Erasmus+ Policy statement

Diak’s overall strategy guides the international activities. Diak is an ethically responsible multidisciplinary university aiming to imporve inclusion and welfare in society.

As an educator and developer, Diak is a respected national expert in its key areas and an international expert in its core area, diaconia.

The values guiding work at Diaconia University of Applied Sciences are Christian love for one’s neighbour, social justice, open interaction and effective work.

Together with working life, Diak carries out reseach and develops areas of highest competence rooted in its mission and founding values. Diak creates innovations based on ethically, socially, economically and environmentally sound principles.

Diak’s reseach activities in Finland and on the international level, especially in developing countries, prioritise development projects that focus on participation, poverty and marginalisation.

Diak’s international strategy is to develop and maintain long-term, sustainable international partnerships. In international activities Diak promotes an integrated model, which means that student and staff mobility, joint curriculum development and development projects are the tools for partnership building.

The joint development work in Europe and especially in developing countries aims at promotion of welffare and participation with a special focus on the most vulnerable groups.

At Diak, becoming international means reciprocal mobility for students and staff. It also means co-operation in teaching, reseach and development. Diak’s educational task and international reseach and development work support one another.

Diak is working to support human and ethical goals in partnering countries. Diak and its partnering universities form a close network based on interaction.

Diak offers all students an opportunity to complete a part of their studies abroad. Questions of internationality and multiculturality form a natural part of education at Diak.

Opportunities of mobility and other programmes are used actively for impoving students’ vocational skills and strengthening Diak’s and its partner organizations’ common development work.

For Bachelor and Master level students research work in an international setting is encouraged. The curriculum and implementation plans encourage internationalization. Monitoring and evaluation by students, partners and staff are used for developing activities.

Diak’s education gives the student skills and competences for international and multicultural tasks which focus on ensuring equal participation for all people. Every staff member at Diak has an equal opportunity for internationalization as weel. In staff mobility a special care is taken to ensure participation of administrative staff in mobility activities.

Diak’s education considers international working life requirements, so international interaction of academic and other professionals is important.

Diak’s international activities mostly take place in Europe, Asia and Africa. When selecting new partner organisations profile and possibilities for bilateral mobility, joint curriculum development, research and other development projects are evaluated by international relations experts and academic staff.

In educational development projects Diak has selected the development of joint modules and joint degrees as a tool for internationalisation of education.

Erasmus+ Charter for Higher Education 2014–2020