Technological Institute graduates first crop
of emergency and disaster managers
The Ejido Institute
of Technology, based in the city of Mérida, has graduated
the first crop of senior technicians in emergency and disaster management
The 25 graduates
will work for civil protection and disaster reduction organizations,
and benefited from a new academic accreditation plan for disaster
Professor Alejandro Liñayo, who conceived the project and
was chosen by the inaugural Class of 2002 as their mentor,
gave the keynote speech. He focused on the achievements of the programme
to date and the significance of this first graduation.
the first instance in which the national higher education system
has certified a group of people as disastrologists,
if I may coin a term, to work in these areas that are so complex
and so important to the country and the region, he said.
first envisioned the programme in the early 1990s. However, it was
not until 1997 that the first potential candidates were accepted.
The three-year academic programme instructs professionals in three
different areas: Urban Operations, Industrial Operations, and Civil
Self Defence. At present, some 300 students are attending courses.
In order to
launch the programme, a rigorous feasibility study was undertaken,
as well as an analysis of the needs and deficiencies of Venezuelas
emergency and disaster management institutions. The assessment underscored
the need to reduce the lack of professional training among officials
working for these institutions who, in spite of their abundant good
will, lacked the technical and academic tools needed to enhance
is a necessary but not sufficient condition for working in this
field, said the Professor.
a project is being developed by the Ministry of Higher Education
and the Ministry of Science and Technology to expand the number
of disaster management professionals in the country. It will involve
providing the same courses in other institutions of learning around
the country, ensuring that training courses in disaster management
are accredited by the National System of Higher Education, and creating
a competency certification programme to meet the needs of non-professionals
with many years of experience in disaster management bodies.
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Disaster and Risk Management
This is a new higher education course to be taught online by the
Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña [Polytechnic University
of Catalonia (UPC)], through both the Centro Internacional de Métodos
Numéricos en Ingeniería [International Center for
Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE)] and Structuralia.
Professionals from different fields throughout Latin America
who are interested in risk and disaster related-issues, were able
to enroll in this course. Two basic subjects began on November 5.
Subsequently, the number of classes will increase, taking into consideration
all aspects involved in risk management (for instance, disaster
prevention or civil protection), as well as existing types of hazards
(seism, floods, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes and technological
hazards, among others).
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