This report, submitted by ProSPER.Net member Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), speaks about the importance of academic alliances within higher education that have been crucial in promoting sustainability paradigms during the pandemic, such as the ProSPER.Net joint project ‘Disaster Education For Integrating SFDRR And SDG In Asia, led by AIT. These alliances have worked together to host a series of webinars, the ‘Disaster Risk Reduction Education Series’ on five thematic areas including resilience, the integration of SFDRR and SDGs for in-service teacher training, and the implications of natural and non-natural DRR on multidisplinary higher education.
Following on from these events, recently the 2nd International Symposium on Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development was hosted by AIT from 24-25 June, 2021, in coordination with Keio University, Miyagi University of Education, Andalas University, and Universitas Gadjah Mada. The event brought together 337 participants, and provided a platform for policymakers, academia, researchers, development practitioners, private sectors, and relevant stakeholders to discuss the various dimensions for higher education systems within the Asia-Pacific region, with a focus on DRR and SD. Read the full report from AIT here.