Two UTM faculty members of the Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Centre (DPPC) of the Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT), Professor Dr. Aminaton Binti Marto and Dr. Faizah Che Ros, accompanied by JICA Expert and Associate Professor Dr. Shohei Matsuura, participated in the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia as members of the Malaysian government delegation.
AMCDRR, organized by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) from 3rd to 6th July 2018, has brought together over 3,000 high-level officials, researchers and practitioners in the field of disaster risk reduction (DRR) from the Asia-Pacific region to discuss the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR: 2015-2030), the global agenda for DRR.
During the conference, Dr. Faizah Che Ros presented on MJIIT’s disaster program and how its education/professional training, research and field activity programs have been contributing in building disaster resilience in the Malaysian societies in close cooperation with government agencies including the National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA), Malaysia Civil Defense Force (APM) and Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID).
Professor Aminaton and Dr. Faizah also made a courtesy call to Datuk Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia during the conference in Ulaanbaatar. The Deputy Prime Minister expressed strong interest in the Master of Disaster Risk Management (MDRM) and Certified Professional Training (CPT) programs and acknowledging the benefits of strong partnership with Japanese universities for human capacity building for DRR in Malaysia.