We design online and on-site training programs, with content and activities designed for learning.
We understand training as a process that occurs through interaction and shared experiences with other people and organisations.
The courses and seminars we organise go beyond the exchange of knowledge, with the purpose of training and preparing individuals for these new scenarios.
The Master in Strategies and Technologies for Development – # masterETD- was launched in 2015 as an official joint master’s degree between the Polytechnic University of Madrid and the Complutense University of Madrid.
The objective is to provide an education centred on the search for innovative solutions to the challenges of social and environmental sustainability.
The #masterETD uses practical learning methodologies that bring students closer to practical and real challenges.
In addition, the master proposes new approaches that go beyond the traditional system of cooperation, within the context of the Agenda 2030.
Thanks to its special emphasis on multi-stakeholder partnerships with the public and private sectors, NGOs and the university, it provides a wide range of possibilities for future endeavours.
We support the Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) method of learning, which combines face-to-face sessions, a practical approach, and the revitalisation of communities as a way to develop large-scale impacts for sustainability.
We have developed an educational program consisting of three MOOC courses that incorporate different perspectives on sustainability:
- Sustainable Development Goals: An inevitable transformation
- Green Cities: Urban Greening and Agriculture
- Energy and the City: Towards an Energy Transition
The three courses, although closely interrelated, can be done independently and are free of charge.
The complete itinerary of the three courses provides the option of obtaining a Certificate from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, upon passing a biometric test.
These courses provide 7.5 credits, which are recognised as electives for the Master in Strategies and Technologies for Development.
The Work 4 Progress program of the Foundation “la Caixa” promotes the creation of a platform for innovation in India, Mozambique and Peru, based on the initiatives of the local population, and with the goal of improving the quality of life in poor communities by facilitating employment opportunities.
In parallel, members of itdUPM are internally and externally testing and promoting a new working model based on open innovation platforms.
This model, based on collaborative methodologies and co-designing between different actors and local organisations, requires profound changes in the organisational culture, as well as skills that are not usually acquired through formal education.
Therefore, itdUPM is supporting the Work4Progress program in the systematisation of knowledge and curation of lessons learned in the process of listening, co-creation, prototyping and scaling-up of initiatives.