Rich and varied encounters
A striking feature of CERAH's students is the large variety of first-hand experience of humanitarian emergency response they bring with them.
In recent years students attending CERAH’s courses have had experience of working in many crisis affected countries. Many worked on humanitarian projects responding to natural disasters such as the Indian Ocean Tsunami or the earthquakes in Armenia, Iran and Haiti. Others experienced responses to public health crises such as famine and the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa. "CERAH students bring a wealth of experience and expertise to CERAH and are a perfect representation of the diversity and complexity of the current humanitarian world," says director Prof Schopper (read full testimonial). This is one of the key attractions of CERAH’s courses.
© Undine Groeger
And we don't stop here. After their courses students gather on CERAH's alumni platforms where they can maintain regular contact, and exchange ideas, job offers and advice. Students and former students are encouraged to join and actively take part in these alumni platforms. Please click on the links below and don't hesitate to indicate the course you've taken when requesting admission to the closed groups.
What do CERAH alumni do after graduating?
CERAH students are experienced managers who come from practice and will go back to practice. During their time at CERAH they take a step back and integrate a holistic learning process to better reflect and inform practice. Many CERAH alumni then return to the organization they were working for before, some being offered interesting promotions. Others obtain jobs in international organizations or NGOs, occasionally even before they have formally obtained their degree. CERAH's Professional Humanitarian Corner offers every year unique opportunities for students, alumni and exclusive recruiters to meet and discuss.
Alumni have noted the following, key benefits resulting from their experiences at CERAH:
- Acquisition of relevant expertise
- Increased chances on the job market
- Academic diploma valued by (future) employers
- Improved relations with counterparts in the field
(From a study of students and former students in 2010)
(Organisations internationales et ONG dans le domaine de l’humanitaire)
What CERAH alumni say about the Master of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Action (MAS):
- Develops analytical and research skills
- Improves knowledge of the aims, role and operations of humanitarian organizations
- Improves understanding of challenges in implementing humanitarian aid and the search for solutions
- Brings sharper awareness of the dilemmas of humanitarian action, hidden agendas and the politics of aid
A majority of the students who replied to the questionnaire appreciated in particular:
- The multidisciplinary teaching combined with the variety of disciplines and professional experience brought by the students;
- The teaching methods, especially interactive and varied approaches which stimulate thought and debate;
- The quality of the courses, the wealth of their content and the multicultural environment.
Oscar CHAVEZ is a 2015/16 graduate of the Master of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Action.
"I particularly enjoyed the multidisciplinary and holistic approach that the Master's offered." Read his full testimonial.
Meet our alumni
Meet more alumni and read/listen to what they have to say in our dedicated testimonials section.