Our current students come with a rich set of experiences and backgrounds. Students and staff interact, share experiences and learn from each other during the year. Read about current students' experiences, our alumni’s reflections on the degrees and how the degrees helped them in their current work.

Reo Morimitsu

"My postgraduate education at CENDEP has been spectacular! Unlike other programmes regarding humanitarian studies, the course has a strong focus on the link between academic knowledge and practice. This helped me define the humanitarian work that I had been doing for years and cultivated my professional foundation to better contribute to alleviating human suffering with new insights. The learning environment was also great. I was lucky to be in such a warm, inclusive and multi-cultural atmosphere, which shaped me to see myself as a global citizen. And of course, Oxford is one of the best places to dive into the international community!"

Alumnus Reo Morimitsu
Alumnus Reo Morimitsu in Nepal

Angelo Gianturco Coletta

"I work closely with indigenous communities empowering programs in Venezuela, and while I completely love it, it can sometimes be frustrating given our lack of resources."

"Lessons and tools learned have spread throughout the organization, reaching not only co-workers and partners but even the served communities. With a new and broader perspective on the issues faced, we have been able to extend the reach of our programs and offer more assistance without any additional funding."

"The Humanitarian Action and Peacebuilding Masters course has boosted my confidence and reasserted the positive impact that locally-based NGOs have."

Alumnus Angelo Gianturco Coletta
Alumnus Angelo Gianturco Coletta

Basma El Doukhi

Basma El Doukhi is working as a Gender Adviser at the United Nations. From September 2021, she will be doing a PhD in Migration Studies at the University of Kent with a fully funded scholarship.

Basma El Doukhi gained a Chevening Scholarship to study MA Development and Emergency Practice at Oxford Brookes in 2019/20. She says: 

“I had a lot of professional experience but lacked academic experience to complement it, which I needed to progress with my career. When I saw the Master’s in Development and Emergency Practice at Brookes, I really liked the subject and list of modules but also the extra-curricular activities such as the Oxford Human Rights Festival. So I knew I could bring an excellent contribution from my experience, and get a lot of benefit from interacting with the professors and other students on the course. It was an extraordinary learning and reflective year and experience at CENDEP. ”

Basma El Doukhi
Alumnus Basma El Doukhi with Craig Simmons (Lord Mayor of Oxford, 2019/20) and Elise Benjamin (Lord Mayor of Oxford, 2011/12)
Students on a field trip
Students on a field trip

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