LEAP Programme in Humanitarian Practice

The University of Manchester’s Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) have signed a unique partnership with the international medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), in order to deliver an educational programme that will teach the leading humanitarians of tomorrow.

HCRI and LSTM have a long history of collaboration with MSF, and have strong complimentary profiles in the field of humanitarian studies.

"We are very pleased with this partnership", said Michael Lurie, LSTM’s Director for International Education and Knowledge Exchange. "As part of our ever expanding educational portfolio, this is a bespoke offering. It will help MSF to build the capacity and capability of their staff so that they can deliver more efficient and effective services in a wide range of challenging humanitarian situations."

"This offering is unique," said Professor Bertrand Taithe, Executive Director of HCRI. "We have organised it in such a way that it will be able to reflect the scoping and strategic needs as identified by MSF."

"MSF approached both institutions, asking them to develop an educational proposal that will support MSF’s global strategic aims", added Vickie Hawkins, Executive Director of MSF UK. "It will enhance the knowledge and skills of our staff so that they can further improve the services that meet the needs of the populations they serve."

With the partnership between the three organisations now signed, the teaching offering is now being developed.

Using a flexible learning approach, it will offer numerous educational streams, including a PG Cert, PG Dip and a full Master's course. Course units will cover leadership and management, research methods and enquiry-based humanitarian management, as well as a range of flexible options.

The three partners will also hold an annual Summer School, a residential week-long conference that will bring together staff and students of the partners and other humanitarian organisations.

The first MSF students are expected to register for studies in January 2019. It is anticipated that the course will open up to students from other humanitarian organisations in future.