NOHA (Network on Humanitarian Action)

The NOHA European Master’s in International Humanitarian Action was selected by the European Commission among the first 19 Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses, involving 82 European universities, which started at the beginning of the 2004-2005 academic year. Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses are selected for five years. This implies that the NOHA consortium has committed itself to maintaining the Course and to hosting third-country students and scholars for five academic years running.

The Erasmus Mundus programme is a co-operation and mobility programme in the field of higher education which promotes the European Union as a centre of excellence in learning around the world. It supports European top-quality Masters Courses and enhances the visibility and attractiveness of European higher education in third countries. Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses constitute the central component around which Erasmus Mundus is built. They are high-quality integrated courses at masters level offered by a consortium of at least three universities in at least three different European countries. The courses must be “integrated” to be selected under Erasmus Mundus, which means that they must foresee a study period in at least two of the three universities and that it must lead to the award of a recognised double, multiple or joint diploma.

Erasmus Mundus Scholarships

The Erasmus Mundus Programme provides EU-funded scholarships for third country nationals and European students participating in the Master Courses. From 2004/2005, the NOHA universities welcome the first recipients of Erasmus Mundus scholarships including students and academics, all with excellent academic records who come to study the Joint European Masters Course in International Humanitarian Action.

NOHA Mundus Partnership

Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses also have the possibility of establishing partnerships with third-country higher education institutions in order to encourage European universities to open themselves up to the world and to reinforce their world-wide presence.

NOHA has established an Erasmus Mundus Partnership with 7 third-country higher education institutions. The NOHA Mundus Partnership provides a framework for mobility for European Union graduate students and scholars and for third country students and scholars. The duration of the Partnership is three years. The institutions involved are the seven European NOHA Network members (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, Université d’Aix-Marseille III, France, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, University College of Dublin, Ireland, Universidad de Deusto, Spain, University of Uppsala, Sweden, and University of Gröningen, The Netherlands) and the following third-country institutions:

* Monash University, Australia
* Universidad Javeriana, Colombia
* Bangalore University, India
* Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia
* Saint-Joseph University, Beyrouth, Lebanon
* University of Western Cape, South Africa
* Columbia University, United States

The objectives of the NOHA Mundus Partnership which follow from the general objectives of the NOHA Erasmus Mundus Master’s Course are:

1. To establish and develop a framework for cooperation and students and scholars mobility between the NOHA Mundus institutions and a selected number of third-country universities and programmes.
2. To respond to the challenges raised by the new environment in which international humanitarian action works and to further the development of humanitarian assistance education through an agreed programme of joint research and training.
3. To advance in cooperation at worl level by a common understanding of the importance of international humanitarian action and its developments through courses jointly designed and elaborated.
4. To enhance the quality of European higher education by fostering co-operation with third countries in order to improve the development of human resources and to promote dialogue and exchange for a better understanding between peoples and cultures.

Activities involved: The following of specific modules and tutorials from selected programmes related to humanitarian action in every institution. It also involves team research jointly supervised by local academics and NOHA scholars.

The partner institutions will provide an input during the last component of the NOHA Mundus programme (D. Research and Work Placement Component) during the months from July through to September.

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