In the evening of the 28th November, the Rectors of Indonesian consortium partners or their representatives formally signed a Memorandum of Understanding as a first step towards establishing the BUiLD Disaster Resilience Network. Jointly managed by the Directors of the BUiLD Centres of Excellence, the network will facilitate the future expansion of the BUiLD Disaster Resilience Framework across Indonesia. It’s main activities include initiatives related to formal and professional education in disaster resilience, research and community service, fundraising and partnership development. The network will formally take up its operation as a national association under the name MaTTA Bencana in 2023.
The VIP event, which took place at the University of Gloucestershire was attended by the representatives of the BUiLD Consortium and the University’s Executive Team. Education Attaché Dr Khairul Munadi joined the event following a project briefing led by the UoG’s Vice Chancellor.
Being an expert in the disaster management discipline, Dr Munadi said:
“I am grateful and honoured to be invited to attend the signing ceremony for establishing the BUiLD Disaster Resilience Network. Before posting in London, I chaired the Tsunami and Disaster Mitigation Research Center (TDMRC) of Universitas Syiah Kuala in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. TDMRC was founded in 2006 following the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. Since 2015, the center has been appointed as a center of excellence by the MoECRT. This is an excellent opportunity for me to meet representatives of the BUiLD consortium.”
Representatives of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and and Technology visited the University of Gloucestershire earlier in the month to discuss opportunities for expanding existing project work across Indonesia.