You know that natural disasters can strike anywhere and at any time. Moreover, global catastrophes, disease, poverty and injustice create an enormous need for humanitarian assistance and for people who can deliver it. Similarly, agencies that provide long-term social and economic development assistance have a chronic need for skilled people who know how to get the job done. Through Humber’s International Development certificate program you’ll gain the skills, knowledge, and experience to create and manage development and humanitarian assistance projects anywhere in the world. Our program focuses on delivering sustainable solutions. You’ll also benefit from the program’s solid reputation. The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) awarded it—Outstanding Program in International Education.
Humber’s International Development certificate program has been recognized for the strength of its curriculum and its best practices. The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) awarded this program the "Outstanding Program in International Education Award," and the Association of Canadian Community Colleges gave this program its "Award for Program Excellence" based on innovation, need, breadth, transferability and effectiveness.
Over three semesters you will build all of the management skills required to identify, grow, develop, and manage international development projects anywhere in the world. Upon graduation you will find yourself in some of the harshest environments in the world for long periods of time—far from familiar services or technological conveniences. Humber has chosen faculty for this program based on their expertise and experience conducting international development projects under real-world conditions. Many faculty members continue to work with various international non-governmental organizations.
Students gain on-the-job work experience with an eight-week (minimum) work placement within the development sector, many of which are overseas. Students find a placement with an appropriate organization, with the program co-ordinator’s support. The educational foundation for the work placement is established over the winter semester.
Social and economic development, humanitarian aid, environmental protection and disaster relief are necessary to the survival of vulnerable populations. Given the persistence of vulnerability, your skills will stay in demand. Humber’s International Development certificate program helps you hone your skills through an eight-week student-initiated work placement that can be paid or voluntary.
A day in international development could mean working anywhere in the world. From humanitarian assistance to accounting or agricultural work—you will help vulnerable populations strengthen their social, economic and environmental sustainability. Enhance technical education in Mali, work as a program officer in Sudan, create employment in manufacturing based on appropriate technology in Botswana, manage food programs in Georgia, investigate mechanisms to support private-sector development in Vietnam, organize co-operatives to sell crafts made by native peoples in Nunavit, facilitate the development of management training in central China, or respond to a crisis in Kosovo with effective humanitarian aid.
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Qualified graduates of this program may be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study at many postsecondary institutions. Check the transfer guide for detailed information.