For Students

How does The Future of My City work?

Students are working together in order to create solutions to challenges that their cities and city regions in the Ruhr Area and Rust Belt region face. Project teams are accompanied by lecturers and professors as well as experts of various related fields through ongoing mentoring and project support.

Applicants are invited to choose from predefined research topics or submit new topic proposals, which be relevant for the further development of at least one of the regions and has to be approved.

Students will be given access to a platform in order to review material, collaborate and organize their project. The teams will participate in regular video calls in order to get in contact with respective field experts, clarify open questions and report the project status.

Ultimately, the two most innovative projects will be awarded with a trip to Germany and the U.S., respectively, in order to meet the other teams and experts, exchange ideas and get to know the Ruhr Area in Germany or the region of the American Rust Belt.

What will I gain from The Future of My City project?

The project offers students to be actively involved in the future of their city in the German Ruhr Area or the Rust Belt Region in the U.S. by working closely with experts and lecturers on solutions for challenges. Also, students will gain intercultural experience working with experts and other students from the counter region in Germany and the U.S.  

Am I eligible to apply?

Undergraduate and graduate students from universities and colleges in the Ruhr Area in Germany and Rust Belt region in the U.S. are invited to participate. If you are not sure if you are eligible to participate, feel free to reach out to us: city@uaruhr.org.

What will I do on The Future of My City project?

As part of the project you will work on the following questions in your chosen research area / topic:

1) What are some of the challenges that your city or region faces in terms of socio-economic / environmental /cultural or political sustainability? What initiatives have already been implemented, and to what effect?

2)  Based on what you have found out about your own region, how do other regions in Germany/the U.S. respond to some of the challenges that you have already researched. Discuss some of the differences and similarities, success stories and failures in order to learn from each other.

3) For your own project, focus on one particular challenge and develop an innovative solution. Prepare a presentation that both experts and the general public can understand. Formats include but are not limited to a research paper (not to exceed 20 pages), a short film, a presentation with slights, an exhibition.

What is the timeline of the project?

October 2018: Official launch of The Future of My City
January 28, 2019: Registration deadline for experts and students and deadline for submission of further topics.
May 17, 2019: Project submission deadline and final presentations by students
June 2019: Announcement of the winning teams
July-October 2019: Trip to the Ruhr area and the Rust Belt region by winning teams

Enrollment

Registration is open to groups and individuals alike between October 3, 2018 and January 28, 2019.
Students can apply to participate by completing the form below.

Student Registration Form

For Experts

How does The Future of My City work?

Students are working together in order to create solutions to challenges that their cities and city regions in the Ruhr Area and Rust Belt region face. Project teams are accompanied by lecturers and professors as well as experts of various related fields through ongoing mentoring and project support.

Besides the pre-defined research topics, experts and lecturers are invited to submit new topic proposals that match current developments in the regions or fit their current curriculum.

The experts’ and lecturers’ assistance during the project consists of providing material on the topic (research paper, videos, statements etc.) and supporting students in their work through mentoring via regular organized video calls.

Students, experts and lecturer will be given access to a platform in order to review material, collaborate and organize their project.

What will I gain from The Future of My City project?

Experts and lecturers will be provided with resources and a pre-organized project structure enabling student groups to create innovative solutions for current challenges in the Ruhr Area and the Rust Belt region. The intercultural character of the project will give participants the opportunity to get in contact with international colleagues, scholars and fellows in their field.

What is the timeline of the project?

October 2018: Official launch of The Future of My City
January 28, 2019: Registration deadline for experts and students and deadline for submission of further topics
May 17, 2019: Project submission deadline and final presentations by students
June 2019: Announcement of the winning teams
July-October 2019: Trip to the Ruhr area and the Rust Belt region by winning teams

Registration

Registration is open between October 3, 2018 and January 28, 2019. Feel free to reach out in case of any questions: city@uaruhr.org.
Field experts and lecturers can participate by completing the form below.

Expert Registration Form

Get in touch with us: city@uaruhr.org

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