Disaster risk management in business education workshop

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Florida International University
York University

Schulich School of Business, York University, 4700 Keele Street

The two-day workshop led by Florida International University will explore the topic of disaster risk management (DRM) at York U at Schulich Executive Centre.

The workshop is sponsored by the UN Office for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and supported by the Federal Government of Germany’s Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

It is the first event focusing on this particular topic, said Ali Asgary of York University’s Distaster & Emergency Management program.

“Since our program (thus York University) is one of the leading universities in Disaster & Emergency Management in Canada and (internationally) we were asked to participate in this initiative (Disaster Risk Management in Business Education),” said Asgary. “This is part of a larger UNISDR initiative called Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies (ARISE). The aim is to expand disaster risk reduction efforts into the private sector in which business education plays a key role.”

Objectives for the event include:

  • present and discuss white papers on DRM in business education;
  • discuss options for mainstreaming DRM within the curricula of undergraduate, graduate, outreach and professional development programs;
  • explore partnerships and agreements to move toward an implementation phase; and
  • propose mechanisms for monitoring.
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