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GLORE project (2014-2016) established a network in global and sustainable higher education

​The GLORE project was a network by four Finnish universities of applied sciences and coordinated by Diak. More than two years of activities took the network into Nepal, Swaziland, Tanzania, Namibia and India, resulting in over 50 professional exchanges, numerous publications and videos, and a refined understanding of global responsibility and sustainable development in the Agenda 2030 era of new Sustainable Development Goals.

Read more about the project in our blog: http://www.gloreproject.blogspot.fi/

See our channel on Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoG86_eerUkfYtlIR9mWJ0w

And read our final publication (Diak Working Life series 4) here: http://www.diak.fi/tyoelama/Julkaisut/Documents/Töelmä%204%209789524932653.pdf

The project has officially ended in March 2016, but don't hesitate to contact project manager, International Affairs Lecturer Sami Kivelä for any information.


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Diak International Week 2016

​The 2016 Diak international Week will be organized under the theme "User Participation and Active Citizenship in Social Services and Health Care". Preliminary program has been published on week's site and the registration will open on 1.4.

See you in September!

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Workshop Week 16.-20.11.2015

Diak international workshop week dedicated to the issues of learning and teaching will take place in 16.-20.11.2015. We will be covering multitude of issues relevant to current higher education. The main theme will be the shift from more traditional forms of learning to blended learning and the implications this change has for learning, teaching and student wellbeing. Main theme will be addressed through reflections on student well-being and services education institutions offer, migration and current refugee crisis in Europe, and language studies, to name a few viewpoints.

Venue: Diaconia University of Applied Sciences, Sturenkatu 2, Helsinki

Registrations and further information: international.office@diak.fi

List of participants

Reading material on blended learning: Principles of Blended Learning in Diak

Instructions for the presenters: each time slot contains 2-3 presentations and the time reserved for one presentation is about 20 min. The venue is equipped with a computer, data projector, internet connection and possibility to connect your own laptop to the projector. All presentations are held consecutively. If you have any questions about the arrangements, please contact international.office@diak.fi.


PROGRAMME (print version In pdf format here)

Venue Diaconia University of Applied Sciences, Sturenkatu 2, Helsinki  
(if not stated otherwise in the programme)
Refreshments available in the mornings and afternoons.
Monday 16 Nov  
18:00 – 20:30         Welcome Dinner in Sandro Kallio, address Kolmas linja 17, 00530 Helsinki   
Tuesday 17 Nov  
10:00 - 10:15          Kick off for the week, Pirjo Hakala, Vice-Rector (Diak) 
10:15 - 12:15          Round Table: New Forms of Learning and Teaching. Implementing Blended Learning in Higher Education

                               Presenter: Riikka Halonen (Diak)

                               In the opening round table we welcome brief introductions from each participating universities regarding the implementation of blended learning and learning concepts.
12:15 – 13:00         Lunch, Diak cafeteria 
13:00 – 13:30         Pedagogical use of IT: workshop on QR codes 
13:30 – 14:30         Challenging NorthernersInternships in the Global South –  Reflections on a University College’s Responsibilities for Practice Learning, Markus Breuer (EFH Freiburg) 
Best practices in supporting the student well-being,
                               Ene Kotkas, Õilme Siimer (Tallinn Health Care College)   
14:30 - 16:00          Participatory Methods in Counselling Practices,
team of student counsellors (Diak)
Wednesday 18 Nov  
10:00-11:45            Migration and Refugee Issues in Europe.
       Introductions to the topic and discussion 
       Presenter: Eija-Riitta Kinnunen (Diak) 
Cultural Orientation Training to Quota Refugees: Background and pedagogical approaches, teacher experiences and language teaching approaches, Eija-Riitta Kinnunen, Lauri Uljas, Marjaana Karhia (Diak) 
Community development in the Netherlands in transition,
Jaap Roose (VIAA) 
Experiences from Multicultural working life -project,
                               Katja Päällysaho, Marianne Nylund (Diak) 
                               Sessions are held consecutively 
11:45 – 12:30         Lunch, Diak cafeteria 
12:30 – 13:00         Learning Technology in Diak, Kimmo Turtiainen (Diak) 
13:00 – 16:00         New ways to learn languages. Introduction to the topic 
Presenter: Tuire Salo (Diak) 
How to combine foreign language teaching with practical nursing studies - Everyday examples of groups with native Finnish Speakers and exchange student, Ari Hyvärinen (Diak) 
Developing teaching strategies, David Gallimore (Swansea University) 
New assessment methods, Hanna Hovila (Diak) 
Integration of language studies into a nursing study subjects in Tallinn Health Care College,  Siret Piirsalu and Kalev Salumets (Tallinn Health Care College) 
Workshop on how to use of games in language teaching, Kirsi Korkealehto, Tuire Salo (Diak) 
Thursday 19 Nov 
9:00 - 9:15              Good morning - how are you? Merja Ylönen (Diak) 
9:15 - 10:00            On Steps to Learning –
                               Project presentation by Sari Vilminko (Diak) 
                               Developing Student Welfare and Counselling Practices
                               Project presentation by Mia Mäkinen (Diak)
10:00 - 11:45          Meeting students online –
                               discussion and exchange of learning experiences 
11:45 – 12:30         Lunch, Diak cafeteria 
12:30 – 13:00         Pedagogical use of IT: hands on workshop,
                               Jukka Välimäki (Diak) 
13:00 – 15:00         Cosmopolitanism: A new & viable direction in studying nursing? Frederic Maron (Deaconess University College, School of Nursing, Denmark) 
Elderly and Life Questions, From theory to practise,
                               Foekje Pol (VIAA) 
Cooperation in the future: common learning tasks and other ideas, all participants 
17:30 – 21:00         Game on! Surprise programme by Diak. Part of the evening programme will be outdoors in the city center, so be prepared with warm clothing and comfortable shoes. 
Friday 20 Nov       Departures 
Contact information during the week 
Riikka Halonen, tel. +358 400 979 926
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On the first week of March 2014 Diak hosted a delegation of higher education professionals from Vietnam and Nepal as part of the North-South-South HOPE project. HOPE (Holistic Partnership in Social Work and Health Care Education) has reached its third phase, and this spring the project activities include teacher and student exchanges between North and South.

We welcomed two delegates from our newest partner, Hue University of Sciences in Vietnam, two from Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy and one from Lalitpur Nursing Campus in Nepal. We discussed teaching, research and development, explored practical environments in social services and nursing, arranged a joint workshop and seminar and also visited the city of Kokkola and other Finnish HOPE partners. The HOPE delegate from St. Xavier’s College in Nepal will visit us later this spring.

The week was a wonderful chance to get to know each other better and enhance our understanding of many professional topics. We also planned an intensive course that will take place in Nepal later this year.

The NSS HOPE network is all about sustainable partnerships. Our journey will continue together!

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Namdu is an inspiring small place in the Dolakha district, some 60 kilometres east of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Just like any other village development committee, it strives to improve the quality of life of its inhabitants through education, health care, social services, waste management and efficient use of energy; in other words sustainable community development. Meet the school girls who might just be the decision makers of tomorrow!
Diak is a trusted partner in Nepal. We work hard to create and sustain partnerships that can make a real difference. Our values, vision and strategy promote ethical and effective community action in both urban and rural areas. The Diak model of combining project work, theoretical studies, research and field experience has proven efficient and flexible in bringing significant contributions to capacity building in various partner countries.

Nepal is still struggling to overcome poverty and other social challenges, but a rapid change is already taking place. The new generation wants to see a country worth fighting for. In Diak we want to promote sustainable social development – not by telling the Nepalese people what to do but by standing on their side as their international companions. The same principle applies to all of our other partnerships in the developing world.
If you found this interesting, contact the Diak International Office for more information!






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Cooperation with the Global South


One of the strategic goals of Diak is to enhance cooperation with the global south. Over one hundred Diak students annually choose a work placement or study exchange in one of Diak’s partner organisations in Africa or Asia.

In the beginning of October I had an opportunity to participate in the intensive course “Orphaned Children in the Care of the Elderly” which took place in Botswana as one of the activities of the North South South project COHSE 3.

The project is a joint cooperation of four higher education institutions (Turku University of Applied Sciences, Diak, University of Swaziland and University of Botswana) and is funded by the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

During the intensive course students and teachers from the three partner countries explored various research methods and put them into action during a field work day. The data collected by the students will be useful for upcoming reports, thesis work and small-scale research by teachers and students.


Last week another NSS project, HOPE, had a network and evaluation meeting with Finnish and Nepalese colleagues at the Hue University of Vietnam_20212.jpgMedicine and Pharmacy, Vietnam. The purpose of the meeting was to present the project evaluation report and plan for the next steps. The project started in 2007, and has since then contributed to the student and teacher mobility flow at Diak especially from South to North.

The HOPE project aims to empower local communities, especially women and children, through fostering community based approach in social and health care study programs of the partner universities.

The funding instruments for collaboration with the global south are quite limited, but especially the North South South mobility projects have shown that sometimes a little goes a long way.

The student and teacher mobility and intensive courses, when well-planned and thematic, incubate new ideas for further projects and curriculum development. Furthermore, like the examples of the intensive courses in Botswana or Nepal have shown, local communities are important stakeholders in the cooperation between the higher education institutions.

 The role of higher education institutions in development cooperation is also one of the key topics for the next Diak International Week 22.4-26.4.2013 in Helsinki. On behalf of the Diak international team I’d like to extend an invitation to all our partner organisations in Europe and elsewhere. Please block the dates!


HOPE 2 project evaluation and network meeting on Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy website

For more information about the North South South programme see http://www.cimo.fi/programmes/north-south-south



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Students on the move in 2013

During the year 2013, nearly 150 Diak’s students will pack their back backs and head abroad for the student exchange. Major part of the new exchange students will fly to other continents: to Nepal or Vietnam in Asia; Swaziland or Gambia in Africa; Chile in South America or to Australia. Among popular European destinations in 2013 are UK, Cyprus, Estonia and Spain, to mention just some of the destinations.

Diak’s students in social services head abroad more often than nursing students, and this seems to be the trend also next year. However, Diak is not alone with this topic: many other European higher education institutes have reported on low numbers of nursing students’ international mobility. It seems that more flexibility is needed in the nursing curricula, and also more nursing studies should be available in English throughout European higher education institutes. In Diak, already few web courses in nursing are available in English, and new courses are under development. Diak also offers the exchange students in nursing good possibilities for practical placements in Finnish hospitals. For students in social services, several courses and study modules are offered in English

On the spring term 2013 several Diak campuses will host exchange students from Germany, UK, Spain and Italy. Around 25 exchange students in nursing and social services will spend a semester in Diak either studying or doing a work placement, and by getting to know Finland. Diak warmly welcomes all the new exchange students to join us in the beginning of January!


Ps. the deadline for the Autumn 2013 exchange student applications to Diak is 15 March 2013!


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Greetings from EAIE

Greetings from the EAIE-conference! EAIE stands for European Association for International Education, and it organises a large annual conference every autumn in an European city. This year the conference took place in beautiful and cosy Dublin.

The theme of this year’s conference was  “Rethinking education – reshaping economies”. Under the main theme, the conference offers an enormous set of different sub themes and actual discussion topics. The main challenge for the participant seemed to be to be able to choose the most relevant and interesting ones. For Diak, this year’s interesting topics included themes such as international exchange opportunities in blended learning study programmes, exchanges to the developing countries and how to make the students’ international experiences more visible and concrete for the employers.

And yet, probably the most important reason to participate the conference is to meet the existing and potential new partner institutions. This year Diak aimed to build new partnerships in particular with institutions in the field of community interpreting. Due to the promising meetings with interesting potential partner institutions, new partnership agreements are expected to be signed with institutions in, for example, Turkey and Hong Kong.