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New MSc in Smart Cities and Communities

SMACCs is an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD)

A new 2-year, MSC in Smart Cities and Communities is being offered by a consortium led by the Universitie de Mons, Belgium and involving Heriot-Watt, the International Hellenic University, Greece;  and the Universidad del Pais Vasco, the University of the Basque Country with the first intake of students anticipated later this year.

Training is offered under the European Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Programme a prestigious, integrated, international study programme, jointly delivered by the four international higher education institutions to students at Masters level. Study must take place in at least two of the Programme countries.

Research in the field of Smart Cities and Communities is aimed at bringing together cities, industry and citizens to improve urban life through more sustainable integrated solutions. This includes applied innovation, better planning, a more participatory approach, higher energy efficiency, better transport solutions, and the intelligent use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT),.

Students studying in Mons will specialise in sustainable urban planning, energy and mobility. Those studying in Spain will specialise in energy efficiency in buildings. Those at Heriot-Watt will study smart grids and those stydying in Greece will specialise in information and communication technologies & mobile applications.

Topics for study include: energy conversion, storage and transfer; energy systems Integration; sustainable transport in cities; sustainable urban planning and buildings; strategic energy and transport management; development of optimization tools for energy systems;  innovation and entrepreneurship; carbon, capture and reuse; heat and mass transfer in buildings ; high performance HVAC systems; renewable energy utilisation in buildings; buildings energy performance; certification and energy audit; the European Directives and research actions related to energy efficiency in buildings; Life Cycle Analysis and sustainability; the thermal characterization of whole buildings and buildings components;

Students who are interested in applying should visit the Programme web-site (under construction) or contact Dr Gudrun Kocher- Oberlehner or Dr Wolf Fruh

Industry and Commerce - Get Involved

Heriot-Watt is also seeking to work with commerce and industry through the Erasmus Mundus Masters Programme in Smart Cities and Communities. New partners can join as Associate Partners. There is no financial obligation attached to the role of Associate Partner.

The minimum requirement for Associate Partner status is willingness to host an intern for a period of up to 4-months during which the student intern will work on a topic related to their Masters thesis.

The first internships are anticipated to start in January 2020 and there will be further internships in 2021 and 2022. 

Options exist for greater engagement and these can be discussed with the organisers, Drs Fruh and Kocher

Download further information and details of how to express an interest in participating here




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