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Smart City Development and Transformation

EBRD Policy Academy

This Module is designed to provide participants with an overview of Smart Cities. Learn how this subject is improving the city through subject-experts with first-hand knowledge in developing and executing policies and programs in this practical online Module.

About This Module

Looking to discover Smart City policy development? To provide participants with an overview of Smart Cities,  this Module focuses on Smart City policies from a government perspective and introduces the concept by analyzing different Smart City projects in the real world. It offers an introduction to a nation’s approach to Smart Cities: to serve as a bridge between technology and people. Through successful and unsuccessful case studies, the country’s Information and Communication Technology industry is transformed into a service-oriented technology, and the current situation and development of Smart Cities are introduced in detail. 

As curators of this Module, the Institute for Information Industry, a non-governmental organization and government think tank whose mission is to promote Information Communication Technology (ICT) innovation and applications, and to assist in the development of the digital economy, regularly puts forward various technological and industrial policy recommendations for the government relevant to the development of Smart City and Circular Economy initiatives.

This Module is designed for city planners, engineers, business leaders, government officials, policymakers, and international economic stakeholders. It aids knowledge transfer from advanced economies to emerging and developing ones and equips the audience to better learn from the vast pool of international experience in Smart City policy development.

After completing this Module, participants will be able to identify and clarify business opportunities in Smart Cities in various scenarios.


Learning Objectives

The Module “Smart City Development and Transformation” has five self-paced sessions, and is aimed at:

(i) Learn about the acceleration of digital transition towards unleashing the power of technology to bring about change for the better;

(ii) Explore direct application in the development of a Smart City; and

(iii) Explore what it is like to live in a Smart City, the role of systems thinking, living labs, open data, crowd-sourcing, and road-maps.


Length: Approximately 2-3 weeks

Effort: 3-4 hours per week

Module duration: Approximately 8 hours, including assessments

Language: U.S. English


Note: The personal expert views of the featured lecturers - that are shared within these learning materials - do not necessarily represent the official position of the EBRD, or the position of other institutions and organisations with which non-EBRD lecturers are associated.


EBRD "Knowledge Champion" for Module (Subject-Matter Expert)

Arnaud Fragnière
Analyst, Sustainable Infrastructure, EBRD


List of Lecturers

Session One: Policy Roadmap for Smart and Sustainable Urban Development

Jeffrey Li
Manager, Institute for Information Industry

Session Two: Urban Development Framework

Charles Lin
Deputy Mayor, Kaoshing City Government

Session Three: Taipei Smart City Transformation Strategy

Chen-Yu Lee
Director, The Taipei Smart City Project Management Office

Session Four: Smart City Case Studies

               Chen-Yu Lee
               Director, The Taipei Smart City Project Management Office

Alfred Lien
               Director, Institute for Information Industry

Session Five: Global Smart City Alliance (GO SMART)

                Chen-Yu Lee
                Director, The Taipei Smart City Project Management Office

The EBRD Policy Academy is supported by the “TaiwanBusiness-EBRD Technical Cooperation Fund". 


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  2. Classes Start

    self-paced, self-enroll module
  3. Estimated Effort

    8 hours