Background of the Topic
Our world is still vulnerable to the hazard of disasters. Whether the disasters are manmade or natural, they still pose a prominent threat to people and development all around the world. In the never ending efforts to minimize the harms of disasters, disaster management has proven to be one significant issue to be addressed. Stages of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery try to eliminate the casualties and victims caused by disasters. Disasters occur rapidly, unpredictably, and indiscriminately.
It is important for students all over the world as global citizens to be aware of the phenomenon of disaster. As the prominent part of their own society, students are expected to contribute to the improvement and development of their own society, their country, and their world. The complexities of disaster and disaster management are not something the student could bear to study by themselves. By sharing and expressing their experience, their thoughts, and their feelings on disaster with their fellow students and experts, they develop themselves to be the agent of change to prevent the future hazard of disasters. By improving their knowledge and experience in managing the disaster, students can help their society to minimize the harms of disaster.
In line with Universitas Katolik Parahyangan’s concept about Global Citizenship, we are being urged to facilitate and accomodate students from all over the world to take parts and engage a fruitful discussion about disaster management. Recognizing the interests and concerns the students have put in the field of disaster management, Universitas Katolik Parahyangan wants to hold an international conference for students to raise the awareness and engage knowledge sharing through series of events.
Name of the Event
The name of this event is “UNPAR International Student Conference 2014 on Disaster Management: Move towards Zero Catastrophe“.
Scope of the Event
This event will gather university students from Indonesia as well as international students from all over the world. The committee expects to gather total of 120 students consist of 45 Indonesian students and 75 international students. All of the participants will learn in series of lectures, express their feelings and share their thoughts in study visit, and also introduced to Indonesian cultures.
- The objectives of this event are to raise awareness of the students, to provide forum for knowledge and experience sharing, and to broaden students’ perspectives in seeing disaster and disaster management. In addition to the prior objectives of the event, this event also aimed to enhance the soft skills of the participants as well as exposing them of diversity of cultures of the participants to bridge dialogues and build tolerance among participants.
- It provides the platform of internationalization for UNPAR’s students, in order to broaden their perspective about global issues around the world.
- It promotes Indonesian’s culture and tourism.
- It promotes UNPAR as a good university destination for a student exchange program.