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Using a blended learning environment, students enrolled in the program will experience the concept of blended learning, mixing both physical and virtual classroom attendance, practical training, and visit many conferences and study sessions to achieve the highest quality of learning thus empowering, promoting, and training future humanitarian entrepreneurs with sustainable mindsets while enhancing their skills.

Selected Students will enroll in a one-year program undertaking a total of 60 credit hours, and will have the opportunity to be involved in a practical internship with one of DIHAD’s prestigious partners, and ultimately submit a thesis paper to graduate with a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Humanitarian Action.

Teaching Methods

  • Physical lectures
  • Online lectures
  • Seminars
  • Practical internship
  • Study visits
  • Conferences


  • Obtain key concepts and practical knowledge in sustainable humanitarian action in addition to gaining insights on how to adapt to the future of humanitarian work.
  • Acquire a sustainable mindset to deliver sustainable projects.
  • Attain critical humanitarian management skills and knowledge.


  • Introduction: Be a Positive Global Citizen (20%)
  • Humanitarian Actions (60%)
  • About DIHAD Foundation (20%)
ECTS: 5 ECTS Delivery Method: Physical
  • Economy in the Humanitarian Field (50%)
  • Sustainable Humanitarian Mindset (50%)
ECTS: 6 ECTS Delivery Method: Online
  • International Humanitarian Organisations (50%)
  • International Humanitarian Law & Ethics (50%)
ECTS: 4 ECTS Delivery Method: Physical
  • 4th Industrial Revolution (20%)
  • Utilizing Technology in Humanitarian Field (37.5%)
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Theory of Change (20%)
  • Innovation in Humanitarian Field (37.5%)
ECTS: 8 ECTS Delivery Method: Online
  • The Power of Soft Power (50%)
  • Humanitarian Diplomacy and Peace Making (50%)
ECTS: 6 ECTS Delivery Method: Online
  • Leadership in Humanitarian Field (50%)
  • Etiquette and Protocol in Humanitarian Field (50%)
ECTS: 6 ECTS Delivery Method: Online
  • Humanitarianism Foresight and Future (33.33%)
  • Humanitarianism Strategies and Planning (33.33%)
  • Humanitarianism Management (33.33%)
ECTS: 9 ECTS Delivery Method: Online


  • Internship in a DIHAD  Partner


Delivery Method: Physical


  • Election, preparation and VIVA of the Master’s Thesis


Delivery Method: Physical

The Faculty


H.E. Amb. Dr. Abdulsalam Al Madani

Chairman, DIHAD Sustainable Humanitarian Foundation; Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM) Roving Ambassador for the GCC


H.E. Amb. Gerhard Putman-Cramer

CEO, DIHAD Sustainable Humanitarian Foundation; Ambassador, Permanent Observer of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean to the United Nations & other International Organizations in Geneva


Mr. Amin Awad

United Nations Assistant Secretary General
and Former Crisis Coordinator for Ukraine; Senior Fellow, Advanced Leadership Initiative, Harvard University


Ms. Ann Encontre

Director, the Ethics Office, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Geneva


Mr. Claus Sorensen

Senior Adviser on Resilience,
Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Norwegian Refugee Council; Former Director-General, ECHO


Ms. Magda Ninaber van Eyben

Humanitarian Aid Advisor


Mr. Mario Stephan

Senior Advisor,
 Doctors without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)


Dr. Mukesh Kapila

Professor Emeritus,
Global Health & Humanitarian Affairs, University of Manchester; Senior Adviser to the Parliament Assembly for the Mediterranean (PAM); Adviser on the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Antimicrobial Resistance for the World Health Organization (WHO)


Dr. Paolo Petrocelli

Director General, Stauffer Center for Strings; Founder & President, Euro Mediterranean Music Academy – EMMA for Peace; Honorary President &
Co-Founder, Italian Youth Association for UNESCO


Prof. Randolph Kent

Director, Humanitarian Futures; Director and Senior Research Associate, Royal United Services Institute; Visiting Professor, African Leadership Centre; King’s College, London


Dr. Yannick du Pont

CEO, Spark, Amsterdam


Mr. Arjun Katoch

Disaster Management Advisor


H.E. Col. Abdelrahman Al Mansoori

Director of the Executive Office in the Department of Behavioral Rewards at the Ministry of Possibilities; CEO, Waterfalls Initiative for Continuous Education from the UAE to the World

Guest Lecturers


Mr. Adrian Kitimbo

Research Officer,
UN Migration Agency (IOM); Research Associate at GIBS, University of Pretoria

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Ms. Clare Dalton

Head of Delegation, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), UAE


Mr. David Harland

Executive Director of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue;
Member of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation, United Nations


Dr. Eric de Roodenbeke

International Consultant; Past Chief Executive Officer,
International Hospital Federation (IHF)


Dr. Marie McAuliffe

Head, Migration Research and Publications Division;
Editor, World Migration Report, Department of Policy and Research, International Organization for Migration (IOM)


Mr. Claus Sorensen

Senior Adviser on Resilience,
Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Norwegian Refugee Council; Former Director-General, ECHO


Mr. Claus Sorensen

Senior Adviser on Resilience,
Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Norwegian Refugee Council; Former Director-General, ECHO


Mr. Claus Sorensen

Senior Adviser on Resilience,
Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Norwegian Refugee Council; Former Director-General, ECHO


By joining DIHAD Humanitarian College you’ll have a chance to upskill your humanitarian talents and obtaining a degree in Sustainable Humanitarian Action. The program provides candidates with a chance to meet top names in the field which qualifies people from around the world to prepare and respond to crises wherever they are, in addition to refining leadership skills in aims to deliver relief to people on a worldwide scale and altering society.

DIHAD Humanitarian College also builds a highly skilled workforce equipped to prepare and respond more effectively and efficiently to catastrophes from all kinds by curating and sharing top notch humanitarian knowledge and building a network of aspiring future pioneers of hope.

Admission Requirements

  • Candidates must have obtained, a Bachelor’s degree program with a minimum of 3.0 GPA on a scale of 4.0.
  • Candidates are required to have a recognized qualification in the English language for example a score of 6.0 in IELTS or an equivalent of 500 in TOFEL.
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in the humanitarian field or a minimum of 2000 certified volunteering hours in the humanitarian field.
  • All qualified applicants must pass a personal interview with the committee.
  • Letter of recommendation.

Career Opportunities

The Master’s Degree in Sustainable Humanitarian Action offers a wide range of career opportunities. The program will qualify graduates to start or boost their existing careers within Non-Governmental Organisations, International Humanitarian Organizations, United Nations agencies, National Government Authorities, Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, Humanitarian Foundations and Charities, Academic Institutions, or the Private Sector. This will ultimately give students the chance to become specialists in humanitarian sustainability and a wide range of career opportunities become available such as field project/program officers, managers and directors, consultants, and even corporate social responsibility (CSR) departments in private companies.

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