<p class="fs120 mb-10"><strong>RESPECT Program Satellite Office established at Universitas Gadjah Mada in Indonesia</strong></p>
<p>The Doctoral Program for Multicultural Innovation (RESPECT Program) has established a partnership with the Program on Humanitarian Action at the Department of International Relations, Universitas Gadjah Mada. Universitas Gadjah Mada is located in Yogyokarta, in the center of Java, Indonesia, and has become the location of the very first satellite office for the RESPECT Program.</p>
<p>Indonesia shares many similarities with Japan. For example, it is vulnerable to natural disasters, such as earthquakes. It is also a region that has experienced civil unrest as a result of friction among differing cultures, ethnic groups and religions. At Universitas Gadjah Mada, RESPECT Program students will be able to conduct research while also getting involved in surveys and practical work in disaster prevention measures focusing on citizen safety and humanitarian action. The establishment of this satellite office will also allow Osaka University to conduct further research on management rooted in a solid understanding of Indonesian culture and ethnicity, with a specific view of developing economic partnerships between Indonesia and Japan.</p>

From the Satellite

  1. Tsukamoto Sensei Socializes CARED Apps in Sleman

    RESPECT Satellite Office conducted the training on disaster management for volunteers in Sleman (Sunday, 10/09/2017). The training was given to several community representatives of disaster volunteers who joined the Sleman Volunteer Community Communication Forum (FKKRS). Two important materials that are the main focus of the training are (1) disaster management and (2) socialization of CARED application. Tsukamoto Sensei Also were also attending the training. He participated as a facilitator in charge of disseminating the usefulness of CARED applications to the participants.

    The program is designed to increase the community resilience in tackling disasters. RESPECT Satellite Office has conducted similar training in the Cangkringan at 2016. For this year, the training is specifically aimed at communities living around the Winongo riverbank. This training is a form of real advocacy aimed at responding to disaster management related issues in Winongo.

    Participants responded positively regarding the training. They believe that this training has benefited them in doing disaster mitigation management. They’re aware—as volunteers—that their capacity is still lacking. They even acknowledge that their involvement has been solely due to the call of humanity—that is, to help others. Very few people have sufficient knowledge capacity about disaster management. Thus, the training is assessed as an answer to the obstacles in disaster resilience reduction.

    In addition, they are very enthusiastic about knowing the usefulness of CARED applications. They argue this application is very important and should be known by everyone to be able to minimize the level of vulnerability and disaster risk. “The communication tool is one of the important tools that can help us to prevent, mitigate, deal with, and mitigate disaster risks. During this time we still rely on traditional communication tools such as radion, handy talky, drum and village toa mosque. Some have started using mobile phones to exchange information about disasters. Unfortunately, the use of these tools is still not effective. Therefore hopefully this application can help us to be more effective to handle disaster,” said Yoga as Coordinator of FKKRS.

    After getting a detailed information, participants immediately activate and demonstrate the application. Tsukamoto Sensei advised the participants to socialize the application to everyone. “If all volunteers in Sleman use this application then I am sure any disaster that happened in Yogyakarta could be managed well,” said Tsukamoto Sensei.


  2. Website launched

    The website for the RESPECT program satellite office at Universitas Gadjah Mada has been launched.


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