MIT-UTM Malaysia Sustainable Cities Program

MIT DUSP and UTM students in Kuala Lumpur

MIT DUSP and UTM students in Kuala Lumpur

Initiated in 2013, the MIT-UTM Malaysia Sustainable Cities Program (MSCP) is a five-year effort to study and document sustainable city development efforts in Malaysia.  This project is led by faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and is made possible by the generous support of the Ministry of Education Malaysia.  Research findings gained over the course of the project will be used to create online instructional materials to enhance and extend the teaching of sustainable city development across universities in the global South. The MSCP is housed in CoLab at MIT and the Institute Sultan Iskander (ISI) at UTM 

2014 marked the official launch of the MSCP, with the first cohort of International Scholars joining the program.  The 2014-2015 Scholars are faculty who teach in universities in Egypt, Pakistan, Cameroon, India, Nigeria, China, and Malaysia. In August, they arrived in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, for their initial orientation.   The Scholars spent the first half of the 2014-2015 academic year at UTM, conducting self- guided research on Malaysia’s cities. In February, they will come to CoLab to use online, digital, and video-based educational technologies to codify and disseminate their findings. 

The first annual MSCP Student Practicum also began in 2014.  A group of sixteen DUSP students traveled to Malaysia for two-and-a-half weeks of co-learning with UTM students and faculty.  During this time they conducted daily field visits in five Malaysian cities: Johor Bahru, Malacca, Kuala Lumpur, Georgetown, and Kuching. 

A new group of DUSP students will go to Malaysia in January 2015 to build upon the work of the first student group, the International Scholars, and MSCP’s growing network of partner institutions.


Bettina Urcuioli