NOHA Intensive Programme

The Intensive Programme is an introductory 6-day course which brings together NOHA students from all partner universities. Since 2010, it is organised at the University of Warsaw at the beginning of September each year.

The Intensive Programme is an initial inter-university joint course that:

  • brings together NOHA students, lecturers and researchers as well as a significant number of consultants, international experts, policy makers, aid managers and other guest speakers from NGOs and IGOs;
  • presents a wide range of humanitarian action issues by different specialists from both, the field and academia;
  • combines activities that are vital for the multicultural and interdisciplinary training of the future humanitarian action professional;
  • successfully combines theory (through lectures) and practice (through workshops, simulations exercises and case studies) based on the Network’s teaching-learning policy; and
  • serves as a unique forum where participants from different parts of the world and with different backgrounds, perspectives and expectations, share knowledge and experiences on current issues and problems in the area of humanitarian action.

The Intensive Programme introduces students to:

  • the NOHA Master’s Degree profile
  • key principles and concepts underlying humanitarian action
  • the main actors in the field of humanitarian relief, their policies and strategies
  • contemporary issues and challenges facing humanitarian actors

Location: University of Warsaw

NOHA Intensive Programme 1

Humanitarian Action in Times of Pandemic

7-11 September 2020
Online version
hosted by the University of Groningen & University of Warsaw

The objectives of the NOHA IP are threefold. Firstly, new students are introduced to NOHA, its values and programmes, and the people you will engage with over the course of your studies. Secondly, you will be introduced to the principles that characterise humanitarian action, some of the key humanitarian stakeholders and the main contemporary humanitarian challenges. Thirdly, you will address a current crisis caused by Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on humanitarian action.

Agenda

The Intensive Programme is deliberately conceived as a series of working sessions which are indeed very intensive in nature. Participants are requested to fully engage both during the Programme and through their final assignments to build into NOHA’s understanding of the transformation of Humanitarian Action and possibly contribute to the process itself. The agenda is available here.

Readings

It is essential that the students come prepared to the Intensive Programme, so please take your time to read the documents from the Reading List.

Speakers

The NOHA Intensive Programme 2020 gathers NOHA Faculty members, a vast range of consultants, international experts, policy makers, aid managers and other guest speakers from NGOs and IGOs. They are to share with NOHA students their experience of work in the humanitarian sector. See an expanding List of Speakers.

Useful information

The IP will be organized online with the usage of Blackboard (https://signon.rug.nl). Each student should have received a message about creation of his/her account (if not please contact your coordinator). All links to the events will be provided on the Blackboard. Please read NOHA Blackboard Student Guide to know in advance how it works; as well as NOHA IP 2020 Course Manual.

Updates

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RESILIENCE IN HUMANITARIAN ACTION

2-6 September 2019, Warsaw
hosted by the University of Warsaw

The objectives of the NOHA IP are threefold. Firstly, new students are introduced to NOHA, its values and programmes, and the people you will engage with over the course of your studies. Secondly, you will be introduced to the principles that characterise humanitarian action, some of the key humanitarian stakeholders and the main contemporary humanitarian challenges. Thirdly, you will analyse one of these challenges, namely addressing preparedness and resilience in humanitarian action especially in the context of urban vulnerability, through an interdisciplinary framework that you will establish with NOHA Faculty and guest speakers. This topic has been selected for the 2019 NOHA IP in lieu of its importance to the humanitarian stakeholders all around the globe.

Agenda

The Intensive Programme is deliberately conceived as a series of working sessions which are indeed very intensive in nature. Participants are requested to fully engage both during the Programme and through their final assignments to build into NOHA’s understanding of the transformation of Humanitarian Action and possibly contribute to the process itself. The agenda is available here. Please be aware that the programme will start on Monday 2nd September in early morning hours and finish on Friday 6th September in early afternoon hours – plan your arrival/departure accordingly.

READINGS

It is essential that the students come prepared to the Intensive Programme, so please take your time to read the documents from the Reading List (some of them are available here while other are freely available online).

Speakers

The NOHA Intensive Programme 2019 gathers NOHA Faculty members, a vast range of consultants, international experts, policy makers, aid managers and other guest speakers from NGOs and IGOs. They are to share with NOHA students their experience of work in the humanitarian sector. See an expanding List of Speakers.

USEFUL INFORMATION

The IP will be organized at the premises of the University of Warsaw, mostly within the proximity of the historical main campus. Several other locations, however, will also be explored. See a Practical Guide for Students which will help you in moving around Warsaw during the IP.

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Protecting the vulnerable

3-8 September 2018, Warsaw
hosted by the University of Warsaw

The objectives of the NOHA IP are threefold. Firstly, new students are introduced to NOHA, its values and programmes, and the people you will engage with over the course of your studies. Secondly, you will be introduced to the principles that characterise humanitarian action, some of the key humanitarian stakeholders and the main contemporary humanitarian challenges. Thirdly, you will analyse one of these challenges, namely addressing vulnerability of the crisis-affected people, through an interdisciplinary framework that you will establish with NOHA Faculty and guest speakers. This topic has been selected for the 2018 NOHA IP in lieu of its importance to the humanitarian stakeholders all around the globe.

Agenda

The Intensive Programme is deliberately conceived as a series of working sessions which are indeed very intensive in nature. Participants are requested to fully engage both during the Programme and through their final assignments to build into NOHA’s understanding of the transformation of Humanitarian Action and possibly contribute to the process itself. The agenda is available here. Please be aware that the programme will start on Monday 3rd September in early morning hours and finish on Saturday 8th September in late evening hours – plan your arrival/departure accordingly.

This year simulation exercise takes place in the field, please take comfortable (e.g. sport) clothes with you for that purpose! Be prepared for different weather conditions.

READINGS

It is essential that the students come prepared to the Intensive Programme, so please take your time to read the documents from the Reading List (some of them are available here while other are freely available online).

Speakers

The NOHA Intensive Programme 2018 gathers NOHA Faculty members, a vast range of consultants, international experts, policy makers, aid managers and other guest speakers from NGOs and IGOs. They are to share with NOHA students their experience of work in the humanitarian sector. See an expanding List of Speakers.

USEFUL INFORMATION

The IP will be organized at the premises of the University of Warsaw, mostly within the proximity of the historical main campus. Several other locations, however, will also be explored. See a Practical Guide for Students which will help you in moving around Warsaw during the IP.

UPDATES

Sign up for our Facebook event to receive updates on the agenda & speakers of the NOHA Intensive Programme 2018.


 

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humanitarian access

4-9 September 2017, Warsaw
hosted by the University of Warsaw

The objectives of the NOHA IP are threefold. Firstly, new students are introduced to NOHA, its values and programmes, and the people you will engage with over the course of your studies. Secondly, you will be introduced to the principles that characterise humanitarian action, some of the key humanitarian stakeholders and the main contemporary humanitarian challenges. Thirdly, you will analyse one of these challenges, namely the humanitarian access, through an interdisciplinary framework that you will establish with NOHA Faculty and guest speakers. This topic has been selected for the 2017 NOHA IP in lieu of its importance to the humanitarian stakeholders all around the globe.

Agenda

The Intensive Programme is deliberately conceived as a series of working sessions which are indeed very intensive in nature. Participants are requested to fully engage both during the Programme and through their final assignments to build into NOHA’s understanding of the transformation of Humanitarian Action and possibly contribute to the process itself. The final agenda is already available.

Recorded opening session of the IP 2017.
Keynote speech by Commissioner Christos Stylianides at the inauguration of the NOHA Intensive Programme.

This year simulation exercise takes place in the field, please take comfortable (e.g. sport) clothes with you for that purpose! Be prepared for different weather conditions.

READINGS

It is essential that the students come prepared to the Intensive Programme, so please take your time to read the documents from the Reading List. For the general/background readings, you are not expected to read every single page – they are rather meant to set the scene for the discussions you will have in Warsaw. For other readings, especially the ones for workshop sessions, it is highly advisable that you do indeed read them. Additional readings are for those who would like to delve more into the main theme of the IP: humanitarian access. They might come handy when you will be working on your IP assignment.

Speakers

The NOHA Intensive Programme 2017 gathers NOHA Faculty members, a vast range of consultants, international experts, policy makers, aid managers and other guest speakers from NGOs and IGOs. They are to share with NOHA students their experience of work in the humanitarian sector. See an expanding List of Speakers.

USEFUL INFORMATION

The IP will be organized at the premises of the University of Warsaw, mostly within the proximity of the historical main campus. Several other locations, however, will also be explored. See a Practical Guide for Students which will help you in moving around Warsaw during the IP.

UPDATES

Sign up for our Facebook event to receive updates on the agenda & speakers of the NOHA Intensive Programme 2017.


 

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