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Diak continues preparations to shrink its campus network: the decision will be made latest in May 2021

The Executive Board of Diaconia University of Applied Sciences decided in its meeting on 25th of August 2020 to continue preparations to shrink Diak’s campus network from five to three campuses.

More detailed decisions on how the new network will look like were due to be made during 2020, but the decision-making has been delayed to spring 2021 because of the corona virus. The decision will be made latest in May 2021.

Shrinking the campus network is still planned

Due to the corona virus, the future seems unclear in many ways. It is difficult to predict how the pandemic impacts the society.

– We want to be a responsible employer and education provider. We all are going through very special times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We do not want to confuse our students or staff members in times like these, says Diak’s CEO, Rector Mr. Tapio Kujala.

The Executive Board has not abandoned its plans to shrink the campus network.

– We continue preparations and our work to make sure that Diak offers high quality education also in 2030, explains Chair of the Executive Board, Mr. Hannu Harri.

Studies continue normally at campuses

The changes in campus network are due to take place in 2022. Today, Diak has campuses in Helsinki, Oulu, Pieksämäki, Pori and Turku.

Diak’s campuses are small in terms of the number of students, except Helsinki campus. Focusing the expertise on fewer campuses aims for example at being better equipped to welcome international students.

Changes in campus network do not have impact on the studies of our current students. Education is organised at campuses normally and all five campuses welcome new students also in 2021. The studies will be organised so that also after 2022, it is possible to complete the studies.

The quality of studies will not be impacted. The high quality of teaching and student support services will continue normally.