The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has announced its first dual-degree program with Universitas Islam Indonesia (UII). The program, slated to begin next fall, will be offered jointly by the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP) and by the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Planning (FCEP) at UII. The program will leverage FCEP’s core strengths in structural, geological and transportation engineering with DURP’s expertise in social, economic, environmental and policy issues.
“UH Mānoa has deep and abiding ties with Indonesia. Since 2012, it has partnered with UII on numerous efforts involving disaster science and risk reduction and resilience,” said aid UH Mānoa Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and WASC Commissioner Reed Dasenbrock. “This new dual degree expands upon this affiliation, builds upon the strengths of both universities and will prepare students to meet crucial needs in disaster prevention and mitigation in Indonesia, the fourth most populous country in the world.”
Added DURP Chair Dolores Foley, “The dual degree program will foster meaningful collaboration between two leading universities in the Asia-Pacific region and will help both to better serve together the needs of their respective university and wider communities. The result will be graduates who are well versed in today’s multi-pronged approach to disaster risk reduction that encompasses various dimensions of urban and regional planning that go beyond more narrow concentrations.”
The program will require students to take 63 credits in total at both UII and UH Mānoa. It will be five regular semesters in duration, plus a summer semester at UH Mānoa. Students will spend the first year at UII, the second year and a part of the summer immediately thereafter at UH Mānoa, and return to UII for the fall semester of the third year.
Students who complete the program will be awarded both a master of urban and regional planning degree at UH Mānoa and a master of science in earthquake engineering management degree at UII.
Read the UH Mānoa news release for more information.
—By Lisa Shirota