Coopi, School of International Cooperation makes its online debut (04/08/2022)

After a work of reflection and testing of teaching that lasted over two years, the humanitarian organization founded COOPI at the end of May “The School for International Cooperation”to answer widespread need for professionalisation in the development cooperation sector and encourage into this labor market. From 1 August, the School debuted online and from its website has launched the calls for the next ones training course for the role of project manager and project administratortwo key figures highly sought after by international cooperation and humanitarian aid organisations.

In order to gain access to the courses, it is necessary apply no later than 16 September from the site; the customer 10 profiles most relevant to each course are allowed to participate. The courses will be held from mid-October to mid-Decemberfor a total duration of 140 hours, in online synchronous mode. At the end of the course, those who have distinguished themselves by merit will receive one from COOPI job offer abroad as “Head Assistant / Project Administrator” or, based on the results achieved, a six-month voluntary proposal.

“Working in international cooperation means working every day in complex contexts that require updated professionalism and skills to have a sustainable and long-term impact. We have created the School of International Cooperation, says the director of COOPI, Ennio Miccoli, because we in light of our almost 60 years of experience in the sector are convinced that Knowing how to make a more just and fair world is a profession”.

“The school – adds Miccoli – wants through an extremely professionalizing technical-practical approach respond to the current and widespread need among NGOs to increase the level of preparation for both expatriate and local staff and provide opportunities for those who are genuinely interested in make this trade“.

“The School intends to strengthen the professional identity of the people who work in international cooperation”, explains Prof. Luigi Serio, President of the School of International Cooperation and Professor of Economics and Business Management at the Catholic University of Milan. “Through “Implementation” of formalized qualification systemswe want to guarantee the mobility and the professional identity of those who work in the field”.

“I am very happy with the choice I made”, says Chiara Zaccone, intern in 2021 and then COOPI project manager. “Not only do I have that acquired new technical and practical knowledge, but I have had the opportunity to network with people who have the same passion as me. To me, the professors represent human added value, because they all are professionals who have worked in the sector for years and this comparison was really decisive. The course gave me one real and concrete overview of the scenario where a project manager finds himself at work”. The School of International Cooperation makes itself available to support all NGOs that do not have their own training activity and wish to act as hub of a functional network for skill growth of the humanitarian sector.

The school in brief

The “School of International Cooperation” was born to train expert numbers in the emergency and development sector (as project administrators, project managers, mission managers, technicians), for promote the culture of cooperation And to activate a fruitful dialogue with the actors of sustainable development (universities, research centres, companies, bodies in the third sector). Therefore, the School of International Cooperation plans to: provide courses for induction and improvement of the roleso that humanitarian workers are increasingly equipped to intervene competently in difficult contexts – those in which non-governmental organizations operate; organize cultural events and activities (such as seminars, conferences and research) to deepen specialist knowledge and contribute to knowledge of this intervention sector.

The “School for International Cooperation” was formally established in May 2022as a social enterprise, after two years of experiments and tests carried out within the COOPI Foundation – International Cooperation. The school, which currently have in COOP his sole shareholder, pulls onalmost 60 years of experience of this historic Italian NGO for which education has always been of fundamental importance and that from 1965 (year of foundation) to today, it has helped over 110 million people with 2,519 projects in 73 countries, employing more than 5,000 expatriate operators and around 65,000 local operators.

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