Madras University partners with Japanese university | Chennai News

Chennai: On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Indo-Japanese friendship, Madras University will collaborate with Keio University in Japan on coastal resilience and disaster risk reduction.
Collaborative research will be undertaken in areas such as climate change, urban resilience, health and well-being, in addition to student and faculty exchanges between the two universities. Rika Institute, a non-profit organization will also be part of this collaboration.
“Through this partnership, we will be offering a certificate course on coastal resilience,” said Professor Rajib Shaw, Director of the India-Japan Laboratory at Keio University.
It will address challenges in the field of community disaster management in the post-pandemic period through the transfer of technology and professional skills from Japan to India.
“During the previous collaboration with Kyoto University from 2006 to 2011, we developed a climate disaster resilience index, a climate action plan for Chennai, a risk communication strategy for vulnerable coastal communities. Now, the focus would be on disaster management and post-pandemic community response,” said Prof. RR Krishnamurthi, Head of Department of Applied Geology, University of Madras.
Research groups will investigate whether disaster response and management has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The collaboration will last five years from 2022 to 2027.
Department of Health and Family Welfare, National Disaster Management Agency (SDMA) and Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) will be invited to use the results of the research projects under this MoU .
Taga Masayuki, Consulate General of Japan in Chennai and N Mathivanan, Registrar of Madras University also participated in the event.

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