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A course in Urban and Regional Planning at HBP involves a broad-based interdisciplinary approach with the purpose of producing urban and regional planners. Students who undertake this course will be trained to understand and apply planning theories and practices in a holistic manner. A physical planner deals with the planning of a physical development at a macro scale. These include working on the developments of new townships, regenerating and revitalising of existing urban and rural areas.
At HBP, students are trained to develop a high intellectual ability in order to be analytical and critical when analysing planning options, making forecasts as well as evaluating planning options. With sustainable development being a key issue, students are exposed to innovative and proactive planning approaches in dealing with physical and socio-economic issues.
Students who have successfully completed 3 years will obtain a BSc HBP (HONS) Urban & Regional Planning. In order to be a professional planner, they can then proceed for another year leading to a Masters Degree in Planning, which is recognised by the Malaysian Institute of Planners (MIP) and Lembaga Perancang Bandar Malaysia (LPBM). There are various career opportunities in the field of Urban and Regional Planning. Graduates can either opt to work in private firms as well as government agencies.