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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

Jun 2, 2016

Great course! I hope the team releases the following module. The material provided is really good and the lectures are dynamic and well edited. The short answer assignment could be peer reviewed!

Feb 22, 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.

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By SunXiaotao

Oct 26, 2017

Thanks for your courses. It help me understand the Urban Infrastructures and its important role in cities. It really help me so much in my study!

By Sachin U

May 4, 2020

Very lucid and clear explaining the relevant concepts of urban infrastructure and the challenges and key managing principles and factor of it.

By Leslie J T

Feb 6, 2018

This was a great course, concise and clear presentation, perfect speed of talking. This will defintely be useful in my future job, thank you !

By Shibu P

May 4, 2020

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

By Nurbek A

Dec 11, 2020

Excellent course for learning about the management of urban infrastructures. Recommend this course for governors of cities and regions.

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 1, 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 Motti S

Jun 6, 2017

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


Feb 28, 2016

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

By Bouali A

Dec 1, 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 Le m d c d S N

Jul 17, 2021

it was a great course very helpful for my project and for smart cities future project management

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 9, 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 19, 2016

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

Thank you EFL

By Josphine K M

Nov 15, 2020

Excellent Content. would recommend this course to all Urban Infrastructure Managers

By Mauricio W

Sep 1, 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 3, 2016

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