Challenges for pro-European education in spatial planning

Rudolf Giffinger

SUMMARY

General trends of spatial development as the change of the role of the cities and regions and possibilities of their development or restructuring of transport relations are influenced by the process of European integration. It is doubtless that the issues of integration and its relationship towards territorial development should be paid special attention to. This should be reflected in education as well as in research and in increasing interest in the issues of European spatial development, its spatial impacts and important economic, demographic and social trends in some regions. However, it is necessary to avoid the risk of wrong interpretation of the approximation of the planning systems because the culture of planning as well as the traditional models of education, typical for some countries should not be sacrificed to this exertions of integration. As to the qualification profile of the graduate of spatial planning, it is inevitable to keep the cross-sectional character of education in spatial planning which is not a contradiction with specialisation in higher levels of study. To meet efficiency and high level of pedagogic process is only possible when the curricula will be based on further deepening the common base. At present in Europe the more efficient the system of professional education oriented towards practice gains a better position compared to the traditoial strict academic system. This trend is more remarkable in spatial planning than in any other fields of study.

Keywords: spatial planning, Austria, Europe, challenges, spatial planners, pro-European education, demands