Lifewide learning courses and programmes

Yhdyskuntasuunnittelun asiantuntijaohjelma - YTK:n Pitkä kurssi

Held since 1968, the program has become an essential part of the lifewide learning of urban and regional planners in Finland. In this multidisciplinary program, you meet practitioners from different educational backgrounds, researchers, and leading experts, and discuss the current and future challenges of urban and regional planning. You can also transfer credits to the degree of Zoning Commissioner.


Teaching time:

Daytime Self-paced


Built environment

Form of learning:

On-campus Online


Aalto EE




€ 4,360 (+ VAT)

Application period:

Target group and prerequisites

The program is for professionals working in urban and regional planning, zoning, urban development, and urban studies in both the public and private sectors.

Course description

The greatest challenges of our time, such as climate change and urbanization and its consequences, cannot be solved without multidisciplinary cooperation. 

In the YTK:n Pitkä kurssi program, you will get a deep dive into the root causes of problems, see phenomena from new perspectives, and learn to understand other perspectives and find common solutions. 

The program is produced in collaboration with the Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering Research Group of the Department of Built Environment at Aalto University.  Deeply rooted in understanding of the complexities of the important societal challenges reflected in our everyday environments, the research group has both a practice- and science-based approach to engineering as collaborative development. 

According to the group, shaping our futures requires a deeper understanding of human behavior and values, urban systems dynamics, citizen participation practices, and inter-sectoral institutional collaboration. This understanding has been broken down into six thematic modules in the program: Planner Identity, Energy in Urban Planning, Strategic Spatial Planning and Planning Cooperation, Planning Knowledge, Urban, and Regional Development, and Housing and Living Environments. 

The modules consist of two to three-day-long class meetings, with pre- and post-assignments. In addition, the modules are complemented by other common or optional studies, such as an optional six-day study tour to a European country. 

With the program, you will gain the latest research-based knowledge as a basis for your solutions, learn from and enlarge your peer network, and deepen your understanding of phenomena affecting our futures. 

The program is accepted in the planner qualification procedure. Qualifications can be applied for through FISE Oy. 

The program is held in Finnish. 

Teaching takes place at Aalto EE's premises in Helsinki.

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