The 16th of February 2017 will always be a memorable day for three students, Diong Jia Qi (Year 1SBEP), Nur Shahidah binti Sulaiman (Year 2SBEP) and Yong Mei Yee (Year 4SBEP).  These students received their academic prizes from the Head of Department (HoD), Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP), Faculty of Built Environment (FAB), UTM JB, Associate Professor Datin TPr. Dr. Norsiah Abd Aziz, for being the best students of the Department in the first semester of the academic year 2016/2017. 

Best student Diong Jia Qi 1SBEP receiving her award from the Head of Department

The academic prizes were presented to these students at the Academic Advisors Meeting which took place at the Convention Hall, B12, FAB.  In her address, the HoD welcomed all students back to the Department for the second semester and hoped that all students continue to work hard and strive for academic excellence, and to always do their best in all their undertakings in the second semester of academic year 2016/2017.  

Amongst the important items that were highlighted to the students are:

  • All graduating students are to pass all courses in the Professional Skills Certificate (PSC) programme in order to graduate.
  • All graduating students are to regularly check and ensure that they have accumulated a total of 133 credits upon application to graduate.
  • Students are reminded that higher marks are given to participation and awards won at the International level for all student awards by UTM.
  • Students are invited to participate in the APSA 2017 as paper and or poster presenters by visiting the APSA 2017 website at
  • The Board of Town Planners Malaysia will visit the Department on the 23rd and 24th May 2017 for the accreditation of the Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning programme. Student attendance and participation is compulsory.
  • Students are to practice energy saving measures and cleanliness in the studios and lecture rooms at all times.
  • The Year 4 SBEP studio on level 4 B05 is designated as the PSM Workstation for all 4th Year SBEP students working on their PSM from 8.00 am till 5.00 pm, Sunday to Thursday this semester.
  • The Department expects a 100 percent attendance from students at all University, Faculty and Departmental activities.

Students then met with their respective academic advisers to reflect on their academic achievements in the first semester and to discuss actions for improvements.

Students reflecting and discussing their academic achievements with Academic Advisor

The meeting ended at 3.30 pm. Students and academic advisors were treated to refreshments.