The objectives of the Erasmus Mundus Master’s degree in International Humanitarian Action are:
- Provide an academic background and professional competences to people working in the field of international humanitarian action and international cooperation.
- Pool academic resources and cultural traditions from six European universities, encouraging mobility between them.
- Contribute to increasing the quality and role of higher education in Europe.
- Become an example of educational and training systems in the field of humanitarian action worldwide by offering a joint programme open to students and researchers from third countries.
- Contribute to the development of researcher profiles that allow for the generation of knowledge related to humanitarian action in its different forms and processes, from early alert to development, causes and results and short and long term impact.
The aim of the Master’s programme is to ensure that students acquire the following competences:
- Apply, in an innovative manner, recommendations based on humanitarian principles and values in agreement with personal codes of conduct in the design and management of programmes.
- Identify and apply legal sources to the humanitarian realities examined, taking into account the political and institutional complexities.
- Assess staff security risks in humanitarian work, searching for the best, safest and most innovative response in emergency, complex and unsafe contexts by using the correct strategies and techniques in compliance with humanitarian standards and principles. The aim is to reduce the impact of external stress factors in terms of personal and social implications with a view to avoid causing harm.
- Stimulate the personal and professional participation of team members and/or partners by taking initiatives, assessing the potential effects and risks and making strategic decisions to achieve a successful humanitarian project.
- Specialist actions that take into account experience which has been acquired in the search for pertinent evidence-based solutions, combining interdisciplinary knowledge and a comprehensive view of the crisis victims’ needs and capacities in a certain regional context.
- Question and substantiate the appropriateness of the judgements issued and analyse the consistency of the reasons behind said judgements with humanitarian action principles and values.
- Tackle difficult challenges in changing and unfamiliar situations without one's high level of effectiveness in responding to humanitarian needs being affected.
- Contribute to strengthen and develop the team, fostering communication, balanced distribution of work, good team atmosphere and cohesion.
- Formulate a range of open questions and alternatives to better understand the context in which humanitarian action is carried out and generate original reasoned initiatives.
- Efficiently pursue the objectives and goals set, analysing and addressing the difficulties and making the necessary adjustments in situations of humanitarian crises.
- Identify social and cultural diversity as an enriching personal and group aspect, which promotes social coexistence without discrimination due to gender, age, religion, social status, political beliefs or ethnic groups.