NOHA's mission is to increase the effectiveness and quality of humanitarian action through the provision of internationally recognised education, training and research. NOHA promotes intellectual debate and thinking with a solid base on humanitarian principles and professional and human values.
Vision & Mission
NOHA believes that humanitarian action must be an effective and ethical expression of human solidarity. This should be achieved by joining efforts through a professional and ethical management of humanitarian action by policy makers, managers, and humanitarian workers. NOHA is driven by the challenge to keep pace with the changes and complexities in and of the sector. It is guided by a strong vision on how education can effectively contribute to relieve the suffering of populations affected by crises and disasters.
Central to its growth and evolution was a core set of principles that places NOHA in a space equally shared by universities and humanitarian organisations; these are values such as academic rigor, shared learning, respect for peer institutions, and humility together with the humanitarian principles of neutrality, impartiality, independence, and humanity.
— NOHA seeks first and foremost to uphold human dignity, solidarity, service and self–empowerment of peoples in need, respect, dialogue, mutual understanding, joint/group spirit, and cooperation.
Organisation & Structure
NOHA General Assembly
The General Assembly is the highest authority of the Association. It has full powers allowing the purpose of the Association to be fulfilled. It is specifically competent for inter alia electing and dismissing the Association President, Treasurer and Secretary General; approving budgets, accounts, financial guidelines and policies; admitting and excluding Association members; approving the strategic priorities of the Association; and ensuring that the fundamental aims and values are respected and promoted. It is made up of one represented from each of the member universities.
Board of Directors & Executive Committee
NOHA is governed by a Board of Directors comprising representatives of all of the member universities. The Board assumes overall responsibility for NOHA’s activities including overviewing the general management and administration of the Association, approving the multi-annual Strategic plan and operational plans, promoting activities and deciding on high level management issues including policy content, enlargement and financial strategies. The Board meets at least four times per academic year. Among the members of the Board, the General Assembly elects the NOHA President, Secretary General and Treasurer. Together, they compose the Executive Committee and convene every two months.
The General Secretariat is the management and administrative office of the NOHA and is responsible for, inter alia, preparing and ensuring the implementation of the operational and strategic plans; supporting Board of Directors during its deliberations, meetings and in the implementation of decisions, preparing annual accounts and budgets; and facilitating communication across the Association. It works under the authority of the Secretary General and is managed by a General Manager appointed by the Board of Directors. The NOHA General Secretariat is based in Brussels.
Staff & Faculty
NOHA's core teaching staff includes academics from the NOHA European and third country institutions directly involved in the development of the programme. It comprises highly qualified senior lecturers and researchers in a wide range of relevant disciplines and faculties. The NOHA Faculty's prime responsibility is to develop ideas on curriculum matters, to agree on innovative teaching materials and methods, to engage professional discussions with fellow academics and practitioners, and to embark on cross-cultural interdisciplinary thinking. They participate in teacher exchange and joint teaching programmes.
A large number of practitioners from leading humanitarian organisations, including NGOs and governmental institutions, also participate in the teaching as external lecturers.
Within each member university, there is an appointed NOHA Coordinator who is responsible for ensuring communication, information sharing and awareness regarding all activities related to NOHA in his/her university. For the universities offering the Masters programme, the NOHA coordinator acts as the main focal point for all NOHA Masters related issues and is responsible for managing the NOHA students.
Prof Dr Joost Herman Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (NOHA President)
Prof Catherine Gourbin Université catholique de Louvain (NOHA General Secretary)
Dr Elżbieta Mikos-Skuza Uniwersytet Warszawski (NOHA Treasurer)
Dr Cristina Churruca Muguruza Universidad de Deusto (NOHA Masters Coordinator)
Prof Hans-Joachim Heintze Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Prof Anna Khakee University of Malta
Dr Sulagna Maitra University College Dublin
Dr Lars Löfquist Uppsala Universiteit
Prof Dr Ludovic Hennebel Aix-Marseille Université
Dr Peter Furu Københavns Universitet
Dr Renata Vaisviliene Vilniaus universitetas
Ms Sophie Borel Executive Director
Dr Artur Malantowicz Director of Operations