Interdisciplinary Masters on Resource Efficient Cities


About IMaREC

IMaREC is jointly developed by 5 university partners under the umbrella of the global CNRD-Exceed Network of excellence of universities, including Ain Shams University, Egypt; TH Köln University of Applied Sciences, Germany; Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi, Mexico; Kenyatta University, Kenya, and Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia.

IMaREC targets to qualify graduates and professionals in planning, design, management and operation of cities with competences and skills that enable them to deal with real-life problems and respond to current pressing challenges in cities. Our graduates will be using an integrated approach, based on the principle of city as a system including  all sectors to provide the basic functions for its inhabitants on all scales.



  • Contribute to the recognition of the role of urban resource efficiency for social equity, environmental protection and the overall sustainability of the city system.
  • Equip graduates from different disciplinary backgrounds with the required knowledge and skills to deal with pressing challenges in cities from a deliberate and integrated approach to the city as a system.
  • Provide knowledge to utilize and manage cities’ resource efficiency to balance environmental and social challenges with future demands.
  • Provide insight into patterns of user demands and behaviour and how they affect the technology-environment interaction in the energy, water, food, waste, traffic and building sectors and thus the urban metabolism at large.
  • Identify cross-sectoral efficiencies in the expanded nexus debate over energy, water, food, waste, and other sectors.
  • Support the local production potentials for natural resources.
  • Distinguish simulation and modelling techniques as well as information technologies.



Many cities of the global south suffer from pressing key challenges such as continuous population growth, severe energy crisis, water poverty issues, inadequate urban mobility, inefficient waste management, social disparity and inequality, and increasing levels of pollution. Education and research respond to such challenges mostly by disciplinary approaches seeking technical or socio-economic solutions, but often lack a deliberate and integrated approach to the city as a system. Therefore, IMaREC targets these challenges from an integrated view of engineering, social sciences, economics and governance. Here, resource efficiency and sustainable consumption and production patterns are key aspects – tackling energy, water, transportation systems, food supply, urban design, resilience and much more. In terms of didactics, IMaREC adopts active learning approaches such as Problem Based Learning (PBL) and Enquiry Based Learning (EBL), innovatively applying student-centered learning principles.

IMaREC Curricula

IMaREC offers Master programs in “Resource Efficient Cities”. The program structure consists of 3 phases, as presented in the graphic below.


Master in Resource Efficient Cities (REC)


TH Köln (University of Applied Sciences)
Cologne, Germany
Ain Shams University
Cairo, Egypt

Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi
San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Kenyatta University
Nairobi, Kenya

Universitas Gadjah Mada
Yogyakarta, Indonesia