CERAH opens courses to graduate students


CERAH, the Geneva Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action, is opening up a range of its courses to graduate students who aspire to work in the humanitarian sector.

With the humanitarian sector becoming increasingly complex and competitive, it can be difficult for graduate students to find a way in. Often they find themselves in a catch-22 situation as even entry positions now require knowledge and expertise of the sector, and there are few courses that teach both the theory and practice required.

From 2020 onwards, CERAH will be opening its Master and Certificate courses to graduate students with relevant voluntary or internship experience. The one-year Executive Master provides students with an intensive training covering all key aspects of the humanitarian sector, including history, politics, legal framework, ethics, project management, the emergency to development nexus, and anthropology and intercultural perspectives. The three Certificate courses offer a seven-week ‘deep-dive’ into three distinct areas: Designing strategies and projects in humanitarian actionOperational communication, advocacy and negotiation; and Health of populations affected by humanitarian emergencies.

A joint centre of the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute, CERAH is a unique entity, with diversity at its core, ensuring its students are from a range of backgrounds, level of experience, cultures and ethnicities. This diversity makes the courses thought-provoking, intense and character building. Students develop analytical skills, so they can understand humanitarian contexts from all perspectives.

Professor Karl Blanchet, incoming Director of CERAH, explains that “We want our classes to be a unique learning experience, where both experienced and newly graduated students come together, learn from each other and use their similarities and differences to achieve a greater understanding of the humanitarian sector. The traditional way of teaching is outdated – today we need to blend our teaching, use multiple approaches to recreate scenarios that our students can learn from. Understanding the strategies chosen, and then analysing the outcomes is key to what we do at CERAH. Our teaching is embedded in humanitarian reality, which ensures our students have a realistic and comprehensive understanding of the sector and how to navigate it”.

For more information about CERAH please visit www.cerahgeneve.ch.