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Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute

Médecins Sans Frontières

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.

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

“This offering is unique," said Professor Bertrand Taithe, Executive Director of the 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 consist of a mixture of a taught master’s course, with course units in research methods, the management of change with emphasis on human resources and humanitarian management, and a number 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 next year.


Our Institute Director Rony Brauman was President of Médecins Sans Frontières (France) for 12 years and Executive Director Bertrand Taithe is on the Scientific Board of CRASH at MSF Paris.

The organisation is one of the leading bodies in international medical assistance and we have helped influence activity whilst gaining insights from operations all over the world.