About School of Human Settlements

The School of Human Settlements develops and transfers knowledge about building sustainable, liveable and inclusive cities and communities. It also offers programs to develop planning and management expertise for public systems. Its innovative and unique programs are designed to create the professionals needed for sustainable urban and regional development in rapidly transforming geographies. At the core of its graduate degree and other programs are modules for hands-on learning, including in live projects with faculty and organizations engaged in policy development and impact evaluation, technical support and advisory with government, corporate and civil society organizations. 

School of Human Settlements post-graduate Programs in Urban Management and Governance are designed for planners, architects, engineers, geographers, economists and others to prepare for a career in developing and managing sustainable cities, towns and other urbanising places.

The School of Human Settlements Mission

Settlement Planning, Management, and Governance Education in the spirit of Magis.

School of Human Settlements endeavours to achieve the social transformation it envisions, by building the professional capabilities of the state, civil society, and corporate initiatives, institutions and organizations engaged in working towards progressive socio-economic change.

Being the lighthouse for just and sustainable settlements.

The School of Human Settlements is directed to a visionworks towards progressive social transformation through knowledge-based, technically proficient, and professional management of urban enterprises and development projects. School of Human Settlements aims to be a leading knowledge institution for equitable and sustainable urban and social development, in the country and internationally.

School of Human Settlements, one of its kind in providing MBA in Urban Management in the country aims to work towards social transformation through knowledge-based, technically proficient and professional management of Urbanscape. Further, the center aims to be a leading knowledge institution for smart, intelligent, equitable, and sustainable urban development in the country and globally.

The School of Human Settlements Vision

School of Human Settlements and XIM university Culture

The faculty, the students and the administration of School of Human Settlements and XIM University contribute to the development of an organisational culture marked by esprit de corps, confidence, mutual respect, concern for others, hard work, progressive social values, and strong personal integrity. XIM University promotes a collegiate culture that provides a comfortable environment for all students and helps them become confident individuals. The students of our full-time MBA and other programs, the working professionals who participate in our Executive and Management Development Programs, the research scholars in our PhD Programs and the faculty enrich the XIM University community with their diversity and experience. The University welcomes top-level executives from the corporate sector, experts from abroad, NGOs, villagers and social activists who visit the campus for regular courses, Management Development Programs and the various training programs.

The two-year full-time Urban Management Programs (MBA-UMG) of School of Human Settlements is backed by the academic rigour and excellence that Xavier institutions are renowned for. In addition to the highly qualified School of Human Settlements faculty, others are drawn from across the Schools of the University, including XIMB, School of Rural Management and School of Human Resource Management. Students in the MBA-UMG develop all functional management competencies, plus an understanding of the urban structure, society and economy, and the systems of urban governance, planning and development. 

Unique components designed to provide hands-on learning include the Urban Learning Experience (ULE Practicuum), the Summer Internship Program, live Capstone Project, and Studio and course assignments. Students specialize in one of four areas – Housing and Housing Finance, Water and Waste Management, Urban Mobility and Economic Development and Livelihoods, and Urban Resilience. Seminars, Conclaves and Leadership Talks by eminent practitioners in the domain provide continuous exposure to current knowledge and practice in the industry. Graduates of the MBA-UMG Program are employed across government, consulting, research and business organizations.

The MBA-UMG Program

The MURP Program

Two-Year Full-Time Master Program in Urban and Regional Planning

The ever-present need for Planners in the country has multiplied manifold and become urgent in the rapid urbanization in the country and the concomitant economic, social and infrastructural changes in the rural hinterlands. Moreover, with transformations in the Constitutional provisions for local governance, new modes of urban development overtaking the erstwhile state-led Master plan approach, and a renewed focus on regional planning, Planners equipped with more contemporary understandings and skills are needed. 

XIM University has therefore launched an innovative and relevant Planning Program, in tune with prevailing national and international perspectives and approaches to urban and regional planning and development. Foregrounding participatory and developmental approaches, integrated considerations of equity and ecological sustainability, end-to-end solutions, and citizen-centered and inclusive planning, the MURP Program of XUMG is geared to developing Planners for a sustainable and just future.

School of Human Settlements has a vibrant Doctoral Program with scholars researching a variety of issues in infrastructure development, urban and municipal finance, housing and affordability’s, urban mobilities, water and waste management, economic development and sustainable livelihoods, climate change and urban resilience, among others. Coursework in the Doctoral Program imparts rigorous training in knowledge development, research methodologies, and academic writing and publishing. Opportunities are available for teaching, and for national and international academic exposure through conferences and publications with faculty guides.

The PhD-UMG Program

School of Human Settlements offers a range of open and dedicated Executive Development, Faculty Development, and Certificate Programs in infrastructure and services planning and management, water and waste management, decentralized sanitation and other areas.

Executive Education Programs