The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is the latest higher education institution whose town planning undergraduate programme has been accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), Europe’s largest professional organisation and the UK’s only accreditation body for town planning.
Students graduate from CHUK with a Bachelor of Social Science degree in Urban Studies. The scope and quality of the programme and its strong focus on interdisciplinary teaching was praised by the RTPI’s Accreditation Board.
The Urban Studies degree was launched in 2012-13 and is run by CUHK’s Department of Geography and Resource Management and the School of Architecture in the Faculty of Social Science.
This RTPI accredited degree is currently the first step towards the required in-depth knowledge and skills to become a Chartered Town planner. Graduates can complete the full pathway with an RTPI accredited postgraduate diploma or masters.
Trudi Elliott, RTPI Chief Executive, said: “I wish to congratulate CUHK on their accredited status. It is one of the institute’s core aims to help educate the next generation of town planners and nurture in them a shared set of principles and values when tackling the common challenges facing the world today. Helping universities around the world to attain a certain standard and international recognition helps to strengthen the profession as a whole and bolster individuals’ careers.”
Kelvin MacDonald FRTPI, Chair of the Accreditation Board, commented: “The Urban Studies Programme at the Chinese University of Hong Kong brings a freshness of approach and a deep commitment to ethical planning. The accreditation process was stimulating for the Board and we are all very pleased to welcome this innovative programme to the family of RTPI accredited courses across the globe.”
Mee Kam Ng MRTPI, CUHK’s Director of the Urban Studies Programme, said: “Our programme endeavours to train future urban leaders with the ability to adopt trans-disciplinary approaches to understand and resolve urban issues in a sustainable manner. The accreditation by the RTPI means a great deal to our students, confirming their academic standards and allowing them to have broader choices of post-graduate studies as they aspire to become chartered members of the RTPI.”
Those who have completed a fully accredited RTPI pathway can join the RTPI as a Licentiate Member and apply to become a Chartered Member, an internationally recognised status demonstrating to clients, peers, the public and employers that the individual works to the highest professional and ethical standards.
The RTPI currently accredits 25 planning schools in the UK and 6 outside the UK – in Ireland, Hong Kong, Cape Town and Botswana.