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Research and Life

Breaking New Trails New Asphalt Mixtures Create Better Infrastructures in Columbia and Elsewhere

Below-zero temperatures and snow, but also long heat waves and nearly 40-degree air temperatures: road pavements in Germany have to be able to take a lot of punishment, and that's why they're so expensive. But even though such requirements aren't present everywhere in the world, the prices are often too high. Now the University of Stuttgart's Institute for Materials Testing (MPA) wants to find solutions for this and can already point to the first pilot projects. Jan Hofmann, vice-director of the Institute of Construction Materials (IWB), knows that there's much interest in research here. That was shown by inquiries from some of the international

students who want to do research work in this area and thus ignited this idea. “Where's there's a need, we shouldn't look the other way.“ One of the first contributions came from the Master's dissertation of Columbia's José Villegas Mosquera in the international Master's Degree program for “Infrastructure Planning“. Roads in Columbia are divided into three categories: the simplest form consists of a layer of gravel topped by asphalt. This is in contrast to Germany's much more complex strategy, where the visible top layer of concrete or asphalt hides crushed rock and frost-resistant layers, a flat layer, and finally the foundation layer - all designed for a much longer service life than in Columbia, where sometimes only a few vehicles use long connecting roads. Since a primary road layer's cost as a proportion of overall expenditures

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The international Master's Program in Infrastructure Planning

Ever since 1983, the International Master's Program in Infrastructure Planning (MIP) has been offering English-language training with an interdisciplinary character in the area of complex infrastructure planning projects. Worldwide, different aspects


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of resource conservation must be taken into consideration even as development needs rise, particularly in emerging and developing countries; this requires planning experts with interdisciplinary backgrounds who can also understand the intercultural aspects. That is where the study program's focus lies, with a curriculum which includes traffic behavior, water supplies and drainage, waste management, energy sources, architecture, city and regional planning, but also ecological, social, and management-related aspects like the use of available space. Altogether, 458 students from 79 countries have successfully completed the study program. The number of applicants is high, and the graduates have good career chances everywhere in the world.

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The Magazin of the University of Stuttgart Vol. 5 Science Brings The World Together

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