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Studying crises, finding answers

Understanding Corona and Co.: these study courses in Germany focus on education to fight disasters and crises.

Johannes Göbel, 12.06.2020
Focus on crises: climate activist with Corona mask
Focus on crises: climate activist with Corona mask © picture alliance / GES/Marvin Ibo Güngör

Disaster Prevention and Disaster Management: master's degree course at the University of Bonn

Further education to be prepared for everything: the master's degree course in Disaster Prevention and Disaster Management (KaVoMa) at the University of Bonn targets managers responsible for protecting the population and vital infrastructure. Students and alumni work, for example, in public authorities, but also in the health sector or for private companies. Johannes Hartl, a KaVoMa alumnus and expert in crisis management at Deutsche Telekom, explains how he is dealing with the Corona pandemic: "What helps me in particular is what I learned about structured crisis management, reaction levels and leadership methods. Another thing I find helpful is the subject of my master's thesis, which dealt with pandemic planning in telecommunications companies."

'Natural Hazards and Risks in Structural Engineering': master's degree course at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

The best infrastructure is of no use if it is destroyed by natural disasters. International experts who can prevent this from happening receive training at the master's degree course in 'Natural Hazards and Risks in Structural Engineering' at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. The engineers use state-of-the-art equipment to carry out risk assessments and find answers to disasters such as earthquakes, storms and floods.

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'International Organisations and Crisis Management': master's degree course at the University of Jena

Starting in the winter semester 2020/21, the new master's degree course in 'International Organisations and Crisis Management' aims to cover a wide range of fields from the euro crisis to the migration crisis and the Corona pandemic. "After the crisis is before the crisis," says Professor Rafael Biermann from the University of Jena. "The question is what crises have in common and how we can deal with them." To this end, political scientist Biermann together with his colleagues and their students want to examine in particular the work of international governmental and non-governmental organizations. The focus is e.g. on the United Nations Refugee Agency, the World Health Organization, the International Red Cross and Doctors without Borders.


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