The Unisafe project

About the project

In response to the increasingly important issue of security in the global world, and to its impact on Higher education students and staff experiencing international mobility, UNISAFE project aims to address the issue of safety, security and wellbeing of international mobility participants and to create effective security procedures, practical tools and training opportunities to ensure safety and security of students and staff during an international mobility period.


To implement standard protocols, procedures and good practices for HEIs to deal with safety issues

To provide online training for HEI staff on safety and security issues

To provide online training for mobile participants on safety and security issues

To offer practical tools to HEIs staff and students association to deal with safety and security issues

Expected impact

To improve the quality and the safety of international mobility experiences
To enhance the professionalization of HEI staff on safety and security of mobile participants issues
To open a debate at local, national, international level on safety and security of mobile participants issues

Intellectual outputs

UNISAFE will develop an online self-assessment tool on Safety and security for students and staff during their mobility period.
The aim of IO1 is to create a flexible tool which can be used in a variety of ways: as a useful baseline to assess performance and prioritize “next steps,” to support data-informed decision making as a basis for instituting change, and to compare performance across time to
determine progress in achieving goals and objectives.
The self assessment tool will be a questionnaire designed to capture information within the higher education institution under a series of arguments:

  1. Role of IRO – scope of support
  2. Risk assessment and planning
  3. Travel issues
  4. Health issues
  5. Cultural awareness
  6. Safety and security
  7. Crisis Communication
  8. Professionalization of internal units responsible for safety security and wellbeing during international mobility

A customized final report will be created at the end of the questionnaire, containing case studies and guidance contents which will be useful for HEIs to go ahead in the implementation of UNISAFE best practices.

This Open course is intended to train international office staff, security managers and student associations on UNISAFE issues and to provide suggestions, good practices, and standard procedures for the effective implementation of UNISAFE topics within their institution. This will enable the involved staff to get acquainted with standardized guidelines and policies (which will have a deep impact on their daily work and on the way in which safety and security issues are addressed) and to improve specific competencies linked to the professional profile.


  • International Relations officers
  • Safety and security officers
  • Department/Faculty mobility coordinators
  • External bodies (students association, municipalities…)

Main contents:

  1. The role of International offices
  2. Crisis communication
  3. Safety and security: how to prepare a safety-oriented welcome guide
  4. How to create university policies
  5. Health issues
  6. Useful documents and references

This open online course on safety protocols guidelines will be designed for outgoing and incoming mobile participants (students and staff), to help them to be better prepared to face up different contexts by promoting safe behaviours raising awareness about personal safety and

This course will be made available to the students selected to have a mobility period abroad before their start and will be organized as a massive open online course (MOOC) published in the UNISAFE website.

A final test and certificate of attendance will be awarded upon completion of the course


Incoming and outgoing mobile participants (students, academic and administrative staff)

Main contents

  1. Travel security
  2. Emergency protocols
  3. Health insurance
  4. Sexual injuries
  5. Terrorist attacks
  6. Focus on different geographical areas

This will be a notification system designed to get in contact with mobile participants and send critical information in the event of an emergency.
The system will send faculty, staff and students with critical information in the event of an emergency—using voice, text, and email channels.
Any UNISAFE student, faculty member or staff member will be able to register to receive messages on a mobile number with text messaging service. This system will send alerts both in case of an imminent danger happening in each campus but, also in case of events occurring all over the world.