Master's project competition Num-Urb

In the next two decades, Africa is expected to experience very high population growth, mainly in urban areas. The stakes of this urbanisation will be major, both spatially and socially.

Added to this is a new urban revolution, the digital revolution, which is profoundly transforming the way we manage and design cities. This digital revolution generates unprecedented volumes of data and offers a host of new opportunities.

In order to meet these challenges, the Num-Urb competition seeks to mobilise the skills of master's students and also to promote the French-speaking world by relying on the Réseau d'excellence des sciences de l'ingénierie de la francophonie (RESCIF).


The Centre of Excellence in Africa(EXAF) of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and EPFL International Relations, with the support of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of the Swiss Confederation (FDFA), is opening a competition for master's projects dealing with the application of digital technologies in African cities and will reward the best of them with a cash prize.

To be eligible for the competition, master's degree projects must be related to the competition theme and have as a research topic at least one African city where one of the university institutions members of the Réseau d'excellence des sciences de l'ingénierie de la francophonie (RESCIF) is based.

The winners of the competition will be required to present their work and receive their prize at the 18th Summit of the Francophonie, scheduled for 18-21 November 2021 on the island of Djerba in Tunisia. 

Financial support is available for participants who need it. 

Applications must comply with the instructions and be submitted before the deadline of 15 June 2021 (17:00 CET).

Female applications are particularly encouraged.

To find out more about this competition, visit our website (only in French for this competition)