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Frontier Research Center for Natural Disaster Mitigation
Ritsumeikan University


Japan

Outline
Ritsumeikan boasts four world-class research institutes which work together to promote education and research at Ritsumeikan University and network with researchers and academic societies all over the world.

The history of Ritsumeikan dates back to 1869 when Prince Kinmochi Saionji, an eminent international statesman of modern Japan, founded "Ritsumeikan" as a private academy on the site of the Kyoto Imperial Palace. In 1900, Kojuro Nakagawa, former secretary of Prince Saionji, established Kyoto Hosei School, an evening law school that was open to working people. This school formally adopted the name Ritsumeikan in 1913 and was finally given the status of a university in 1922.

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Institute of Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University (R-DMUCH)

Kyoto
Japan

Outline
Institute of Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University based in Kyoto and Shiga, the rich repository of cultural heritage, has been aiming at establishing a base hub for education and research in "Disaster Mitigation of Cultural Heritage and Historic Cities."

This considers preservation of arts and culture and disaster mitigation measures to protect the community that supports culture and arts as a whole. In 2003, the University established the Research Center for Disaster Mitigation of Urban Cultural Heritage to lead research activities where arts and sciences work in cooperation, with substantial external funds such as the 21st Century COE Program and the Global COE Program adopted by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).

Since the UNESCO headquarter authorized the Ritsumeikan University as a UNESCO Chair in 2006, we have implemented an international training program on disaster mitigation for cultural heritage for nine consecutive years up to 2014. This has been taking on the role as an international network hub for the study.

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Disaster Prevention Research Center for Island Regions, University of the Ryukyus

Okinawa
Japan

Outline
Recent increase global warming has elevated the need for preparedness against destructive typhoons and strategicadaptation methods to the rapid rise in sea level, especially in tropical and subtropical regions.

Preparedness against huge earthquakes and tsunamis is a matter of great urgency after the Great East Japan Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011.

The Disaster Prevention Research Center for Island Regions was established as the principal center considering the above factors, and it provides a platform for research on natural disasters in Okinawa Prefecture.

The center promotes the multidisciplinary studies on disaster prevention methods for earthquakes, tsunamis, typhoons, landslides and floods. The development of numerical simulations to predict these disasters, wireless communications and satellite distance educations for island regions in emergency is promoted. Moreover, research of a human behavioral domain called the self-help, mutual-help and public-help at the time of a disaster is promoted.

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International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University

Sendai
Japan

Outline
Having experienced the catastrophic disaster in 2011, Tohoku University has founded the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS). Together with collaborating organizations from many countries and with broad areas of specializations, the IRIDeS conducts world-leading research on natural disaster science and disaster mitigation.

Based on the lessons from the 2011 Great East Japan (Tohoku) earthquake and tsunami disaster, IRIDeS aims to become a world centre for the study of the disasters and disaster mitigation, learning from and building upon past lessons in disaster management from Japan and around the world. Throughout, the IRIDeS will contribute to on-going recovery/reconstruction efforts in the affected areas, conducting action-oriented research, and pursuing effective disaster management to build sustainable and resilient societies, the IRIDeS innovates the past paradigm of Japan's and world's disaster management to catastrophic natural disasters, hence to become a foundation stone of disaster mitigation management and sciences.

Mission of IRIDeS

Disaster mitigation management aims to reduce or avoid the potential losses from natural hazards, to assure prompt assistance to victims, to achieve rapid and effective recovery, and to build disaster-resilient and sustainable societies, by five stages of the disaster management cycle; Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, Recovery and Reconstruction. The action-oriented research of the IRIDeS is a pursue of each point in the cycle and integrating and universalizing the scientific discoveries to be dedicated to the world.

The IRIDeS creates a new academia of disaster mitigation that subsumes the lessons from the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami disaster and the findings of the world-leading research into our societies with the aim of establishing the social systems responding promptly, sensibly and effectively to natural disasters, withstanding the adversities with resiliency, passing and exploiting the lessons to the forthcoming disaster management cycles.

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Center for Urban Earthquake Engineering (CUEE)
Tokyo Institute of Technology

Tokyo
Japan

Outline
There is a great risk (denoted as seismic mega risk) of huge damage by large earthquakes centered underneath major cities of Japan, since vulnerability to natural disasters has been increased due to complicated urban functions that have resulted from excessive concentration of population, economic activities that include infrastructure and other major developments.

Not only are the large cities in Japan, but also many other cities in the world are currently (or will be) confronted by the same risk, which constitutes a real threat to the sustainable urban life at global level. Moreover, the recent earthquakes that occurred in Japan have revealed new problems of damage characteristics caused by long period shaking or consequential impacts of functional disorder of critical facilities such as the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant, which had not been properly taken into account as discovered by the research activities of the "21st century COE (21COE) Program on Evolution of Urban Earthquake Engineering". Such mega-scale damages caused by an earthquake may bring the Japanese economy to ruin as well as impact the world economies at the same time. In order to avoid these catastrophes and build a safe environment for society, advanced research activities on Urban Earthquake Engineering that integrate earthquake-resistant technologies on urban development, regeneration, and reconstruction into a single framework, have to be urgently and strongly encouraged. Further these activities shall include fostering of researchers and academic staff and disaster management engineers who will be able to develop new strategies and practices for implementing appropriate technologies for mitigating these mega-risks in a global field.

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Earthquake Research Institute (ERI)
The University of Tokyo

Tokyo
Japan

Outline
ERI employs over 80 top-notch academics (professors, associate professors and research associates) drawn from diverse fields, ranging from seismology to volcanology, geophysics, geochemistry, geology, geodesy, applied mathematics, information science, civil engineering and seismic engineering.

Together with a support staff of 50, 30 visiting researchers and 70 graduate students, we work on advanced researches, technique development, field observations, experiments, theoretical studies, analyses and computer simulations. We promote comprehensive research and education in order to achieve two goals. 1) Scientifically unraveling the various phenomena within the earth and seismic / volcanic activities on our planet, 2) Mitigation of disasters from such phenomena.

The ERI is composed of 4 divisions, 5 centers, and other supporting offices and sections.

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International Water Resources Research Institute
Chungnam National University

Daejon
Korea (Republic of)

Outline

In 2011, the International Water Resources Research Institute (IWRRI) was established for 1) serving as a center of experts in the water resources field, 2) solving water resource problems, and providing better education, research, planning and community services, 3) assisting public and private interests in the context of conservation, development, and use of water resources in South Korea.

The IWRRI signed MOU with 12 countries to promote education, innovation, leading research, high technology, and public services provided by experts and researchers together with international partners from around the world. The IWRRI are playing an important role in not only interdisciplinary researches but also personal exchange with other countries by producing international students. The IWRRI has research, management, international relationship and public relationship divisions. The mission of our institute is to create an innovative solution satisfying the needs of social and to support the provision of technological challenges of the future.


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Department of Disaster Prevention & Safety Engineering
Kangwon National University

Gangwon-do
Korea (Republic of)

Outline

Kangwon National University is one of ten core national universities located in Chuncheon, the capital of G(K)angwon Province in Korea. Korea has a juridical system with its eight provinces and two metropolitan cities, each of which has one of those core national universities.

1947 Established Chuncheon Provincial Agricultural College (of G(K)angwon Province) -1952 Changed the College name to Chuncheon Agricultural College.

Our ideal education is the realization of education in the spirit of Sil-Sa-Gu-Si(Inquirere Veritatem Ex Praxe), a proverb meaning "seek for the truth from reality, seek for the very truth to enable us to renovate the world as it should be from the world as it is." For the century to come, we will devote ourselves to proliferate knowledge and facts. We will make headway withSil-Sa-Gu-Si to implement a true education.

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Research Center for Disaster-Hazard Resilience (CRC-DHR)
Seoul National University

Gwanak-gu
Korea (Republic of)

Outline

The origin of Seoul National University (SNU) dates back to the late nineteenth century when Korean Emperor Gojong established modern higher education institutions which later became part of SNU.

In 1895 Emperor Gojong issued Imperial Order 49 and established the Legal Training School as the first modern higher education institution in Korea. It turned out 209 graduates including the Martyr Yi Jun.

The Seoul (Hanseong) Normal School, the first modern teacher training school was established in the same year and later became the SNU College of Education.

The Convergence Research Center for Disaster-Hazard Resilience (CRC-DHR) aims at developing a sustainable research infrastructure that will provide cutting-edge solutions for each stage of natural/man-made disasters and hazards in order to maximize the society's disaster-hazard resilience, and producing high-quality human resources for the next-generation convergence research.

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Asia Research Center
National University of Laos (ARC-NUOL)

Vientiane
Lao PDR

Outline

The National University of Laos (NUOL) is a public university in Lao PDR uniting all of the Higher Education Institution to be one university in 1996, it is the first and biggest university in the country. It comprises of 10 academic faculties and 8 centers. It provides undergraduate and postgraduate educational services to the students throughout the country and also overseas students. The academic activities include teaching, research and academic services to the public. Asia Research Center, National University of Laos(ARC-NUOL) was established in August 2002.


 

 
 
 
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Center for Southeast Asia Disaster Prevention Research Initiative (SEADPRI-UKM)
Institute for Environment and Dvelopment (LESTARI)
University of Kebangsaan

Bangi
Malaysia

Outline

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia's Southeast Asia Disaster Prevention Research Initiative (SEADPRI-UKM), (ms: Pusat Kajian Bencana Asia Tenggara; ch: 东南亚防灾研究中心) has been operating since 1 June 2008.

Under the administrative structure of the Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI), SEADPRI-UKM conducts multidisciplinary disaster related research at various scales, to support knowledge-based decision making on climatic, geological and technological hazards as well as enhance human capital and capacity in Malaysia and the region.

Mission

  • Conduct holistic research on hazards and disasters at national and regional levels
  • Enhance human capital and capacity at national and regional levels, particularly in Southeast Asia
  • Support knowledge-based decision making on climatic, geological and technological hazards

Vision

Leader in innovative research and knowledge sharing on holistic disaster prevention


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Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Bangi
Malaysia

Outline

The idea for an institution of higher learning for the Malays was first mooted at the 1903 Rulers' Conference, or Durbar. The Malay intellectual Za'ba, wrote about such a need in the newsletter Lembaga Melayu in 1917.

A movement, and subsequent debates, among Malay intellectuals, for the setting up a university using the Malay language as the medium of instruction in the institution of higher learning was formed in 1923 when another Malay thinker Abdul Kadir Adabi, submitted a memorandum on the matter to the HRH the Sultan of Kelantan. However the effort came to nothing due to many obstacles and resistance from the colonial authorities.


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Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM))

Penang
Malaysia

Outline

Established as the second university in the country in 1969, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) was first known as Universiti Pulau Pinang. In 1971, USM moved from its temporary premises at the Malayan Teachers' Training College, Bukit Gelugor to the present 416.6 hectare site at Minden, approximately 9.7 km from Georgetown.

USM offers courses ranging from Natural Sciences, Applied Sciences, Medical and Health Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences to Building Science and Technology, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Education. These are available at undergraduate and postgraduate levels to approximately 30,000 students at its 17 Academic Schools on the main campus in the island of Penang; 6 Schools at the Engineering Campus in Nibong Tebal (approximately 50km from the main campus); and 3 at the Health Campus in Kubang Kerian, Kelantan (approximately 300km from the main campus).

Vision

"Transforming Higher Education for a Sustainable Tomorrow"

Mission

USM is a pioneering, transdisciplinary research intensive university that empowers future talents and enables the bottom billions to transform their socio-economic well-being.


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Universiti Tenaga National (UNITEN)

Kajang
Malaysia

Outline

Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) is a unique institution, providing academic programmes within our two campuses, Putrajaya Campus and Muadzam Shah Campus.

Our programmes are focused on Engineering, Information Technology, Business Management and related areas. ​​UNITEN not only prepare its graduates to become knowledgeable and competent p​​​​rofessionals, but also to develop them as well-rounded individuals with broad intellectual outlook.

Vision

A leading global energy university that shapes a sustainable future

Mission​

We strive to advance knowledge and learning experience through research and innovation that will best serve human society


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Malaysia Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT)
Universiti Technologi Malaysia (UTM)

Johor
Malaysia

Outline

The idea to initiate the Japanese-type education in Malaysia was borne and agreed by both Malaysia and Japan during the course of ASEAN + 3 Summit Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam by the then prime ministers Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammad and Junichiro Koizumi respectively.

The idea was further deliberated through a series of meetings and discussions by both government officials. Both parties agreed to a technology-based university.



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Centre for Coastal and Ocean Engineering (COEI)
Universiti Technologi Malaysia (UTM)

Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia

Outline

COEI was formally known as the Coastal and Offshore Engineering Institute. The rebranding of COEI was formalized by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in 2015 under a university wide restructuring of research centers and faculties. COEI was first established in 1990 as a pioneer R&D research centre in Malaysia that specialize in coastal and offshore engineering.

It is one of the five research centres (RC) that forms the Research Institute for Sustainable Environment (RISE) in UTM. As a member of RISE, COEI works very closely with other member RCs whose niche areas are all related to sustainable environment and sustainable processes.

COEI has developed a few innovative products related to coastal erosion protection and engineered reef system such as the Sine Slab, Hydrocheese, Stepfloat and Artgrass. Many of these products has been in employed throughout the country either as prototype application or field test systems. COEI has wide experience in hydraulic studies and hydrodynamic simulation of coastal processes with over 60 consultancy works on record and over 20 research projects. Clients include port authorities and port operators, the Marine Department, PETRONAS Carigali, Drainage and Irrigation Dept, private developers and other engineering consultants needing specialized services in coastal engineering.

Our present interest now are on climate change effects, primarily sea level rise, extreme coastal storms, coastal floods and tsunamis. We were responsible for completing the first tsunami modelling study for Malaysia, after the catastrophic 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami event and pioneer application of the coastal vulnerability index (CVI) in Malaysia as a means to classify and assess coastlines risks to sea level rise that would help future planning and strategy. Another research area that COEI embark on are mangrove adaptation to sea level rise and marine eco-system regeneration.

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Institute of Geography, National Autonomous University of Mexico

México, D.F.
Mexico

Outline
In June 1943, the University Council approved the creation of the Institute of Geography, which began its activities in Palma street number 9 in the Historic center of Mexico City. In 1954 it moved to Ciudad Universitaria (CU), a former adjoining the Tower of Sciences, Humanities Tower today-II and in 1975 was changed within the same University City, the Circuit of Scientific Research building.

The Institute of Geography has played a major role in university and national scientific development to give rise to the Center for Research in Environmental Geography (CIGA), Campus Morelia, created in August 2007.

The Institute of Geography is the oldest and largest of its kind in central Mexico, currently its structure consists of three departments (Economic Geography, Physical Geography and Social Geography), a Laboratory Geospatial Analysis (LAGE), a Section Editorial (SE ) and two support units (Unit -UTI- Information Technology and Library which has more than 35,000 titles and houses the most comprehensive and important collection of the country in the field of geography, as well as one of the best map libraries, consisting of more than 20,000 documents).

They have been directors of the Institute Rita M. C. Llergo and Seoane Lopez (1943-1964), Dr. Consuelo Soto Mora (1964-1971), Dr. Maria Teresa Gutiérrez MacGregor (1971-1977), the .. Mr. Ruben Lopez Recendez (1977-1983), Dr. Maria Teresa Gutiérrez MacGregor-in his second period- (1983-1989), Dr. Román Álvarez Béjar (1989-1997, two four-year terms), the Dr. José Luis Palacio Prieto (1997-2003), Dr. Adrian Guillermo Aguilar Martínez (2004-2008), Dr. Irasema Alcantara Ayala (2008-2012) and currently Dr. José Omar Moncada Maya 2012 to date .

The mission of IgG National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) is to carry out and disseminate, both basic and applied, scientific research geographical nature aimed at knowledge of the territory and its natural, social and economic resources, considering its current use and potential. Its main object of study is the geographical space and the different forms of organization of the constituent elements, both physical and socioeconomic.



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International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)

Kathmandu
Nepal

Outline

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is a regional intergovernmental learning and knowledge sharing centre serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayas -

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan - and based in Kathmandu, Nepal. Globalization and climate change have an increasing influence on the stability of fragile mountain ecosystems and the livelihoods of mountain people.

ICIMOD aims to assist mountain people to understand these changes, adapt to them, and make the most of new opportunities, while addressing upstream-downstream issues.

We support regional transboundary programmes through partnership with regional partner institutions, facilitate the exchange of experience, and serve as a regional knowledge hub. We strengthen networking among regional and global centres of excellence. Overall, we are working to develop an economically and environmentally sound mountain ecosystem to improve the living standards of mountain populations and to sustain vital ecosystem services for the billions of people living downstream now, and for the future.

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Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University

Patan
Nepal

Outline

Nepal being the landlocked country in the northern hemisphere and sandwiched between two Asian giants: China and India, has the glory of having world's highest mountain- Sagarmatha (Everest) and being the birth place of Lord Buddha- Light of Asia. The beauty of the country is extreme diversity within close proximity of topography, ecology, flora and fauna.

Owing to the topography and people, Nepal has rich cultural heritage. Visualizing the economy, Nepal is in the process of transformation. The concern now is the development of the country and prosperity of the people. Prosperity is not only the material well-being; it is building capacity of the people with rights and responsibility.

Institute of Engineering (IOE) visioned to be instrumental to achieve this national goal of prosperity of the country and the people. This can be done by producing capable and competitive engineering graduates. Engineering education has two dimension; skill developing and capital formation. Both are equally important for the economic growth of the country. As the world is moving towards knowledge based economy, all the nations are entering into 'global skill race'. In this race, education knowledge and skills are assuming ever-greater importance. Understanding this essence, IOE is striving to move forward with market relevant programs and research works.


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GNS Science

Lower Hutt
New Zealand

Outline
We are New Zealand's leading provider of Earth, geoscience and isotope research and consultancy services. We apply our scientific knowledge from the atomic to the planetary scale to create wealth, protect the environment, and improve the safety of people.

Since 1865 we have demonstrated scientific excellence in a country that straddles two tectonic plates, where earthquakes were first associated with geological faulting, and whose first Nobel Laureate, Ernest Rutherford, saw that radioactive isotopes could be used for geological dating.

Today, we continue these investigations, from the atomic to the planetary scale. These activities are expressed through our Māori name, Te Pū Ao, which means "the foundation, origin, and source of the world".

We are proud of our 140-year-old heritage inherited from New Zealand Geological Survey [1865-1990], DSIR Geophysics Division [1951-1990], Institute of Nuclear Sciences [1959-1992], and DSIR Geology and Geophysics [1990-1992].

In 1992, Crown Research Institutes (CRI) were established by the New Zealand Government.

While our registered company name remains the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences Limited, in 2006 we re-branded to become GNS Science.


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