The MIT- UTM Malaysia Sustainable Cities Program (MSCP) is a five-year effort, initiated and run by faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Universiti of Teknologi of Malaysia (UTM), with generous support by the Ministry of Education Malaysia. The MSCP mission is to study and document sustainable city development efforts in Malaysia. Research findings will be developed into online instructional materials to enhance and extend the teaching of sustainable city development across universities in the global South.
Every January, a student practicum will be held whereby graduate students and faculty at MIT will partner with UTM to study, review, and refine the direction of the research in progress. The MSCP is housed in Science Impact Collaborative in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT and the Institut Sultan Iskandar (ISI) at UTM. MSCP relies on its growing network of university, agency, community, and corporate partners to ensure that Visiting Scholars have access to the data and the advice they need to pursue their research effectively. We add partners depending on the questions that have priority in our research agenda each year.
MSCP visiting scholars are selected each year by the MSCP university partners. They must commit to spend the Fall semester in Malaysia working on one of the questions on our Research Agenda. We match them up with university partners in Malaysia as well as with agencies, organizations and relevant community groups. They spend the spring semester at MIT working with faculty and advanced graduate students to generate research papers (for publication in our new e-journal or in other scholarly journals) and preparing teaching videos. We are building an interdisciplinary network of Visiting Scholars which now covers 22 countries.
The ‘Female Faces & Malaysia Sustainable Cities’ exhibits the outcome from UTM – MIT Malaysia Sustainable Cities Program (MSCP). The main agenda of MSCP is to study sustainable cities development efforts in Malaysia. In the process, the program captures the role of women as change agents in Malaysia’s major cities.
This collaboration is not only involve a university in the United States, but it has built an extensive network of universities G-77 developing countries. Devious of the joint venture “visiting scholars” who have been involved in the last two years, the University has built an international network of research partners are niche with the Sustainable Cities program in Malaysia. Such collaboration should be seen as a country that continues to benefit in the future to meet the philosophy, mission and vision.