13 October 2017 • by Paul Bierling, Marjon Gielisse and Bas Schrijver
Safety Week – Safe international mobility
Internationalisation is an important focus for our university of applied sciences. We aim to enable all of our students to attain international experience as part of their studies and to apply these experiences to their studies. This international experience can occur by following an international minor, an internship in a company that operates internationally, but increasing numbers of students are following part of their degree programme at a partner institute abroad or carrying out their internship at a company in another country.
Experience abroad offers benefits for both students and staff. Unfortunately, there are always several risks associated with a stay abroad/long-term stay abroad that we as an organisation should take into account as well as possible. For instance, disasters can occur in the guest country that potentially endanger groups of students and/or staff. A serious accident, flood, terror attack, political unrest or the outbreak of an infectious disease can all pose a threat to the safety of our people abroad.
As a university of applied sciences, we are responsible and feel ourselves to be responsible for our students and staff – even when they are abroad. We offer them our help in these situations wherever possible. That is why it is very important that we are able to contact our students and staff or their families and relatives in the event of an emergency. And vice versa of course.
Proper preparation of students and staff in advance can make every difference to a visit abroad.
- Download the 24/7 app from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for up-to-date travel advice. You can look in advance at the safety warnings that apply in the country where you are going. The colour codes indicate the safety:
- green: no particular safety risks, positive travel advice
- yellow: pay attention to safety risks, positive travel advice, but follow travel advice from the government
- orange: due to an unsafe situation: in principle, negative travel advice. [Unless there are reasons to depart from this and following a decision by the Executive Board]
- red: extremely serious safety risks: negative travel advice
- As a student, you should register your stay abroad in Osiris (abroad tab) before you leave. You should enter at least the period you will stay, country and places you will stay for the internship address or the partner institute where you will be and the contact details of people staying home that THUAS can call in the case of an emergency. As a member of staff, you should ensure that your manager has been informed of this information.
- Register at https://informatieservice.nederlandwereldwijd.nl/. Persons can leave behind all of their details in full at Informatieservice Uitgebreid (the information service). The Ministry of Foreign Affairs only uses the mobile telephone number you provide in exceptional crisis situations. The Ministry may focus action via the embassy in the event of a crisis.
- Save the emergency number +31 (0)70 445 76 79 in your telephone in the event that you have an acute emergency situation abroad. You will be put through to a crisis advisor from CRION who will help you on the way and if necessary will contact the crisis organisation at THUAS.
If something happens in your immediate environment, ensure that you contact THUAS (for instance via the supervisory lecturer) and report that you are safe.
Week 41 is National Safety Week. All aspects of safety are also an important theme at The Hague University of Applied Sciences, which is why we are focusing on a different aspect of safety at THUAS every day this week. Want to learn more? See the intranet under Safety and Crisis Management.