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Saxion - Student Exchange

Risk and Emergency Management for the public and private sectors.

Exchange semester for students of partner universities (Short Course for other participants)
Start: February (spring semester)
Location: Enschede or Deventer

In Laurea Leppävaara you can study to become a professional in the field of security and safety. With us you will learn to develop innovative security solutions and new services as well as utilize diverse development methods throughout the degree programme. This aims to enable students to acquire high level of integrity and the ability to develop innovative security solutions and new services for both private and public sectors.


In spite of proaction and prevention efforts to prevent crisis and disasters, emergencies may still appear. In this semester, we discuss the core principles of emergency mangement in the public and private sector.

Crisis and emergency management not only comprises all activities carried out to fight a crisis including saving lives and minimizing damage to properties, it also encompasses activities and measures taken in advance to ensure an effective response, such as the enhancement of emergency capacities through the development of a contingency plan or through the training of response activities. Therefore, this course focusses on the activities related to directly preparing and providing assistance or intervention immediately before, during or immediately after a crisis or emergency.

Moreover, the course will focus on both the public and private sector, since cooperation between public and private actors is required for effective action. Take for example the scenario of fire at a hazardous installation with a toxic cloud. In such a case, evacuation of the area threatened by this cloud may be necessary. In the Netherlands, the police department will then be responsible for traffic management, whereas the mayor of the municipality in which the incident is taking place has the administrative lead. The company that owns the hazardous installation, however, is responsible for the safety of its employees on the site and for mitigating potential risks of the hazardous installation. Consequently, emergency management has to be carried out by multiple agencies in which both vertical and horizontal coordination is required and in which both public and private actors should have their preparation and response in apple-pie order.

Course content

In this course, you will learn more about emergency management. We will use the Dutch way of managing emergencies as starting point, but also reflect on these practices from an international perspective. The course is divided into two parts (terms). The first term focusses on emergency management in the public sector, the second term on emergency management in the private sector. Within the course attention is paid to:

  • - Crisis and emergency management in the Netherlands in which the way the Netherlands has organised its preparation and response activities is discussed;
  • - Risk (before an incident) and crisis communication;
  • - Human factors, basic principles of human error, complexity, and human action are outlined;
  • - Business continuity management e.g. what are crucial processes within a company and how can the continuity of these activities be guaranteed?
  • - Ethics in which we pay attention to ethical dilemmas that may result from the choices that should be or are being made in the preparation and response phase;
  • - Change management e.g how can we learn from emergencies and actually implement lessons learned during other incidents?
  • - Crisis management and especially to the coordination of crisis and emergency management.

In addition, you will also be working on an individual assignment on an emergency management topic of your own choice. You may carry out a research based on your own ideas or interests or may make use of assignments that are brought in by our partners from the safety and security domain. This assignment is supervised by teachers from Saxion.

The course (30 ECs) is part of the bachelor Applied Safety and Security Studies and will be taught in English. The aim of this course is to provide insight into crisis and emergency management on the strategic and tactical level. Therefore, this course is less suitable for students who would like to learn more about operational emergency management such as firefighting.


Check our website for entry requirements and updates

How to apply?

Make sure that your home university nominates you for the Saxion semester. After acceptance by Saxion, we will inform you about the practicalities. Jeroen Neuvel, Course Coordinator, at