UN4DRR

The overall aim of the UN4DRR project is to modernize the courses related to Disaster Risk Reduction and Management integrating GIS/RS applications as the significant part of the course content. The long-term effect will be to educate future experts for prevention and management of natural and human-induced disasters (e.g. fires) in the Indian Ocean Rim supporting national and EU policies. The project encourages the cooperation with national authorities, public and private sector offering joint DRRM initiatives and access to short courses for use of GIS/RS via online/offline mode. The project also motivates a more proactive cross-region dialogue in DRRM related educational program in the realization of capacity building and internationalization.

OVERALL

OBJECTIVE

The broad goal of UN4DRR is strengthening functional capacity of universities in the provision of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in ID, LK and MV with special focus to

  • Modernisation of curricula with innovative teaching/learning methodologies in DRRM and GIS/Remote sensing techniques.

  • Outreach to public/private groups through joint DRR initiatives and access to distance courses (online/offline).

  • Establishment of formal links between national authorities responsible for DRRM and academic institutions

OBJECTIVES

SPECIFIC

OBJECTIVES

In order to achieve the broad objective, the specific objectives of UN4DRR will be:

  1. Establish appropriate train-the-trainer program for curriculum development following Bologna standards and ECTS comparability in DRRM.

  2. Purchase and installation of GIS/RS equipment at each IOR (Indian Ocean Rim) partner HEI.

  3. Improve the research and practical skills of graduate/postgraduate students making use of state-of-the-art GIS/RS methods for DRRM.

  4. Deliver short modules online/offline on GIS/RS for DRRM for public and private sector.

  5. Embed a culture of quality to the project, its outputs and outcomes.

  6. Facilitate adequate management tools for the correct implementation of the project.

WORK PACKAGES 1

PREPARATION

WORK PACKAGES

  • 1.1 Identification of educational awareness of use of GIS/RS on DRRM in Indian Ocean Rim

  • 1.2 Identification of established best practices in EU countries for DRRM

  • 1.3 Workshops on DRRM curricula by EU countries with action plan for WP2 and WP3

  • 1.4 Comparative report between EU-IOR practices on DRRM and use of GIS/RS

WORK PACKAGES 2

DEVELOPMENT

  • 2.1 Design of train-the-trainer programs on DRRM

  • 2.2 Purchase of Equipment for RS/GIS lab for DRRM

  • 2.3 Training for innovative teaching methods

  • 2.4 Short-term mobilities and internships for teachers in EU

  • 2.5 Development of online modules

WORK PACKAGES 3

PILOTING & ASSESSMENT

  • 3.1 Defining learning outcomes of new or updated curricula in IOR HEIs

  • 3.2 Elaboration of course descriptor

  • 3.3 Piloting of updated and new courses in Y2 and Y3

  • 3.4 Self-evaluation and peer review for tuning of program

WORK PACKAGES 4

QUALITY PLAN

  • 4.1 Development of QA mechanisms for self-evaluation at course level; QAC created to monitor project performance established

  • 4.2 Quality reports prepared by WP coordinators and evaluated by the QAC

  • 4.3 External Independent monitoring evaluations (mid-term and end)

WORK PACKAGES 5

DISSEMINATION & EXPLOITATION

WORK PACKAGES 6

MANAGEMENT

  • 5.1 Development and maintenance of project website and social media

  • 5.2 Organisation of promotional material, round tables, national and international conferences.

  • 5.3 Awareness campaign at Universities and other stakeholders

  • 5.4 Establishment of platform for cooperation and delivery of trainings between universities and private sector on use of GIS/RS for DRRM use

  • 5.5 Summer schools and short-term courses for agencies and private sector on GIS/RS applications for DRR.

  • 6.1 Kick-off meeting and project management meetings

  • 6.2 Elaboration and approval of Steering Communication Plan, Dissemination & exploitation plan and creation of project Steering Committee

  • 6.3 Project financial and administrative management

  • 6.4 Progress and final report to EC and financial audit