In January, led by Professor and MSCP Co-Director Larry Susskind, thirteen Masters of City Planning students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology arrived in Malaysia to join the 2016-2017 MSCP International Visiting Scholars, UTM students, and UTM faculty in the annual MIT-UTM Sustainable Cities Program (MSCP) Practicum. During the Practicum, students and faculty identify emerging sustainable city development questions for future MSCP research, as well as learn from and highlight the successes of Malaysia’s efforts to become a developed nation by 2020.,. Throughout a two-week period, participants traveled to Kuala Lumpur, George Town, Kuching, Pahang, and Johor Bahru and partnered with Malaysian academic, government, business, and civil society leadership to investigate current planning and development issues. The Practicum concluded with a dinner hosted by the Permaisuri (Queen) of Johor, Raja Zarith Sofiah binti Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah.
Of particular interest to this year’s Practicum are questions of sustainable transportation, land tenure and displacement, renewable energy and energy mix, land use, mining and extraction, indigenous in-migration, and water management. Findings from the experience will be consolidated into a new Research Agenda, currently in progress, that will shape research topics for the future cohort of MSCP scholars.
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Applications for the 2017-2018 cohort of MSCP Visiting Scholars are currently open. To apply, please visit this link before the closing date of March 1st, 2017.