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Cities on the front line: Urban approaches to national issues

The School of Planning and Public Affairs and the Department of Political Science recently partnered with the Big Ten Collaboration: Democracy in the 21st Century on a mayors forum, "Cities on the front line: Urban approaches to national issues."
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Meet the New Students

Our new incoming students recently took a moment to follow our tradition and pose for a group picture during their orientation.
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Nguyen Receives Award for Best Paper

Associate Professor Phuong Nguyen recently received Best Paper Award from the Midwest Public Affairs Conference. The paper, “Impact of home rule on municipal boundary and fiscal expansion: Evidence from Texas,” is forthcoming in the Journal of Regional Science.
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The Skills You Need to Move the World (and Your Career) Forward: New Online Certificate in Transportation Planning

Today’s transportation problems transcend disciplinary boundaries. The new Online Certificate in Transportation Planning at the UI School of Planning and Public Affairs prepares professionals to face this challenge.
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New Beginnings: A UI Professor’s Journey to Help Grow a New MPA Program

Professor Samantha Zuhlke feels that she is starting a new adventure at the same time as the University of Iowa School of Planning and Public Affairs’ (SPPA) first master’s in public affairs cohort.
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Two Alums Receive AICP's Highest Honor

Two SPPA alums have received induction into the AICP College of Fellows, the American Institute of Certified Planners’ highest honor given to a member. Richard Gertson and James G. LaRue were inducted on May 1st at an awards ceremony during the American Planning Association (APA) conference in San Diego.
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UI MPA Degree Reconnects Professor Nguyen with his Academic Roots

Professor Phuong Nguyen is enthusiastic about teaching courses to MPA students in the UI School of Planning and Public Affairs, as he happily shares an academic background with the students.
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First Cohort of Master's of Public Affairs Students to Graduate May 13

The first group of students in the School of Planning and Public Affairs' master's program will celebrate their commencement this Friday, May 13th. Read more about their experience and hear firsthand
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Two Students from University of Belgrade, Serbia, Visit SPPA

After several years of hard work, interrupted by COVID, an exchange program with the University of Belgrade, Serbia, has finally come about.

Virtual Admissions Info Sessions in March and April

Three informative info. sessions are being held for prospective students to learn more about the Master of Urban and Regional Planning and the Master of Public Affairs.