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Online course launched for international humanitarian managers

9 January 2017

The Open University is launching a free online course in partnership with the Humanitarian Leadership Academy for international humanitarian managers.

In response to the growing number of humanitarian emergencies worldwide and an increasing demand for international response, The Open University is launching a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to provide leadership skills for front-line humanitarian managers around the world.

'Managing in the Humanitarian Sector' has been designed for new managers and as a refresher for existing managers. The three-week course requires four hours of learning each week, is being hosted on the Academy’s digital learning platform, Kaya. The platform enables learners to interact with the global humanitarian community through interactive forums and reflective learning. Once they have completed the course, learners will receive a free online certificate.

Dr Susan Fawssett, Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at The Open University, comments: "Learners from across the globe will be able to broaden and deepen their understanding of managing projects and teams in the humanitarian sector. The course brings the best of existing online learning with new technologies so that learners can easily interact with the rich content and their fellow students."

Saba Al Mubaslat, Chief Executive of the Humanitarian Leadership Academy comments: "Our first MOOC provides a real window into what goes on in a humanitarian emergency, in particular the challenges that new managers face and the speed at which they have to make life-saving decisions. Learners will develop the skills and knowledge needed to become an effective leader in humanitarian response."

Managing in the Humanitarian Sector begins on Monday 23rd January 2017. To enrol on this free course, visit

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