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EASSW - European Association of Schools of Social Work

European Association of Schools of Social Work and Social Work Educators

  • The Department of social work is a member of EASSW - the European independent branch of the IASSW.
    Ronny Tikkanen, associate professor at the Department of social work, is a member of the organization's executive committée. EASSW brings together about 300 different schools, universities and institutions supporting social work education.
  • Its mission is to promote social development and develop high quality education, training and knowledge for social work practice, social services, and social welfare policies in Europe.
  • In fulfilling its mission the EASSW adheres to all United Nations’ Declarations and Conventions on human rights, recognizing that respect for the inalienable rights of the individual is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace.
  • Members of EASSW are united in their obligation to the continued pursuit of social justice and social development. In carrying out its mission EASSW fosters cooperation, collegiality, and interdependence among its members and with others.
  • The Association represents and promotes the interest of social work education on the European level, it contributes to the academic and international development of social work and social work education and it provides a European forum for its members.


The EASSW pursues its goals through the following

  • Biennial European congresses on actual themes of social work and social development, expert group meetings.
  • Assistance for European exchange programmes of member schools, for creating of curricula development and implementation of new schools in social work (i.e. in Eastern Europe), for developing European networks and research projects.
  • Activities as representatives of social work education on the European community level and in European NGOs.


Page Manager: Jenny Meyer|Last update: 2/18/2016

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