Aceh earthquake and tsunami, on December 26, 2004, was the biggest disaster - in its scale and impact - in this century. After the incident, it seemed like various other disasters took place all over the world. The high level of the vulnerability requires us to become a resilient nation against disasters. Every country needs to mobilize its resources in anticipating future events, reducing casualties and potential losses, and effectively restoring post-disaster conditions for the sustainability of national development. One crucial resource is the capacity of disaster science and technology.
Utilizing the capacity of science and technology in disaster risk reduction is also a mandate of the global framework of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDR) 2015-2030 and Law 24/2007 on Disaster Management. The role of science and technology needs ranges from understanding the dynamics of the threat, victim reduction, capacity building, to the formulation of policy. In this context, the role of universities becomes very central. Moreover, in disaster-prone areas, the university is the spearhead of the development and application of science and technology while at the same time giving birth to capable human resources to deal with various potential threats.
As a university that was directly affected by the 2004 tsunami, Syiah Kuala University (Unsyiah) was well aware of its role and responsibility in producing scientific and technological-based scientific endeavors for the sake of the safety of future generations from the threat of disaster. Moreover, Aceh has the most complete footprint in the world for disaster research, specifically the earthquake and tsunami.
To solve the demands and diversity and the potential threat disaster, Syiah Kuala University has been given the mandate by the Government of Indonesia to host the Master Program (S2) of Disaster Studies. Syiah Kuala University Disaster Masters Study Program (S2) is a multi-disciplinary program that is used as the foundation for designing strategies for effective disaster assessment including mitigating the adverse effects of disasters, responding to disasters, and recovering from disasters.
The successive disaster events require experts who have specific competencies in disaster management. So far, this personnel has been absorbed from various other related disciplines so that disaster management efforts cannot be maximally expected. In this case, the Master Program (S2) of Disaster Science at Syiah Kuala University has contributed to the increased competence of workers in the field of disaster. The graduates of the program have worked in various government and private agencies related to disaster management.
Nevertheless, the number of graduates produced is still very less compared to the increasing needs of disaster experts. Therefore, increasing the competency of Indonesian human resources in the field of disaster to the postgraduate level (i.e. master's degree or doctoral level) is absolutely necessary.
Vision and Mission of Master in Disaster Science Program
Become an innovative, independent, and leading study program in Southeast Asia in 2026 in efforts to reduce disaster risk through education, research, and community service activities.
Produce science masters who have the potential in the field of multidisciplinary disaster management and have long-life learning insight.
Produce research products and community services in the field of disaster that is of high quality and published nationally and internationally.
Collaborating with various parties that support the improvement of graduate competencies and the availability of resources power.
Produce Masters of Science who have competencies in the field of disaster management.
Improve government and community capacity and participation based on disaster risk reduction.
Produce researchers and practitioners in the field of disaster.
Produce national and international disaster scientific publications.