Kuala Lumpur, 2 August 2016 – Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia with the support of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japanese University Consortium (JUC) and University of Tsukuba Japan are hosting the Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Seminar 2016, together with the Open Day of the Master of Disaster Risk Management (MDRM) at UTM Kuala Lumpur.  The Seminar was officiated by Tuan Mohd Ariff bin Baharom, Deputy Director General, Planning & Preparedness Sector, National Disaster Management Agency, Malaysia.  Officers from the Malaysian Civil Defense Department were also there for a demonstration on Disaster Management. 

MDRM Seminar 2016 aims at bringing together stakeholders, prominent figures, leading academic scientists, professors, and especially prospective post-graduate students who are interested to acquire knowledge and skills in the field of Disaster Risk Management. We are aiming to discuss and advance our understanding on disaster risk reduction towards building a disaster resilient community in Malaysia. This event is accompanied by the Board of Studies (BOS) DRM MJIIT members, funding agencies, and Japanese University Consortium (JUC) representatives in such a way that the respective participants will be able to get a glimpse of this Masters Course and the current activities of disaster risk management in Malaysia.

MDRM is an initiative by the Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur with the support of the Japanese University Consortium (JUC) that offers the first Master’s degree by coursework in Disaster Risk Management (DRM) in Malaysia.

It aims to foster highly skilled human resources who can be leaders in the field of disaster risk management in the public and private sectors in Malaysia and the ASEAN region in general. The MDRM course is offered to full time (1 year) and part-time (3 years) students. Similarly, certified Professional Training Courses are also offered. MDRM is implemented as a joint collaboration between lecturers of MJIIT-UTM and prominent Japanese universities and institutions. Students will have an opportunity to also join a 2-week programme in Japan to obtain hands-on field experience and acquire great knowledge in Disaster Risk Management. MJIIT-UTM Kuala Lumpur has taken a great initiative by leading multi-disciplinary disaster research and providing a better platform to advancing disaster risk toward developing a disaster resilient society in a changing climate.