ALUMNI - A rich and varied human relations and experience exchange

A striking feature of our students is the large variety of first-hand experience of humanitarian emergency response they bring with them.   

In recent years students attending our 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.

"Our students bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the centre and are a perfect representation of the diversity and complexity of the current humanitarian world," explains Professor Blanchet.

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What do the alumni do after graduating?

Our students are experienced managers who come from practice and will go back to practice. During their time with us they take a step back and integrate a holistic learning process to better reflect and inform practice. Many of our 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.

Alumni members have noted the following, key benefits resulting from their experiences at our centre:

  • Acquisition of relevant expertise
  • Increased chances on the job market
  • Academic diploma valued by (future) employers
  • Improved relations with counterparts in the field

What OUR alumni say about the MASTER in Humanitarian Action:

  • 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.