Bridging Technical and Social Disciplines: Attending the International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment, Yogyakarta

The University of Hawaii (UH) began a partnership with UII in 2013. This partnership began with a symposium organized by the Asia Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience (now R3ADY Asia-Pacific) Network. Since then, faculty have been working together and have also launched a dual master’s degree program that bridges technical (engineering) and social (planning) science approaches to disaster management. The dual program provides degrees that include a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering and Urban Planning. UH and UII have had joint collaborations on workshops and curriculum development as well. Professor Dolores Foley visited Universitas Islam Indonesia (UII) to give a keynote at a conference and to meet with partner faculty and students interested in pursuing the dual degree program.
The 4th International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment was held from October 12-14 at Universitas Islam Indonesia with the theme of Green Infrastructure and Sustainable Resource Management. Other keynote speakers arrived from Japan, Taiwan and the United States. Professor Foley’s presentation focused on the convergence of Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation strategies, highlighting the training workshops across a network of university. These include: University of Hawaii, Universitas Islam Indonesia, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Universitas Gadja Mada, and Universitas Khairun have conducted through a grant of the USAID/OFDA Indonesia office.
We are pleased to announce that two students, Jafar Iskandar and Wisnu Erlangga have been accepted and will be the first to partake in the dual degree program. They will attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Spring 2017. Jafar is from Kalimantan and Wisnu is from Yogyakarta. They are currently enrolled in their Master’s in Civil Engineering with a focus on Earthquake Management, and will be attending the University of Hawaii to begin the Urban and Regional Planning portion of the Dual Degree program in Spring 2017. This program is a collaboration between UII, UH Manoa and the East-West Center.

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