Switzerland, Geneva

Higher Education in Emergencies

when 20 June 2016 - 1 July 2016
language English
duration 2 weeks
fee CHF 2600

This course will explore:

Post-secondary education in emergency and protracted settings
Innovative solutions and pedagogy
The role of universities as humanitarian actors
Policy and programming recommendations
The potential of virtual and connected learning and Open Education Resources
Real-world case studies through high-level seminars

Faculty include field and academic experts from UNHCR, InZone, INEE – International Network for Education in Emergencies, JC:HEM – Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins, BHER – Borderless Higher Education for Refugees, Australian Catholic University, Kenyatta University, Purdue University, and Coursera.

Please note: Changes to the draft program may be made at any time prior to the start of the course.

Course leader

Academic Director
Professor Barbara Moser-Mercer
Director, InZone (Centre for Interpreting in Conflict Zones)
University of Geneva

Jacqueline Strecker
UNHCR Innovation Learn Lab Manager

Faculty and speakers comprise field and

Target group

This course is designed for:

Humanitarian practitioners
Graduate students and faculty in international relations, international education, and educational technologies
Representatives of donor organizations whose mission and mandate includes education and higher education
Representatives of Education Ministries

Credits info

Each summer school will indicate its equivalence in ECTS credits in its description. Participants will be provided with a Certificate of Completion of the course if they satisfy attendance and evaluation requirements. It is the participant’s responsibility to verify the validity of the course and validate it at their home university prior to participating in the course.

Fee info

CHF 2600: Tuition Fees: 2'600 CHF

Deadline for scholarships applicants / applicants who need visas: March 1, 2016

Deadline: May 1, 2016

Course costs include:

course readings
round table with invited international experts
take-home materials including reports from all course work, which will be presented as a Course Book
registration for the verified certificate for the InZone MOOC on the Coursera platform
daily coffee breaks
one welcome reception
one fondue dinner

Not included: Accommodation and other meals.


A limited number of excellence scholarships are available. Please consult the scholarship policy on our website.
Deadline for scholarships applicants / applicants who need visas: March 1st, 2016