Erasmus project: towards a European Master of Urban Safety, 2007

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Erasmus – Curriculum Development (CD)

 1)       General background

This project is based on the fact that questions and needs regarding security and crime prevention are increasingly important in processes of governance and in debates.

It has now been established that security is an essential public good and a fundamental right for all.

Experiences of the past years have shown that cooperation and partnership are definitely the most efficient and democratic ways to reach this objective. Furthermore it is required that these kinds of partnerships are led by professionals.

A general profile of security/prevention leader appears all over in Europe, mainly within local authorities but also within public transports, commercial centres, council houses,…

However, under this outward uniformity, one can observe that this job can really change according to the country or the city and it has to adapt to the specificities of each country or city.

There are again some distinctions to be made regarding this type of job.

People who choose this profession often come from varying academic backgrounds.

This kind of job, and its priorities, involves at the same time a need for specialisation and a global approach of the field of crime prevention.

There are important disparities among similar positions, depending on the organisation (employers can be municipalities, national or regional government, or private companies…)

Furthermore, this job requires an interdisciplinary and transverse approach of the field of crime prevention.

Beyond the obvious link with criminology, there are many other links between this job and other knowledge such as sociology, political science, statistics, management or urbanism.

For all these reasons, it is essential that education and training in this area be at once multidisciplinary and unified in order to ensure the coherence between this various matters and elements.

2)       Objectives

This project aims to develop and implement a professional certificated training offer taking into account the emergence, at the European level, of new jobs of governance in the specific field of security and crime prevention.

The final objective will be, in the partner country, to validate, readjust or create this kind of education, under guarantee of a quality label established by the consortium of the partner universities. This education aims exclusively the “master degree” level.

–          To ensure a professional education: To offer a wide range of competences taking into account the currents demands of the European labour market,

–          To associate students and action field: to support internship within the local authorities, companies working in this field,…

–          To promote and facilitate mobility (professors, students and workers)

–          To offer prospects of professional mobility all over in Europe,

–          To set up a recognized quality label for students and employers.

3)       Description

Foundations of the project are laid through the creation of a consortium of the partner universitites. This consortium accords on the final definition of this education and on the development of the creation and action steps.

All parts are set up around the 2 main lines of this project:

The first one is the promotion of the mobility of students and teachers. This mobility is effective from the second year of the project within the partner universities in which courses already exist. This double mobility is really one of the basis of this project and will assure an effective European dynamic.

The second line of the project will be implementing from the start and aims at the continuous interaction between the education offer and the professional field.

This interaction is assured by 3 different ways:

–          An analysis of the main expectations of the local authorities as regards requested competences and profile,

–          The organisation of systematic internships within the local authorities of the EFUS or within other partner organisations,

–          Implication and active participation of local elected and workers as speakers in the seminar and courses organised.

As soon as these 2 main lines are implemented the project will evolve from a form of cooperation and mutual acknowledgement to a joint study program and a joint degree, recognised by the universities but also by the national authorities.

For more information on the European Master in Urban Safety please clickhere.