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25 Apr 17 26 Apr 17

Universities start unique partnership with MSF

The University of Manchester’s Humanitarian & Conflict Response Institute and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine have signed a unique partnership with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), in order to deliver an educational programme that will teach the leading humanitarians of tomorrow.

The Humanitarian & Conflict Response Institute and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine both have a long history of collaboration with MSF, and have strong complimentary profiles in the field of humanitarian studies.

“This offering is unique”, said Humanitarian & Conflict Response Institute Executive Director, Professor Bertrand Taithe. “We have organised it in such a way that it will be able to reflect the scoping and strategic needs as identified by MSF.”

"This is yet another example of our educational offering combining the research interests of colleagues with the daily realities of humanitarian workers and medical practitioners."
professor bertrand taithehumanitarian & conflict response institute executive director

“MSF approached both institutions, asking them to develop an educational proposal that will support MSF’s global strategic aims”, said Vickie Hawkins, Executive Director of MSF UK. “It will enhance the knowledge and skills of our staff so that they can further improve the services that meet the needs of the populations they serve.”

With the partnership between the three organisations now signed, the teaching offering is now being developed.

Using a flexible learning approach, it will consist of a mixture of a Master’s programme, course units in Research Methods, the Management of Change with emphasis on Human Resources, Humanitarian Management and a number of flexible options.

The three partners will also hold an annual Summer School, a residential week-long conference which will bring together staff and students of the partners and other humanitarian organisations.

The first MSF students are expected to register for studies next year.

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