IPB is Ready to Become a Resilient Campus

Such a massive disaster occurring throughout the year requires the concern of all parties. In 2018 there were more than 2500 disasters that needed solutions and disaster management.

Some time ago, the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) has launched the Tangguh College of Disaster Movement (PTTB). For this reason, as one of the institutions engaged in disaster management, the Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) Center for Disaster Studies continues to contribute in various ways in accordance with the competence and expertise of IPB. This was conveyed by the Head of the Center for Disaster Study of the Institute for Research and Community Service (LPPM) of IPB during a discussion with the Rector of IPB and Head of BNPB at Grha BNPB, Jakarta (1/21).

Chancellor of IPB, Dr. Arif Satria said that as an educational institution, the contribution of IPB as a resilient campus could be started by encouraging the existence of IPB as a safe and adaptive disaster campus. The step of building a campus as a green campus is to create a friendly space for the campus community. The second step is in the academic program, we are ready to push the program and strengthen disaster material as stated by the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education (Kemenristekdikti) that disaster mitigation education is needed. No less important is of course the awareness of the campus community to be aware of disasters, "he said.

To achieve all this, the Chancellor of IPB hoped for an affirmation of policies from the government for a Resilient Higher Education. Affirmation of both regulatory support, funding and community assistance through Disaster Thematic Field Work (KKN) as well as assistance to affected communities. In terms of funding, it is important to note that present disaster events need rapid handling and do not look at the fiscal year.

"For the government, it is necessary to prepare funding that has the nature of administrative flexibility that can be utilized quickly. Affirmation of financing policies including disaster education should also be implemented within the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education, "he added.

Head of the Center for Disaster Studies, Dr. Yonvitner said that the campus movement is resilient to disasters to be carried out systematically to foster communal awareness through education and action in disaster areas. For example, IPB is currently preparing disaster care cadres through Disaster Response Students.

"At the moment Mantab IPB, with the support of Caritas Germany and BNPB, is continuing to provide assistance to the affected communities of the Banten disaster, after the tsunami that has begun since the Emergency Response stage. "Special support from the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education will certainly expand the role of the campus to be more resilient on and off campus in the face of disasters," he said. (** / Zul)

Published Date : 29-Jan-2019

Resource Person : Dr. Arif Satria

Keyword : disaster, Resilient Campus Disaster, Center for Disaster Studies