Author: Franziska Walther


Study visit by Melaka’s Historic City delegation to Bologna

The IURC Asia-Australasia organised its fourth EU-Malaysia study visit to NCI Bologna during 16-21 October 2022, covering cities such as Imola, Fontanelice, Castel del Rio, Dozza and Bologna.. The Melaka Historic City Council delegation was led by Yang Berbahagia Datuk Haji Zainal bin Haji Abu, Mayor of Melaka City. The delegation members also comprised of Mr. Abdul Razak Abu (Head...

Sofia and Sejong sign MOU to deepen cooperation during IURC study visit

A delegation from Sejong visited Rotterdam and Sofia between 6-11 November 2022 via the EU-funded IURC programme. Sejong is partnered with Sofia in the project with a focus on new & renewable energy and smart mobility, but has been branching out into a partnership with Rotterdam on shared mobility. Having hosted both Rotterdam and Sofia in July and August respectively,...

Brisbane in Barcelona: Urban Transformation through the Olympics

A delegation led by Brisbane's Deputy Mayor Krista Adams implemented a working visit to Barcelona from 2 - 4 November 2022. Last year, the Olympic committee awarded Brisbane to host the 2032 Olympic games, an event Barcelona hosted in 1992. With this in mind, Brisbane visited Barcelona via the IURC programme to engage in dialogues with city officials, conduct site...

Study visit of Rome to Bandung City

25-28 October 2022 Through the IURC programme, Rome (Italy) conducted a study visit to Bandung City (Indonesia) from October 25 to 28, 2022. The delegation consisted of four officials, led by Mr. Raffaele Barbato, Director of the Strategic Planning and National Plan for Recovery and Resilience (PNRR) Department – Municipality of Rome. Representatives from other organisations joined the study visit,...

Essen – Grenoble-Alpes Métropole – Toyota – Koriyama Study visit

11-15 October 2022 The City of Essen, Germany, and Grenoble-Alpes Métropole, France, sent a delegation to the cities of Toyota and Koriyama in Japan, to explore the possibilities of urban and regional cooperation in the fields of Hydrogen and Open Innovation. The mission aimed at establishing a mutually-beneficial and future-oriented relationship between not only the four municipalities but academic and...

Second Study Visit of Ha Tinh City, Da Lat City via IURC to Stuttgart Region, Metropolitan Capital City of Rome, Colleferro and Latina

10-14 October 2022 The IURC Asia & Australasia programme's partner cities from Vietnam, including Ha Tinh City and Da Lat City, just completed their second study visit to their EU counterparts, the Functional Area of the City of Colleferro and Latina (Italy) and the Stuttgart Region (Germany). The purpose of the study visit was to: strengthen cooperation between IURC pilot...

Brisbane study visit to Hamburg’s famed Wilhelmsburg quarter (IBA)

This week the Brisbane delegation visited Hamburg, its partner city for the IURC programme. Brisbane is the proud host of the 2032 Olympic games, and began their study tour today by visiting Hamburg’s Wilhelmsburg quarter, Europe’s largest populated river island, split by two branches of the Elbe.  Today’s tour focused on a visit to the grounds of the IBA Hamburg...

Maia and Famalicão visit to Malaysia’s Penang Cities – World Habitat Day 2022

A delegation from the Portuguese cities of Maia and Vila Nova de Famalicão held several work meetings in the Penang cities George Town and Seberang Perai from 11 to 16 September 2022. As a result of the mission, three MoUs were signed for cooperation on circular economy and waste management. The mission was reflected in a video launched by the...

Study visit of Japanese delegation to Sweden and Italy

A delegation from Kamakura, Japan visited Umeå, Sweden and Venice, Italy from 13-23 May 2022 via the IURC programme. Kamakura's main interest in the first portion of the European visit was to see first-hand how Umeå manages the guiding of tourists and citizens toward more sustainable consumption. The second half of the trip focused on how Venice manages sustainable tourism...