The Greek-French Master Programme "Spatial Dynamics and Rural Planning" (DYNTAR)
In the framework of promoting higher education in Europe, Greece and France decided to institute joint diploma courses through the collaboration of the University of Thessaly (Volos) and the Blaise Pascal University (Clermond-Ferrand) and have established, since 2004, a common European Master.
Subject - Purpose
The Programme aims at training scientists of various disciplines on issues related to the settlement, the organisation, the management and the development of land in rural areas or either in areas where agriculture constitutes an important component regarding their organisation and operation. The theoretical and practical training is based on an interdisciplinary approach, imposed by the nature of the abovementioned scientific fields.
The impact of the current developments, the new challenges in the sector of open spaces, as well as the processes of decentralisation and regionalisation should be understood and treated by those who make decisions and the groups of local actors. Officers, consultants, animators and researchers trained in multidisciplinary spatial analysis procedures, able to take into account certain dimensions that allow the transition from support to negotiation are needed to help those who take responsibilities as far as space management is concerned.
In fact, the Programme aims at training personnel that can understand, analyse and produce different spatial representations, in collaboration with various actors in a space, in order to contribute to the convergence of predictions that are prerequisites to the negotiation and to collective decisions.
The PSP awards a Master (MSc) in Planning and Regional Development, specialised in Spatial Dynamics and Rural Planning.
The title is jointly awarded by the collaborating academic units of the two universities whose name appear on it.
The conferred diploma is written in both Greek and French languages (one language on each paper side).
Graduates’ categories and admission requirements
Graduates from all Departments related to Planning and Regional Development of all Greek or foreign Universities can apply for the PSP, as well as those who gather 240 units of the European System of ECTS. Furthermore, the PSP accepts graduates from Technological Educational Institutes whose cognitive field is related to the subject of the PSP according to the requirements of the Art. 16 of the Law 2327/95.
An indicative list of the university departments whose graduates can apply to the PSP is: Planning, Architecture Engineering, Civil Engineering, Surveying Engineering, Geology, Forestry, Production Engineering and Management, Environmental Engineering, Economic and Regional Development, Economics, Business Administration, Geography, Environment, Rural Economy, Agriculture, Political Science, Law, Sociology, Management Science, Computer Science, Statistics.
The duration for the award of the Postgraduate Degree is three (3) teaching quarters (i.e. one full calendar year).
The number of students per academic year is from 15 to 30 for each university.
Good knowledge of French language (DELF 2 or Sorbonne 2) is essential.
The application procedure consists in sending a CV, writing a motivation letter, as well as passing an interview in French. Greek and French teachers and professionals form the examining committee that accepts the candidatures.
The possibility to cover the housing and feeding costs is examined on a case.
The students’ occupation in research programs is part of their studies, either during the courses or while writing the dissertation. The research is conducted in the laboratories of the University Department, according to the students’ interests and the capacity of each laboratory.
Faculty members of the Department of Planning and Regional Development of the University of Thessaly, as well as prestigious scientists work on the implementation of the Postgraduate Studies Programme.
Moreover, faculty members of other Greek or foreign University Departments work on this PSP. Especially, there is collaboration between the University of Thessaly and the University Blaise Pascal of Clermont-Ferrand in France whose faculty members work on this PSP.
Also, researchers from recognised research institutions, as well as distinguished professionals from the private and the public sector are invited to teach.
The curriculum is organised in three quarters; the first one comprises two modules with seven courses and the second comprises two modules with four courses, followed by the practical training and the dissertation.The courses are the following:
- The concepts of planning and development (different analysis levels and the dialectic of local and global)
- Areas and spatial territorial modules as subject of study and spatial analysis
- Planning and rural development policies on different scales
- Relations between urban and rural areas
- Governance and rural areas
- Environment, rural management, and sustainable development
- New functions and new challenges of the rural area
- Typologies of the rural areas and diversifications of the organizing forms
- Diagnostic and monitoring methods
- Tools of spatial representations in spatial management (GIS, cartography, remote sensing, statistical methods etc.)
- Creation of models and systems for rural areas