Global Education Network between FAB and Seifu Nankai High School, Japan

On the 18th and 19th of March 2016, a group of 26 students and 2 teachers from Seifu Nankai High School, Osaka, Japan made an academic visit to the Faculty of Built Environment (FAB), UTM, Johor Bahru. The group were led by Mr.Toshiyuki Iwawaki and Mr.Toyoda, teachers from the Comprehensive and International Department, Seifu Nankai High School. This was their second visit to FAB under the “Global Education Network Programme” in collaboration with the Centre for Innovative Planning and Development (CiPD), FAB, UTM, JB. The programme is intended to nurture young leaders to play an active role in the betterment of society. In order to achieve its intended goal, the students are required to acquire a wide range of knowledge through seminars focused on economics, societal, technological and political issues. Students participation from the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP) were from Masters in Tourism Planning (10 students) and Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (3 students).

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Planning for the Real World! First Year UTM Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning Students’ Visit to the Klang Valley

Towards producing high quality town planners who are able to practically and holistically contribute to more sustainable development of the country, apart from having a forward-looking, innovative, world class Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (B.URP) curriculum, it is highly essential that the B.URP program is designed “for the real world”; and “planning for the real world” begins in the early year of the planning education.

With this in view, the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Built Environment (FAB), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor Bahru continued with the annual field trip of the First Year, Second Semester’s Site Planning and Layout Studio (SBEP1125) on 17-19 March 2016. The field trip was led by the Studio supervisors, Mr. Chau Loon Wai and Dr. Siti Hajar Misnan.

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First Year B.URP students with Senior Urban Designer Mr. Liew Toh Yean at APUDG Sdn. Bhd.

UTM & IIUM Landscape Architecture Research Design Workshop

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A collaboration workshop on research design between Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and International Islamic University Of Malaysia (IIUM) was held on 7 March 2016 at Seminar Room 3, B03 Faculty Of Built Environment, UTM. The workshop was organized by the Department Of Landscape Architecture, Faculty Of Built Environment UTM. The one day workshop involved 4th year UTM and 3rd year IIUM, Bachelor Of Landscape Architecture students.

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Experience of Exchange Students on the Asean International Mobility for Students (AIMS) Programme

The 1st monthly seminar for the 2nd semester 2015/2016 of DURP was held on the 3rd of March 2016 (Thursday) at Lecture Hall B, B04, Faculty of Built Environment (FAB).  The seminar was carried out in two (2) parts.  The 1st half was a session where students who participated in the AIMS programme at Tokyo Metropolitan University (TMU), Japan, shared their experiences.  Three students namely, Nurzafirah binti Dan, Anatasia Lee Anak Suring and Beatrice Jenner Anak David Jutin, of the Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning Programme, DURP, FAB related their experiences whilst living and studying at TMU from the 2nd of September 2015 to the 29th January 2016. Amongst the experiences highlighted included the preparation before departing for TMU, background of TMU, courses attended at TMU, field studies at Totoro Forest, Nogawa River, Ota City and Daikanyama, facilities at the hostel, transportation from hostel to TMU and the socialising with students from other countries participating in the programme.  A total of 40 students from Brunei, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan, China, Korea, France, Germany, Brazil, Belgium and Australia participated in the programme.  During the programme students were also taken on visits to Yokohama, Kawasaki, Asakusa, Takao Mountain, Osaka, Fukushima and Enoshima-Kamakura.  All three students from DURP, FAB felt that studying and socialising with students from different and diverse backgrounds and cultures brought forth happy memories and was a pleasant and unforgettable experience.

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