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DESTIN – Bath Spa University

Journalism Education for Democracy in the Ukraine: Developing Standards, Integrity and Professionalism

15 November 2018 – 14 November 2022

This project, coordinated by Bath Spa University, in partnership with the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Institute of Journalism, aims to improve and develop Ukrainian journalism education, by reviewing and reforming current BA and MA programmes by raising the quality to EU standards, improving students’ employability and international mobility, and promoting wider media literacy.

DESTIN is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union – Key Action 2: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices – Capacity Building in the field of Higher Education.

This project brings together 20 European institutions, including 10 Ukrainian universities, governmental and non-governmental organisations in the Ukraine, as well as universities and non-governmental organisations from United Kingdom, Austria, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, and Sweden.

Project partners

  • Bohdan Khmelnytsky National University of Cherkasy
  • Academician Stepan Demianchuk International University of Economics and Humanities
  • Ivan Franko National University of Lviv
  • Mariupol State University
  • Sumy State University
  • Ukrainian Catholic University
  • Uzhhorod National University
  • Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University
  • Zaporizhzhia National University
  • NGO “Ukrainian Association of Students”
  • PO “Hromadkse Radio”
  • Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine
European Union
  • Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland
  • Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Ireland
  • Linnaeus University, Sweden
  • World University Service, Austria
  • Ethnical Journalism Network, United Kingdom
  • European Journalism Training Association, Netherlands

Project aims

Programme improvement

DESTIN will audit, assesses, and review existing and new or revised curricula for BA and MA Journalism programmes in ten Ukrainian universities, to bring them in line with the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) and European standards of integrity and professionalism.

Guideline development

DESTIN will also work on the development of National Guideline Statements for both undergraduate and postgraduate journalism education in the Ukraine.

Collaboration and cooperation

This project aims to increase the interaction and cooperation network between universities, national employers and student self-government in the field of journalism education in Ukraine, as well as deepen cooperation between Ukraine and EU universities and professional organisations in the field of journalism education.

Sustainable outcomes

DESTIN will work towards maximising the sustainability of its outcomes and outputs for further dissemination and use. 

Further information

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