Ukrainian University meets GPSM friends

In early June a delegation from the Kharkiv National Automobile and Highway University were guests at the Universities TU Berlin and TU Dresden

_DSC0336In early June a delegation from the Kharkiv National Automobile and Highway University were guests at the Universities in Berlin (Technical University, Centre of Science and Technology) and Dresden (Technical University, Institute for Transportation Ecology) and exchanged with further members of the German Partnership for Sustainable Mobility.

The group has been welcomed by city officials in Berlin, discussed urban development challenges of their cities, and learned more about Berlin’s integrated transport network and local mobility initiatives. At the next day the group joined Dr. Wulf-Holger Arndt from the Technical University of Berlin and his international transport planning course.

As part of the exchange program, the delegation inspected the tram depot in Berlin-Lichtenberg, Berlin’s municipal transport operator (BVG) and the Traffic Control Center (VIZ). The young Ukrainian scientists were impressed by the level of information available to the city and level of control of the network.

The second part of the visit took place in Dresden. The group was welcomed and hosted by Prof. Udo Becker (Chair of the Institute for Transportation Ecology, Dresden Technical University). Students attended introductory lectures about sustainable transport and investigated mobility patterns in Germany in more detail. Together with group of young professionals from other countries, the Ukrainian delegation also visited Dresden’s Public Transport Operator DVB. They were able to learn about public transport operations in Dresden and discussed expansion plans on infrastructure and particularly of the electric tram and bus fleets of the city.

On the last two days of the study trip, the group met with professionals from VerkehrsConsult Dresden-Berlin (VCDB) and PTV Consult to learn more about transport consulting and career opportunities for transport planners and engineers. Both VCDB and PTV gathered experience in urban mobility planning issues in Ukrainian cities, thus a fruitful exchange of thoughts evolved.

Thanks to the support of the bike sharing operator NextBike, the group from Kharkiv did experience cycling and new ways of smart mobility in Dresden. During the trip, which was led by Matthias Pfeil (city of Dresden), the participants were impressed by the quality and convenience of cycling in Dresden.

The program was supported by the German Partnership for Sustainable Mobility and co-funded by German Academic Exchange service DAAD.

Find all pictures of the event on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/128405830@N02/sets/72157654853847799