sfuHere’s an on-line certificate program that may interest some readers. It has been put together by Gordon Price (Pricetags) at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. The program is multi-disciplinary and taught by a diverse range of practicing professionals.

Here’s a synoposis of the course:

SFU’s new online Certificate in Next-Generation Transportation is designed to help mid-career professionals use next-generation transportation strategies to advance livable and sustainable cities of the future. We’ll emphasize case studies from around the world with policies and practices that resolve conflicts and explore trade-offs between different modes of transportation.

There are a few people in Auckland enrolled, so students may have opportunities to connect locally. The first courseNext-Generation Cities & Transportation  starts in mid-September.

This course provides a foundation in the principles and practices of next-generation transportation and its role in advancing liveable and sustainable cities of the future.

Our current transportation system will undergo significant change, responding to climate, energy, technology, and cultural and economic shifts. Next-generation transportation anticipates these changes and advances multi-modal solutions that balance mobility and accessibility for people and goods.

The aspiration of next-generation transportation is this: people accessing most of their daily needs within walking distance while maintaining the social and economic benefits of being tied to larger region. At the same time, the transportation system should ensure effective goods movement. Next-generation solutions look at least five years out, and so are innovative and yet applicable today.

For people interested in learning how transportation can be a means for planning, designing, or otherwise influencing the future of cities, this seems like a great way to start.

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  1. …or locally you might consider looking at the transport courses already offered by Auckland and Canterbury Uni’s, which can also be studied part-time by working practitioners, e.g.

    – Planning and Design of Sustainable Transport – http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/courseinfo/GetCourses.aspx?course=ENTR614&year=2014

    – Transport Policy and Demand Management – http://www.civil.canterbury.ac.nz/transport/course%20outlines/ENTR612-TrptPolicyDemandMgmt-CourseOutline-2014-v2.pdf

    (yes, it’s a plug; but if you’re interested in the original post, these should also interest you…)

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