Asia Pacific Initiative on Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (API: DMHA)

It is a hybrid online disaster training course via video conferencing and content on an e-course management system. This course is offered through a multiple site video teleconference system that connects all participating educational institutions with students on their respective campuses. More than ten institutions around the globe continue to collaborate and share resources in the planning, organizing and delivering of the course. It has been offered at AIT since the inception of DPMM in August 2008.

The partners and participating institutions are;

  • Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand
  • Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)
  • Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia
  • Kieo University, Japan
  • National Institute of Social Work and Social Sciences (NISWASS), India
  • Okayama University, Japan 7. School of the Internet (SOI – ITB), Japan
  • The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India
  • The National University of Samoa, IA IO Samoa
  • United Nations University, Japan
  • University of Hawaii, Manoa
  • University of Ryukyus, Japan


Asian University Network of Environment and Disaster Management (AUEDM)

To enhance the objectives of the HFA, and to contribute to higher education and research process, Kyoto University in partnership with 19 other universities and organizations from 13 Asian countries has agreed to form the Asian University Network for Environment and Disaster Management (AUEDM) in a meeting in July 2008 in Kyoto, Japan. The objectives of the network are:

  • To share and work together (bilaterally or multilaterally) in promoting environment and disaster management in higher education (focusing on, but not restricted to, post-graduate education)
  • To seek possibilities of mutual collaboration on field-based action research
  • To broaden the scope of education and learning in the environment and disaster management field through collaboration with other stakeholders like NGOs and local governments.


Disaster Risk Certificate (DRC) Program

The Consortium of International Human Resource Development for Construction of Disaster Resilient Countries – an initiative of Kyoto University and ASEAN Alliance Universities. This program is for 5 Years starting from 2012 to 2017.

  1. Aian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand
  2. Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
  3. Kasetsart University, Thailand
  4. Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia
  5. University of Malaya, Malaysia
  6. Vietnam National University, Vietnam


INATE (International Network for Advancing Transdisciplinary Education)

The INATE concept evolved through the discussions at the 8th International conference and strategic planning meeting of the University Network for Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation Research (UNCECAR) held in Malacca, Malaysia from 30 May to 1 June, 2014 and the workshop on Transdisciplinary Education for Disaster Risk Reduction (TeDrr) organized at the United Nations University in October, 2014. The concept note prepared by UNU-IAS based on these discussions was reviewed, commented and approved by the UNCECAR members and associate universities. In addition, individual UNCECAR advisors are gratefully acknowledged for their insightful comments.   UNCECAR members and associates are:

  1. Australian National University, Australia
  2. Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  3. Chinese Academy of Forestry, China
  4. Tsinghua University, China
  5. Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India
  6. Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India
  7. Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India
  8. Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia
  9. Ibaraki University, Japan
  10. Kyoto University, Japan
  11. Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan
  12. The University of Tokyo, Japan
  13. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Malaysia
  14. Tribhuvan University, Nepal
  15. University of Engineering and Technology Lahore (UET), Pakistan
  16. University of the Philippines, Philippines
  17. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  18. University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  19. Pukyong National University (PKNU), South Korea
  20. Yeungnam University, South Korea
  21. Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
  22. Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
  23. Viet Nam National University, Viet Nam
  24. United Nations University, Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (Coordinating Institute)


Disaster Resilience Education Capacity Building in South-East Asia

DPMM is now a part of Disaster Resilience Education Capacity Building in South-East Asia project under Australia-ASEAN Council (AAC) Grant. The partner universities are:

  1. University of Newcastle (Australia)
  2. Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
  3. Asian Institute of Technology (AIT, Thailand)
  4. University of the Philippines (UP)
  5. National University of Civil Engineering (NUCE, Vietnam)

The Australia-ASEAN Council (AAC) launched on September 2015, will generate opportunities for Australian business, education, science and innovation and the arts to work with partners in South-East Asia. The Council's mission is to increase knowledge and promote Australia's interests in South-East Asia by initiating and supporting activities designed to enhance awareness, understanding and links between people and institutions in Australia and ten South-East Asian countries: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Burma, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The partner universities will form a robust regional network with the collective capacity to lead initiatives that protect society from shocks to physical, socio-cultural, politico-economic and natural systems. The project will undertake the activities in order to build capacity in the ASEAN region, understanding regional challenges that result from complex problems generated by natural hazards and human induced threats. The project will create regional synergies between leading higher education institutions while building capacity in ASEAN countries to proactively address disaster risk and build resilience through education.

Details are available in the following link: people/foundations-councils- institutes/australia-asean- council/grants/grantees/Pages/disaster-resilience- education-capacity- building-in- south-east- asia.aspx