ARMA, The Arab Master’s Programme in Democracy and Human Rights
First Round Deadline:
27 February 2023
Second Round Deadline:
8 May 2023
An International Environment
Our faculty brings together professors, experts and practitioners coming from over 12 countries and sharing their knowledge, perspective, professional experience and expertise. Our programme attracts students from across the Arab region, the Mediterranean and well beyond who are interested in understanding regional dynamics and country-specific socio-political trends across the Middle East and North Africa. It is also geared to professionals working in the Arab region who want to back their experience in development, democratisation and human rights with solid scholarship.
Students participate in several field visits to NGOs, IGOs, and research centres; they meet with experts and professionals who work on the programme’s key issues, such as Women’s Rights, Children’s Rights, Rights to Education, LGBTI Issues, Detainee Rights, Memory of War and Reconciliation, Refugees, Electoral Reform, Security and Human Rights. These visits allow students to link what they learned in class with the challenges of civic and international engagement with regards to Human Rights.
The programme includes a weeklong field research, in which students practice qualitative and quantitative methods such as surveys, interviews, and focus groups. They get to master the tools learnt in class and gather data through the research design they develop and implement.
Human Rights Project
In June/July, the programme offers an intensive training in Project Development through which students build different projects that they propose to NGOs. Students then implement the selected projects, and assess their impact on specific Human Rights
ArMA is the Arab region’s first and widest academic programme fostering the mobility of professors and students across the Middle East and North Africa. Students experience first-hand issues pertaining to human rights and democratisation in two different countries. In Lebanon, students engage with professors and experts from across the region and beyond at Saint Joseph University of Beirut. They also spend a semester in a partner university across the region: Birzeit University (Palestine), the International University of Rabat (Morocco) and the University of Carthage (Tunisia). Students can also spend a semester in Egypt and Jordan under the supervision of a professor from a prominent university based in these countries.