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International Humanitarian Action (120 EC)


The list below shows an overview of all NOHA Lecturers and Associate staff. Visit their personal university staff page to read more about the research topics our staff is involved in and to see an overview of their publications.

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  • Opleidingsvideo

    20 Years NOHA

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    What has been the most inspiring moment in your career?

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  • Testimonial van Amanda Martinez Nero

    Work experience NOHA alumna

    Nationality: Italian and Brazilian Pre education: BA in Social Communication


    In 2003, she worked on a project interviewing Brazilian soldiers who had been in the Second World War in order to build up a Digital Database for students and researchers. When that project was concluded, she took a break from university and went to England to learn English and work babysitting, gardening and waitressing.

    After England, she lived and worked as a volunteer in Israel during the conflict with Lebanon. Next stop was Nepal, and there she worked in an orphanage taking care of children, teaching them English and arts, helping with the daily work, and orientating about health care. In India she gave conversation English classes to refugees from Tibet and later on she went to Australia to work as a waitress. 

    Back to Brazil, three years later, she worked at the BBC History Magazine (Brazilian version) as an editorial assistant and after that in the website of the Ministry of Tourism, where she was a reporter and photographer. At the same time she finished university and started to work on the project of the documentary film "Beyond Madness". a film about the exclusion of people with mental disturbs. A year and a half later, the 23-minute documentary, won the category of TV's 5th edition of the Journalism Award of the ABP 2010.

    In the second half of 2010 she left to Asia and Middle East to work as volunteer and as a freelancer journalist. In 2012, she went to France to learn French and work as a volunteer in a spiruline (nutritious algae) farm. In the beginning of 2013, already back in Brazil, she started working as a photographer and as a volunteer teacher.

    – Amanda Martinez Nero
  • Testimonial van Ulla Pape, Duitsland

    Humanitarian Action is not just a study, it's also a network

    I applied for the Master's programme in Humanitarian Action because I wanted to learn more about the work of humanitarian aid organizations. My preference was the specialization in comprehensive security, which is offered by the University of Groningen.

    It was definitely a very good choice, because of the combination of different perspectives on the topic and the courses in International Law, Anthropology, Public Health, etc. Our group following the Humanitarian Master in Groningen was very diverse, with students from different countries, different academic disciplines and backgrounds. Many students had already worked for humanitarian organizations and shared their experiences. The programme offers opportunities for exchange and mobility. It is an exciting experience to get to know more than one university and to combine study and an internship. Humanitarian Action is more than just a study, it's also a network. After graduation, most students keep in touch through the alumni network.

    – Ulla Pape, Duitsland
  • Testimonial van Cynthia Sahan

    An international and multidisciplinary academic study that promotes networking, cooperation and expertise

    'The Joint Master's Programme in International Humanitarian Action is a one and half year intensive programme that is advantageous for those who would like to perform in the humanitarian sector looking at the complexity and particularity of the humanitarian world.

    The complexity of humanitarian actions around the globe makes it indispensable to master the humanitarian principles and to be well equipped with the necessary tools for proper interventions. Hence a number of specific tools are provided in a way that will facilitate your ability to intervene in settings where humanitarian aid is needed to save lives in dignified manners.

    It is an international and multidisciplinary academic study that promotes networking, cooperation and expertise for the delivery of high quality services to the ones in need. Since the NOHA programme is basically rooted in a network of universities, during the second semester, students get the opportunity to specialise in a specific area of humanitarian action of their choice, which is meant to deepen and strengthen their knowledge in this particular area. The specialisation in international humanitarian action is unique and offers both theoretical and practical insights regarding the humanitarian field. On the one hand the practical facet allows you to apply the theories. And on the other hand it is an experience that gives the opportunity to shape your professional career as a humanitarian worker.'

    – Cynthia Sahan
  • Testimonial van Koen van der West

    What I liked most within my internship is that I worked with people with a different background, which gave me other perspectives on certain issues.

    Within the Master International Humanitarian Action an internship is a mandatory part. Throughout my studies I have become very interested in the interaction between military and humanitarian actors, and therefore I decided to get an internship within the specific field of civil-military interaction. During my studies I got in contact with several civil-military professionals, who gave me advice on possible internship placements.

    My internship at the CCOE gave me the experience of working within a multi-cultural professional (military) organization. More specifically I learned how to work within a team on a specific project. Furthermore I gained a lot of knowledge with regards to civil-military interaction and doing research, and I learned how to work under time pressure. Although my internship was mandatory I would like to highly recommend students to do an internship, since it gives you real working experience and (hopefully) gives you more insight into your further career.

    What I liked most within my internship is that I worked with people with a different background, which gave me other perspectives on certain issues. Furthermore I really liked that I was given real responsibilities, which gave me an idea that I was really part of the team within the CCOE. Lastly I really liked that I could put my academic research skills into practical use. Read more

    – Koen van der West
  • Testimonial van Lars Faber

    Placement at CARE India

    I had already undertaken placements in Central America so I was already used to working in new environments. This placement taught me how to make decisions under pressure of time and money, based on sufficient relevant training. In addition, I learned to transfer my insights and knowledge to the organization in an accessible way. I also learned how to procure some freedom within a highly hierarchical organization in order to get the desired learning experience.

    What I found most impressive were the field visits to a region that had been hit by a giant tidal wave followed by landslides and earthquakes. The situation of many people in that region is deplorable, and their prospects for the future are sobering for someone from a different background. I enjoyed the conversations with people who were building new houses, the hospitality in rural areas, and the feeling of my standard frame of reference being challenged.  My research into the operationalization of ‘resilience’ in CARE projects is what made life at the office in New Delhi a fun experience, besides the Indian way of eating lunch together, sharing food, celebrating Indian festivals, and talking with colleagues about cultural differences and local customs.  What I would do differently next time is that I would draw up a schedule of feedback opportunities. When you are part of an Emergency Response Unit of a humanitarian organization you never know what may happen next week or whether someone is available or not. This may make drawing up and updating such a schedule a complicated task, but scheduled moments of revision and feedback are essential when you have limited time carrying out your own research and are at the same time going through a phase of personal development.

    – Lars Faber
  • Testimonial van Manouck Wagner

    The NOHA Joint Master degree has the perfect combination of academic study and practical experiences. As you will have lectures from those working in the field, it gives you practical insight alongside the academic theories

    My name is Manouck Wagner, I am 23 years old and currently participating in the NOHA Joint Masters Degree. There are many reasons why I decided to pursue this particular masters degree. Personally, the most important reason is because I am passionate about humanitarian aid, to help those in need in the most effective and sustainable way.


    The NOHA Joint Master degree has the perfect combination of academic study and practical experiences. As you will have lectures from those working in the field, it gives you practical insight alongside the academic theories. Furthermore, one of the best aspects is that NOHA covers a wide variety of subjects during your studies, which encourages you to think more on an interdisciplinary level, and look at problems from different angles. NOHA students all have different backgrounds, which gives you also the opportunity to work together with a diverse group of people, with differences in culture and knowledge, to establish a common understanding. It makes you aware of all the different points of view and enables you to have interesting discussions with amazing people.

    Two Year Curriculum

    The two year curriculum is another great aspect of the NOHA Master degree, as it enables you to specialize in different topics during your second semester, and either to conduct research at a non-European partner university or to do a work placement in your third semester. This means that you will still have a reasonable amount of time to work on your thesis during your fourth semester.

    – Manouck Wagner
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