The MIT- UTM Malaysia Sustainable Cities Program (MSCP) is a five-year effort, initiated and run by faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Universiti of Teknologi of Malaysia (UTM), with generous support by the Ministry of Education Malaysia. The MSCP mission is to study and document sustainable city development efforts in Malaysia. Research findings will be developed into online instructional materials to enhance and extend the teaching of sustainable city development across universities in the global South. The MSCP is housed in Science Impact Collaborative in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT and the Institut Sultan Iskandar (ISI) at UTM.

Every January, a student practicum will be held. Graduate students and faculty at MIT and UTM will partner with UTM to study, review, and refine the direction of the research in progress. The general theme of the five-year project shall be "Sustainable Cities in the Tropics", with various sub-themes delineated for the individual research by the visiting scholars. The project shall focus on five urban regions in Malaysia as case studies: Johor Bahru or Iskandar Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Penang, Kuching, and Pahang (as a new expansion).