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South Africa



Disaster Management Training and Education Centre for Africa
University of Free State

South Africa


University of the Free State is one of the oldest and top universities in South Africa with a total of approximately 35 000 students. Its Disaster Management Training and Education Centre for Africa (UFS-DiMTEC) based in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences is the largest post graduate program in disaster management in Africa with more that 60 post graduate diploma students, 50 Master students and 20 PhD candidates.

When disaster strikes, all living creatures naturally react with a fight-or-flight response. But what if you're not strong enough, or have nowhere to run? This is when suffering sets in. Hunger, death, degradation, loss, damage, destruction, desperation. Since 2001, we have the vision to reduce disaster risk - because we can!

At the University of the Free State (UFS) Disaster Management Training and Education Centre for Africa (DiMTEC), we strive towards informing the public about disaster risk reduction through education. Our master's, postgraduate degrees in disaster management, short courses, and research are of the highest quality. The recent addition of a PhD ensures that research towards making a difference continue in various fields.

DiMTEC's first course was approved and registered by the South African Qualifications Authority in 2001, after which we joined the Department of Agricultural Economics in the vision of becoming an independent centre, which came about in 2005.

The education and research at DiMTEC is multi disciplinary with a focus on disaster risk reduction in Africa. We have a footprint in more than 17 African Countries.

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