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Professional Master Program in Urban Management (PM-UM) Program 2016
Start time: 12/08/2016
Total Credits: 33

"PMUM - Holistic approach for sustainable cities!"
Apply now to master your urban-management application to the next level with PMUM 2016


Professional Master's Program in Urban Management (PM-UM) is collaboration between Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) - through Urban AIT Vietnam (AITVN) and Environmental Management Field of Study (UEM-FoS) - and Post Graduate Department of Ho Chi Minh City University of Architecture (HCMUARC) to launch this Program. 
The PM-UM Program aims to promote sustainable development by drawing on and integrating theories and perspectives from the disciplines of urban planning; urban and regional development; economic development; and public policy and management into a distinctive framework of problems issues and questions concerning the urban environment in a developing country/city context. Especially, as urban management in Vietnam is challenging with several critical issues in the current context of rapid urbanization and industrialization, this program will be very useful to produce more professional urban managers.

Entry requirements and Procedure

To be eligible for admission to the professional master's program, an applicant must:
• hold a bachelor degree in an appropriate field of study acceptable to AIT and HCMUARC
• have undergraduate grades significantly above average,
• have at least three years of relevant work experience,
• be in satisfactory physical and mental health,
• satisfy English requirements by AIT.

To apply for admission, an applicant must submit the following documents to AIT:

• A completed AIT application form,
• A certified copy of undergraduate certificate (in English),
• A certified official student transcript (in English),
• A certificate of English language proficiency.


Considering the great variability of the student’s education background and the roles of respective organizations, students are given greater flexibility to choose courses according to their own interests. During a period of 12 months, the program is divided into three semesters:

Semester 1: 12 Credits

Course work at HCMUARC: Students are required to complete 12-15 credits from the following courses.
• Management of Urban Housing, Infrastructure and Services
• Urban Economics and Finance
• Urban Environmental Management System
• Urbanization and Environmental Policy
• Land Resource Management
• Disaster Management in Urban Planning
• Transportation Planning and Urban Mass Transport

Semester 2: 12 credits

Course work at HCMUARC: Students continue to take the remaining courses to complete the total required credits of 24.
• Urban Planning and the Built-Environment
• Governance and Urban Management
• Urban Infrastructure Assessment Techniques
• Strategic Environmental Assessment for Urban Development
• Environmental Science and Technology for Decision Makers
• Gender Equality in Urban Management
• Sustainable Infrastructure Development in the Context of Climate Change

Semester 3: 9 credits

Project work at AIT and field work in Thailand: Students are requested to stay in AIT at least two months in order to do (a) a six-credit project work and (b) a three-credit special topic with fieldwork report.

Tuition and fees (USD)

• Application 20
• Registration 500
• Tuition (350USD*33 credits) 11,550
• International trip to AIT 1,900
(Plus related living expenses)
TOTAL 13,970

The tuition fee of 13,970 USD is for course works, special study and research projects (including training materials). This is the AIT standard tuition (350USD/credit and 500 USD as registration fee) and fee for the Professional master program with 33 credits. The registration fee must be paid at the admission time while the tuition fee can be paid in full before the start of the program or by installments as before each semester. The students are responsible for their living expenses throughout the program.
Fee for International trip can be estimated to the total amount of 1,900 USD (including accomodation, airticket, personal expenses).
Note: Fee for international field trip is counted on actual expenses and subject to change in notice.

English requirement

AIT is an international institute with English as the sole language of instruction. Admission to AIT requires proof of English language proficiency which may be satisfied in any of the following
1. IELTS (4.5)
2. TOEFL (Paper -based: 500; Computer - Based: 173; or Internet - based: 61)
3. AITEIT (4.5). Applicants can apply for English Test offered by AIT at AIT-VN. English Test fee: 20 USD.
AIT-VN will support for those who need more English and Academic Skills before joining the program. AIT-VN will provide consultation and advise candidates to take AITEIT test and conduct the test on request.

Admission Schedule Intake

Deadline for application

March 31th, 2016

Deadline for Interview & Test AITEIT

June 30th 2016

Intensive English Training

April - June 2016

The program is conducted in one year. To complete the master program, participants need to complete 11 courses and 1 project report with total 33 credits.
In the first two semesters, students will take basic and advanced courses selected in consultation with an academic/thesis advisor from among the regular courses offered at AIT. During the third semester, students will carry out their project study. Students will conduct an international trip of Project work at AIT and field work in Thailand or other countries outside Vietnam.


Course Code

Course Title




Urban Planning and the Built-Environment



Urbanization and Environmental Policy



Management of Urban Housing, Infrastructure and Service



Governance and Urban Management




Urban Environmental Management (UEM) Research Methods and Techniques



Disaster Management in Urban Environmental Planning



UEM Research Design



Selected Topic: Assessment and Implementation of Development Project



Selected Topic: Public Management for Urban Professionals




Master Project



Special Study





August 12th, 2016

Deadline for application

June 30th, 2016

Deadline for Interview & Test AITEIT

After the application

Intensive English Training

April - June, 2016

First semester

August - November, 2016

Second semester

November 2016 - February 2017

Third semester

-          International trip

-          Writing project report

March - August 2017

Final Defense

August 2017

Graduation Ceremony

December 2017


Dr. Vilas Nitivattananon, PhD, University of Pittsburgh, USA

Associate Professor, Coordinator of Urban Environmental Management (UEM) FoS, School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD), Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)



Dr. Sohee Minsun Kim, Ph.D, University of Tokyo, Japan

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Urban Environmental Management (UEM) FoS, School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD), Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)


Dr. Edsel Sajor, MA, PhD, ISS, The Hague, The Netherlands

Associate Professor, Faculty of Urban Environmental Management (UEM) FoS, School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD), Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)


L. A .S. Ranjith Perera, PhD, AIT, Thailand

Associate Professor (Urban Environmental Planning and Management Systems)


Dr. Saeed Zakiahmed J., PhD, AIT, Thailand

Regional Managing Diretor, Design Worldwide Partnership (DWP) Ltd.

Adjunct Faculty (Urban Planning, Urban Design)



Dr. Willi Zimmermann, PhD,University of Munich

Professor, School of Management (SOM), Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) (Public Sector Management, Environmental Policy Implementation, Conflict Resolution and Public Policy Analysis)


Dr. Le Thi Thu Huong,  PhD, AIT, Thailand

Affiliated Faculty of Urban Environmental Management (UEM) FoS, School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD), Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)



Dr. Vu Hong Hanh, PhD, Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom

Designer (Urban Design)



Dr. Do Phu Hung, PhD, University of Architecture of Ho Chi Minh City

Lecturer, Dean of the Faculty of Urban Planning (Urban Planning)



Project Title

Mr. Chau Rack Sanay

Effects on living environment resulting from deforestation in Nui Cam area, An Giang province, Viet Nam

Mr. Tran Nguyen Phuoc Thanh

Accessing living condition of poor neighbor: a case of Nguyen Du residential in Long Xuyen City, An Giang province, Vietnam

Ms. Nguyen Xuan Thinh

Water pollution due to domestic waste in Cho Moi district, An Giang province, Vietnam

Mr. Tran Minh Trung

Relationships between People ‘s Lifestyle and Urban Development: A Case Study of Binh Duong New City, Vietnam

Mr. Tran Hoang Nghiep

Community participation in development and management of public green space: a case study of new urban areas  in Ca Mau City, Ca Mau province, Vietnam

Mr. Dang Chi Nguyen

Enhancing housing provision for workers by the private sector in Ca Mau Province, Vietnam

Mr. Huynh Tan Loc

Public private partnership in road network: a case of Tran Phu street project in Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai province, Vietnam

Mr. Trieu Trung Tinh

Potential improvement of the process of land acquisition for private sector development projects in Bien Hoa city, Dong Nai province, Vietnam

Mr. Tran Thanh Tung

Improving the Operation of Public Bus System in Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai Province, Vietnam

Mr. Tran Hoang Nam

Flood Impact Assessment to Land Use Planning of Lap Vo District, Dong Thap Province, Vietnam

Mr. Huynh Thanh Truong

Evaluation of Housing Program on Flood-Mitigation Zone in Tam Nong District, Dong Thap Province, Vietnam

Mr. Pham Thanh Nhan

The Role and Environmental Working Conditions  of Informal Waste Recycling Sector in Kbang Town, Gia Lai Province, Vietnam

Mr. Vo Duy Tung

Model of resettlement for the people in the areas of Cam Hai Dong in Cam Lam district, Khanh Hoa province, Vietnam

Mr. Dang Ngoc Chau

Enhancing public green space along Duongdong River, Phuquoc Island, Vietnam

Mr. Ha Van Thanh Khuong

Improvement and Management of Urban public space quality in Ha Tien Town, Kien Giang province, Vietnam

Mr. Nguyen Hieu Nghia

Developing Tourism in Phu Quoc Island, Kien Giang Province, Vietnam: Win Win Solution

Mr. Nguyen Van Ngoc

Livelihood Improvement and Sustainable Development in Dong Ho Lake National Ecological Site (DLNES), Ha Tien Town, Kien Giang Province, Vietnam

Mr. Tran Hai Quoc

Urban storm drainage system: a case study in Ha Tien town of Kien Giang province in Vietnam

Mr. Luu Hoang Tin

Enhancing the roles of households in organic waste management in Ha Tien town of Kien Giang province in Vietnam

Mr. Do Cong Tu

Assessment of impacts from sea level rise on road infrastructure with possible solutions in Rach Gia city, Kien Giang province, Vietnam

Mr. Phan Hoang Anh Tuan

Improvement of income and likelihood for An Hoa resettlement, Rach Gia city, Kien Giang province, Vietnam

Mr. Ho Xuan Ninh

Adapting to the risk of land use shortage for the development of coastal cities under impacts of sea level rise due to climate change in Ninh Thuan province, Vietnam

Mr. Ho Quoc Huy

Assessment of solid waste separation at source: a case study of Buon Ma Thuot City, Daklak Province, Vietnam

Ms. Nguyen Huynh Thuc Anh

 Local community and local government partnership in developing drainage project in Nhon Trach city, Dong Nai Province, Vietnam

Mr. Nguyen Thanh Phong

Reallocation of train station of Ho Chi Minh City to Binh Trieu towards more effective transportation

Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Ve

 The solution improving canal water pollution and landscape induced by settlements along the canals in Long Xuyen city, An Giang province, Vietnam

Mr. Nguyen Huu Phi

Assessing the resettlement of the pottery village and potential for tourism development in the  Chanh Nghia  pottery village, Binh Duong province, Viet Nam

Mr.Tran Phu Hai

Comparative study of public and private social housing project in Kien Giang province, Vietnam

Mr. Le Trung Tien

Improvement and Management of Urban Public Space in Center of Ca Mau city, Cau Mau province, Vietnam