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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Management of Urban Infrastructures – part 1 by École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

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About the Course

Sustainability, Resilience and Efficiency are fundamental considerations for city managers in managing urban infrastructures. Today, more than 3.9 billion people, making up more than 54% of the global population, live in cities. Urbanization is expected to continue in the coming years, raising the urban population to 6.0 billion by 2045. This dramatic increase in urban populations will inevitably increase the demand for energy, mobility (transportation), water, and other urban services in every city around the world. Without functional governance and management structures that ensure efficient, resilient and sustainable performance in cities, the current urbanization growth might become a catastrophic risk threatening the quality of life of the humanity. Sustainable development in 21st century can only be realized by introducing innovations in both management and operations of urban infrastructures systems. Developing management practices that effectively integrates the processes of urban planning with urban infrastructures planning and management is a challenging goal that many cities are struggling with nowadays, but is a must for transforming cities to sustainable and resilient engines of growth in both developing and developed economies. This course will provide you with the basic principles of urban infrastructure management that are fundamental for building prosperous cities that are sustainable, resilient and efficient. In order to obtain a certificate for this course, the participants have to pass four graded quizzes and complete four mandatory assignments, plus a final exam. In addition to the graded assignments students have the option to write a 7-10 page peer-reviewed case study about management of energy OR transportation system in their city (on your own choice). The best case studies will be also evaluated by our jury at IGLUS and the authors of the 3 best case studies will win a full tuition fee waiver scholarship to enroll in the IGLUS professional training program in Spring 2017. You can also pre-enroll in our upcoming MOOC on Smart Cities now. Find our more here:

Top reviews


Feb 23, 2017

Very informative, well planed and presented, learned a lot and piqued and interest to continue with part 2. Thank you to the lectures and all that were involved in this course for the hard work.


Jul 28, 2019

This course gives you a deep insight into Urban Infrastructure system and its management. The key challenges to operate any city are being discussed in detail. So overall good experience.

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By Shibu P

May 04, 2020

A nice introductory course on Urban Infrastructures for everyone. Great content and explanations by Prof. Matthias Finger and his associates.

By Richard R S

May 31, 2017

Very informative course. Highly recommended for anyone wanting to learn more on various dynamics in managing the city infrastructure.

By Manpreet S

Oct 01, 2016

It was good broader perspective learning exposure. My heartiest congratulation to faculty team and Coursera. Many Many thanks

By Valentyn

Nov 20, 2017

Perfect introduction in how cities operate! Pretty deep but yet clear explanation of the concepts of urban management.

By Conor C

Feb 21, 2017

I liked the theory and the structure of the class, especially how it had people comping in from industry to speak.

By Mordechai S

Jun 06, 2017

This course provides an excellent overview into the challenges and opportunities in the field of smart cities.


Feb 29, 2016

Excellent content, excellent instruction!!!!!! Also, the interviews are a very valuable and informative,,,

By bouali a

Dec 01, 2019

j'ai vraiment compris et maîtrisé les notions de management des infrastructures urbaines grâce a ce cours

By Furdu C

Aug 22, 2018

Very useful and interesting information about how digitalization is implemented in urban infrastructure.

By Ratna G

Jul 30, 2019

This was my first external online course, and I definitely enjoyed and found the course very useful.

By El H b D

Apr 30, 2020

Je trouve ce cours très intéressant.

La langue de communication me conviens parfaitement.


By Delphine T

Jun 09, 2016

This course is an excellent overview of urban systems and is very well documented.

Thank you!

By apostolos P

Feb 21, 2020

Interesting and useful course!

A holistic approach to urban infrastructures management.

By Vladimir K

Sep 28, 2020

Very interesting and insightful course. Nice videos, supplemented by in-depth reading.

By Yassine M

Jun 20, 2016

Million thanks to share this treasure with us ,very very interesting

Thank you EFL

By Mauricio W

Sep 01, 2016

Excellent course, very good examples and perfect approaches !´m really satisfied.!

By Elsa V

Dec 27, 2016

This course is Excellent: easy to follow, good explained and professional content

By James B B

Feb 20, 2017

This is a modular course for management urban infrastructure of the 21st century

By Dr A A

Dec 03, 2016

Awesome course and I really recommend all who have interests on infrastructures.


Jun 30, 2020

Pr Matthias Finger is very good, the explanations and examples are great.

By Vanthaline C

Jun 25, 2020

Very informative lecture and knowledgeable professor! Highly recommended!


Apr 29, 2020

Wonderful course to start on the Urban Infrastructure Management Sector

By Pannala R R

Jun 21, 2020

i have learned a lot in this course about the urban infrastructure.

By kalyan t

Sep 19, 2020

Loved the course. Learnt new things related to urban development.

By Daria V

May 07, 2018

Great course. Interesting and material is explained very good.