Urban Development Towards a Smart Nation

The course on Urban Development Towards a Smart Nation Vision is one of the thematic workshops of the Japan-Singapore Partnership Programme for the 21st Century (JSPP21) administered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the Singapore Cooperation Programme. This course will allow participants from the ASEAN region to understand the driving forces, challenges and opportunities for sustainable urban development and management and Smart Nation development in both Japan and Singapore.

By the end of the course, participants will be equipped with knowledge and skills in understanding and planning urban development in a holistic manner based on good practices and lessons learnt in Singapore and Japan.


Programme Outline

Range of Content topics:

  • Singapore Liveability Framework

  • Transport

  • Housing

  • Sustainable Environment

  • Water Management

The course will be held over 5 days from 12 to 16 June 2023, for up to 25 participants in Singapore through classroom-based sessions and site visits.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible countries/territories/organisations:

Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Cook Islands, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Kiribati, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Niue, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timore-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Viet Nam.

Applicants should be:

  • Mid-to-senior level government officials who are working in urban development roles;

  • Nominated by their respective Governments; and

  • Proficient in written and spoken English

Terms of Award

The course is sponsored by the Governments of Japan and Singapore under the Japan-Singapore Partnership Programme for the 21st Century


All applications are to be submitted online at https://www.go.gov.sg/urbandevt2021 by 30 April 2023 . Applications submitted online must be endorsed by the respective National Focal Points (NFP) for Technical Assistance. Incomplete application forms or forms which are not endorsed will not be considered.

Selection of candidates for the limited number of training awards will be based on merit. The Government of Singapore seeks the understanding of the National Focal Point for Technical Assistance in the event that their nominee is not selected.

Instructions and FAQs for Applicants and NFPs can be found at the links below:


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