Four European universities submit their proposal for an international Masters in Sustainable Building

On 29 April, a proposal to establish an International Masters programme on Sustainable Building (IMoSB) was submitted by Prof. Luis Bragança to the European Commission Erasmus Mundus programme.
If the submission is approved, the Erasmus Mundus programme will provide partial funding to support the IMoSB, whose partner universities will then be able to issue a joint university degree of high quality to students from Europe and elsewhere.

The submission was prepared by four partner universities; University of Minho (Portugal), the Czech Technical University in Prague (Czech Republic), Zuyd University (Netherlands), and the Polytechnic University of Madrid (Spain).
Professor Bragança has led the process of developing the submission, and the representatives of the other partners include professors Petr Hajek, Ronald Rovers and Manuel Macias. iiSBE has been the main supporting organization.

An interesting aspect of the Erasmus Mundus programme is that it permits foreign universities and non-commercial organizations to join the proposal as Associate Partners. To date, these include iiSBE, Politecnico di Torino (Italy), Ryerson University (Canada), Universidad Andrés Bello (Chile), Universidad Don Bosco (El Salvador), National Yunlin University (Taiwan), FIDIC, the International Federation of Consulting Engineers, CSTB, the Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment (France) and Lehrstuhl Ökonomie und Ökologie des Wohnungsbaus (Germany).

The broad objective of the IMoSB programme is to improve the knowledge and skills of the next generation about issues, techniques, methods, tools and policies that actively support the sustainability of the built environment.

The relationship of the IMoSB partners with iiSBE will allow them to benefit from the contact and collaboration of experts from over the world, especially benefiting from their experience and knowledge of regional sustainable building problems and practices. The partnership includes the leaders of several national delegations of iiSBE and some of the organizers of the series of SB conferences on Sustainable Building (1998-on-going).

The IMoSB proposal currently envisages a two-year programme of 12 courses with a Joint Master Degree and, potentially, a double degree with other interested universities that are members of the iiSBE Academic and Research Forum. The admission requirements will be a good quality degree in Civil Engineering, Architecture or equivalent qualifications. Typically, students will be expected to have a higher education degree with four or five years, at the time the Master starts. Exceptionally, a higher education degree with three years will be accepted.

For further information, please contact Prof. Luís Bragança at braganca@civil.uminho.pt