Journalism Education for Democracy in Ukraine: Developing Standards, Standards, Integrity and Professionalism (DESTIN)

Project acronym: DESTIN.

Period of realization: 15 November 2018 – 14 November 2021.

Budget: about 798 470 Euro.

Contractor: Bath Spa University (United Kingdom).

Official website of the project:

Main Goals of the Project are:

  • to carry out an audit of existing bachelor and master programs in journalism (20 programs in 10 OWS of Ukraine) to identify disadvantages and formulate action plans to eliminate them
  • organization trainings for teams concerning educational programs (OPs) on the subject of harmonization of qualifications frameworks and European standards and recommendations
  • studying the experience of European journalism programs (2 practical visits) for further use as a base for reforming their own programs
  • organization trainings on expert evaluation of educational programs on European accreditation technologies
    expert evaluation of new / upgraded programs through expert visits to each IDA partner
  • one-year implementation of the programs and assessment of the quality of training organization within the project implementation period
  • development of national standards (recommendations) for bachelor and master’s programs in journalism
  • creation and implementation of online media literacy courses for target groups to ensure the maximum involvement of social partners in project objectives.
  • implementation of measures to ensure the sustainability of project results.

Specific Objectives are:

  • to audit (desk review) all current curriculum (20 degrees), with gap analyses and action plans;
  • to train curriculum teams in the alignment of programmes and QA with EQF standards;
  • to use European models of Journalism education to inform curriculum reform;
  • to train academic and professional staff in principles and processes of peer review;
  • to conduct peer review (including 10 site visits) of all new/revised programmes;
  • to deliver and evaluate the first year of all new/revised BA and MA programmes;
  • to produce National Guideline Statements for BA and MA Journalism education;
  • to maximize public stakeholder engagement and participation in the work of the project;
  • to deliver and evaluate Outreach Media-Literacy Courses for target groups;
  • to maximize the sustainability of the work and outputs of the project.


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