In 2020, the Center for Urban Studies and City Management was created and in 2020-2021 academic year this brand new program Urban studies and city management was developed and delivered by the Center. AlmaU launched a new programme (Social partnership in city management, Urban public policy). Levels of study: UG (Bachelor in Business and Management).
The programmes’ purpose is the formation and development of students' competencies in the field of city management and urban agglomerations, as well as professional knowledge in the field of urban studies. Partners of the Center: JSC "Center for the Development of the City of Almaty", KSU "Department of Urban Planning and Urbanism" under the Akimat of Almaty. Urban studies is a science field dedicated to the development of urban systems and studying the structure, territorial and socio-economic organization and processes of life of the city.
City management is a set of knowledge, as well as forms, methods and technologies that ensure the most effective management of cities and municipalities. In addition, they help to develop mechanisms for the dialogue of city residents with the authorities and the resolution of various urban conflicts. AlmaU was the first to open this specialty after a thorough analysis of global trends in urban development and education. Students put their knowledge into practice, for example, they participated in the organization of a tactical urbanism platform on the university's territory, together with Q-Lab, the laboratory of urban projects.
Academic degree: Bachelor of Business and Management
Code of the educational program: "6В04189-Urban studies and city management"
After School: Math + Geography
Form of study and duration of study: Full-time (after school) - 3 years
On the basis of TVE (college) full-time - 2 years
Urban studies - a science dedicated to the development of urban systems, lies at the junction of several scientific disciplines - economic geography, demography, sociology of groups, etc. Urbanists study the laws by which the city is born and lives, they are engaged not only in the design and development of the city (urban planning, transport networks, etc.), but also in the programming of social interactions of groups and communities, and in the design of organizational systems of the city. Area of interests of urbanists: structure, territorial and socio-economic organization of the city and the processes taking place in it.
City management is a body of knowledge, as well as forms, methods and technologies, providing the most effective management of cities and municipalities.
The purpose of the educational program is the formation and development of students' competencies in the field of city management and urban agglomerations and professional knowledge in the field of urbanism and urban environment design. The educational program will introduce students to the main goals and objectives of urban studies, urban planning and management, as well as the main aspects of the functioning and development of urban spaces.
Advantages of the educational program:
The educational program of the specialty "Urban Studies and City Management" at the University is implemented along two educational trajectories for preparing students.
This trajectory involves an in-depth study of city management in the system of public administration, regional policy and local government (in a dual format), and urban project management.
Major disciplines: managing the socio-cultural development of the metropolis, the interaction of authorities, civil society and business in the development of the city (in a dual format), City security management.
The main advantages of this educational program are its relevance in the labor market and its applied nature. Students will receive all the necessary knowledge and skills for qualified work in the future in municipal authorities and local government, as well as central government bodies, international, non-governmental and business structures, whose activities are related to solving issues and problems of urban and internal regional development.
We currently have agreements with 132 universities in 35 countries, including double degree programs:
IESEG School of Management - France
Geneva School of Business - Switzerland
ESC Rennes Business School - France
Solbridge International Business School - South Korea
Bachelor in Urban Studies and City Management:
Knows the basics of public administration and municipal management;
Has an understanding of the historical aspects of urban development and urbanization processes;
Aware of the patterns and objective trends in the modern development of the urban environment, the political, economic and social organization of the city and the relevant structures of territorial administration;
Has the skills to analyze and predict the impact of demographic, migration, socio-economic, environmental and infrastructural factors on the life of cities and political and administrative processes;
Deals with issues of social development and management in the social sphere;
Knows the specifics, essential characteristics and nature of management processes in the urban environment and agglomerations;
Develops critical thinking and leadership qualities.
Advantages and relevance of training in this specialty at AlmaU
Demand in the labor market and the applied nature of the specialty.
Opportunity to improve professional skills in existing centers and laboratories of the School: Center for Mediation and Conflictology, Synergy Analytical Center, NGO Expert Center.
Knowledge in the field of public administration and municipal management;
Understanding the historical aspects of urban development and urbanization processes;
Understanding the patterns and objective trends in the modern development of the urban environment, the political, economic and social organization of the city and the relevant structures of territorial administration;
Skills to analyze and predict the impact of demographic, migration,
Socio-economic, environmental and infrastructural factors on the life of cities and political and administrative processes.
Opportunity to continue education on an exchange or double degree program in more than 120 foreign partner universities (training is possible if this specialty is available at the university