Ubaya is a member of BUiLD Consortium granted by European Union

30 Jul, 2020

12 European and Indonesian universities hold a meeting to form a disaster response consortium called the "Building in Leading Disaster Resilience University" (BUiLD) project in Yogyakarta on Monday, December 2, 2019.


University of Gloucestershire (UOG), United Kingdom; Kobenhavns Professionshojskole (KP), Denmark; Hafelekar (HAF), Austria; Instituto Politecnico do Porto (IPP), Portugal; President University (PRU); Universitas Andalas (UAN); Khairun University (KHU); Universitas Ahmad Dahlan (UAD); Universitas Islam Indonesia (UII); Universitas Muhammadiyah (UM) Palu; Universitas Lambung Mangkurat (ULM); and the University of Surabaya (Ubaya).


The Ubaya was represented by Prof. Joniarto Parung and Dr. Delta Ardy Prima. Prof. Joniarto Parung and several Industrial Engineering lecturers are also working in the supply chain and logistics applications in disaster management in Indonesia.


UII Vice-Rector for Partnership and Entrepreneurship, Dr. Wiryono Raharjo said, this consortium needs to be formed because Indonesia has vulnerability to disasters with different characters in each region. This consortium will strengthen inter-university networks for mutual learning and sharing related to disaster and strengthen the capacity of universities in work teams to handle disasters.


"This consortium will run for the next three years, 2019-2022, with funds of around 1 million Euros from Erasmus by the European Union," Wiryono said, Monday (2/12/2019).

Nadine Sulkowski from the University of Gloucestershire, UK, as chair of BUiLD consortium, said the consortium focuses not only on disaster management but also conducts disaster research and disaster response education. The university will have the capacity to handle disasters with education, such as the importance of an educational curriculum that integrates disasters to foster awareness of disasters.


"In addition, through the BUiLD consortium, the members can share information related to the disaster. How can that information be shared quickly between universities so that it can provide input to the government," she said.


Ida Puspita, from UAD Office of International Affairs, added that her university had experience in disaster management. Among other things, educating disaster response doctors, trauma healing, and disaster management simulations. "This effort is intended so that students and the public can be familiar with disaster. So they are not afraid if disaster strikes," she said.


Source: the Ubaya Industrial Engineering website