ECHO Initiative to Establish a European Degree Course In International Humanitarian Aid
by Humanitarian Practice Network March 1994

At the initiative of the European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO), a new European graduate degree on International Humanitarian Aid is being established by a group of five European universities. The group is made up of the Ruhr-Universitat Bochum (Germany); la Universidad de Deusto (Spain); l’Université d’Aix-Marseille (France); l’Université Catholique de Louvain, Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (Belgium); and the University of Oxford, Refugee Studies Programme (UK).

The degree is being organised in the framework of the ERASMUS programme which enables students to follow part of their courses in a foreign university. The course, the first of which is scheduled to begin in the 1994-5 academic year, will be multi-disciplinary and involve joint curriculum development, student and staff mobility and two months of practical training via an internship programme.

Course modules on areas such as law, logistics and medicine/epidemiology are currently being prepared by pairs of universities working together.

For more information, contact:

ECHO
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1140 Brussels
Belgium
Tel: (32 2) 295 44 00