About IISEE-UNESCO Lecture Notes Archive


The IISEE-UNESCO LECTURE NOTES series is open-ended educational content consisting of information such as lecture notes from the International Institute of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering (IISEE) training courses, which is made available on the Internet free of charge for anyone to use and to study worldwide. It was initiated by IISEE with the cooperation of UNESCO and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to help mitigate earthquake disasters in developing countries.

It is based on the concept of Open Course Ware (OCW), which was launched in 2001 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA.

With more than 100 institutions around the world now joining MIT in the OCW Consortium, the OCW movement has taken off on a global scale with membership in the United States, Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America.


In Japan, Kyoto University currently offers 100 courses of lecture materials as a resource for user-friendly higher education throughout the world.


Organization of IISEE


BRI and IISEE are situated in the Tsukuba Science City, which is located 60 km to the northeast of the Tokyo.