May 2005

Disaster Feature

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Disaster Management emphasises the importance of disaster prevention and response management focussing on disaster preparedness. On the backdrop of several disasters that are rocking various parts of the world, disaster management professionals are needed and for this several institutes around the world are offering courses on Disaster Management. The following are some of such institutes:

Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
Andrew Young School of Policy Studies of Georgia State University, USA provides Graduate Certificate in Disaster Management. The course is intended to provide professional education for students preparing for careers in emergency management and practitioners seeking to broaden their knowledge and skills in this field.

Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre
Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre runs the refresher course 'Capacity building in Asiausing information technology applications in disaster management' (CASITA). The course is intended as a train-the-trainers course, for the university teachers who are involved in the development or implementation of disaster management courses.

Coventry University
Coventry University of UK offer undergraduate, postgraduate and also doctorate on various disaster management related fields like Development and Health in Disaster Management, Disaster Relief and Development Engineering, Emergency Planning, Global Security and Disaster Management, Health Emergency Planning, International Disaster Engineering and Management, etc.

Kingston University
School of Earth Sciences and Geography of Kingston University, UK runs an undergraduate course on Environmental Hazards and Disaster Management. The course provides a scientific understanding of the causes and effects of  environmental hazards.

Institute for Public Management Development
The Institute for Public Management Development in partnership with the Disaster Management Institute of Southern Africa (DMISA), Cranfield University (UK) and the University of Wisconsin (USA) offers Certificate courses in Disaster Management. These certificate courses are unique in Southern Africa and addresses all the relevant issues for the South African context.

The Centre for Disaster Management (CDM)
The Centre for Disaster Management (CDM) was set up at Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration at Pune in India with the support of the National Disaster Management Division, Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Govt. of India. The CDM in collaboration with Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has launched Post Graduate Diploma course in Disaster Management in English, Hindi and Marathi.

The Royal Military College of Science
The Royal Military College of Science affiliated under Cranfield University, UK runs International Disaster Management course.

Touro University International (TUI)
Touro University International (TUI) is an international Internet university that offers Master of Science and Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management.

Tulane University
The Payson Center for International Development and Technology Transfer of Tulane University, USA conducts Conflict, Complex Emergency and Disaster Management Programme. The program provides students with cutting edge skills in areas of epidemiology, information management, context analysis and assessment, monitoring and evaluation, and psychosocial programmes.

University of Canterbury
Geological Sciences department of University of Canterbury, New Zealand conducts diploma, undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate courses on Hazard and Disaster Management.

University of the Free State
Under Disaster Management Training and Education Programme, University of the Free State of South Africa offers Masters in Disaster Management. The main aim of the course is to provide educational means for disaster management practitioners, or those who may have future disaster management responsibilities in the holistic approach towards disaster management.

University of Wisconsin

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