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A cross-border region where rivers connect, not divide

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Despite the EU sets integrated settlement development (ISD) as guiding principle in settlement/urban developments, there is no higher education course in ISD in the cross border area. Whilst the practicing profession has relevant and expanding experiences and knowlegde based on a place-based particularities of the border region, the right ISD implementation endeavours are not supported by the knowledge centres of border zone higher education organisations.

As joint research activities and educational course from the backbone of the project, it promotes enlargement of specific local knowledge base as regards ISD, based on built architecture values of border region.

Overall objective of ISD Uni project is jointly developing and delivering an ISD pilot course for increasing the educational offer of concerned local higher education institutions and strengthening their competences/knowledge centres. The project therefore fosters improvement of communication between higher educational institutions by improving the role of educational institutions as intellectural centres for increasing the specific knowledge base in the region. By doing so it contributes to overall and specific objectives of the programme.

Partnership is led by University of Pécs and includes University North, Department for Civil Engineering and Government of Baranya County (BMÖ). On the ground ISD practices are provided by BMÖ and ISD related Croatian expereinces by University North. Academic studies and ISD pilot course are based on these experiences and focus on six thematic areas (ISD methodology and Good Practices, settlement investment, built areas, transport, green areas, sustainable architecture and vision). All beneficiaries take part in all project activities.

ISD Uni project means a teamwork between Hungarian and Croatian students, lecturers, architects, urban-territorial planners, civil-engineers and local municipalities, and by further higher education organisations.

Project activities are carried out in the border zone, with locations of activities in 3-3 settlements in Hungary and Croatia: Harkány, Siklós, Villány (HU) and Ludbreg, Prelog, Varazdin (HR).

For more information about the cross-border co-operation program please visit the website:

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