Urban Development Towards a Smart Nation Vision

This 5-day course is sponsored by the Government of Japan and the Government of Singapore under the Japan-Singapore Partnership Programme for the 21st Century (JSPP21). Through the course, participants will be able to understand the driving forces, challenges and opportunities for sustainable urban development, urban management and Smart Nation development from both Japan and Singapore. Participants will acquire practical policy application tips through action planning sessions with practitioners and exposure to case studies of urban development policies. 

Learning Journey to NEC

Learning journey to NEC

Action planning session with CLC Resource Persons

Action planning session with CLC Resource Persons

Learning journey to Yuhua HDB estate

Learning journey to Yuhua HDB estate

Programme Outline

  • Urban governance for sustainable and smart cities

  • Effective public involvement including community participation

  • Public-private partnerships (PPPs) and smart urban solutions and business models

  • Singapore’s Smart Nation programme—driving forces and key domain areas

  • Urban management and analytics

  • Social dimension of smart urban solutions through community engagement

Eligibility Criteria

  • Participant must come from the following countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Cook Islands, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Kiribati, Laos PDR, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Niue, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Viet Nam.

  • Participants must be fluent in spoken and written English.

Programme Fees

Under the JSPP21, the Governments of Japan and Singapore will bear the following expenses for successful applicants:

  • An Economy Class round-trip air ticket between the respective international airports designated by the Japan International Cooperation Agency

  • A daily training allowance of One Hundred and Twenty Singapore Dollars (S$120) from the first day to the last day of the 5-day course. A proportionate reduction will be made if the participant is unable to attend the full course duration.

  • Transportation to the training venue and site visits

  • Training fees, including lecture fees, administrative fees and teaching materials

  • Medical insurance for participants to cover accident and hospitalisation during their stay in Singapore in accordance with the policy of a local

  • insurance company

  • Accommodation for the entire course duration

Participants are to bear their personal miscellaneous expenses that might be incurred prior to receiving the allowance. Any expenses for out-patient medical/dental treatment will be borne by the participants themselves.


  • Applicants may apply alone or as part of a 2-person team (individual online applications with remarks indicating on team members). Applicants are expected to be nominated by their government and head departments or projects at a national or city level, related to the adoption and implementation of smart urban solutions, housing, transport, urban renewal/redevelopment, water, waste management or greening. Teams are expected to be headed by Director or DG-level officials accompanied by technical officers.

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

  • All applications are to be submitted online at https://go.gov.sg/jspp21-urban-development2019 by Monday, 23 December 2019. Applications submitted online must be endorsed by the respective Ministry of Foreign Affairs or National Focal Point for Technical Assistance.

  • All applications should be completed in full. Incomplete application forms or forms which are not endorsed will not be considered. Please contact Edmund_koh@mfa.gov.sg and Camille_Ng@mfa.gov.sg if you encounter technical issues during application.


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