Higher Education in Emergencies
Today the average conflict lasts 10 years, and families remain in internally displaced person (IDP) camps for an average of 17 years. While humanitarian programming often focuses on life-saving activities, the failure to prioritize education in general – and higher education in particular – leaves entire generations uneducated, developmentally disadvantaged, and unprepared to contribute to their society’s recovery.
The HEiE course will explore post-secondary education in emergency and protracted settings through the following 5 modules:
Module 1: International Law & Policies
Module 2: Foundations of Digital Learning
Module 3: Programme Design & Implementation
Module 4: Research in HEiE and Monitoring & Evaluation
Module 5: Capstone Projects
Participants will be provided with a conceptual framework for Higher Education in Emergencies (HEiE). Through this framework, participants will examine scenarios and design solutions focusing on four different, yet interrelated dimensions:
- Access to higher education and techno-pedagogical support, including on-site and virtual tutoring and mentoring schemes;
- Quality of virtual learning in fragility, including learning platforms, curriculum design, teacher and tutor training, accreditation and credentialing schemes, and partnerships with local universities;
- Mapping of higher education domains relevant to these learners within the framework of 21st Century Skills; and
- In-the-field management and implementation models.
The course will include high-level seminars with faculty and field experts, which participants will apply to real-world case studies (Capstone Projects) through collaborative learning, tutoring sessions and project presentations. They will also gain an understanding of how multiple pedagogical resources can be leveraged efficiently and effectively to produce sustainable outcomes in fragile contexts.
NOTE: Higher Education in Emergencies Summer School 2018 will take place in Nairobi, Kenya
At the end of this course, participants will have developed a conceptual framework to be able to:
- understand the potential and limitations of HEiE;
- analyze emergency and protracted contexts to evaluate possibilities for implementing HEiE projects;
- assess the potential of different pedagogical models – including on-site and virtual delivery modes – to contribute to project outcomes and sustainability; and
- identify the humanitarian actors, including staff and beneficiaries, needed to jointly manage the multiple components of a HEiE project.
Participants receive continuous formative and summative assessments for individual and collaborative learning activities embedded in the course. Collaborative work on real-world cases will allow them to test their knowledge and skills. Participants will also receive feedback from an expert jury on their solutions.
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
Cource Credits and Certificate
You may be eligible for 4 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits. Please see further information here.
Students will be provided with a Certificate of Completion for their course if they satisfy attendance.
Please note that this is not an official University of Geneva transcript, as Geneva Summer Schools courses are not accredited University of Geneva courses. It is the students’ responsibility to validate their course for credit at their home university before commencing the summer school, as specified in our Regulations.
Please note: Changes to the draft program may be made at any time prior to the start of the course.
Tuition fees: 2700 CHF
UNIGE students: 500 CHF
Professor Barbara Moser-Mercer
Director, InZone (Centre for Interpreting in Conflict Zones)
University of Geneva
Barbara Moser-Mercer is a Professor of conference interpreting in the Interpreting department at the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting, University of Geneva. Her research focuses on cognitive and cognitive neuro-science aspects of the interpreting process and on the human performance dimension of skill development.
She has co-developed the Virtualinstitute©, the first fully integrated virtual learning environment for interpreters, which she leverages in partnership with ICRC, ILO, UNHCR, UNAMA and MSF for enhancing interpreting skills of interpreters working in conflict zones; she is founder and Director of InZone.
She was a member of the High Level Group on Multilingualism of EU Commissioner for Multilingualism, Leonard Orban, coordinated the European Masters in Conference Interpreting, a consortium of 11 European graduate programs in conference interpreting funded by the European Parliament and the European Commission.
She is also an active conference interpreter, member of AIIC’s research committee.
Jacqueline Strecker, Connected Education Officer, Education Section, Division of Resilience and Solutions, UNHCR
Ms Strecker has worked with UNHCR since 2012, managing UNHCR's educational innovation portfolio, after serving as an education technology specialist and as the Manager of the Learn Lab, a joint venture between UNHCR's Education Section and Innovation Service.
Ms Strecker currently leads UNHCR's Connected Education pillar that aims to mainstream innovative pedagogical approaches including, but not limited to, leveraging technology to enhance and expand educational opportunities for refugees and the communities that host them.
Prior to joining UNHCR, Ms Strecker was an independent education and evaluation consultant, and previously worked with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) within its Peace, Conflict and Development Unit and the Evaluation Unit.
Ms Strecker has an extensive background in the provision of education in refugee contexts, and worked most recently to support the Rohingya Refugee Response in Bangladesh. She also has over twelve years of experience of providing technical and strategic support to the implementation of technologies in all aspects of learning, from primary to tertiary education. Her practical knowledge of refugee camps is also complemented by a strong theoretical background in design, forced migration and education.
Faculty and speakers comprise field and academic experts from international programs including:
UNHCR – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees - Jaqueline Strecker
InZone – Centre for Interpreting in Conflict Zones - Barbara Moser-Mercer, Djemila Carron, Paul O'Keeffe
York University - Aida Orgocka, Don Dippo
Jesuit Worldwide Learning - Cindy Bonfini-Hotlosz
Australian Catholic University - Maya Cranitch
Kenyatta University - Phyllis Mwangi, Josephine Gitome
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)