Key Benefits of CERAH's Educational Offer

To meet the specific needs of humanitarian professionals, CERAH offers training that provides:

Theory and Practice

  • Courses designed for experienced humanitarian workers
  • Teaching based on active learning methods that draw on students’ own experience and skills
  • Lectures and seminars delivered by academics and a wide range of experts from partner NGOs and international organisations

Recognised Professional Qualification

  • Focused on competencies
  • Of varied duration and objectives
  • With flexible timing: teaching modules can be accumulated over 3 to 5 years

Teaching takes place in English. French-language students may take written tests in French and write their research report in French.


Humanitarian Professionals and Continuing Education

A 2010 survey of current and former CERAH students found a broad consensus on why humanitarian professionals embarked on further training. Four reasons stood out:

  • The desire to step back from professional routine, in order to acquire a wider vision of humanitarian action in a multicultural context.
  • The perceived need to acquire theoretical knowledge and tools from other disciplines to achieve better responses to the complex challenges of humanitarian emergencies. Geneva was regarded as offering exceptional opportunities to achieve this goal.
  • The opportunity to obtain a post-graduate qualification, that was multidisciplinary and bilingual from a prestigious and internationally recognised university.
  • The aim to begin a career in humanitarian organisations (for students who were contemplating a career change), or to improve career prospects for those already working in the field.

CERAH’s training program allows students to design their own study plan in order to meet their personal objectives, while being part of a dynamic learning community.


Outstanding diversity

The single most important asset in an academic environment is the student body. Taking into account the postgraduate nature of CERAH teaching, the 2015/16 MAS and DAS students came with about 150 years of cumulated working experience in the humanitarian or development field and took solid advantage from the different professional backgrounds of fellow students.

Multiple geographic backgrounds confront students with an outstanding cultural and linguistic diversity and further mobilise soft skills. "Our courses gather contemporary humanitarians as they are and work today," describes Edith Favoreu.

CERAH student diversity


Specialised Training and Skill-Building Courses

CERAH's educational offer derives from an integrated teaching framework:

Download the pdf of CERAH's teaching programmes at a glance