The GIUP aims at cultivating professionals and researchers in urban and rural development, environmental planning and management, focusing on the urban and regional development and environmental planning and management. In addition to theoretical training, the GIUP requires students to take internships, equipping them with both the knowledge and practical skills in urban planning and making them capable of conducting comprehensive as well as the specialized planning and research. Each year the GIUP recruits 24 students in the Master’s program and three students in the doctoral program, aiming at educating the top talents. The GIUP is also active in social service. The faculty members at GIUP frequently serve as consultants in the governmental councils for policy making, or members are often commissioned by the government and industry to carry out research projects, which help build a strong connection between academia and industry.
The Master’s program of the GIUP aims to develop students’ specialized knowledge and skills, training them to become versatile planners or research assistants in relevant fields. The doctoral program of the institute is to cultivate skilled professionals, specialist researchers and instructors in planning fields. To enhance students’ specialization in urban planning, the institute has introduced thematic learning since 2003, dividing courses in three major fields of study: Environmental Planning and Management, Spatial Economics and Transportation, and Spatial Governance and Globalization Studies. Students in the Master’s program are required to complete the courses and credits stipulated by the institute to meet graduation requirements.