Certificate of Advanced Studies in Climate and Disaster Risk Management

from Università della Svizzera italiana
Registration deadline: 30 Sep 2020 Training date: 11 Oct 2020 to 17 Oct 2020 More Information


Explore how innovation can contribute to limiting climate related hazards. Integrate humanitarian action with planning and analysis tools during a simulated emergency to experience the changing nature of humanitarian preparedness and response.


• Disaster Risk Reduction

• Innovation in Climate Risk Management

• Capstone Simulation in Humanitarian Assistance

Core Competencies

• Disaster Risk Management

• Climate Risk Management

• Integrated Supply Chain Strategy

• Development and Humanitarian Nexus

• Humanitarian Assistance

• Disaster Preparedness

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this CAS you will be able to:

• Understand the linkages between development and emergency related concepts of risk, hazards, vulnerability, capacity, assets, governance and discrimination

• Critically review different approaches and tools used in practice in disaster management

• Apply planning and analysis tools and approaches to different types of crises and emergencies

• Understand the basics of how science, technology, and organizational innovations can help the humanitarian sector understand and address climate-related hazards, focusing on the strengths and limitations of forecasts at different time scales

• Work with experts from other disciplines in order to jointly identify the constellation of means, relationships, and processes that can enable forecast-based decisions to save lives and livelihoods

• Understand the humanitarian system and the tools and approaches required to deal with the changing nature of humanitarian preparedness and response in the field and at headquarters

• Discuss the major questions about the future of humanitarian assistance

• Appreciate the need for organizations to be accountable to a wide constituency, including beneficiaries, donors, the public, and the press


USI Università della Svizzera italiana is one of 12 universities under the Swiss university system, coordinated by the Rectors’ Conference of the Swiss Universities (swissuniversitites). swissuniversities represents all 12 Swiss universities and maintains relationships with other accredited universities outside Switzerland. As a recognized university that is part of the public system, the degree-granting body of the Master of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Logistics and Management is USI Università della Svizzera italiana.

Fee information:
The total tuition cost of the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Climate and Disaster Risk Management is CHF 5'000. Travel expenses, visa fees, and accommodation are not included in the tuition.
How to register:

Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis until all places are filled. Students requiring a visa for Switzerland are strongly urged to apply as early as possible. The visa process can take up to 3 months.

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