Acronym: ImprESS
Start date: October 1, 2017
End date: October 14, 2020
Total project value: 1000000
Project coordinator: University Educons
Total number of partners: 11
Contact person (name/email):,
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Description: The academic education capacity in the countries in the process of joining the EU should be improved by means of enhancing the capacity building in the field of academic and professional education in the area of Safety & Security. The area is currently of a great interest and importance for Europe. The countries on the way of accession are playing a crucial role in this case, as the possible safety & security threats for the EU can easily have their ’’weak point’’ and/or ’’gateway’’ exactly in these countries (e.g. the terrorists misusing the ’’Balkan refugee route’’). On the other hand, the organizational and infrastructural capacity of these countries is often not well aligned with the one in the EU and one of the main reason for this lack of alignment is often the sub-optimal academic and professional educational capacity of these countries, in the area of safety & security.

The ImprESS project intends to improve exactly this in the following way: by means of strategic partnership (’’knowledge alliance’’) it will set up the model (WP2) for improving the educational capacity in the area of ’’sector skill alliance’’ for Safety & Security (SSASS). Based on this model a sample educational infrastructure (curriculum, modules, courses, academic and para-academic educational activities) will be established and implemented in Serbia (WP3). Once established, the infrastructure will be used to improve the current educational capacity of 5 participating universities in Serbia (WP4). The improved capacities at 5 Serbian universities, together with those at the supporting EU academic education institutes will be integrated into Regional Center for Training & Education in area of Safety & Security (TESS) (WP5). The Center will also integrate the particular high speed/ high-capacity computer support for the simulation exercises needed for the advanced training and include the most advanced techniques & technologies in the area (agent-based modelling, data mining, web semantics, image processing, AI, interactive visualization, etc.). The experiences and the results of the project will be published as a model for possible improvement in other countries (e.g. the other non-EU counties, strongly linked to the Safety & Security issues in the EU). The consortium includes 2 Serbian private universities, 3 public universities and leading universities in the field in Europe (Germany, Italy and Poland).

The project will have profound impact not only on the Serbian educational infrastructure but also on the overall safety/security situation and infrastructures ensuring it. This will be achieved (WP6) primarily through:

a) alignment with the EU practices and

b) including the most advanced state-of-the-art studies.

The project will also have an impact on the ’’EU side’’: the participating European institutions will have the unique opportunity to gain and learn from first-hand experience with safety & security education-related issues in the countries beyond EU borders. This will happen with the active support from four European universities.