Humanitarian Engagement & Diplomacy
– A Preparation Course for Future Humanitarians

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To arouse interest in global humanitarian issues and to foster a culture of multi-faceted excellence for youths in Hong Kong, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Hong Kong Red Cross (HKRC) jointly present "Humanitarian Engagement & Diplomacy – A Preparation Course for Future Humanitaians".

The Course provides foundation training and exposure for young professionals and university students who are contemplating a career in the humanitarian sector. Through a series of simulation exercises, workshops and seminars to be held between July 2018 to January 2019, participants will be exposed to topics including humanitarian operation, international humanitarian law, geopolitics, working in detention settings, security management, international relations, and career development in the humanitarian sector.

Course Highlight
Outstanding participants will be selected for one week of field exposure in a context affected by armed conflict or violence* in December 2018.

Information Session
Date & Time: 14 April 2018 (Sat), 7pm
Venue: 7/F Hong Kong Red Cross Headquarters, 19 Hoi Ting Road, West Kowloon, Hong Kong
Speaker: Mr Jason Yip (葉維昌先生), Regional Head of Market (Greater China, Malaysia & Singapore), Resource Mobilization – Government Affairs and Donor Relations, ICRC
Please register via this link.

*Details of the trip, including the destination and dates, are subject to final confirmation and the situation in the field.

About ICRC
Established in 1863, the ICRC operates worldwide, helping people affected by conflict and armed violence and promoting the laws that protect victims of war. An independent and neutral organization, its mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. The organization, awarded for 3 times for the Nobel Peace Prize, are based in Geneva, Switzerland, and employ some 14,500 people in more than 80 countries. The ICRC is funded mainly by voluntary donations from governments and from national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Understand more about ICRC from the following videos:
From Banking to the World's Worst War Zones: What's behind this Path less Travelled? by Jason Yip of ICRC
A story of love: The story of the ICRC

Date July 2018 - January 2019
Please note that there will be a screening exercise at the end of each stage. Only selected participants will be invited to participate in the next stage. For details of the activities in each stage and screening mechanism, please refer to the leaflet.
Stage 1: 15 July (for HKUST), 28 July and/or 4 August
Stage 2: 22 September
Stage 3: 22-21 October, 27 October
Stage 4: December 2018 - January 2019
Eligibility - 18 - 35 years old;
- second year or above (in the school year of 2018/2019);
- fluency in English and good command of Cantonese;
- fluency in other foreign languages is an asset;
- knowledge of International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and other development agencies is an asset; and
- strong interest in international diplomacy and humanitarian issues.
Application Current HKUST UG & PG students: please complete the online application form.
HKUST Alumni: please apply via this link.
Successful applicants will be notified via email.
Application Deadline 30 April 2018 (Mon)
Notes - The course will be conducted in English and Cantonese.
- The course is fully sponsored (apart from miscellaneous personal expenses, e.g. vaccination and travel insurance)