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Disaster management education through Higher Education – industry collaboration in the built environment

Thayaparan, M, Malalgoda, CI, Keraminiyage, KP and Amaratunga, RDG 2014, 'Disaster management education through Higher Education – industry collaboration in the built environment' , Procedia Economics and Finance, 18 , pp. 651-658.

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Abstract

Effectively responding to the current and dynamic construction labour market requirements is a major responsibility of higher education institutions (HEIs). HEIs aim to reduce the mismatch between what they deliver and what is required by the industry. Built environment professionals require continuous update of knowledge and education in order to effectively contribute to disaster management. However, the complex and multidisciplinary nature of disaster management education pose a challenge to the higher education institutions to make them more responsive to the industrial needs and to prepare the students for careers in disaster resilience. Adopting a lifelong learning approach would be appropriate for HEIs to maintain a through-life studentship and to provide disaster related knowledge and education on a continuous basis to respond to the labour market requirements. However, incorporating lifelong learning approach within the system of higher education is not easy and straightforward for HEIs. This is mainly because of the formal and bureaucratic nature of HEIs that acts as a barrier for providing effective lifelong learning education. In resolving this issue, HEIs are increasingly relying on the benefits associated with fostering close collaboration with external organisations such as industries, professional bodies and communities. In this context, this paper discusses the role of HEIs in providing disaster management education, the challenges associated with it, and the way of addressing the challenges through the higher education industry collaboration.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments (UPRISE)
Journal or Publication Title: Procedia Economics and Finance
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 22125671
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Funders: European Commission
Depositing User: Dr Menaha Thayaparan
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2015 14:06
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2015 14:06
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/37264

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