MIT January Practicum
Each year, 12 - 15 MIT graduate students travel to Malaysia during MIT’s January Independent Activities Period. Prior to leaving, they spend part
of the preceding semester learning about the culture, politics, environment and history of Malaysia. Working with Malaysian graduate students they
spend time in several of the five cities on which we continue to focus. They meet with agency staff and community representatives, taking note of
interesting and important sustainable city development efforts that the Visiting Scholars might spend the following year documenting. When they
return to MIT, they produce an annual Research Agenda that new Visiting Scholars use as a basis for focusing their own field research in Malaysia
the following year.