|ICHARM conducted a one-year Master’s program entitled the “Water-related Disaster Management Course of Disaster Management Policy Program” from 1st October 2018 to 10th September 2019 in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS). The eight students were mainly technical officials, engineers or researchers in the field of river management or water-related disasters in developing countries.
This course aims to foster solution-oriented practitioners with solid theoretical and engineering bases who can serve for planning and practices of flood management within the framework of integrated river basin management at all levels from nations to localities.
In the first half of the course, the students mainly attended lectures and exercises; in the second half, they worked on their individual studies, this enabling them to prepare and complete their master’s theses and to visit numerous locations across Japan over the course of several field trips in order to learn about up-to-date flood control countermeasures in action.
This report details the course activities and the achievements thereof and aims to contribute improvements in the next year.