Humanitarian Aid Experts Trained in Academia with Initiatives of CoHE

April 22, 2021


As a result of the collaborative work carried out by the Council of Higher Education (CoHE) and Turkish Red Crescent, which has a history of 151 years in humanitarian aid, master’s degree programs were started to be offered in disaster and humanitarian aid management at Social Sciences University of Ankara and Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University for the first time.

In this way, it is aimed to increase the contributions of Turkey, which has become the largest donor country of humanitarian aid in the world, to humanitarian assistance literature.

CoHE continues to open new programs to increase quality human resources in priority fields and attaches importance to multidisciplinary programs with faculty from different disciplines, where undergraduates from different fields can apply, especially in the required fields.

In this scope, CoHE collaborated with Kızılay Academy for undergraduate courses to be offered in humanitarian aid at Social Sciences University of Ankara and Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University.

- Master’s programs opened in the fields of disaster and humanitarian aid

CoHE started to accept students to undergraduate programs carried out in collaboration with Turkish Red Crescent starting from the fall term of the 2020-2021 academic year. A master’s program offered in Turkish and English in disaster and humanitarian aid management was opened at Social Sciences University of Ankara. Students showed great interest in the first call of the programs that are offered in Turkish, English and as evening education and 84 people applied to the programs.

Graduates from different programs such as social sciences, engineering and medicine can apply to the program. Students enrolled in the master’s degree program offered in English also have the opportunity to pursue their doctoral studies in this field. In addition, a master’s program offered in Turkish was opened in studies on humanitarian aid at Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University within the scope of CoHE’s works.

Civil society workers also showed great interest in the programs. It was observed that the students in programs without thesis in particular enrolled in these programs to develop their professional skills.

- A huge contribution to make Turkey a model country in these fields in the international arena

With the opening of the programs, it is planned to make the results and impact analyzes of the humanitarian aid efforts of Turkey, which has become the largest donor country of humanitarian aid in the world. It is also planned to increase the contributions to be made by Turkey to the humanitarian assistance literature in the world with the publications and studies to be carried out in these fields. In addition, it is aimed to make Turkey a model country in the international arena in the fields of cultural diplomacy and disaster diplomacy with its academic background in humanitarian aid and development policies.

- Members of Turkish Red Crescent also teach courses

The courses were initiated under the cooperation of Turkish Red Crescent and universities. In this scope, members of Turkish Red Crescent also teach courses and experts and managers with field experience participate in the courses as speakers.

Efforts will also be made to ensure that the program coordinators are in contact with each other and that the programs join the network of "European Humanitarian Aid Master’s Programs". The Turkish Red Crescent will support field studies on theses and graduation projects

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