Programme Overview

Higher Education in Emergencies

Higher Education is an essential component of humanitarian response: it supports development and learning, improves quality of education, and builds resilience. This course builds the necessary knowledge and competencies for quality HEiE responses.

You can download the most recent report including 11 Capstone projects from 3 editions of the Geneva Summer School Higher Education in Emergencies (2018 and 2019) held in Kenya (Nairobi and Kakuma Refugee Camp). Related to the design of the Turkana West Campus, a shared higher education space was launched by UNHCR in Kakuma/Kalobeyei as part of the transformation of Kakuma/Kalobeyei into an integrated settlement.

The 11 projects cover different dimensions of establishing a university campus in a refugee settlement and have been contributed by 11 student groups, whose members hail from different fragile and conflict-affected countries around the world. This compilation illustrates the Higher Education in Emergencies programming cycle and accountability requirements as well as the Minimum Standards for implementation of higher education projects in fragile contexts.

For further information on the CAS - Higher Education in Emergencies, see here.

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Academic Director

Prof Karl Blanchet


As the Academic Director of InZone, Karl spearheads InZone’s vision and mission. He oversees the design and implementation of InZone research projects and promotes its role in pedagogical innovation and the development of Higher Education in Emergencies programs.  

Karl Blanchet is also the Director of the Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies and Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Geneva.

Karl has been working in health systems research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine since 2010 and was appointed as the co-director of the Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre in 2016. He has a management and public health background and has extensive experience in humanitarian contexts as a relief worker and a researcher. His research focuses on resilience issues in global health, specifically in post-conflict and conflict-affected countries. He has developed innovative research approaches based on complexity science and system thinking, and is currently focused on developing and testing people-centred methodological approaches for refugee populations in the Middle East.

Prof Blanchet is a member of the technical working group on Research on Global Health Emergencies at the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. He is also a core member of the UHC2030 Technical Working Group on support to countries with fragile or challenging operating environments,  and a member of the WHO technical working group on Health Systems Assessment and the WHO technical working group on SRH in emergencies.

In January 2021 Prof. Blanchet has been nominated to represent the University of Geneva in the Steering Committee of the Geneva Hub for Education in Emergencies, a new initiative of the Swiss Government. 


Teaching Faculty

All modules are taught by international faculty. (more details will be confirmed soon)


Submitted by Heather - | April 18, 2017

Wonderful connections, rich professional experience!

As part of the first 2015 cohort HEiE summer school, I felt privileged to meet and learn from scholars and practitioners who are meaningfully engaged in the field currently. And I'm talking about presenters and fellow participants! With a fondue dinner and UNHCR HQ tour, the programme was filled with professional and social activities. Happy to recommend! (GoAbroad Review)



Submitted by anonymous - Geneve Switzerland UNIGE | March 24, 2017


This HEiE summer school 2016 course in UNIGE was very rich, useful and beneficial, full of deep and professional information as well as exposure to real life humanitarian situations and THE possibilities in emergency situations. Also building connections with other scholars is important. (GoAbroad Review)