Sustainable Urban Development Program (SUDP)
The Sustainable Urban Development Program (SUDP) was initiated by Yokohama City University in 2012, as an educational program. It is an intensive course which takes place within a 3- or 4-day long duration. The course is conducted in English, and is offered to both undergraduate and graduate students to learn about sustainable urban development.
History of SUDP
Yokohama City has been designated by the World Bank as one of the model Eco2 cities, where progressive and innovative projects are successfully implemented to achieve balance between economic growth and environmental considerations. In the summer of 2012, Yokohama City University, along with a lecturer from the World Bank, launched the first educational program focusing on the Eco2 concept and sustainable urban development.

Since then, this 3- to 4-day intensive course has been implemented every year, in both Yokohama and Malaysia (by Universiti Sains Malaysia). In August 2015, the University of the Philippines implemented its very first SUDP lecture in Manila, focusing on public health.

Implementation Record;

  • Yokohama City University: August 1st - 4th, 2012
  • Universiti Sains Malaysia: June 29th - July 2nd, 2013
  • Yokohama City University: July 31st - August 3rd, 2013
  • Yokohama City University: February 4th - 7th, 2014
  • Yokohama City University: August 4th - 7th, 2014
  • Yokohama City University: September 8th - 9th, 2014
  • Universiti Sains Malaysia: November 12th - 14th, 2014
  • University of the Philippines: August 25th, 2015
  • Yokohama City University: September 8th - 11th, 2015
  • University Sains Malaysia: November 11th - 14th, 2015
  • National University (USSH-Ho Chi Minh); April 13th - 16th, 2016
  • University Sains Malaysia (Collaborated with Yokohama City University): September 2nd - 5th, 2016
YCU intends to develop SUDP as the common educational program of the IACSC, hoping that other universities would also implement the course, and through this program, exchange faculty and students with each other.
What is taught in SUDP?
The course provides students with a historic perspective of municipal experiences, as well as global issues in environment, public health and urban planning. Students learn general theory and analyze the actual cases in Asian cities through case studies and group work. Fieldwork outside class is also included.

Objectives of SUDP;

  • To develop students' own judgment criteria on sustainable urban development.
  • To understand the international framework to address global issues.
  • To develop team-working skills under multinational/multicultural settings.
  • To experience field visits in Yokohama.

Features of SUDP;

  • Conducted in English.
  • Adopts a problem-solving approach.
  • Group works and presentations.
  • Field trip.
  • Case-studies of Asian cities.
  • A wide array of resourceful speakers, including municipality, NGOs, private sector.
  • Faculty and student exchange (multinational environment in class).
For any inquiries regarding SUDP, please contact YCU's Global Cooperation Institute for Sustainable Cities (GCI).
kokusai (at) yokohama-cu.ac.jp