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  • International Diakonia University Network

Through international cooperation and our alumni work, a lively network of diaconal institutions and universities has emerged with educational and training opportunities, project supports, exchange of experts and expertise.

International Study Programme, Bochum

The UEM supports the international student exchange between cooperating universities on diaconia in Africa, Asia and Germany. Every year, UEM sponsors students to participate in the International Study Program at the Evangelische Hochschule Rheinland-Westfalen-Lippe in Bochum. More information on the website of the university in Bochum. 

Creating Spaces, Darmstadt

The UEM is a cooperation partner in the annual virtual International Study Days at the Protestant University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt and promotes teaching exchanges between currently 15 universities in the world that are linked by the UEM. More information about Creating Spaces.

International BA courses on diaconia and social work (BA)

The curriculum for a BA study program in Diaconia was developed jointly by experts and universities in Africa, Asia and Germany. Accreditation of a degree program based on this curriculum in all three regions is being sought and supported by the UEM. This shall enable a lively, international exchange of lecturers and students with mutual recognition of courses and degrees. In October 2023, the first degree program was implemented at Tumaini University Dar es Salaam College (TUDARCo) in Tanzania. The BA program in Diakonia offers a strong connection between practice and theory.

Exchange of Senior Experts

At the request of universities, the UEM arranges senior lecturers for temporary teaching assignments at the universities in the network.

Learn more about the Senior Experts of the UEM!

International Community of Diaconic Management (ICDM)

The ICDM network currently has about 65 members  in three continents, most of them are graduates of the International Master Course in Diaconic Management (IMADM). The network has developed association structures with an international board, regional as well as professional working groups, and it organizes regular lectures and workshops. ICDM members are closely connected to the work of the International Diaconia of the UEM and serve with their expertise as central contact persons for the diaconical work of the member churches. The ICDM meets annually, digitally, hybrid or in presence to learn from each other about global developments in the field of diaconia, to consult with each other, and to update each other on the latest scientific knowledge through academic presentations. The annual meetings in presence are in joint responsibility with the Institute for Diaconic Science and Diaconic Management at Bielefeld University, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and supported by the UEM.

Learn more on the website of the ICDM Network.


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Rev. Godwin Ampony
Head of International Diaconia
Rudolfstr. 137
42285 Wuppertal
+49 202 89004-526
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Rhoda Lynn Gregorio
Coordinator International Diaconia
Rudolfstr. 137
42285 Wuppertal
+49 202 89004-525


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