Postgraduate Programs in Disaster Management (PPDM)
Postgraduate Programs in Disaster Management (PPDM) comprising of certificate, diploma and master's degree programs runs as a semi-autonomous program within BRAC University with a link under the Department of Architecture. The certificate is a 1-semester course; on completion of another semester a diploma is obtained. There is also the option of obtaining a master's degree by completing a dissertation in additional 1-2 semesters. Students are currently doing their master degree programs instead of certificate or diplomas.
BRAC University is one of the very few academic institutions around the world and the first in the region to offer formal academic programs in disaster management. The Postgraduate Programs in Disaster Management (PPDM) was initiated in Fall 2005 with a view to creating qualified professionals in this nationally and internationally significant field. This is a modular program (diploma and master’s degree) with a progressively higher level of academic aptitude. Nearly 100 students have been awarded the Master in Disaster Management degree while more than one hundred students completed Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma courses. The participants in the certificate program are mostly government and NGO officials involved in disaster management related activities while students pursuing Master degrees include other professionals and fresh graduates as well. Graduates from PPDM are well-placed mostly in various national and international development organizations where, in many instances, they have secured their placements before their graduation.
Beside the academic programs, PPDM is working to build a resource center within itself where disaster related books/documents and services would be made available. So far PPDM has provided research services to organizations such as IUCN Bangladesh, BRAC and DIPECHO Partners in Bangladesh (DPB). These services include: improved design and construction of rural houses (IUCN), design of cyclone shelters (BRAC), design of stronger houses in cyclone affected areas (BRAC) and research on flood shelters in Bangladesh (DPB) in collaboration with IWFM, BUET. Recently, PPDM has completed working with RMIT University, Melbourne and two other Vietnamese organizations in a climate change research project which was commissioned by the Asia Pacific Network (APN). PPDM is also a partner of the British Council endorsed DelPHE (Development Partnerships in Higher Education) programme with Northumbria University in the UK and Bindura University in Zimbabwe. Other institutions that PPDM has collaboration with include the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) in Thailand, Kathmandu University in Nepal and Kyoto University in Japan.
So far, the Postgraduate Programs in Disaster Management has been supported by OXFAM-GB, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme (CDMP). Recently under an MoU with Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS), PPDM received a total of Tk. 20 lacs in several installments.
The PPDM has recently been the part of the “Advancing Skill Creation to Enhance Transformation (ASCENT)” project funded by European Commission (ERASMUS+) from April 2016 for three years.
BRAC University Team Member
Dr. Md. Humayun Kabir Gender
Professor and Coordinator,
Dr. Md. Humayun Kabir is Professor at the Department of Geography and Environment, University of Dhaka. He is also working as a Coordinator (part-time) at the Postgraduate Programs in Disaster Management (PPDM), BRAC University. He obtained his Bachelor and Master degrees from the same Department in 1996 and 1997 respectively. Dr. Kabir attained his second Master degree in Natural Resources Management at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand, where he received the most-outstanding academic award. He achieved his PhD (in Natural Science) from the Department of Geography, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany in 2011. His research interest spans over renewable energy specifically planning with new renewables, environment and natural resources management, disaster management and studies of climatic issues. A good number of national and international articles have already been published to his credit. He is also the author of two research based books. The first book is on wetland conservation and second one is on renewable energy resources in Bangladesh. He worked as the associate editors of the by-annual journal Oriental Geographer, The Journal of Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Journal of Bangladesh National Geographical Association.
His research interest spans over renewable energy specifically planning with new renewables, environment and natural resources management, disaster management and studies of climatic issues. A good number of national and international articles have already been published to his credit. He is also the author of two research based books. The first book is on wetland conservation and second one is on renewable energy resources in Bangladesh. He worked as the associate editors of the by-annual journal Oriental Geographer, The Journal of Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Journal of Bangladesh National Geographical Association.
Shams Mansoor Ghani
Shams Mansoor Ghani graduated in Architecture from Bangladesh University of Science and Technology in 1999. He started his academic career at Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology where hetought design andgraphics communication for three years before joining the Department of Architecture, BRAC University in 2003. Hehas been teaching design, history of architecture and theories of design for the past decade. He is the department liaison for Post Graduate Program in Disaster Management, BRAC University. He is also teaching an undergraduate course on disaster resilient architecture in Bangladeshi context. His areas of interest include transforming ideas across various design fields such as music, drama, film, poetry and architecture. His current research work focuses on cultural issues of post disaster reconstruction. As anarchitect he has also worked in severalbuilding and interior projects and currently doing research on architectural acoustics and spaces for music and green roofing. He is part of the editorial team for Departmental publication ‘Folio 1.
Muhammad Ferdous, originally from southern part of Bangladesh, Jhalakati is a student in the Postgraduate Programs in Disaster Management at BRAC University, Bangladesh. Meanwhile, he has completed a yearlong study exchange program in the U.S. sponsored and nominated by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Fulbright Commission. He has recently attended an International Conference and Fellowship Exam in Denmark. In April 2016, he has been selected by the Pakistan Foreign Ministry and the U.S. Embassy, Pakistan for PUAN Youth Activism Conference in Islamabad, Pakistan. Back in the U.S. student exchange program consisted with three parts which are academic study, internship, and volunteer. He has done 603 hours volunteering activities with Helping Hand, ICNA Relief, American Red Cross and other social organizations. He accomplished his internship with the Boston Elderly Affairs Commission as Program Assistant and the American Red Cross Disaster Management Department, Massachusetts Headquarters as Trainer and Communication Assistant.
In 2010, he was awarded for two years of the English Access Micro-scholarship program sponsored by the U.S Embassy, Dhaka. After completing that program, he was elected as the Assistant Secretary of Access Alumni Society of Bangladesh. Moreover, he is active Community Volunteer Leader of the Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence."