Regional and city planning activities have been in constant development and are increasingly becoming more complex, covering not only the spatial or physical aspects of the sustainable building environment, but also a multitude of non-physical aspects involving various disciplines and stakeholders. Regional and city planners are required to be knowledgeable about the field and have professional skills pertaining to the allocation and spatial distribution of land use and functions required by society, devising and administering land zoning schemes, resolving conflicts between competing demands for land development, ensuring that housing and public facilities are well located and conveniently placed, and to help decide which developments should proceed with buildings or which areas should be preserved.
The undergraduate program in Regional and City Planning at ITB was established in September 1959, with the initial help of experts from Harvard University under the auspices of the United Nations Technical Assistance Bureau (UNTAB). To keep up with the increasing need for specialized professional expertise, a Master's program in Regional and City Planning was established at ITB in August 1982 with technical assistance from the Development Planning Unit, University College London and the Department of Public Works. The establishment of a doctoral program in Regional and City Planning at ITB was then followed in 1986.
The Regional and City Planning Program at ITB is designed to become the key center for the theory and practice of regional and city planning and policy in Indonesia. ITB provides a high quality program for planning education, scholarly planning research, and the best planning services for the public. The program educates students who wish to combine social concerns and analytical skills in dealing with issues of regional and city planning and policy in Indonesia.
Graduates of the program are expected to be professional, practicing planners and/or development practitioners who have wide knowledge in regional and city planning issues. Their levels of competence are stratified according to the degree awarded: