|CENTRE FOR DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT STUDIES (CDRMDS)|
The Centre for Disaster Risk Management and Development Studies is a collaborating unit of the University of Port Harcourt and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). The Centre was established consequent on the memorandum of understanding signed on the 12th November, 2009 between the National Emergency Management Agency and the University of Port Harcourt.
The CDRMDS’ major goal is institutional capacity development in the South-South region of Nigeria with focus on working with decision makers, national and international organisations to achieve the following: First, expand and strengthen institutional technical capabilities; second, develop and implement information and decision support systems; third, enhance training in risk and vulnerability assessment tools and procedure, and fourth, enhance institutional access to data and information holdings.
The philosophy underlying CDRMDS Uniport is essentially the need to provide broad core disaster risk management and development education that bridges the gap between theory and practice, and to enhance students’ knowledge base, concrete decision-making and critical problem-solving skills.
VALUES OF CDRMDS
The main function of CDRMDS is to train high-level manpower for disaster management and humanitarian assistance in response to disaster.
Recognise that effective disaster management depends upon the consistent coordination and integration of the work of many agencies, organization and individuals.
Beliefs that community that is well prepared for hazards of all kinds will survive and recover quickly from disaster.
Accepts that flexibility and adaptability of approach must be the basis of the delivery of disaster management services.
In the pursuit for the culture of excellence in sustained learning, leadership, internationalism, professionalism, advancement and propagation of knowledge in the disaster management industry, for sustainable development, CDRMDS is committed to its stakeholders: industry, students, faculty and government.
The basic goal of CDRMDS is to reinforce local, regional and national disaster reduction efforts through making available well-trained disaster risk management and development studies mainstreaming experts.
ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE OF CDRMDS
MAJOR ACTIVITIES AND INNOVATIONS
· The Centre has a well-structured and robust programme on disaster risk management and development studies.
· The first set of M.Sc students are currently working on their theses.
· A ten million Naira worth of teaching and monitoring equipment as well as a Toyota Hillux Pick-up were purchased to boost the programme.
· The Centre participated in all NEMA initiated workshops and conferences:
PROFESSIONAL MASTER (M.SC) DEGREE IN DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT STUDIES
Objectives of the Programme
The main aim of the programme is to provide a holistic academic approach to intended participants to understand Disaster Risk Management and Development issues. The course seeks to provide participants with opportunities for improving their understanding of:
Duration of Programme
The professional M.Sc. in Disaster Risk Management and Development Studies shall last normally for three (3) Semester and a maximum of six (6) semesters for full time studies and a minimum of four (4) semesters and a maximum of eight (8) semesters for part-time students.
Admission to the professional M.Sc Degree programme in Disaster Risk Management and Development Studies is open to holders of:
(N/B: Work experience in scientific, management and policy-oriented departments (especially disaster risk management related organizations) of government and private sector will be added advantage).
Director: Prof. S. B. Arokoyu