Center of Excellence in Planning (CEP) is a private non-profit organization that supports “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism (UAUIM) in its teaching and research international activities.
CEP aims are to promote excellence in urban planning, acting as a regional hub for Eastern Europe, to develop cooperation relationships in urban planning and real estate with Western Europe and the US, to provide advanced educational programs in planning and real estate in the region and, not least, to support and educate a young generation of urban planners and researchers. CEP is composed of top urban planners from Romania, researchers responsible for three of its programs: education, research and publishing. The organization began its educational activity in June 2013 by launching ASURED (“The International Postgraduate Program of Advanced Studies in Urban Planning and Real Estate Development “), one of the few programs worldwide that offers this combination of housing and urban development. ASURED brings together a team of recognized professionals in order to provide high quality education (the program is also to be accredited by RICS).
CEP has recently developed a new department called the urban design laboratory (UDL), that will be most active in urban design through participation in design competitions and various projects, such as the initiative for the Flagship project ” Bucharest Central Station”.