Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Diponegoro (DPWK UNDIP) organized the International Joint Course (IJC) that started on May 8 to May 17, 2023. The IJC is a collaboration between DPWK Undip, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, and Radboud University of the Netherlands. The IJCtheme was “Learning Urban Transformation: Ensuring Sustainability in a Changing World”

This activity was attended by the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Prof. M. Agung Wibowo, opened by the Head of Department Urban and Regional Planning Prof. Wiwandari Handayani, preceded by remarks Wido Prananing Tyas, PhD as head of Master Urban and Regional Planning study program, and DPWK lecturers. Representative lecturer UGM Prof. Bakti Setiawan and Dr. Tri Mulyani Sunarharum along with representatives of 5 students and representative Radboud University are Dr. Ary D. Syamsura, Dr. Sanders Lenferink, Dr. Corinne Vitale and 13 students and 6 students from the MURP UNDIP and 1 foreign student from the Law Masters UNDIP. IJC 2023 is also supported by the Semarang City Government Arwita Mawarti, the Head of the Infrastructure Sector of the Regional Development Planning Agency Semarang City.

The IJC selected two sub-districts at Semarang City as the case study. Hence, this activity also involved the Semarang City Government represented by Development and Planning Agency (Bappeda) as the facilitator. The head of the infrastructure section of the Development Planning Agency, Arwita Mawarti, also welcomed the participants and supported the IJC taking Semarang as the case study. She explained that Semarang had several progressive projects that transformed Semarang into a more sustainable one.

IJC 2023 activities are held in a hybrid method. Whereas the offline session was held at Semarang (8-13 May 2023) and at Yogyakarta (14-17 May 2023), the online session was focused on the lecture sessions. The IJC participants were 24 master’s students from the university partners, such as students from Universitas Diponegoro, Gadjah Mada University, and Radboud University.

During the Semarang session, there were several activities, such as lectures from Undip, Radboud University, and Metro Java 2045, FGD with Semarang City government and private sector, and field visits to Mangungharjo and Kandri sub-districts as the case study. While the Yogyakarta session, the participants had also lectures from Gadjah Mada University and Kota Kita, the NGO involved in several urban transformation programs at Semarang and Yogyakarta. Moreover, they also visited Pentingsari and Sariharjo, tourist villages that were developed by the government. From the Yogyakarta field visits, the participants can compare with the case study.