Safety Management Education and Research Center

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About the Safety Management Education and Research Center

The Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake of 1995 devastated the southern part of Hyogo Prefecture. Japan has since been hit by a series of earthquakes, such as  the Niigata Chuetsu Earthquake in 2004,  the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, the Kumamoto Earthquake and Central Tottori Earthquakes in 2016. Besides the occurrence of the Great Nankai Trough Earthquake and Tsunami is predicted in the near future. On the global level, large scale natural disasters such as earthquakes, typhoons, and torrential rainfalls continuously occur every year.

In April of 2016, KUIS established the Safety Management Education and Research Center, which offers educational programs on safety and security based on KUIS’s research outcomes. This center will contribute to connect local and global communities around the common theme of “safety and security”

Latest News

February 21, 2017

Professor Toshinari Nishioka to present the AY2016 Seminar on City Planning for Regional Safety

February 21, 2017

KUIS to sign an agreement on regional safety with Hyogo Prefectural Government

January 27, 2017

Professor Tomio Saito presented as a panelist at the 4th Kobe Disaster Management Forum

January 27, 2017

KUIS made a poster presentation about efforts in safety and security education at the 4th Kobe Disaster Management Forum

January 12 to February 12, 2017

Special exhibition on disaster management currently on display in the media library (open to the public)

December 19, 2016

Held a training session on setting up portable toilets and other emergency management equipment as part of our agreement with the Hyogo Prefectural Emergency Management and Training Center

September 27, 2016

Started the Disaster Risk Reduction Study Course to certify “Bosai-shi; Disaster Management Instructor”

September 24, 2016

Presented letters of thanks to partner companies assisting the Disaster Risk Reduction Study Course

August 27, 2016

Became accredited as an institution conducting training courses for the Disaster Management Instructors

April 1, 2016

Established the Safety Management Education and Research Center

Human Resource Development to Contribute to Making Communities Safe and Secure

Safety Management Course: Starting in 2017 ■Department of Business Management, Faculty of Human Sciences

Course objective: Gain the ability to survive various disasters faced by society, such as natural disasters and crime, and contribute to make communities safe and secure

“Safety” encompasses safety and security. These keywords are essential to a happy life, and are an invaluable asset like time and health.

These assets are threatened by crime, natural disasters, domestic violence, harassment, and abuse. This course teaches theory, risk management strategies, and other knowledge and skills necessary to survive various disasters faced by society in the era of increasing disasters.

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Examples of Safety Management lectures

Safety Management Study Corporate Disaster Management Community Based Disaster Management Post-disaster Recovery International Cooperation for Disaster Risk Reduction
Students are expected to develop ability to obtain comprehensive knowledge and ability to realize safe and secure society, which will be necessary at any places in the society, for the countermeasure and preparedness for large disasters. Students are expected to learn the significance of crisis management of companies through an actual examples of Crisis Management Manual including BCP (Business Continuity Plan), and get practical ability to develop or give advice to the companies. Students are expected to understand ”self-help” and "mutual-help" that are extremely important in a large disaster through actual disasters learning, and, as a member of the community, to obtain the ability of making themselves to take the initiative in the region to prepare for a disaster.  A major disaster is an opportunity to revive into a more tough and supple area for the future of afflicted areas. From this point of view,  the concept of the internationally highlighted "Build Back Better" and how the recovery should be from a global perspective will be discussed showing such examples as the creative reconstruction from the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake and Japan's reconstruction system which is promoting the recovery of the East Japan great earthquake disaster.  In the event of large disasters, international aid will be crucial at the first phase.  Students are expected to learn international framework for international aid and support system for the affected countries, actual experiences of Japan which received international aid at the past two large disasters.  Students are expected to cultivate know how and ability to view disaster management globally and comprehensively. 

Educational Goals

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Become an individual that lives with strength and fortitude

The Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake occurred right here in Hyogo Prefecture. Even now, 22 years later, it offers many lessons about proper disaster risk reduction. Students will realize how helpless individuals are in the face of a large scale natural disaster and will learn how to design systems for people to help each other in the local community.

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Become a leader who works alongside the local community

The reason why we enjoy safety and security in our local communities, organizations, and schools is that the behind-the-scenes disaster management efforts of the national government, corporations, local governments, and other related groups. Starting in their first grade, year students will learn the fundamentals of safety and security and will acquire skills that will later help them in a variety of fields.

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Training leaders who will contribute to global society

“Global”, “borderless”and “international mobility”. In this modern age, as communication across  borders deepens, the world needs people who can live harmoniously alongside one another by making their own communities safe and secure with an eye toward global coexistence. We cultivate leaders who have this ability and experience with this approach.

Future Career Directions

Future Career Directions

Disaster Risk Reduction Study Course to certify ”Bosai-shi; Disaster Management Instructors”

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Obtaining the “Bosai-shi; Disaster Management Instructor” certification

Starting in the 2016 academic year, students who take the training course and supplemental classes and meet the proposed standard will be eligible to take the examination for the Disaster Management Instructor (certification issued by the NPO; Japan Bosai-shi Organization). At the first stage, students in the Faculty of Human Sciences were eligible in the 2016 academic year. From 2017, students of all faculties will be eligible for this training course

A Disaster Management Instructor follows the principles of “self help, mutual help, and public help”. They are responsible for engaging their community in efforts to increase disaster management capabilities in a variety of areas and are alert enough and meet the standard of knowledge and skills necessary to perform their duties.

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31 textbook-based lectures

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Participating in disaster management training with partner groups (Disaster Medical Assistant Team : DMAT)

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Practicing setting up portable toilets

Corporate partnerships

KUIS conducts the Disaster Management Instructor training course with the collaboration of corporate partners. Starting in the 2016 academic year, students who take the core lectures and supplemental classes and meet the proposed standard will be eligible to take the examination of the Disaster Management Instructors. At the first stage, students in the Faculty of Human Sciences were eligible in the 2016 academic year.  From 2017, students of all faculties will be eligible. (Certification issued by the Japan Bosai-shi Organization)

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協力企業様
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Corporate partners

1. Joint classes with corporate partners
2. Personnel exchange (for example, exchange of teachers)
3. Joint research and development
4. Sending/accepting interns, etc.

For the Local Community

Programs Open to the Public

We can advise you on how to make your community safe and secure. Please contact the Safety Management Education and Research Center with inquiries or other correspondence.

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Faculty Members

Tomio Saito

Director

Professor, Global Learning Advancement Department

Comprehensive disaster management, disaster management policy, international cooperation
Makoto Nakayama

Deputy Director

Professor, Faculty of Human Sciences

Criminal psychology, investigative psychology, forensic science

(polygraph testing and profiling)
Toshinari Nishioka

Professor, Faculty of Human Sciences

Crisis management and response
Masahiko Murata

Professor, Faculty of Human Sciences

Comprehensive disaster management, international disaster risk reduction

Partner Organizations of the Safety Management Education and Research Center

The two KUIS campuses are located close to research and outreach facilities that have many specialized safety management facilities. We utilize our network to help make communities safe and secure through cutting-edge and effective research, education, and community contribution projects.


○ Hyogo Prefectural mergency Management and Training Center

○ Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution

○ JICA Kansai

○ Asian Disaster Reduction Center

○ Hyogo International Association

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Miki Campus

1-18 Aoyama Shijimi-cho Miki Hyogo, 673-0521 JAPAN
Tel: +81-794-84-3610
Fax: +81-794-84-3562

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