Project Based Learning 2017

Comparative Study on Urban and Rural Heritage Development

2017 – Universitas Mercu Buana in cooperation with University of Indonesia

The program offers undergraduate and graduate students a rare opportunity to gain hands-on experience in urban and rural heritage development in two ongoing projects in Indonesia. The participants will study the historic and technical backgrounds of the projects and design their own solutions under the guidance of  distinguished professors from University of Indonesia and Universitas Mercu Buana.

The project based learning program provides a certificate about the accomplishment of 3 academic credits which can be transferred to ongoing degree programs of the participants in their respective home universities

About The Host Institutions

Universitas Mercu Buana (UMB) is one of the top ranking private in Jakarta. Since its establishment in 1985 it has become one of the most sought after universities engaged in teaching, research and community service. UMB is currently home to over 30.000 students studying at 6 faculties at one of the institution’s three state of art campuses.

University of Indonesia (UI) is the oldest and most prestigious state university on Indonesia which is considered number 1 in terms of world ranking, research engagement and graduate employment statistics. It is also one of the biggest universities of Indonesia with its 16 faculties which host some of the leading scholars of the country. UI’s excellent facilities, teaching staff and the highest standards of education ensure that every (short or long term) student visiting University of Indonesia is in good hands.


Study Project Sites

Kampung Naga

Naga Village (Kampung Naga) is one of the last villages where traditional Indonesian (Sundanese) village culture has remained intact. The once isolated village is located in the regency of Tasikmalaya, only 230 kilometers from the bustling metropolis of Jakarta and is now easily accessible by road transportation. Largely untouched by modern civilization, the people of Naga village follow their centuries old customs which has lured antrolopogists from all over the world to conduct research here. Equally interesting is the architecture the village. Participants of the study project will design plans to preserve this architectural heritage under the guidance of local urban planning authorities and university professors.

Old Town of Tangerang

The modern city of Tangerang is part of Jakarta’s suburban region with over 2 million inhabitants on its own. However the historic old town of Tangerang with buildings from 17th and 18th centuries still survives providing an excellent location for research on historic architecture, urban planning and various projects of urban revitalization.


  • Undergraduate students from one of the following fields of studies: Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning, Tourism Management, Civil Engineering and Industrial Engineering.

  • Able to communicate in English (proven by any English Proficiency Test).

How to Apply

The program is available for undergaduate and graduate students of architecture, civil engineering and urban & regional planning or related fields of studies.

Online application:

Required attachments:

  • Letter of recommendation from the home institution (faculty)

  • Scan of passport (identity page)

Deadline of application: August 16th, 2017

Fees / Scholarships

The program is supported by Indonesia’s Ministry of Research, Technology & Higher Education which allows the organizers to offer fee exemption for a limited number of students of the partner institutions of Universitas Mercu Buana and the University of Indonesia.

  • Program fee : 0 USD* / 100 USD – includes: airport pick up/drop off, transportation within Indonesia, lectures, workshops

  • Accommodation fee : 100 USD includes accommodation for 8 nights (Jakarta and Kampung Naga)

  • The fees above exclude : airfare and personal expenses

* a limited number of scholarships are available on a first come first serve bases





Day 1

August 20, 2017

Participants’ arrival, dormitory check in

Day 2

August 21, 2017

Project introduction lectures

Day 3

August 22, 2017

Site survey at the old town of Tangerang

Day 4

August 23, 2017

Individual studio design work and group discussions

Day 5

August 24, 2017

Visit to Naga village, site survey, lectures

Day 6

August 25, 2017

Visit to Naga village, workshops

Day 7

August 26, 2017

Studio design work and group discussions, project presentations, closing ceremony and farewell event

Day 8

August 27, 2017

Free time*

Day 9

August 28, 2017

Check out, airport transfer

*Participants may choose to return to their home countries on this day, airport transfer is available