UUM ONLINE: The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which was signed between Kyoto University and UUM is set to be a platform for the transfer of knowledge and expertise in disaster management as discussed in the Governing Disaster Preparedness Forum.
At the MOU signing event, Kyoto University was represented by Prof. Dr. Kaoru Takara, the Dean of the Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Sustainability (GSAIS), while UUM was represented by UUM COB Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Rushami Zien Yusoff.
Prof. Dr. Rushami thanked the honoured guests for flying all the way from Kyoto, Japan and expressed his hope that the cooperation established would benefit both parties, especially on matters related to disaster management issues.
"Japan has vast capabilities and experiences in managing disasters. With its capabilities, all of these knowledge and experiences can be shared with UUM's Disaster Management Institute (DMI).
"DMI is actively involved as a member of the Asian Cooperative Programme (ACP) which is jointly organized by 14 Universities including universities from Southeast Asia and Japan in developing various types of educational co-operation," he said at the UUM Islamic Centre Seminar Hall.
In addition, as a member of the Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institute (GADRI) since 2016, DMI also acts as a collaborative platform for the sharing of knowledge and dissemination of network amongst research institutes in the field of disaster risk reduction and disaster-resistant worldwide. The DMI belongs to 151 research institutes from 41 countries that are members of GADRI.
By studying the disasters that hit Japan and Southeast Asia including volcanic eruptions, typhoons, floods, earthquakes and tsunamis, Asian universities need to work together in developing security knowledge and disaster management.
"Through this MoU, I believe that both universities are willing to share academic materials for their common benefit and I fervently hope that the MOU will open opportunities that will bring greater benefits to all," he added.
According to him, the synergies between UUM and Kyoto University were expected to help both sides meet the needs of professionals with particular skills, especially in Safety and Disaster Management.
Meanwhile, Prof. Dr. Kaoru Takara described the collaboration as means to enhance opportunities to sensitize and create awareness amongst members of the public on disaster management through various activities.
"I hope this event will unify the relationship and benefit both parties to move forward and open more opportunities in the future," he said.
Translated by Mahaliza Mahadhir
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