Master of Urban and Regional Planning students win scholarships to study in the EU.

17 April 2012

Two Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning students will attend the Czech Technical University (CTU), Prague, as part of an exchange agreement between the Australian and EU governments.

The Student Mobility Exchange Grants for Sustainability Studies in Business, Engineering and Architecture is a collaborative effort between Australian universities and the universities of Bolognia (Italy), Salford (UK) and CTU (Czech Republic).

Phoebe Ford and Stacey McMasters are the two high-performing Master of Urban and Regional Planning students that will represent the Faculty at CTU.

Phoebe will head overseas in semester two this year, while Stacey will wait until the first semester of next year. Both are excited by the opportunity to study overseas as part of their Master program.

'CTU has a big focus on sustainability. The University of Sydney does as well, of course, but it's understood with reference to the Asia-Pacific. Going to CTU will let me see how the Europeans and particularly the Czech Republic have tackled sustainability,' Stacey said.

'Consultation in planning is very important but also very difficult,' Phoebe said. 'It will be exciting to have these discussions in Europe where there are so many different languages and cultural groups.'

The University of Sydney has been working across its faculties to organise these exchange programs.

Each student will receive up to $8,700 in funding and will live in residence at CTU in Prague.

With increasing potential for collaboration between universities here and in Europe, students of the Faculty's post-graduate programs have an expanding array of options with which to tailor their study.