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12. 09, 2014

Indonesia’s Training of Trainer Program –Fourth Session- in Disaster Mitigation at Ritsumeikan

The two-week program of the Disaster Mitigation Training of Trainers for 25 Indonesian university researchers/professors and central/local government officials was conducted at Ritsumeikan’s Institute of Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage (DMUCH), Iwate’s coastal towns and Tokyo from the 2nd until the 14th November.

Based on a request from the BAPPENAS (National Development Planning Agency of Indonesia), this ODA-supported program has been carried out every year since 2011 and this was the fourth session.

The opening ceremony was held at Soshikan Conference Hall, Kinugasa Campus on Monday the 3rd November, and Dr. Hirofumi Ogi, Ritsumeikan's Vice Chancellor and Executive Director of Division of Global Planning and Partnerships, delivered an opening speech, followed by an enthusiastic speech from Mr. Tommy Hermawan, a representative of the trainees from the BAPPENAS.

The first half of the program consisted of lectures by specialists in several disaster-related fields from Ritsumeikan University and outside organizations which involved active Q&As and discussion, and the second half consisted of fieldworks to areas which were hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake.

On Monday the 10th November, the 25 participants visited Rikuzen Takata City and Ofunato City in Iwate Prefecture, and learned about the outline of the Reconstruction Plan and the progress from the administrative officials. On the next day they visited Otsuchi Town and Kerobe area in Kamaishi City and learned about the damage and recovery situation from the local guides, and visited Taro area in Miyako City to observe the area with local guides including the construction site up on a hill for relocation on the following day.

Standing on top of once so-called “the great wall of Miyako” which couldn’t stop the 3.11 tsunami

The group leader, Professor Hairul Basri from Syiah Kuala University, who himself experienced the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004, said “I realized again how important it is to reflect opinions of people who live in the area in a reconstruction plan. I’m going to bring back the lessons we learned here and use them in Indonesia”

On the last day of the program, the trainees gave presentations in groups on how to reflect the lessons and knowledge they learned through the two-week training program in Indonesia, they introduced their ideas on how to get local residents to evacuate without being stuck in assumptions, how government officials, researchers and residents should cooperate in disaster prevention and so on.

Reporting Session

The program concluded with the Commencement Ceremony after the Report Session, and the participants were awarded a certificate of completion by Professor Monte Cassim, the Special Aide to the Chancellor of the Ritsumeikan Trust in the presence of Mr. M. Iqubal Djawad, Ph.D, Educational Attaché of Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Japan, representatives from the Indonesia Division, Southeast Asia and Pacific Department of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and a representative from Asia SEED. They are expected to promote what they learned from the training program and implement trainings for planners in Indonesia once they return home.

Farewell Party after the ceremony

The Ritsumeikan Trust recognizes international cooperation that contributes to the progress of international society as the role educational institutes should play in the 21st century. It considers international cooperation projects as one of the most important pillars of the Ritsumeikan Academy.