The NOHA Master’s degree provides a high quality academic background, targeting university graduates who work or plan to work in the humanitarian action area.
The Erasmus Mundus Master’s degree in International Humanitarian Action (NOHA) is a multidisciplinary inter-university postgraduate programme which offers an official diploma. It is taught by seven NOHA -Network On Humanitarian Assistance- member universities, the University of Deusto in Bilbao and another NOHA Network host university. Other members: Université Aix-Marseille, France; Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany; University College Dublin, Ireland; Universidad de Uppsala, Sweden, and Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, the Netherlands. The programme receives collaboration and support from the European Union and NGOs, intergovernmental organisations (IGOs) and other humanitarian agents that the Network works closely with.
The NOHA Master’s degree is the first of its type to address the growing need for university qualifications that have been specifically designed to prepare graduates to tackle complex humanitarian emergencies. It was created with this spirit in 1993 as a result of the actions agreed with the NOHA Network in close collaboration with the European Commission Directorate Generals: the DG for Humanitarian Aid (ECHO) and the DG for Education and Culture. The programme has been officially recognised by the Spanish Ministry since 2004, is a model joint Master's programme for the EUA (European Universities Association) and was chosen by ANECA to take part in a pilot accreditation project for joint programmes in 2009.
In September 2004, the European Commission chose the NOHA Master’s programme as one of the leading Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes. It was selected again in 2009.
Mobility is a key element of NOHA. NOHA students are eligible for one semester mobility periods. Participants study at different universities and benefit from enriching cultural interaction and the possibility to use different languages.