Temasek Foundation International Leaders in Urban Governance Programme

The 8th edition of the Temasek Foundation International Leaders in Urban Governance Programme (TFILUGP), organised by the Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC) and the Temasek Foundation International (TFI), will be held from 25th – 29th November 2019 in Singapore. TFILUGP is an annual, 5-day mayoral and senior executive level training programme that brings together city leaders and urban practitioners interested in developing high-density yet economically competitive, liveable and sustainable cities. The programme is practitioner-focused and action-oriented and it comprises sessions on topics such as urban governance, integrated master planning and development, land management, urban water management, sustainable environment, and financing a city. Delivered through exclusive dialogue sessions with Singapore’s past and present leaders, participants will get insights into the city’s development strategies. A key feature of the programme is an expert-mentored-action plan session where participants can work on their priority urban challenge with Singapore’s experts and develop a one-year implementation strategy road map.

Indian Town and Country planners visiting Singapore’s waterfront after a cruise down the Singapore River.

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Participants on a walkabout at a typical housing estate in Singapore.

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Participants exploring Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park

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Participants outside of the Woodlands MRT Station

Through seminars, panel discussions, site visits and dialogue sessions, the programme explores these key themes:

  • Integrated long-term planning
  • Liveable high-density communities
  • Governance & infrastructure
  • Sustainable development
  • Competitive economy

Programme Outline

  • Sharing of best practices and insights into Singapore’s development strategies
  • Exclusive dialogues with past and present Singapore leaders
  • Expert-mentored action planning session for submitted projects to be implemented over one year
  • Networking and peer learning with experts and participating city leaders
  • Site visits to experience urban solutions first-hand

Participants’ Testimonials

“The presentation and case studies by the experts were well-done.”
Pasang Dorji, then Executive Secretary of Thimpu, Bhutan (TFILUGP 2016 alumni)

“The breadth of topics and programme structure were just right to provide a broad understanding without being too overwhelming… Learning by seeing was very insightful.”
Aidos Zhexenbay, Vice-Chairman, Almaty City Development Centre, Kazakhstan (TFILUGP 2016 alumni) 

“I really appreciate the experience and learnt a lot.”
Chen Fugui, Executive Vice Mayor, Guangzhou Municipal Government, China (TFILUGP 2014 alumni)

“The programme will be useful for local city planning and administration for sustainable development.”
Burla Ramanjaneyulu, then Commissioner, Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation, India (TFILUGP 2012 alumni)

Eligibility Criteria

  • Participants must be fluent in spoken and written English
  • Participants’ proposed projects must be relevant to creating highly dense yet liveable cities

Programme Fees

Sponsorship from Temasek Foundation International for the TFILUGP programme fee is available for selected participants that meet eligibility criteria. This is inclusive of programme materials, official meals, airport transfers and hotel accommodation in Singapore.


Cities are invited to nominate teams headed by a city leader (governor/mayor/municipal commissioner) together with two other senior officials responsible for urban planning, development and governance. Cities are required to submit a concept paper on a project related to a challenge they wish to address over the course of a year, for the action planning sessions.


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Please email alice_lim@mnd.gov.sg to enquire about the next course dates or to apply.

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