Graduate Degree in Smart Cities and Urban Policy

École Polytechnique

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Graduate Degree in Smart Cities and Urban Policy

École Polytechnique

In an increasingly global economy, metropolitan areas are basic components of economic competition and growth. Capital, labor pools, knowledge, infrastructures and their distribution within and across geographical space play a major role in the economic development and prosperity of a metropolitan area.

As highlighted by the Economist, a report from the American think tank Brookings Institution shows that “the world's largest 300 metropolitan economies account for 19% of the global population and almost half the world's GDP. In the past decade, incomes and jobs tended to grow faster in these urban areas than their national averages”.

Despite international competition and free mobility of inputs like assets, raw materials, and knowledge, location still plays a fundamental role as a competitive edge. As rail, port and road infrastructures were amongst the key factors when determining where to locate a new business or a new branch, scarce human resources are now part of the decision-making process.

As Joel Kotkin wrote in his book The New Geography (2012), “these changes profoundly alter the very nature of the place and its importance by de-emphasizing physical factors...and placing greater emphasis on the concentration of human skills in dense concentrations of the population”.

More resourceful than their non-metropolitan counterparts, metropolitan economies take advantage of bigger markets for good and services, have more specialized workers pools, and benefit from more advanced and reliable transportation and telecommunications services. In this context, metropolitan areas tend to be the main generators of economic prosperity and a breeding ground for innovative tech companies.

The 21st-century metropolitan regions are being transformed and are embracing new technological, urban and mobility challenges. In order to successfully fit into the metropolitan booming transformation, a lot of existing cities will have to implement an effective, sustainable and tailor-made economic strategy. Shaping new urban patterns, preserving and enhancing their environment, and striking a balance between fast rates of urbanization and people’s quality of life are among the challenges to overcome.

The Smart Cities and Urban Policy Graduate Degree provides an in-depth understanding of new and transforming metropolitan areas and their competitive environments.

Sources:

Joel Kotkin, "The New Geography" (2012)

"Metro economies", The Economist - December 4, 2012

"Global MetroMonitor 2012: Slowdown, Recovery, and Interdependence" by Emilia Istrate and Carey Anne Nadeau, The Brookings Institution - November 30, 2012

Description

Following the École Polytechnique’s tradition of excellence in the applied sciences, the Smart Cities and Urban Policy Graduate Degree is designed for students with a strong mathematical background and an interest in economics.

For those who wish to obtain a rigorous, in-depth knowledge of metroeconomics challenges and are looking to use their technical skills in strategy and leadership-oriented roles, this degree will provide the know-how to navigate the trends shaping the 21st metropolitan economies. The program involves applying advanced quantitative methods to the study of new and transforming metropolitan areas and their competitive environments.

Teaching is resolutely professional-oriented, relying on a combination of methodological teachings and real-world case studies to uncover the hidden trends guiding the evolution of specific market segments and business models.

Courses include high-level scientific master classes taught by faculty from École Polytechnique and our partner school Ecole des Ponts ParisTech.

The Smart Cities and Urban Policy program emphasizes hands-on, experimental learning by inviting you into with the worlds of research and industry, notably through four to six-month internships.

The professional orientation of the program is strengthened by the strong and mutual links with industrial and institutional partners from various and relevant fields: real estate, finance, energy, international organizations, and ministries. Institutions and companies such as The World Bank, SNI, EDF, and SNCF are among the program partners – to name just a few.

Industry Partners

The professional orientation of the program is strengthened by the strong and mutual links with industrial and institutional partners from various and relevant fields: real estate, finance, energy, international organizations, and ministries.

Program Structure

The Smart Cities and Urban Policy program emphasizes hands-on, experimental learning by inviting you into with the worlds of research and industry, notably through four to six-month internships.

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Career Outcomes

The Smart Cities and Urban Policy program is tailored for students who intend to embark upon careers as executives, in the public and private sector. The program provides students with the knowledge, skills, and experience they need to gain to succeed in their career paths.

Different career paths are available upon degree completion:

  • Managerial positions in various industries such as transportation, energy, environment, commercial real estate, urban and infrastructure management and services.
  • Economic advisory positions in local, regional, governmental and international institutions.
  • Consultancy positions, in which case the market knowledge gained from the program will be invaluable.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS AND DEADLINES

Applicants must hold or expect to hold an undergraduate degree in Economics, Mathematics, Civil Engineering and/

or Transportation Studies prior to the beginning of the program. In order to submit an application, applicants must also

supply the following:

  • Copies of degrees and transcripts of all previous higher education
  • 2 academic references, at least 1 from your current institution
  • Personal statement & CV or resume
  • A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL iBT score of 90 (please consult our website for information about exemptions)
  • GRE scores are not required but will be considered if provided.

No paper copies are needed for the admission process.

Applications are reviewed in rounds, 3 times a year.

Applying early improves your chances.

The application deadlines for the Fall 2018 intake are:

  • January 7, 2018
  • March 18, 2018
  • May 6, 2018

Decisions will be released 4 to 6 weeks after each application deadline.

Financial aid

Finally, students receive assistance from the Housing Office to apply for the French National Housing Benefit "CAF". Students usually obtain a financial aid of 150-200 euros per month.

All our students receive the ISIC card (International Student Identity Card) automatically and for free. They gain preferential and discounted access to over 150,000 products, services, and experiences relevant to all aspects of student life.

Additional scholarship opportunities can be found at CampusFrance website (e.g. French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development for international students). Please note that the French scholarship "CROUS" is not compatible with our degree.

For more information, visit our website portail.polytechnique.edu/graduatedegree/master/smartcities or contact our admissions team at gdadmissions@polytechnique.fr

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Última actualización May 31, 2018
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Este curso es En campus
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Fecha de inicio
sept. 2018
Duration
Duración
2 años
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Price
Precio
12,000 EUR
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Locations
Francia - París, Isla de Francia
Fecha de inicio : sept. 2018
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