NOHA Network

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NOHA is a growing network of 9 European member universities and numerous global partner universities from different continents. The institutions share a commitment to humanitarian action and cooperate in joint educational and training programmes and research.




NOHA Network on Humanitarian Action was born from the idea that higher educational institutions have an essential role to play in enhancing professionalism in the delivery of humanitarian aid through education.

In 1993, the 5 universities, including the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, that composed NOHA at the time set on board the pioneering task of finding space for universities among the then limited humanitarian stakeholder mix. They established a network of universities across Europe delivering a multidisciplinary Masters programme that would be managed and administered by academics from a range of related disciplines.

NOHA in short

  • Founded in 1993
  • Network of 9 European and 9 global partner universities
  • Joint Master's Degree in International Humanitarian Action
  • Multiple annual thematic schools and an undergraduate module
  • Journal of International Humanitarian Action
  • 150+ professors and lecturers
  • 3,500+ graduates and an active NOHA Alumni Community

Growing network and activities

Over the past 20 years the network has expanded and now comprises universities from 9 EU member states as well as 9 global partner universities on different continents.

With the support of the European Commission's Directorate General for Education and Culture (DG EAC), NOHA has been able to grow its network and expand its range of activities. NOHA currently develops education & training programmes, research & publication initiatives, and projects to serve students, professionals, researchers as well as institutions and organisations in the humanitarian action sector.