ICHARM -- The International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management


Disaster Management Policy Program 2007-2008
- Water-related Risk Management Course -

ICHARM is now recruiting students of the one-year training course "Water-related Risk Management Course in Disaster Management Policy Program."

This course is conducted in cooperating with the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS). The overall goal of the course's program is to develop the student's capacity to practically manage the problems and issues concerning water-related disasters in local levels and to contribute for socio-economic and environmental improvements in regional and national levels in developing countries. Students are expected to become an independent investigator in the areas of integrated flood disaster management, who is equipped with the most advance technical and legal know-how to enhance the basic understand of the challenges of flood risks and to translate this knowledge back to a practical water-related disaster reduction strategies including poverty reduction and the promotion of sustainable development at local, national and regional level.

The academic year runs from October 2007 through September 2008. Students must spend a minimum of one year at GRIPS, which is sufficient for those students who study intensively to satisfy all the requirements for a master's degree.

To be eligible for admission to this master's program, an applicant

  1) must hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a recognized/accredited university of the highest standard in the field of civil engineering, water resource management, or disaster mitigation.
  2) must have working knowledge of civil engineering, especially of hydraulics and hydrology.
  3) must be familiar with mathematics such as differentiation and integration techniques.
  4) must satisfy the English language requirements with a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (Computer-Based Test (CBT) 213, Internet-Based Test (iBT) 79), IELTS 6.0 or its equivalent.
  5) must be in good health.

The application deadline is June 29. Applicants are evaluated for admission based on their academic record and intellectual distinction, personal characteristics, motivation, evidence of leadership, promise for management and career growth, and work experience. Applicants may be asked to go through interviews. The final result of screening for admission will be announced by the end of July at the latest.