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Ioannis Raftopoulos (Greece)

"Having an academic background in the interdisciplinary and holistic discipline of geography I decided to further my education in the more applied field of Spatial Planning. What set Planet Europe apart from other programmes towards my decision was the European focus and the incorporation of the sustainability dimension. In an integrating Europe, spatial planning can be a tool of communication and forging of transboundary ties while the consideration of sustainability is imperative for a viable policy formation. The synergies between these elements are of particular interest to me.
In addition to the academic component, that is provided by renowned planning schools, the relocation and adaptation to different countries during the programme and the cooperation with colleagues of diverse backgrounds from all over the world will ideally provide me with a first handed practical experience and skills in inter-cultural communication and multi-perspective approach, essential for the planning profession in an international context."

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