Applications open for the 6th edition of Rural Roads for Development short course

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The Rural Roads for Development is a hands-on residential short-course at the University of Birmingham, UK run in collaboration with the International Road Federation

The programme provides training that promotes the selection, support, design and maintenance of rural roads to improve their contribution to development, growth, and poverty reduction.

For more than forty years, the University of Birmingham has been offering taught and research programmes in the area of road management and engineering designed to equip participants with the skills and knowledge of management procedures for the planning, appraisal, design, construction and maintenance of road networks.

Why attend this course?

This course provides an introduction to building and maintaining rural roads for development and includes:

  • Analytical framework for understanding rural transport
  • Pro-poor transport appraisal including methods for capturing non-monetary benefits
  • Rural Road design, construction and asset management
  • Labour-based & intermediate technologies
  • Implications of climate change
  • Rural road

The course will include laboratory sessions to better understand simple tests which can be used in the field to determine soil properties required for appropriate design and maintenance.

Who to attend?

Road engineers, managers, and other road sector professionals who work in the areas of rural roads, feeder roads, road management, road financing and road maintenance.

Who are the speakers?

Dr Michael Burrow, University of Birmingham
Dr Gurmel Ghataora, University of Birmingham
Mr John Hine, former World Bank and TRL
Dr Ashok Kumar, The World Bank
Mr Robert Petts, Intech Associates
Dr Reiner Koblo, KfW Development Bank

Course Fees

The cost of the course is £2300 including 6 nights’ accommodation on a bed, breakfast and lunch basis (8th to 13th September inclusive) at the Edgbaston Park Hotel or £1700 excluding accommodation but including lunch.


More information about the course can be found here

All Enquiries to:

Programme Administrator
School of Engineering
University of Birmingham
Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
Tel: (+44) (0)121 414 4191
Fax: (+44) (0)121 414 7848

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