There are changing process that determining the last two decades with previous periode. That process is the rapidly growth of urbanization. Like what UN predicted, globally, the number of urban citizens in 2025 will reach 60% from world populations. Developing number of urbanizations mostly will happen in developing country. In the next two decades, the estimation of urban citizens in developing country will reach the number 50-60% of world populations. In Indonesia, Bappenas predicted that the number of urban citizens will rise 4% per-year, as the result, in the year of 2020, the number of citizens in urban area will reach 60% of the amount of Indonesian citizen.
The changing condition of citizen in urban area bring a high demand of housing needs, infrastructure, and facilities. This will be a big problem because even nowadays, the facilities in urban area did not meet the high demand. The consequences that we got is the emersion of slum area. Government limitations in building the urban area led to the emersion of a new paradigm and the important role of stakeholders in taking decisions.
Problem and constellation that change in the urban development has an impact on a more good planning that adaptive to the change. This clearly shows that we need someone that expert on planning field. In Indonesia, the quantity of the planner is still low and did not meet the needs of the high demand.
Those problems motivate the academic staffs in Architecture Department, Faculty of Engineering to create Urban and Regional Planning Department. With long process, finally in 18th March 1992, SK Dirjen Dikti Nomor 43/DIKTI/KEP/1992 came out as the permission to operate the Urban and Regional Planning Department under Faculty of Engineering. First batch of this department consist of 33 students. After their first graduates, this department then become Urban and Regional Planning Engineering in 1999 with SK Dirjen Dikti Nomor 79/DIKTI/KEP/1999 as the permission letter.
When Urban and Regional Planning Department of UNDIP established at 1992, it becomes second Urban and Regional Planning institution in Indonesia after ITB. Currently, Urban and Regional Planning Department of UNDIP got ‘A’ accreditation from BAN-PT No: 3494/SK/BAN-PT/Akred/S/XII/2018.
The BPURP has graduated 2132 graduates up to December 2019 The graduates are spread in various fields and holding prestigious positions. This fact has driven the interest of high-school graduates to study in the BPURP, as indicated by high number of applicants compared to the students enrolled every year.