Project goals

The Comprehensive Disaster Management Program (CDMP) of the United Nations and the World Bank (among others) have recognized this demand and the need to support this activity by providing financed student projects and infrastructure grants to ReCEDEE. This success clearly demonstrates the overwhelming demand and need for this kind of higher education which is obviously not just confined to Bangladesh or can be satisfied by the two higher education institutions involved in ReCEDEE alone: Many regions in South-East Asia face similar problems and have similar needs and demands. It is therefore most important to utilize the ReCEDEE experience as a basis to create a South-East Asia educational Network for Disaster and Environmental Engineering: SEAN-DEE, so that other higher education institutions in South-East Asia can benefit from this development, create their own version and cooperate in this network to produce international level Masters in this field. They are badly needed.

It also allows the creation of comprehensive Ph.D. programs where partners in SEAN-DEE can work together and have their Ph.D. students engage in international collaborative research. For this project, the collaboration with Germany (in particular through the University of Kassel, UNIKA and DAAD) is very important, having helped in creating ReCEDEE and being viewed as a reliable development partner in academic matters and an important asset even in internal discussions within the institutions or with superior administrative entities like ministries. An important goal of this project (next to creating SEAN-DEE) is therefore the strengthening of this collaboration through a comprehensive exchange program for which a strong demand was expressed by the partners' students and professors alike.

Science and education at UNIKA will also benefit substantially. With a strong agenda in environmental and disaster engineering, UNIKA will benefit greatly from master and doctoral work performed by SEAN-DEE students. Some examples are advanced seismic retrofitting technologies under study at UNIKA (like the Hyde or Tendon systems), advanced seismic testing methods, flood control studies, flow of contaminated ground water or local environmentally compatible technologies.