ACenter for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters

John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies
CRSCAD Newsletter
June 2011 

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Dear Partners, Friends,  

and Colleagues,  



According to The Jakarta Post, "Indonesia has become a land of tragedy...(where) natural disasters have become a great challenge for Indonesians."


The Indonesian Red Cross (Palang Merah Indonesia or PMI) reported that between October 2010 and May 2011, "the eruption of the Mount Merapi volcano, and the earthquake and subsequent tsunami affecting the Mentawai Islands on 25 October 2010 killed 725 people and forced over 300,000 people to leave their homes." It further noted that, based on the assessment by the National Disaster Management Agency (Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana or BNPB), the death toll from Merapi was 273; that 300,957 people were displaced in the two provinces of Central Java and Yogyakarta; and, that 452 people died, 76 were still missing, and 14,983 were displaced because of the earthquake and tsunami in the Mentawai Islands.


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Professor Adenrele Awotona at the As-Syafi'iyah orphanage for young victims of disasters


Subsequently, CRSCAD visited two Indonesian cities (Jakarta and Surabaya) in May 2011 in order to deepen existing, and explore the establishment of new, collaborations with some of the universities, non-governmental and grassroots organizations, research centers and private sector agencies there.  


I gave a number of presentations which included a public lecture at Narotama University that was widely reported in the press.  I also participated in an international seminar at the University of As-Syafi'iyah; in the 30th anniversary of the founding of BKMT (Badan Kontak Majelis Taklim) an educational outreach program with a membership of 15 million people throughout Indonesia (under the leadership of Dr. Ferdy Dailami Firdaus); and, in the opening of a new facility at an orphanage for children who have been left parentless by the various disasters in the country. The orphanage was established by Prof. (Dr.) Hj.Tutty Alawiyah, a former cabinet Minister for Women's Affairs in two previous Indonesian governments and the Rector of the University of As-Syafi'iyah.


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Professor Adenrele Awotona at an international seminar at the University of As-Syafi'iyah

By all accounts, the visit was both pleasant and productive.  On behalf of CRSCAD, I would like to thank all our existing and potential partners in Indonesia for their invaluable support of my stay.  In particular, I wish to express my gratitude to the following individuals for their warm hospitality: Prof. (Dr.) Hj.Tutty Alawiyah AS, Dr. Ferdy Dailami Firdaus, Dr. Zainal Arifin Hoesein, Ambassador (ret.) Dr. Tajuddien Noor Bolimalakalu, Usep Fathudin, Brigadier General (ret.) Dr. Nurhadi Purwosaputro, Ambassador (ret.) Muzammil Basyuni, Professor (Dr.) Satori Ismail, Dr. Ilyas Ismail, Ambassador (ret.) Dr. Dahlan Hamied, Dr. Bambang Wispriyono, Ani Wulandari, Prof. Dr. Ketut Buda Artana, Dr. Wahyudi, Dr. Putu Artama, Dr. Eko Budi Djatmiko, Emily Yasmin Norris, Fidya Safitri Aulani, Dr. Dewi Motik Pramono, Fahmi Salim, Yasin Ardhy, Dr. Syafruddin Rozali, Dr. H. Azralie Zakaria, Muahammad Zakky, Ir. Aziz Taba Pabeta, Dra. H. Tien Fartinah, and Nurfitria Farhana.


We, at CRSCAD, look forward to deepening our collaborations in Indonesia as we work together with our associates to seek long-term policy and practical solutions to the consequences of the various disasters in the country.


Thank you.


Adenrele Awotona
Founding Director & Professor
Dear Friends,Jennifer.Brunson

We strive to produce solutions for disaster afflicted communities to rebuild, prosper, and grow sustainably.

I invite you to share your findings, publications and other work with us.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.

Jennifer Brunson
Research Assistant               
Center for Rebuilding Sustainable
Communities after Disasters (CRSCAD)


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When is the application deadline?

July 1st, 2011 


How do I apply? Navigate to the Graduate Admissions web site  to apply online or download a pdf of the application form and instructions here.   


When does registration begin for Fall 2011? 

July 25th, 2011. More information on how to register can be found here


How long will this take to complete? The program could take 2 semesters to complete (3 courses per semester), or 3 semesters (2 courses per semester)


What are the commitment differences between full time and part time studies?Full-time studies would take 2 semesters; part-time studies could take anytime from 3 to 4 semesters.


What are the costs associated?   


*The University has not yet set its fall 2011 tuition and fees.  


*The current graduate course fee in University College (the academic home of the certificate program) is $445 per credit. (The program comprises 18 credits.)  


*We expect about a 3% increase for fall 2011, which would bring the rate to $460 per credit, but we probably won't know for sure what the fall rate will be until July.  


*Other fees are a $60 (domestic) or $100 (international) application fee and a $390 combined new student fee. (These fees are charged one time only.)


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The primary purpose of the Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters (CRSCAD)  is to work in close collaboration with practitioners, academics, researchers, policy makers and grassroots organizations in the United States of America and in all the continents of the world in their search for the most appropriate and sustainable ways to rebuild their communities after disasters.  Read more here...