This online course is conducted under the auspices of the Japan-Singapore Partnership Programme for the 21st Century (JSPP21). This course will allow participants 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 in Singapore and Japan.

Programme Outline

Content topics:

  • Singapore Liveability Framework

  • Transport

  • Housing

  • Sustainable Environment and Cleaning Singapore

  • Water Management

The course will be held over 5 days from 22 to 31 March 2021. This course will be delivered for up to 25 participants through a “blended” virtual classroom comprising a combination of asynchronous e-Learning (independent and self-study of online modules on a web-based Learning Management System) and synchronous e-Learning (“live” e-learning sessions on Zoom). With sessions conducted online “live”, participants will have the opportunity to dialogue with in-service officials and discuss the course materials with the trainers.

The ‘Live’ e-learning sessions will be conducted from 1400 to 1630 (Singapore time; UTC/GMT+08:00 hours) on 22, 24, 26, 29 and 31 March 2021.

Attendance will be taken for "live" sessions and participants will need to attain 66% attendance in order to get a certificate. Prior to course commencement, the training coordinator will brief participants on the rules of engagement (break time, attendance, punctuality, recording, Q&A).

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;

  • Able to attend all the synchronous e-learning sessions. They will require an internet-enabled device with Zoom installed, a functioning webcam and audio;

  • 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 www.go.gov.sg/urbandevt2021 by Friday, 19 February 2021. Applications submitted online must be endorsed by the respective National Focal Point 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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