Founded in 1425, Université catholique de Louvain welcomes students from 120 nationalities, and provides its foreign community –one fifth of its 21,000 students– with many services and facilities, located on the main campus site (pedestrian student city of Louvain-la-Neuve) and on the UCL campus in Brussels (Woluwé).
The Master in Humanitarian Action is a programme of the Faculty of Economic, Social and Political Sciences, and Communication. It is a Master in Political Sciences with an orientation in international relations, and most of the professors involved in the programme develop their research activities in the Centre for International Conflicts and Crises Studies. Its research focuses on the geopolitics of conflicts and foreign policy; it also studies conflicts and crises prevention and resolution. The analysis of the elements triggering conflicts as well as the instruments of their management –i.e. economic sanctions and incentives as means of foreign policy, humanitarian crises and interventions, the role of memory in reconciliation processes– is combined with the empirical study of international disputes and specific peace processes. The CECRI has developed partnerships with the French-speaking network of research on peace operations (ROP, University of Montreal) and with the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA) Universities.