Venezuela’s National Experimental University of Security (UNES) is a criminology center and training institute founded in 2009. It was created by the government of Hugo Chávez to bring new approaches and innovative research to issues of crime, violence and security in Venezuela. It also serves as Venezuela’s national training center for police officers, firefighters, prison officials, national guard and disaster-response teams. It has 12 campuses across the country.
The UNES is fully funded by the Venezuelan government but has its own independent faculty, board of governors, administration and charter. It offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees and has around 12,500 students.