Recent development

The institute undertakes the training of professionals and researchers in urban/rural development, environmental planning and management. The key areas of teaching and research lie in urban and regional development and environmental planning and management. Our theory-based courses and internships are designed to equip students with both theoretical knowledge and practical skills so that they become all-rounders, at the same time with specialist knowledge, in comprehensive planning and research. Each year we admit only 24 students for the Master’s, and 5 for the PhD programme; our focus is an education of excellence. The institute also participates in social service. The faculty regularly takes part in policy making as advisors for the governmental councils and, alongside their own lines of enquiry, are often commissioned by the government and industry to carry out research projects hence a strong tie between teaching and practice.

The Master’s Programme aims to produce versatile planners or research assistants with specialist skills and knowledge; the PhD Programme highly skilled professionals in planning practices or specialist researchers and teachers. In order to improve specialist training, from 2003 the institute introduced thematic learning so that all students must complete and pass compulsory modules under the four themes – Globalization and Regional Studies, Environmental Planning and Management, Urban Economy and Transportation and Urban Community and Spatial Culture – in order to graduate.

Founding Principles:

1. Specialized academic research institute in urban and regional development and environmental planning and management
2. Dedicated educational institute for training of skilled urban and regional planners and researchers
3. Specialist think tank providing consultation for urban and regional development and environmental planning and management

Educational objectives

I. Objectives of Master’s Programme

1. Training planners to work in planning organisations as versatile practitioners with specialist skills, capable of participating with a team or independently in urban and regional policy making, development planning and management.
2. Training research assistants to work in academia as versatile academics with specialist knowledge, capable of assisting researchers or teams in executing research projects on issues of urban and regional development.
3. Cultivating a scholarly competence for further development in PhD programmes in Taiwan or abroad.

II. Objectives of PhD Programme

1. Training researchers or teachers to become versatile and yet with specialist knowledge, capable of leading a team or working independently in relevant fields of urban and regional development and environmental planning and management, and undertaking in-depth research projects and specialist teaching.
2. Training practitioners to become highly skilled professionals, capable of leading a team or working independently in urban and regional policy making, development planning and management.