November 15, 2006
The DPRI signs a MOU with the PGSDPT, Kangwon National University

The Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI) of Kyoto University, concluded a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen cooperation with the Professional Graduate School of Disaster Prevention Technology (PGSDPT) of Kangwon National University in Korea. The signing ceremony between Director Yoshiaki Kawata of the DPRI and Dean Do-Young Jung of the PGSDPT took place at the DPRI.

In 2006, Kangwon National University and Samcheok National University merged following which Kangwon National University was reorganized, and, as a result, became one of the largest universities in Korea.

The Korean government has provided Kangwon National University with a subsidy to conduct research and education in the scientific field of disaster prevention. This subsidy is a handsome research fund at the rate of 1.5 billion yen for three years. One of the biggest reasons for this is to reduce the impact of disasters around Kangwon-do area, because Kangwon-do is the university's home city and it faces very serious problems: natural calamities which have struck quite often in the past.

The two institutes began an academic collaboration four years ago. The catalyst was Professor Kaoru Takara's visit to the Kangwon-do area. He is one of the faculty members of the DPRI and first visited to research the field of Typhoon disaster damage investigation in 2002. This MOU is based on the beneficial and fruitful exchanges between the two institutes. The DPRI has so far concluded 21 MOU at the department level with various institutes around the world. However, this is the first MOU with Korea.

With the signing of this MOU, a new comprehensive and efficient partnership will be built between the two institutes. Thus, the DPRI hopes to actively promote academic exchange and enhance educational services through joint research, joint hosting of symposia, and an exchange of faculty members.

Left-Director Kawata, Right-Dean Jung Moderator, Prof. Takara