EDITORIAL. Our 2018 road so far…
More than a semester has come and gone since the beginning of 2018 and we are already in August, looking back at what we have accomplished so far.
Like every year, our road has been rich of successes and challenges, both greeted with acceptance and gratitude, as our successes make us proud and our challenges lead us to better outcomes.
We have welcomed new people in our team, new resources that are giving all they have and that managed to get in perfect synch with the rest of the staff, like our new Head of the Career Development Service Tirso Puig – who has also been joyfully greeted by our students, all of them more than satisfied with his lead of the Service and guidance.
We have of course welcomed new Master fellows, and have recently had the pleasure to meet our newest students, a Master PMC in Project Management for International Cooperation class that stands out for its preparation and talent.
We are also extremely excited about the launch of our new Master MIDHA in Project Management for International Development and Humanitarian Aid, specifically designed for professionals of the sector from all over the world: our new students come from all over Africa and are tirelessly working on the field, while of course striving to get their certification with our School.
Of course, during these months other things have happened that have threatened not just the work of our School, but the whole NonProfit world in general: the press and governments have tried to attack our sector from all angles, and some of these hits have actually revealed terrible management choices and mistakes, like the case of Oxfam GB, for instance. But while strongly condemning those isolated cases, we have also seen with clarity how our work is extremely relevant, now more than ever: training NonProfit managers and professionals to be the best, both from a professional and human point of view.
Changes in government and migration policies all over the planet are completely reshaping the world and its ethical and value systems. Many people seem to be more concerned of seeing a refugee in Europe than of thousands and thousands of lives dying at sea. And yet, we have hardly ever received so many calls from people interested in our Master HOPE in Humanitarian Operations in Emergencies; it seems that now more than ever people are willing to dedicate their lives to help disadvantaged people and fellow human beings who are not welcomed by the richest countries of the world. As always, it is in the darkest times that humans show their best (or worst) qualities.
No matter the challenges, our School stays deeply committed to its mission: Working with the NGOs to train and certify the most talented NonProfit professionals and managers.
We thank all our partners, friends, staff and fellows for their dedication, kindness and support.
Have a great summer and keep #Working4SocialChange!