About MCS, Master in City Sciences
The Master in City Sciences is a cross-cutting Advanced Program between the schools of Telecommunications, Industrial and Civil Engineering and Architecture of the UPM (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) that provides a holistic approach to the development of the city. The MCS responds to the demand of professionals with a technical and comprehensive vision of the urban phenomenon beyond the concept of Smart Cities.
Nowadays, the city is the first economic and social engine worldwide. It is the object of interest of the most important companies. Traditionally university courses have failed to respond to the urgent demand of professionals with a technical and comprehensive vision of the urban phenomenon. Answering this demand, the MCS program integrates disciplines related with planning, energy, mobility, sociology, economics, innovation and all the new technologies and infrastructures that are the core of the functioning city.
In 2012, the 600 economically top cities generated 60% of the global GDP. In
Europe, roughly 70% of the GDP is produced in metropolitan regions. And there is no change in trend in sight. In fact, in times of crisis, it is the local level which is hit first by the loss of jobs, closure or departure of companies and other socio-economic effects.
As a consequence, every local territory is searching for a formula which creates growth, added-value jobs and sustainable development. Cities’ success and prosperity depends now-a-days on how they are managed. The role of the public sector within this scenario must not be underestimated.
Considering its vast role, it is fair to say that a well-functioning (local) public sector is the cornerstone for (local) prosperity and growth. Correspondingly, excellent (local) public governance and management are ‘the’ determinant factors in any scenario of growth and/or recovery. This includes the development of holistic and sustainable strategies, solid, but at the same time flexible organizational structures as well as reformed and harmonised public sector financial systems.
Thus, to make it possible in a scenario of an everyday more challenging and complex world, a win-win deal/agreement between politics and management is a must, a deal to be reached in the "organization keystone zone", the zone in-between the corporate/politics and executive boards and teams.
The Politics and Management Deal model or approach, becomes a comprehensive and structured system that embraces a wide range of tools and theories including the whole of government and its administration, from management to finance, from definition to execution strategy, from alignment to innovative and creative orientation, from results oriented trends and practices to resonant and emotional leadership, towards citizen trust and service, towards quality, growth and sustainability by all ways and means.
General overview of:
1. The institution and public corporation, their values and culture
2. The "Politics and Management Deal" framework
3. Financial planning, accounting and sustainability
4. Government and competitive strategies
5. The "Executive Budget"
6. Understanding the “big picture”