Why a Master's degree in Humanitarian Action?
The main objective of a Master’s degree in Humanitarian Action is to meet the growing need for higher educational qualifications specifically designed to respond to complex humanitarian crisis situations.
Unfortunately, emergency situations of this type have not only increased but have also become more complex. The number of people and areas affected by natural and manmade disasters is on the increase and will continue to rise in the medium and long term due to the interrelated impact of current and emerging world issues such as climate change, the food crisis, the financial crisis, extreme poverty, urban development, the water shortage, energy security, migration and population growth. There is therefore a growing need for qualified staff equipped to take on these new challenges in the field of humanitarian action. They must be capable leaders with proven supervision skills, prepared to establish priorities and plan operations to successfully respond to humanitarian crises.
What is the main value added of studying a Master's degree in International Humanitarian Action?
The value added of holding a degree such as the Master's degree in Acción Internacional Humanitaria-International Humanitarian Action (NOHA) is that this high quality educational programme is specifically for persons who work or who plan to work in high level positions in the field of humanitarian action, in national and international organisations and institutions, at headquarters or in the field.
The NOHA Master’s degree programme offers high quality preparation for university graduates who are now employed or plan to work in the field of humanitarian action.
The Joint European Master's in International Humanitarian Action (official diploma) is an inter-university, multidisciplinary postgraduate programme taught by seven NOHA (Network on Humanitarian Assistance) university network member institutions: (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium; Université Aix-Marseille, France; Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany; University College Dublin, Ireland; the University of Deusto, Spain; University of Uppsala, Sweden, and Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, the Netherlands). The programme is backed by the European Union, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), inter-governmental organisations (IGOs) and other humanitarian agents that work closely with the network.
The NOHA Master’s is the first world scale initiative undertaken to respond to the growing need for higher education qualifications specifically designed to handle complex emergency humanitarian situations. The programme was created in 1993 as the result of concerted efforts on the part of the Network on Humanitarian Assistance (NOHA) Universities, working in close collaboration with two Directorates-General of the European Commission: DG for Humanitarian Aid (ECHO) and DG for Education and Culture. ... This official Master’s degree programme has been taught since 2004. It has been chosen as a model for joint Master’s degree programmes for the EUA (European Universities Association and selected by the ANECA to take part in the pilot project on accreditation of joint programmes in 2009.
In September 2004, the European Commission chose the NOHA Master's as one of the first programmes with the Erasmus Mundus status. It received this distinction again in 2009.
Mobility is a key aspect of Master’s in Acción Internacional Humanitaria-International Humanitarian Action (NOHA). A six-month mobility period is compulsory for NOHA students. Participants study at different universities and benefit from rich cultural interaction and the opportunity to use different languages. Upon successful completion of the entire programme, students will be awarded a a Joint Diploma in International Humanitarian Action. All students will be given a diploma supplement.