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Disaster Management Education through Higher Education – Industry Collaboration in the Built Environment

Thayaparan, Menaha, Malalgoda, Chamindi, Keraminiyage, Kaushal and Amaratunga, Dilanthi (2014) Disaster Management Education through Higher Education – Industry Collaboration in the Built Environment. Procedia Economics and Finance, 18. pp. 651-658. ISSN 2212-5671

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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
Additional Information: Paper presented at 4th International Conference on Building Resilience, Building Resilience 2014, 8-10 September 2014, Salford Quays, United kingdom
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TH Building construction
Schools: School of Art, Design and Architecture
School of Art, Design and Architecture > Global Disaster Resilience Centre
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Depositing User: Sharon Beastall
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2015 09:35
Last Modified: 17 May 2016 18:10


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