In view of the extensive need for management expertise in the development and management of urban infrastructure and systems, XUMG has pioneered the first 2-year full-time MBA Program in Urban Management and Governance in the country. The planning and management of livable, sustainable and smart cities have large-scale public and environmental implications, and require sector-specific expertise to ensure appropriate citizen-centric, just and ecologically sustainable development.
The MBA-UMG is therefore designed to build multi-dextrous professionals with the spatial and systemic understanding of urban areas on one hand and functional management knowledge and skills on the other. The combination of a spatial imagination and abilities, and management expertise endows a unique combination of competencies.
The Program is suitable for graduates in all disciplines; planners, engineers, geographers and architects in particular will find it adds enormous value to their careers. The unique integration of management education with spatial design and public systems development capabilities prepares students to analyse managerial issues in urban contexts and develop insightful, practical and innovative solutions. The curriculum helps them decipher the complex problems of human settlements and public domain functioning, and address them in effective, ethical and inclusive ways.
The curriculum is designed to develop an understanding of the complexities of urban systems and processes, and functional knowledge and skills for public-management. MBA-UMG graduates will have the capacities to develop, implement and manage urban infrastructure, systems and services, including housing, mobility, water, waste management, economic development, livelihood promotion, environmental management and other areas. The Program fosters a public service orientation, and commitment to multi-stakeholder engagement and citizen-centric city development.
The ever-present need for Planners in the country has multiplied manifold and become urgent in the rapid urbanization in the country and the concomitant economic, social and infrastructural changes in the rural hinterlands. Moreover, with transformations in the Constitutional provisions for local governance, new modes of urban development overtaking the erstwhile state-led Masterplan approach, and a renewed focus on regional planning, Planners equipped with more contemporary understandings and skills are needed.
Xavier University has therefore launched an innovative and relevant Planning Program, in tune with prevailing national and international perspectives and approaches to urban and regional planning and development. Foregrounding participatory and developmental approaches, integrated considerations of equity and ecological sustainability, end-to-end solutions, and citizen-centered and inclusive planning, the MURP Program of XUMG is geared to developing Planners for a sustainable and just future.
The curriculum is designed to develop an understanding of the complexities of urban systems and processes, and functional knowledge and skills for urban, rural and regional planning. MURP graduates will have the capacities to plan for cities, rapidly developing peripheries and small towns, and regions, and develop specialized expertise in any of the urban infrastructure, systems and services, including housing, mobility, water, waste management, economic development, livelihood promotion, environmental management and other areas. The Program fosters a public service orientation, and commitment to equity through multi-stakeholder engagement and participatory planning.