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Academic training of INAU

The National Institute of Territorial and Urban Planning provides a multidisciplinary professionalizing oriented territorial and urban planning and also gives a Diploma of Higher Studies in Territorial and Urban planning which is a postgraduate degree.

1.1 Content of academic Training

Access to training is by competitive examination (written + oral) open to candidates holding a diploma of higher education at least equivalent to a license (bac + 4) and have four years of professional experience in the public or private sector. The INAU also welcomes students of foreign nationalities within 10% of available seats.

The initial training curriculum offers a basic and multidisciplinary education aims to raise the future urban-planners’ awareness about territorial and environmental issues.

The training curriculum take place over two academic years followed by the preparation and defense of a thesis for graduation.

1.2 Teaching components

The training curriculum of INAU is based on six teaching components with a flexible schedule :

  • The core courses;
  • Seminars of specialization;
  • Tools;
  • Methodology;
  • Land;
  • The thesis or final project.

The training is organized into modules. Each module contains a set of courses and seminars organized around a central theme. The first two semesters are filled with modules for beginners and upgrade. The third semester is occupied by modules of methodology for setting up territorial projects and seminars. The fourth semester is entirely reserved for workshops and the option chosen by the student.

These options are :

  • Urban Planning and Management of urban project
  • Territorial Planning and Rural Development

Each module is coordinated by a professor of INAU who will be responsible for ensuring compliance with its educational content, constituting a team of teachers, identifying external stakeholders, and supervising workshops, field trips, and final projects.

Thus, the DESAU includes a common core that spans the first three semesters; the 4th semester includes a specialization and a thesis or project graduation.

In the first year the assessment is made on each course and in the second year the assessment is made on the entire module.

1.3 The first year of high studies in INAU

The first year in INAU is divided into two semesters. The teaching in each semester is organized into modules. A total of eight modules is in first year with an hourly volume totaling over 800 hours distributed as follows :

  • M1 : Structures and territorial dynamics (Fact Sheet)
    • Population, mobility and territories;
    • Public Action and territoriality of rural populations;
    • Economic activities and urban areas in PVD;
    • Major structural and territorial projects.
  • M2: Organization and operation of urban space (Fact Sheet)
    • Urban History;
    • Theories of urban planning;
    • Concepts and techniques of urban planning;
    • Housing.
  • M3: Planning and Environment (Fact Sheet)
    • Great physical environments of Morocco;
    • Applied Ecology;
    • Environmental Economics;
    • Environmental Law.
  • M4: Social and Territorial Sciences (Fact Sheet)
    • Methodology in Social Sciences;
    • Rural sociology;
    • Urban Sociology;
    • Communication;
    • Survey Methodology.
  • M5: Law and Territories (Fact Sheet)
    • Regional Planning;
    • Law of Urban Planning;
    • Local Finance;
    • Land Law.
  • M6: Geomatics (Fact Sheet)
    • Analysis of the topographic map;
    • Digital mapping;
    • Applied Topography;
    • Photo interpretation and remote sensing.
  • M7: Information processing and database (Fact Sheet)
    • databases;
    • Statistics;
    • Computer tool.
  • M8 : Multidisciplinary Course (Fact Sheet)

1.4 The Second year of high studies in INAU

The curriculum for the second year will be organized into modules over two semesters. Each module includes advanced courses, seminars, workshops and possibly field trips.

The spirit of training in the second year differs from that of the first year in the sense that it attaches great importance to the research methodology, editing and animation projects, as well as workshops and field projects.

The novelty also lies in the distribution of courses, seminars, workshops and field trips into 8 modules :

  • M1 : Tools
  • M2 : Project Planning and Territorial Management (Fact Sheet)
  • M3 : Planning and management of urban projects (Fact Sheet)
  • M4 : Territorial Planning and Public Policy (Fact Sheet)
  • M5 : Workshop on "Project area" (Fact Sheet)
  • M6 : Workshop on "Urban Planning and Urban Project"
  • M7 : Workshop on "Territorial Planning and Rural Development "
  • M8 : Research Methodology and Final Project

Modules M6 and M7 are specialized workshops. Students will choose their option early in the second half with priority choice for students ranked in the first year. (The Research Department establishes a list of allowed in 1st year in order of merit). Each student will be assessed in the core modules, the module of specialization and dissertation or project graduation.

Content of 1ST Semester : This semester lasts from mid-September until the end of January; it includes modules for project development methodology, tools and in-depth seminars pertaining to territorial and urban and planning.

Contents of the 2nd Semester : The second semester lasts from early February until mid-July; it is reserved for workshops, field trips and study tours on specific projects which are completed or underway.

The workshops are supervised and taught by teachers of INAU and professional urban planners and managers , and in group students are to undertake a study and develop a project directly related to a real problem, applying the knowledge acquired during classes and seminars. They include critical analysis and development proposals and lead to the production of a written report and oral presentation.

The thesis or project graduation : It is given to the student the opportunity to choose between the memory and project graduation. The memory addresses an issue related to the territorial and urban planning. The final project is a territorial diagnostic study that leads to the development of a planning project or an intervention strategy, as it may be related to the evaluation of a project that has been already completed.

A seminar crosscutting research methodology for the preparation of a thesis or project graduation is organized to enable all students benefit from teachers of INAU, researchers, practitioners and consultants.


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