ICU Graduate School Signs a Partnership Agreement with the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA) that Offers Master Programmes Initiated by Eight Prestigious European Graduate Schools

Update:November 9, 2016

ICU President Junko Hibiya (on left) and NOHA President Joost Herman signing the agreement

ICU will start cooperating with Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA) from AY 2017 as the sixth global partner university from outside of Europe providing "NOHA Joint Master's Programme in International Humanitarian Action", a program created through the concerted efforts of eight prestigious European graduate schools. This partnership has been realized through connections built by ICU Professor Takako Ueta (major: Politics, International Relations) who was engaged in cooperation between the EU Humanitarian Aid Office and the Japanese Government, when she was working as deputy ambassador of the Mission of Japan to the European Union, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

To conclude the partnership agreement, NOHA President Joost Herman, Professor of University of Groningen (Netherlands) visited ICU and signed the agreement on November 7 (Mon).

NOHA was created working in close collaboration with European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) department and the Erasmus+ Programme. It provides interdisciplinary and advanced education and training specifically suited to addressing complex humanitarian emergencies and disaster relief operations. Many of its graduates work as professionals in international organizations and NGOs.

This partnership will enable graduate school students of NOHA European member universities to study at ICU for one term and earn credits for the Programme, and in turn, ICU Graduate School students, who wish to pursue a professional career in international organizations or NGOs in the field of humanitarian aid, can also study for one term at one of the eight member graduate schools. Opportunities for enrollment in humanitarian aid-related courses and participation in intensive short-term courses will be provided to selected students.

The eight NOHA European member graduate schools are:

Uppsala Universitet Sweden; Uniwersytet Warszawski Poland; Rijksuniversiteit Groningen Netherlands; L-Università ta' Malta Malta; Aix-Marseille Université France; Ruhr-Universität Bochum Germany; Universidad de Deusto Spain; and University College Dublin Ireland

The six NOHA global partner universities (from outside Europe) are:

Fordham University United States; Universitas Gadjah Mada Indonesia; Université Saint-Joseph Lebanon; Universidad Javeriana Colombia; University of the Western Cape South Africa; and International Christian University Japan

The five NOHA partner non-governmental organizations are:

OXFAM; Aktion Deutschland Hilft; Insitut Bioforce; REDRUK; and Protection International

Inquiries: ICU Graduate School Group (

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