Territorial Dynamics and Rural Planning (DYNTAR) - General info
DYNTAR aims at training new scientists and administrators from different domains in issues related to spatial planning, organization and development in rural and peri-urban areas. Decision makers and local authority teams should have a profound knowledge of the new forms of local government which are developed in rural areas together with the decentralization and regionalization procedures. In order for those agents to take charge of the new responsibilities - purviews in the domain of area management, they need administrative staff, consultants, inspirers, and researchers trained in interdisciplinary methodologies of spatial analysis, so as to be able to take into consideration the aspects that will allow them their passing from support to negotiation.
The main objective of this Master program is to enable students fully understand, analyse and produce spatial representations as well as cooperate with the local agents, so as to contribute to the convergence of points of view, preconditions for the negotiation and the decision making.
Thus, theory and practice in DYNTAR are based on an interdisciplinary approach, imposed by both the above mentioned reasons and the fact that scientific fields and technologies involved complement each other. Special emphasis is given to the understanding and use of advanced spatial representation technologies as an essential tool for spatial planning and development in the exploitation of special resources of a territory.
Application Prerequisites
In order to apply you must be a graduate of a higher education department related to the broader objective of Regional Planning, City Planning and Development or have a score of 240 ECTS. Applicants are admitted on the basis of their under-graduate grades, professional competence, scientific research and recommendation letters. Provided that the teaching language is French, a good knowledge of it is indispensable. Upon registration in the University of Thessaly, the candidate, on the basis of the bilateral agreement, acquires the student status in both Institutions.
Study Program Syllabus
The study program extends over two academic semesters and is organized on five modules:
Spatial Dynamics
Rural Planning Projects
The Dynamics of Rural Areas
Methodology and Techniques
Environment and Spatial Development
In parallel, during the semesters, students are assigned to work out a joint Collective Project - Case Study, aiming at acquiring interdisciplinary training and experience. This Project, which is of special significance, integrates students from different specialities in a work group that faces a true developmental problem of an area through: exploiting new technologies, work meetings with the local authorities, field research, interviews, etc., under the supervision of the program's academic staff and professionals with relevant expertise in the problem area.
At the end of the second semester, it is obligatory that students have a three-month practice followed by the development, writing up and presentation of a dissertation. Practice can, in cooperation with the Laboratory of Rural Areas (University of Thessaly), take place in organizations and agencies of the local authorities (Municipalities, Developmental Corporations, etc.), in public agencies, private companies, etc, (in Greece and abroad).
Accredited Degrees
The degree awarded is a specialisation Master in Planning, City Planning and Regional Development, with specialization in Spatial Dynamics and Rural Planning. The degree, written in both the French and Greek language, is jointly awarded by both cooperating Institutions, the names of which appear on the degree certificate.
The number of places for the DYNAR program is 15 maximum for each academic year.
Fees - Student Care
There are no fees. The possibility of funding accommodation and board is examined individually.
For more information see the web site of this program
Secretariat of the Joint Franco-Hellenic Master Program
Laboratory of Rural Areas,
Dpt. of Planning and Regional Development,
University of Thessaly,
Pedion Areos
38334 Volos
Tel. :
+30 24210 74416
Fax :
+30 24210 74380
E-mail :
In Greece
Prof. Dimitris Goussios
Director of the Laboratory of Rural Areas,
University of Thessaly
In France
Pr. Laurent Rieutort
Director of CERAMAC (EA 997),
University of Clermont-Ferrand II
With the support of the France Embassy in Greece
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