University of The Free State Dimtec

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University of The Free State Dimtec

University of The Free State Dimtec, When disaster strikes, all living creatures naturally react with a fight-or-flight response. But what if you’re not strong enough, or have nowhere to run? This is when suffering sets in. Hunger, death, degradation, loss, damage, destruction, desperation. Since 2001, we have the vision to reduce disaster risk – because we can!


At the University of the Free State (UFS) Disaster Management Training and Education Centre for Africa (DiMTEC), we strive towards informing the public about disaster risk reduction through education. Our master’s, postgraduate degrees in disaster management, short courses, and research are of the highest quality. The recent addition of a PhD ensures that research towards making a difference continue in various fields.

DiMTEC’s first course was approved and registered by the South African Qualifications Authority in 2001, after which we joined the Department of Agricultural Economics in the vision of becoming an independent centre, which came about in 2005.

We have close ties with several United Nations institutions, such as UNU-EHS, UNU-FLORES, UNOOSA, UNSPIDER, UNEASCO, UNEP, UNCCD, UNISDR, and UNDP. Furthermore, we have good working relationships with NGOs such as CARE International, OXFAM, ADRA, and others. Universities we collaborate with, include:

  • National University of Science and Technology, Zimbabwe
  • Kenyatta University, Kenya
  • University of Cape Town
  • Free University of Berlin
  • Dresden University of Technology, Germany
  • University of Bonn, Germany
  • Public University of Hungary
  • University of Novi Sad, Serbia
  • Babes-Bolyai University, Romania
  • Beijing Normal University

DiMTEC is proud to be on the foreground of disaster management training in Africa. If you want to make a difference – become a ‘DiMTECtor’!

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General Enquiries

Mrs Annelene Schröder
Tel: +27(0)51 401 2721
Fax: +27(0)51 401 9336

The Disaster Management Training and Education Centre for Africa (DiMTEC)

Physical Address
Room 3.102, First Floor, Agriculture Building
Main Campus, University of the Free State
Nelson Mandela Road
South Africa

Postal Address
UFS Internal 58
PO Box 338
South Africa