Prof. Visu was invited to participate in the “Global Dialogue on Technology for Resilient Cities” organized by UNEP, International Environmental Technology Centre, Osaka, Japan from 17-19 October, 2017. The importance of urban resilience and climate resilience though adopting and developing technology was highlighted in this global dialogue. Education, awareness and capacity building for resilient cities, was one of the 6 parallel session conducted in the meeting. The objective of this session was to share the experiences on education, awareness and capacity building approaches related to resilient cities and to discuss innovation and explore partnerships. In this session, Prof. Visu made the lead presentation on “Academic Curriculum on Holistic Waste Management”. During this presentation he presented the lead role AIT is playing in development of the 33 credit course curriculum developed for the Professional Masters program on Holistic Waste Management with 6 University consortium. This course curriculum and teaching materials are available at: http://www.rrcap.ait.asia/Pages/hwm.aspx
The School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD) established in 1993 by amalgamating the Divisions of Agriculture and Food Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Human Settlements and Energy Technology, is now composed of ten fields of study - Agricultural Systems and Engineering, Aquaculture and Aquatic Resources Management, Food Engineering and Bioprocess Technology, Energy, Environmental Engineering and Management, Pulp and Paper Technology, Gender and Development Studies, Natural Resources Management, Regional and Rural Development Planning and Urban Environmental Management.
In the 2012-2013 ranking of the best 4000 Master's and MBA Programs in 30 specializations at 1000 business schools and universities in 154 countries, The Master of Agribusiness Management program was deemed the world's best in the category of Master's in Agribusiness / Food Industry Management.
AIT's mission is "to develop highly qualified and committed professionals who will play a leading role in the sustainable development of the region and its integration into the global economy". AIT will serve the human resource development needs of developing countries in Asia taking into account their specific development priorities, gender issues and social values.
SERD activities and function will be within this framework, as a majority of its graduates return and participate in the development goals of their countries. Those who pursue their doctoral degrees increase their professional skills and qualifications.
SERD responds to regional needs by mobilizing and enhancing capacities for socially, economically and environmentally sound development in partnerships with public and private sectors. The School's interdisciplinary approach integrates technological, natural and social sciences.
- will continue its leadership role in offering excellence academic programs relevant to regional needs and responsive to students' interests.
- research will be concentrated toward focal areas and are to be conducted by core teams.
- outreach will be community-service-oriented.
- will be consolidated and financially viable. The School activities including the students, staff, faculty and curricula, will be subject to quality assessment.
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