The Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) was created at Fordham University in December 2001 to forge partnerships with relief organizations, offer rigorous academic and training courses at the graduate and undergraduate level, host symposia, and publish books relating to humanitarian affairs. The Institute enables humanitarian workers to develop relationships with the University and the international community in New York City, in addition to being a university wide center reporting directly to the President of Fordham. With the creation of both a graduate Master’s and an undergraduate Minor degree program, the Institute offers an academic base for the study and development of international health, human rights and other humanitarian issues, especially those that occur in periods of conflict.
The Institute identifies fundamental needs and uses its talents, contacts, and resources to define practical solutions and initiate dialogue, understanding and cooperation among people and nations divided by war and affected by natural disaster. The effort began as a collaboration between Fordham University and The Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation (CIHC), an established international nongovernmental organization.
Through multi-disciplinary coursework in humanitarian assistance, negotiations, and disaster management, offered at both the graduate and undergraduate level, the IIHA trains students to find practical solutions to crises through the initiation of discourse and cooperation. The IIHA trains students for careers in the humanitarian field by combining an advanced academic approach with the shared practical field experience of both students and faculty.
To further supplement its mission, the IIHA frequently holds symposia, panel discussions, and networking events with humanitarian professionals. It provides consultation on humanitarian affairs to the Fordham community, and the international development community at large. Through these contacts, the IIHA creates a unique bridge between academia and front line humanitarian efforts worldwide.
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