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City of the Future = Smart City

21. november 2017
Approximately 60% of the global population now lives in cities. By 2050 this share is expected to increase to close to 70% and even up to 80% in Europe. Consequently, the awareness of the importance of the smart city model is very present today.

People wish to live in cities that are clean, well-kept, citizen and nature friendly, democratically and effectively governed and offering optimum opportunities for education, creativity, mobility and employment. This requires radical change in all aspects of city administration and public life, providing high-quality services and effective planning, in short, cities can only persist if they are smart.

What is characteristic of smart cities and what conditions their success?

A smart city utilises the findings of modern scientific achievements from numerous fields, from urbanism and economic sciences to energy, logistics, pedagogy, etc.

The main factors and challenges of smart cities can be classified into five groups:

  • Management and organisational strategies – by engaging top experts, teamwork, project-based approach, modern management systems.
  • Technology, especially information and communications technology (ICT), which solves the problems of the city and its inhabitants in an appropriate and generally acceptable manner (significance of timely providing of information and high-quality education).
  • Quality leadership, which is distinguished by credibility and legitimacy, the solving of conflicts in a transparent and democratic manner, support for public-private partnerships.
  • Political context – change is usually problematic for individual groups of citizens, the proposed solutions are supported by substantiated expert opinion, broad public discussions leading to consensual solutions and healthy compromises.
  • Quality and accessibility of the ICT infrastructure support and enable the flow and high-quality of information between city services and the citizens.

A knowledge/science city takes a significant step further, as it wishes to actively contribute to the development of science and technology so as to encourage economic growth not only in the city but beyond. It would be difficult to realise this role if it were not at the same time also a successful smart city. There are hundreds and probably even thousands of smart cities in the world, however – as estimated by the OECD – only 40 knowledge/science cities.

Best practice examples across the globe

When it comes to smart cities across the globe, there are some which are considered the most typical and have been recognised for their originality in a specific field. Copenhagen is the most environmentally friendly and sustainable city in the world, as it has also significantly improved the effectiveness of public safety. Paris holds the title of the most innovative smart city due to the drastic decrease in energy consumption of public lighting and traffic control infrastructure, while San Francisco has long held the title of the green capital of smart cities. Barcelona and Singapore are distinguished by effective and transparent management, while Singapore is also known for being clean and well-kept.

The only programme of its kind in South-Eastern Europe

The Management of Smart Cities programme is intended for all who work in public administration, municipalities, local communities, who help provide advanced solutions for the fields of energy, public utilities, etc. and of course for all who look ahead into the future and see business opportunities. The two-year master’s programme will provide you with practical knowledge from the fields of management and economy of smart cities, sustainable development, modern information technologies, innovative and creative processes, etc. The teachers are top Slovenian and international experts who will guide you through best practice examples, the solving of concrete problems faced by our local environment, field work and practical assignments towards the job of the future.


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  • Carillo, J, F., Batra, S. (2012). Understanding and Measurement: Perspectives on the Evolution of Knowledge Based Development, International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development, Vol. 3, Issue 1, pp-1-16.
  • Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India. (2015). Smart Cities Mission and Guidelines, Mission Transform-Nation, June.
  • Pasher, E. (2014). Innovation Engines for Knowledge Cities: An Innovation Ecology Perspective, Journal of Knowledge Management, 8 (5), October, pp. 16-27.
  • European Commission, Directorate General for Internal Policies (2013). Mapping Smart Cities in the EU.
  • Silversprings Network (2014). Opening the door to the smart city – key priorities and proven best practices.
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