Development Studies is a multi-disciplinary field of study that deals with three aspects of development: theory, strategy, and ideology. Development Studies at the School of Architecture, Planning and Policy Development ITB focuses on the understanding of theories, normative principles, and strategies of development within a holistic framework that takes into account aspects of economy, politics, socio-cultural, technology, humanity and sustainable environment. It endeavors to provide state of the art education in the field to achieve academic excellence, and to enhance its role in the development process of Indonesian society.

The academic program is designed to enable participants with both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ sciences background to benefit from it. Therefore the program is relevant for policy makers, public administrators, business persons and bankers, politicians, engineers, NGO staff, and researchers. The program provides an academic environment that allows students from diverse backgrounds to interact and exchange ideas as well as information with researchers from various centers at ITB.

The learning system is designed to be responsive to developmental issues that exist in society. Case study materials and contextual issues are discussed, and develop mentors are invited as guest lectures. Students are encouraged to investigate issues encountered in their immediate environment for further exploration and deeper study through thesis work.