The Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies is an international institute on urban management and housing at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, based in the Netherlands. IHS was founded in 1958. It offers post graduate education and training, advisory services and applied research in the field of urban management, housing and urban planning.
In 1958 Jan van Ettinger Snr., managing director of the Rotterdam-based Bouwcentrum that had been set up to rebuild Rotterdam after the war, established the first International Course on Building . The objective was to acquaint planners, engineers and architects from developing countries with systematic methods to meet building requirements. In June 1972 ICB's educational activities were transferred to Bouwcentrum International Education , which remained located in the round building in the heart of Rotterdam. In addition to the standard course available, more and more specialised courses were added to the teaching programme, aimed at mid-career professionals.
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