Learning & Training

Learning and training are essential and cross-cutting elements of Metropolis projects. Its objective is to provide the membership with firm support for the development of urban capacities, peer review processes and dialogue through a set of instruments that can promote the implementation of public policies and services, coordinated from the different levels of government acting on the same metropolitan territory.

The Metropolis International Institute (MII) was established by the City of Montreal in 1996 as a capacity-building tool for local and regional authorities and to respond to the demands of Metropolis members. It had a network of three ‘antennas’: Seoul, Mashhad, and Cairo.

In 2011, the City of Montreal decided to pass the baton to another member city and one year later, the Board of Directors approved to move the Metropolis International Training Institute (MITI) Headquarters to Seoul.

Seoul Human Ressources Development Center (SHRDC)
from Seoul Metropolitan Government hosts MITI’s Headquarters

Established in 1962, the SHRDC is an institute for providing training programs, promotion and recruitment exams for the public officials for the Seoul Metropolitan Government and its 25 self-governing districts. The best practices and policies of the city of Seoul have been developed into training programs not only for the benefits of Seoul citizens but also for all the Metropolis members.

SHRDC offers on a yearly basis at least 5 international training programs on thematic like Sustainable mobility, Urban planning, Water management, Governance for Sustainable development, e-Government & Tax system.

Mashhad's International Scientific Cooperation Office (ISCO)
is MITI Middle East Regional Center since 2008

The training workshops organized by ISCO usually consist of three full days of indoor training and one day for a technical visit. The trainers of these workshops are either international or local experts. The themes of the training courses ISCO offers are various however lately it focuses more on financing

Cairo's Housing and Building National Research Center (HBRC)
hosts MITI's Regional Center for Africa since 2009

Founded in 1954, HBRC is a research center subordinated to the Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities of Egypt. HBRC performs a leading role in enhancing the performance and development of the building sector through scientific research in local and regional contexts.

HBRC training programs are focused on the fields of housing and urban development, informal settlements upgrading, urban management, environmental management, urban economics and finance, and GIS applications.

Mexico City offers the expertise and infrastructure of its School of Public Administration (EAPDF)
to host a MITI Regional Center for the Americas & Caribbean since 2012

EAPDF was created in December 2008 as a decentralized public organism and has the purpose to contribute to the training, professionalization, updating and specialization of public servants in the Mexican Federal District.

In addition, the school conducts research and generates knowledge about Mexico City’s current and future problems through a metropolitan perspective, inspiring the formulation of better public policies.

The Metropolis Board of directors meeting that took place in Bogota in October 2016 agreed that capacity-building should be at the heart of our organization and actions. In this sense, learning and training were posited as essential elements of Metropolis projects, and the MITI was to adapt its approach to this reality, play a major role and look at new ways of delivering training.

With the initiative and participation of some members and collaborators, in 2018 we have organized webinars and launched an online training course with Open University of Catalonia (UOC).

To support the improvement of the skills and capacities of policy-makers and practitioners from among Metropolis members.

  • a. Ensure that Metropolis training programs are aligned with global agendas.
  • b. Help develop Metropolis as an active space for enquiry and learning regarding the challenges of the governance of metropolitan spaces and the implementation of local public policies and services.
  • c. Support Metropolis’s work on monitoring the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  • d. Identify training opportunities within the Metropolis program and projects.

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For more information on the Metropolis Learning & Training, please contact with Ms. Hélène Jourdan from the Metropolis Secretariat General