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Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Risk Mitigation

Project 086 (IfS): Implementation and operationalization of a CBRN Master’s degree, specialized in Africa


In 2019, the partner countries of the African Atlantic Façade initiated efforts to develop a Regional CBRN Action Plan. During this process, it became evident that there was a significant knowledge gap regarding CBRNE issues among key managers and operational personnel in these partner countries. Recognizing the necessity to establish a shared culture of safety and security, a CBRNE Master's degree program with a specific focus on Africa was developed.

Drawing upon the expertise gained over the past decade, the Université de Haute Alsace played a crucial role in customizing the CBRNE Master's degree to suit the African context. The program is designed to address the specific needs and challenges faced by African countries, ensuring its relevance and applicability in the region.

Overall objective

The objective is to set up and operationalize a Master's level university curriculum by delivering training sessions to key managers and operational personnel in the Africa, leading to a specialized CBRN Master's degree. The first two promotions of the program will be specifically reserved for the partner country of the African Atlantic Façade regional secretariat. The third promotion will include additional French-speaking CoE partner countries, while the fourth promotion will be dedicated to English-speaking CoE partner countries.

Specific objectives

The course will allow participants to:

  1. Understand the strategies and tools implemented in CBRNE;
  2. Advice public and private decision makers;
  3. Understand the security/safety interfaces of private, public or state
  4. Understand the stakes and to integrate a CBRN crisis management system;
  5. Mix together various specialists to foster a transversal approach
  6. Obtain two university degree: one from the Université de Haute Alsace, recognized by the Conférence des Grandes Écoles and one delivered by the African Université international de Rabat


The CBRNE specialized Master’s degree will deliver a 5 time two-weeks training programme adapted to African realities, intended for professionals working in different administrations or companies that may have a particular interest in the CBRNE field. The programme entails also technical live exercises on specialized CBRN platforms.


While the project is still ongoing, the first cohort of trainees – 21 from 6 partner countries, have successfully discussed their thesis and obtained their degree. The second cohort of trainees will graduate in June 2023.

CBRN areas
Crisis managementLegal frameworkPublic and infrastructure protectionSafety and security
CBRN categories
CoE Region
AAF - African Atlantic FaçadeECA - Eastern and Central AfricaNAS - North Africa and Sahel
14 JUNE 2023
Project 086 Factsheet
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European Commission

European Union External Action Service

United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute


This project is part of a pre-existing EU activity in the regions and has not resulted from the submission of a CoE project proposal. Due to the different origin of the project, not all countries involved are CoE partner countries.

** This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

*** This designation shall not be construed as recognition of a State of Palestine and is without prejudice to the individual positions of the Member States on this issue.