The Humanitarian Action and Civil Protection in the EU Course is an initiative designed to promote humanitarian action and civil protection training between students and academics of different cultural backgrounds throughout Europe. Funded by the Hellenic State Scholarships Foundation under the ERASMUS LLP of the European Commission, CCMIP is coordinated by European Research and Training Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law of Panteion University (International and European Relations Department).

The 2012 IP  Course was hosted at the premises of the Decentralized Administration of Crete- Civil Protection Unit http://(http://www.crete-region.gr/en/TheRegion/OrganizationalChartandDirectorates/DirectionCivilDefenceOrganisationPlanning/tabid/985/Default.aspx

whereas participants were accommodated at Boutique Hotel Lato)  Heraklion -Crete, Greece http://www.lato.gr/

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Summary of Program 

IP Intensive Programme:


The IP “Civil protection and humanitarian action in the EU” (IP CIPROHA) is a combination of various disciplines, such as social and political sciences, medicine, law etc. and has as its main objective to offer to students a multidisciplinary training in order to enable them tackle effectively the current challenges of humanitarianism. Its target group is students that are in the second (MA) or third (PhD) cycle of their studies. All students have a good command of the English language as well as theoretical and practical – voluntary or not – involvement in humanitarian action. They had to commit to attendance to the full program from the beginning.


The IP aims specifically at:

- Deepening and widening the expertise in the sector of civil protection and humanitarian action in the face of ever more immense challenges and providing students with high level theoretical and empirical know-how on the key issues related to crisis management.

- Enabling students, academic staff and field professionals to work together in a multinational group, with people from different ethnic and cultural background throughout Europe, and so benefit from special learning and teaching conditions not available in a single institution and to gain new perspectives on the topic being studied.

- Offering academically valid training with transferable 6 ECTS units assigned to it.

- Allowing members of the academic staff and field professionals to exchange views on teaching content and its practical impact and to test teaching methods in a European classroom environment.

- Turning all students, academics and professionals involved into advocates of the project

- Contributing to the training of future field professionals by providing the necessary practical and theoretical expertise that a humanitarian actor has to acquire before facing the complex humanitarian environment in the field.

- Enhancing synergies between humanitarian action and civil protection operations (lessons learned from the crises in Haiti, Pakistan) and defining distinct yet complementary roles of humanitarian, military and police actors.

- Improving the multilateral cooperation between higher education institutions in Europe. Indeed, the program would be the basis for the development of common postgraduate studies curricula and in particular for the creation of a joint inter-university post-graduate academic program in Civil Protection and Humanitarian Action in the EU.

- Taking all appropriate actions to disseminate the program’s results

Activities included seminars from a wide variety of disciplines and sectors that will be provided by academics or high-level professionals in the field, exercises, workshops and simulations of life-like situations, practical training to encounter effectively the challenges in the field (e.g. negotiation tactics) etc. (find out more -password needed-  at www.ekekdaad.org/moodle)

Learning outcomes and expected outputs: the IP offers to students interested in getting involved in humanitarian action and civil protection, both at a governmental or non-governmental level, a multidisciplinary training that will enable them to address effectively the new type of disasters arising with an ever-increasing pace in today’s world (armed conflicts, natural disasters etc.).

All the partners’ profiles guarantee an integrated approach to the issue “Civil protection and humanitarian action in the EU”. This approach respects completely the EU perspective.

The Intensive Program uses the website of the European Centre of Research and Training on Human Rights and Humanitarian Action, a Research Centre of Panteion University, Department of International and European Studies (Director: Professor SteliosPerrakis) Access to e-studies platform through media resources of current website)



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