During the First International UNISCAPE meeting of Directors of Master’s Courses in Landscape Studies held in La Rábida (Andalucía, Spain) from 14th to 16th May 2009, more than 40 representatives of 22 Universities from 5 different nationalities gathered at the premises of the International University of Andalucía in La Rábida, at the initiative of UNISCAPE Vice-President Florencio Zoido.
After welcome speeches of the hosting organisations, and an introductory presentation of the UNISCAPE Director Bas Pedroli, all Master Courses represented got the opportunity to present their Master Course. A wide diversity of Master Courses resulted, which allows UNISCAPE to work on a consistent overview:
- 3 year master courses with defined entry conditions (generally BSc degree required, varying between landscape architecture basis and a diversity of previous education), directed either to professional education or to scientific education
- 5 year master courses
- Postgraduate (scientific) master courses of 1 or 2 years.
- Postgraduate professional education of 1 or 2 years.
After a very fruitful discussion considering the offer in Master Courses in Landscape by the 22 Universities represented, a UNISCAPE coordination committee was installed to further enhance European cooperation on landscape education at university level. Working groups were installed to:
a) establish a sound basis for presenting and characterising the various Master courses;
b) prepare and coordinate joint summer courses; and
c) develop a strategy for financing for these activities.
Full information as presented to UNISCAPE of all courses reported is available for Members. If you would like the Landscape Master at your University to be present in this overview as well, please apply to the UNISCAPE office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
A Manifest was issued by the participants, calling for coordinated action towards integrated landscape education.
Below you can find the articles published in the Spanish press reflecting the objectives, scope and conclusions of the meeting.
14-16 may 2009, La Rábida (Andalucía, Spain)