2020 International Collaboration

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Graduate major in Civil Engineering
Niwa Junichiro  Takemura Jiro  Ono Wataru 
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Course description and aims

 This course is for students to identify the problems on the earthquake disaster management system in a particular country and to study the important aspects which should be considered in the implementation of actual disaster prevention and disaster risk mitigation projects.
Students in several groups are to formulate appropriate ODA projects proposals which a donor country should implement, on the basis of the information and documents which can be acquired through the lectures by JICA and various sources.

Student learning outcomes

From document search and lectures, the students will learn the significance of disaster risk reduction for the sustainable development of the nation and region. They also learn the policy of ODA as well as roles of supporting international organizations and individual nation and then finally make project proposals of disaster prevention and mitigation considering various environments (natural, economic, social, built) in a particular country.


Disaster Risk Identification, Disaster Risk Reduction, ODA project

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

First Task: Problem Identification
1. Major problems to be solved
2. Impediment factors for improvement
3. Possible project alternatives (2-3 projects identified)

Second Task: Project Proposal (with the following contents)
1. Title of the project 2. Project outline (Objectives, Project components, Expected outcomes)
3. Procedure of implementation by year (3-5 years)
4. Rough estimate of project cost

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction and group formation understanding mission
Class 2 Group dicussion on the projects documents finding and reading
Class 3 Lecture by JICA on ODA project of Disaster Risk Reduction understanding ODA policy and actual implementation process of ODA projects
Class 4 Documentation and preparation for presentation on First Task Problems Identification
Class 5 Presentation on First Task problem finding and identification presentation ability
Class 6 Group discussion on Second Task problem solving, teamworking
Class 7 Final Presentation of the proposal and discussions documentation making graphic and oral presentation, debating ability

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Reports of various ODA projects by JICA
Reports of UN organizations

Assessment criteria and methods


Related courses

  • CVE.L401 : Advanced Technical Communication Skills Ⅰ
  • CVE.P433 : International Internship Ⅰ

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Knowledge of Civil Engineering, Building Engineering and Earthquake Engineering is preferable.

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