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3U students conferred with MSC in Humanitarian Logistics and Emergency Management
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3U students conferred with MSc in Humanitarian Logistics and Emergency Management

Congratulations to the eleven students who were presented with their Masters from the 3U Partnership’s joint 3U MSc in Humanitarian Logistics and Emergency Management today. 

The 3U MSc in Humanitarian Logistics and Emergency Management is jointly delivered by the Business Schools in Dublin City University and Maynooth University and builds upon the established strengths and reputation of Ireland, and in particular Irish Aid, in delivering humanitarian assistance to those in need.  It is led by academic programme leaders Drs Caroline McMullan and Graham Heaslip of DCU and Maynooth University, respectively.  Delivered as a one-year full-time or two-year part-time course, this programme contributes to the development needs of those involved in the field of humanitarian relief, international co-operation and emergency management. The course material takes a broad, cross-sectoral and international approach to humanitarian emergency relief. The Programme is designed to meet the requirements of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Irish Aid) and the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government for practitioners in the management of humanitarian disasters and major emergencies and has been accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and the Emergency Planning Society (EPS).

Through the 3U MSc in Humanitarian Logistics and Emergency Management, the graduates have acquired inter-disciplinary expertise and a unique set of management and business skills that will significantly enhance their effectiveness in managing future humanitarian disasters and other large-scale emergencies as well as enhancing their potential employability with international and national aid organisations. 

Dr Ruth Davis, Director of the 3U Partnership said “this unique programme brings together complementary academic strengths of our 3U Partners and supports Ireland’s long-standing international reputation in responding generously and effectively to many humanitarian crises and disasters world-wide.  Graduates of the 3U MSc in Humanitarian Logistics and Emergency Management gain specific knowledge, expertise and practical skills that will equip them to meet the many challenges that are encountered in the field of humanitarian relief and emergency management.”

In the past, students of the 3U MSc in Humanitarian Logistics and Emergency Management have been selected by Irish Aid to join the Rapid Response Corps which is a standby team that can be deployed at short notice to humanitarian emergencies anywhere in the world.  When deployed, roster members fill specific skills gaps identified by four Irish Aid standby partner organisations: the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The programme was formally launched in November 2013 by then Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with responsibility for Trade and Development, Mr Joe Costello T.D., with the enrolment of its first cohort of students.