ISSUES2018 No.3
Editor’s Note: No matter admitted or not, we are in a globalizing world and the process of globalization has brought about and will continue to bring about major changes in many aspects of the world, including planning. As John Friedmann (2005) stated in his paper, Globalization and the Emerging Culture of Planning, that “Globalization, for one, is bringing about major changes in the institutional structure, processes, influence, and scope of planning.” Obviously, planners of today under the circumstance of globalization are facing greater challenges than their predecessors more than fifty years ago who mainly worked locally or domestically. They are required to be familiar with not only the classic planning theories and practice of industrialized countries, but also the knowledge and capability of dealing with the specific situations of planning and development in industrializing countries. That justifies the fact that more and more planning schools offer curriculum and programs on international planning, for purpose of cultivating professionals with knowledge of international planning who are prepared for global activities. However, this is not the situation in the mid-20th century when the process of globalization just started. Even in the US, there was no program on international development in any planning school and most top-ranking universities had very few international students. In that sense, the Special Program for Urban and Regional Studies (SPURS), started by Lloyd Rodwin in 1967 at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Development, is a leading pioneer and successful example in this field. As a non-degree one-year program sponsored by Ford Foundation to give mid-career planners from developing countries a chance to reflect on their experiences when they plan their professional futures, it encourages intellectual interaction between the US academics and the planners from developing countries at the time when neither group knows much about the other. In its history of 50 years, SPURS has a long-standing commitment to bringing outstanding individuals to MIT, who are or will be shaping policy in developing countries, to further develop their planning and problem-solving capacities. It has hosted more than 700 Fellows coming from over 120 countries, benefitting not only the individuals, who participate in the program, for their professional career, but also the world for its sustainable urban development, through the sharing of knowledge and capability of the participants from different countries. A number of Chinese scholars coming from a dozen of Chinese universities have also joined the program since the 1990s, learning from others international experience while contributing to others Chinese experience as well.

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