*

*Appreciating the importance of these trends in our daily lives, the
Department of Geography in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Hebrew
University of Jerusalem in cooperation with the Rothberg International
School have introduced Israel’s first Master’s Program in Smart Cities and
Urban Informatics.* The objective of the program is to educate a new
generation of urban planners, administrators and decision-makers and equip
them with the ability to integrate policy and technology for the welfare of
urban communities.  The degree will offer courses relating to the practice
of urban development, hands-on technical skills and  field courses all
geared towards confronting the complexities of smart urban growth .

Visit our website: https://smartcities.huji.ac.il
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