After graduation

Urban Digital Transformation & Innovation

Skills after graduation

Graduates of this master's are urban managers who are well trained in strategic planning, policy development, governance, communication, negotiation, research, and spatial analysis. You will have broadened your knowledge regarding urban issues, policies and trends from local and international perspectives, which vary from different geographical contexts and social environments. You will be equipped with the knowledge to be an innovative urban manager and creative planner.

After graduation, you will be able to apply the learnt methodologies and techniques in your work. You will also be able to effectively plan, manage, and define tasks for others. Having studied in the international IHS environment, you will be able to collaborate with people from different backgrounds and cultures. More specifically, IHS graduates gain the skills to:

  • Identify contemporary urban issues and trends in developing, developed and transition countries.
  • Monitor and evaluate urban management policies in terms of actors, performance and context
  • Manage stakeholders, negotiate effectively and execute complex decision-making
  • Design strategies and actions based on problem analysis
  • Conduct academic, applied and commissioned research across a spectrum of urban topics
  • Work in international teams across different sectors and disciplines
  • Demonstrate presentation, communication, and negotiation skills

Career prospective

You will graduate as an expert with specialist knowledge in the sphere of urban management and development. The career prospects of urban management development graduates are excellent. Cities are expanding increasingly fast; this means an ever-growing demand for urban professionals who can come up with solutions and innovations that will make a difference in a city. Once you have completed the programme, you will be able to work in various sectors ranging from city/town planner to urban project manager or urban development specialist.

IHS is a highly reputable institute with a strong reputation with donor agencies and training centres worldwide. Our lecturers have outstanding international experience and continue to work worldwide, creating a possibility to discuss and initiate links to programmes and projects in the countries and cities of the participants.

Here are a few examples of positions taken up by our graduates:

  • Advisor at Concentrix

  • Urban Strategist at Build - Urban Strategy

  • Junior Consultant at SNV

  • Account Manager at Hilti Indonesia

  • Lending Analyst at the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh

Other companies our graduates work with:

  • UN-Habitat
  • Asian Development Bank
  • GIZ

Finding a job after your studies

How do graduates experience the current job market? IHS Alumna Aditi Solanki shared her experience.

Join a powerful alumni network

During 60 years, the IHS has developed an extensive international network with former students. The IHS Alumni are urban professionals with key positions in projects, programmes and organisations in the public, private and academic sectors. The IHS alumni have formed a unique global network of international contacts, with more than 9000 urban professionals in 143 countries actively engaged in the field. Once you graduate, you will be able to benefit from this diverse and extensive network of urban professionals. As a student of IHS, you will also have the unique opportunity to connect with like-minded people from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds with whom you exchange experience and knowledge.

In 2009 the IHS Alumni International (AI) network was established. The goals of IHS AI are to maintain and promote the formation of IHS Alumni Associations around the world and to provide a platform to support active interaction between them, IHS and the urban world. The network slogan is “sharing urban knowledge” internationally. The Alumni International Board oversees the activity of Local Alumni Associations and connects alumni through various events and initiatives.

What are the IHS Alumni up to?

IHS graduate Mariana Fiuza from Brazil won this year's Alumni Impact Awards. Her on-demand composting nonprofit start-up, É de Sol Composting, aims to reduce the volume of greenhouse gases emitted in Teresina.

"Through an affordable monthly subscription, our clients can choose one out of several plans that best fit their needs in terms of the amount of food waste generated and home pickup frequency."

Watch the full webinar

Meet the IHS graduates

IHS Student Testimonial: Patience, Ghana

IHS Alumni International Network Webinars

Check out these webinars organised by our alumni network on smart cities, climate change and more

IHS Alumni International Network

Meet the current board and learn about the most recent activities in our network

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