IISEE Training

IISEE Training

Outline of International Institute of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering (IISEE) and its development

In order to contribute to earthquake and tsunami disaster mitigation, the International Institute of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering (IISEE) at the Building Research Institute (BRI), in cooperation with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), has provided training courses in seismology, earthquake engineering and tsunami disaster mitigation to researchers and engineers from developing countries. Currently there are four kinds of training programs: Training Courses in Seismology, Earthquake Engineering and Tsunami Disaster Mitigation. Latin American Earthquake Engineering Course (one of the Seminar Courses), a Global Seismological Observation Course, During 2009 to 2012 China Seismic Building Course was carried out. These training courses have been highly acclaimed both within Japan and around the world, and to date they have been completed by a total of 2,027 participants from 105 countries.

At the Second World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, held in Tokyo in 1960, it was established that there was a need for earthquake engineering training to be provided to young researchers from developing countries who had studied seismology and earthquake engineering. Consequently, the first international training in seismology and earthquake engineering, which consisted of a Seismological Course and an Earthquake Engineering Course, was carried out at the University of Tokyo later that year. The results of the training were widely praised by the international community, and the Government of Japan established the IISEE at the BRI in cooperation with OTCA (Overseas Technical Cooperation Agency). The first half of the second term of training during 1961-1962 was held at Waseda University, with the IISEE taking over for the latter half of the training. During 1963-1972 UNESCO(United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has supported the Government of Japan to maintain IISEE training courses. The "Tsunami Disaster Mitigation Course" was newly established in 2006, and the "Seismology Course," "Earthquake Engineering Course," and "Tsunami Disaster Mitigation Course" were integrated as one course into "Seismology, Earthquake Engineering, and Tsunami Disaster Mitigation" in 2015. Since then, the IISEE has continued to revise its curriculum according to requests from developing countries and in response to the advancement of academics and technology.

International Institute of Seismology and Earthquake

Training Course Field Capacity Period Commencement Ex-participants
Regulartd Seismology Earthquake Engineering 5 1 year (Oct-Sept ) Lectures in Class (8 months) Individual Study (3 months) 1960 581 1257
Earthquake Engineering Earthquake Engineering 10 1960 605
Tsunami Disaster Mitigation Tsunami 5 2006 71
Seminar China Seismic Building Earthquake Engineering 20 2 months 2009
72 361
Latin American Earthquake Engineering Latin American Earthquake Engineering 14 2 months(2 weeks in Latin American) 2014
Aribitrary Seismology/ Earthquake Engineering 10 ~ 20 Seismology/ Earthquake Engineering 1980
Global Seismological Observation Seismogy 20 2 months(Jan - Mar) 1995 297
Individual Seismology/ Earthquake Engineering/Tsunami Several Upon Request 1968 112

As of March, 2024