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

Number: 598964-EPP-1-2018-1-UK-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP

Short title: DESTIN

Project type: National project Erasmus+ KA2 – Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices – Capacity Building in the field of Higher Education

Project duration: 15 November 2018 – 14 November 2021

Erasmus+ (CBHE) grant amount: 798470,00 €

Target audience: EU and Ukrainian universities, university students, comprehensive secondary schools, journalists, media managers, students in continuing education programs.

Project goals and objectives

A1. Curriculum Reform: to reform, start to deliver and evaluate new/revised curriculum for 9 BA and 11 MA Journalism programmes (2 degrees in each of the 10 Ukrainian partner universities), and the institutional quality assurance for academic programmes, so that all new/revised programmes are aligned with European Qualifications Frameworks (EQF), meeting European standards of integrity and professionalism, improving students’ industry engagement, career preparation and employability, and enabling staff and students to develop strong and sustainable connections with European journalism departments and associations;

A2. Curriculum Context: to enhance the media environment in which Journalism graduates will work: improving the ‘media literacy’ of key target groups, providing new opportunities for Journalism students to engage with public audiences during their training, and raising public awareness of the vital role of journalists and media in the promotion and protection of citizens’ rights within a multi-cultural democracy.

Project objectives:

  • to audit (desk review) all current curricula (for 20 degrees) to identify the areas of  weakness and formulate action plans to eliminate them;
  • to train curriculum development 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 curricula;
  • to disseminate and evaluate the first year of all new/revised BA and MA programmes curricula;
  • to produce National Guidelines for BA and MA Journalism education;
  • to maximize public stakeholder engagement and participation in the work on the project;
  • to deliver and evaluate Outreach Media-Literacy Courses for target groups;
  • to maximize the sustainability of the work and dissemination of the project output.


The DESTIN project will be conducted through many kinds of activities: from confidential discussions with an external stakeholder and analysis of anonymous student opinion poll to large public conferences and open online discussion forums.  All of the tools and methodologies employed are tried and tested means of educational management, staff and student development, and ethical change management in general. The style of ‘presentations’ may occasionally appear didactic (depending on the speaker) but the pedagogical design and ethos for conferences, meetings etc. will be inclusive and interactive (as in the spirit of SCL).

Viktor Kostiuk

Ph.D. in Pedagogy, Associate professor, Dean of the Faculty of Journalism

Tel.: +38(061)289-4111


Coordinator and General Manager for ZNU

Katerina Sirinyok-Dolgaryova

PhD in Social Communication, Associate Professor of the Department of Journalism, Vice Dean for International Affairs

Tel.: +38(061)289-12-24


Yulia Liubchenko

PhD in Social Communication, Head of the Department of Journalism

Tel.: +38(061)289-12-24


Pavlo Miroshnychenko

Ph.D. in Philology, Associate Professor of the Department of Journalism

Tel.: +38(061)289-12-24


Iurii Kostiuk

PhD in Social Communication, Associate Professor of the Department of Journalism

Tel.: +38(061)289-12-24


Project manager

Olena Tupakhina

PhD in Philology, Associate Professor of the Department of German Philology and Translation

Tel.: +38(061) 289-12-71