What are the dominant issues in humanitarian action? What is the so-called "aid industry"? And can professionalization prevent dependence on aid? Find out in this programme.
The 120 ECTS Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree in International Humanitarian Action is an inter-university, multidisciplinary Master. You will receive high quality academic education and develop professional competencies to work in the area of humanitarian action. You can study the programme at 8 European universities in the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Ireland, Malta, France, and Poland and follow a Regional Training Track at various global partner universities.
This programme is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural, and multilingual teaching by interfaculty staff, in-house experts, and field-experienced guest lecturers. You will learn to evaluate humanitarian emergencies, study the causes of conflicts and disasters, analyze different coping strategies, and assess intervention and reconstruction programmes. As a graduate, you will have the capacity to act at all levels of cross-cultural humanitarian relief operations and to enhance professional delivery of assistance and substantial actions.
NB: Application through NOHA network: apply.nohanet.org. Applications submitted via Studielink will not be considered.
NOHA is an inter-university interdisciplinary master's programme that provides a comprehensive blend of theoretical and practical knowledge and experience in the field of humanitarian action. NOHA is unique because of its international academic exposure that fosters a global alumni network of diverse and passionate humanitarians, strengthens expertise in cross-cutting issues, and enhances professional competencies.
With a prior multidisciplinary background in Social Work and an interest in child protection in humanitarian action, NOHA gave me the platform to dive deeper into the complexities and intricacies of humanitarian emergencies. I particularly appreciate the international and multicultural nature of the programme as it allowed me to engage in intentional and meaningful interactions with people from diverse and intersecting contexts, identities, countries, and regions and to exchange shared values and interests.
My work placement at SolidarityNow - Blue Refugee Centre introduced me to the refugee context in Greece and Europe. As a Child-Friendly Space Facilitator, I cultivated my skills in working autonomously with refugee and migrant children, centring child rights and their best interests at the core, providing mental health and psychosocial support, facilitating educational activities, and much more.
Overall, NOHA inspired me to grow as an individual through reflective processes and proactively delving deeper into humanitarian realities.
As part of the third semester of the NOHA master's programme, I chose the Work Placement Track because I was motivated to gain a professional understanding of education in humanitarian settings in particular, having experienced how displacement affects the education of children firsthand in my country. Thankfully, I got an internship with the UNHCR Education Section HQ in Copenhagen, Denmark.
My internship with the UNHCR hugely contributed to my understanding of how global policies and laws are operationalized into programmes and projects for the protection and promotion of the rights of refugees. My role as the Primary Education intern was to provide support to country-level programming for the ‘Educate a child’ programme, which supports the education of refugee children in 14 countries. I also assisted in the development of a new three-year phase of this programme and learned how to handle the more technical aspects of humanitarian programme development. As part of my tasks, I also wrote policy briefs on various topics relevant to refugee education. This opportunity to work with global data on displaced persons helped inspire the formation of my master’s thesis.
I really liked that this UNHCR office is located in a building with 11 other UN agencies. This gave me the opportunity to network with top professionals in various specialities and people from many diverse backgrounds, which also helped improve my interpersonal competences. The internship combined academic theories and professional practice, which was one of my expectations of the NOHA master’s programme.
During my studies I focused on human rights, primarily concerning refugees and other forced migrants. I chose to study NOHA because it exemplified what I wanted for my future and the programme paralleled both my education and experiences. It expanded on the broader humanitarian context, but also provided a regional focus.
You will spend your second and third semester of NOHA abroad at two of the numerous partner universities. I chose to go to the University of Malta during the second-semester specialization period to focus on forced migration in Malta and its geostrategic location in the EU.
I selected Chiang Mai University, Thailand, for the exchange in my third semester, the Regional Training Track, because it offered a regional perspective on humanitarian causes within the greater Mekong sub-region. I specifically focused on labour migrants in Thailand from a regional perspective and learned about the regional solutions. The courses at Chiang Mai University and two internships at Mekong Migration Network and ADRA-Thailand were very informative and helped me understand the sociopolitical situation of labour migrants. I appreciated the ability to learn about the humanitarian field through the lens of the countries we study in.
My experience in Thailand motivated my thesis topic, which focused on labour migrants and how the effects of Covid-19 and political events in neighboring countries affected their narrative in Thailand. NOHA gave me the unique opportunity to understand the broad humanitarian field with the specificities of the comprehension of migration in the greater Mekong region.
Are you a non-EU/EEA student from Russia, India or Indonesia, starting a Master's programme at the Faculty of Arts? If so, you could qualify for the University of Groningen OTS/Talent Grant, Faculty of Arts, a partial scholarship which helps you to finance your studies.
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