Students at the Earthquake Engineering Research Centre in Selfoss, during the summer course in 2012

Natural Disaster Management summer course 2012 has begun

The summer course for 2012 started today with by the course instructor Dr.  Sólveig Þorvaldsdóttir greeting the students. She was followed by the mayor of the municipality of Árborg, Ásta Stefánsdóttir, who welcomed the students on behalf of the municipality. After mutual introductions and exchange of practical information regarding the course, Árborg and the surrounding areas, the Earthquake Engineering Research Centre and the University Centre of South Iceland, the coursework commenced.

Classes take place each day at the Earthquake Centre, and this time the students are from seven countries, Canada, Finland, Germany, Greece, Palestine, Switzerland and the United States. They have a wide variety of background experience: Civil Engineering, Information Technology Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Anthropology, European Applied Economics and Education Studies and most are currently pursuing a masters or doctoral degree at their universities.

It is worth noting that the course is also attended by representatives from Jericho City in Palestine. They attend the course via  the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, with the purpose of Jericho City and Árborg working together on the “My City is Getting Ready” Campaign, which is sponsored by the United Nations.