Diak – a higher education institution for common good

Diaconia University of Applied Sciences (Diak) prepares students for national and international roles in social and pastoral work.

Our programmes cover the following fields:

  • social work
  • health care
  • diaconal work
  • interpreting.

Diak is Finland’s largest provider of UAS-level education in social work. In the health and social care sector, it is the only national UAS offering education and services for workplace organisations across Finland.

Diak is responsible for over 90% of the provision of UAS-level education that qualifies graduates for diaconal and youth work roles in the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Finland.

Approximately one in four of Diak graduates complete a diaconal degree.

Through its RDI activities, Diak participates in the regional, national and international development of its educational fields.

Diak is a privately owned university of applied sciences. The main shareholders are church foundations and institutions. Find out more on the Organisation page.

Diak is a diverse community

Diak offers a multicultural and multi-faith learning and working environment. Students and employees are not required to be members of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Finland.

Our community members represent various faiths and world views.

The values which inform all our activities are the following:

  • Bold renewal. We challenge ourselves and society to change. We are ready to oppose mainstream narratives and practices when necessary.
  • Standing up for goodness. All our actions are aimed at making the world a more human and sustainable place. We seek, see and do good.
  • Honest encounters. At Diak, Christianity means that we approach all people and situations with an open and honest mind. We care about each and every person.

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Fair trade UAS

Did you know that Diak is the first higher education institution in Finland to receive a Fair Trade certificate?

We offer Fair Trade products at our campuses and promote sustainability and social justice in our activities.

Read more about Fair Trade on the Fair Trade Finland website.