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EMI Trainings

To promote knowledge sharing in urban disaster risk reduction, the Institute for Urban Resilience offers capacity building programs that range from face-to-face, blended or purely online training. These are designed to facilitate both instructor-guided and peer to peer learning and discussion , in order to improve the skills and competencies of DRM professionals, city leaders, researchers, and other key stakeholders  in different aspects of DRR.


Global Distance Learning Program on Natural Disaster Risk Management

The Natural Disaster Risk Management Program (NDRMP) is EMI’s flagship online learning initiative conducted in partnership with GFDRR. The NDRMP has been offered since 2006 and has produced approximately 1500 graduates from 71 countries. Learn more about the NDRMP here.


Customized Classes

EMI can also provide customized DRR classes for organizations interested in providing these for their staff,  as long as a minimum number of participants (20 individuals) can be assured. If you are interested in customized classes for your organization, please send us an email at

Modes of Training

EMI uses the following modes of training, which are customized based on the needs and requirements of its course participants and partner organizations.

  •  Online

Course materials such as interactive presentations, videos, case studies and supplementary readings, quizzes and knowledge checks, and end of course projects are accessed on participants’ PCs or mobile devices via a customized Moodle e-learning platform. Interactions between students, and with the Course Support Team, are also conducted online through the platform’s discussion forums and messaging application.

Participants can access the course materials at their own pace, as long as they meet the deadlines for quizzes, discussion forum contributions, and assignment/project submissions.

  • Face-to-Face

Training is conducted in a conventional class setting, with the participants and Course Support Team physically present in a specific location. In this mode of training, participants meet regularly, with learning sessions following a set schedule. 

  • Blended

For this type of training, participants’ online learning sessions are supplemented by face-to-face meetings with their co-learners and the Subject Matter Expert, which are scheduled at set times within the duration of the course.

The new schedule for the NDRMP training courses will be released in October 2017. Please check here and in our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates.

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