CABARET (Capacity Building in Asia for Resilience EducaTion)

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 10:57:00 GMT

GDRC’s Professor Richard Haigh and Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga recently won a major grant (€993,340) from the European Commission under its   Erasmus+ , Capacity Building in the Field of Higher Education programme.

There aare 15 partners from 11 countries including; Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Philippines, Sri Lanka, UK, Spain, Bulgaria, Latvia and Malta.

Duration of the project is 36 months.

CABARET - Richard Haigh  

Photo: Prof. Richard Haigh, CABARET Principal Investigator

CABARET aims to promote international cooperation between Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) in Asia and Europe, and among Asian HEIs themselves, to improve multi-hazard early warning and increase resilience among coastal communities.  CABARET will strengthen relations between HEIs and the wider economic and social environment through its focus on coastal communities, many of which are under severe pressure resulting from planned and unplanned development, population growth and human induced vulnerability, coastal hazards with increasing frequency and magnitude, and the impacts of global climate change. It will build capacity, foster regional integration and cooperation through joint initiatives, sharing of good practices and cooperation among HEIs in Asia and Europe.

CABARET will empower individuals and organisations with the skills, competencies and credentials needed to promote and sustain regional cooperation within Asia and Europe, and within Asia itself, aimed at reducing the likelhood and impact of disasters in coastal communities. It will enhance the capacities of the partner HEIs in Asia to meet (match) the challenges and specific needs of the wider economic and social environment - strengthening the internationalisation of HEIs and their capacity to network effectively in research, scientific and technological innovation, faciliate the exchange of experience and practice despite of diversity, and increase the ability of partner HEIs in Asia to build relationships with relevant socio-economic actors.

The project will be formally launched in Indonesia in March 2017. Further details of CABARET can be obtained from Prof. Richard Haigh at

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