◽️ Student of politics, media and communication at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Helsinki, 24 years old
◽️ Student activist, future enthusiast and member of HYY’s Board (educational policy, communication, environmental and climate affairs)
◽️ Broadminded optimist all for open and constructive cooperation and dialogue
◽️ Outlook on life: having fun with friends!
◽️ Key words: music, empathy, arts and sciences, environmental affairs, karaoke, memes
Promoting the status of students and student advocacy work at the national level motivates me so much. I have intrinsic motivation towards advocacy work and changing the world – and SYL provides a great forum for this. I want to be involved in continuing the success story of Finland’s 100-year-old student movement, adding my contribution to its further development. It’s important to look back, remind ourselves of the past and learn from it, but at the same time, we must create new visions and expand the horizon explicitly towards the future: how can we continue to be the best country for students in the future?
This is a favourable time to do this: the effects of the coronavirus crisis on us students and on society further emphasise the importance of the student movement. We must be able to ensure that the quality of education is retained, students are able to cope with everything and student communities and the society can recover. I have the vision, drive and ideas – and I see SYL as the best place to advance them. This is why I’m applying for SYL’s Board for the next year, and I believe that I’m the right choice for the position.
◽️ Ability to cooperate, discuss matters and create an inspiring environment
◽️ Instructive and active approach, boldness and creative outside-the-box thinking
◽️ I’m someone who gets things done, and that’s what I bring to organisations: attitude and ideas, not just following others’ lead
◽️ My campaign themes: more impactful student movement, educational policy, student movement as a pioneer (see below for details)
◽️ Skills and substance broadly from different sectors, communities and walks of life (see my CV, LinkedIn)
◽️ Student movement: impact, initiative, visibility, team spirit
The student movement and our impact benefits all of Finland. SYL must be active and bold, have initiative and define the agenda of societal discussion as well as strongly influence it. SYL must be more active in its role as the glue between different student unions and their interaction as well as improve the ways in which it engages student unions in its advocacy work: together we are more. We need new initiatives on modern social media platforms and in societal discussion to make our impact and visibility more effective. Let’s dare to be more!
◽️ Educational policy: quality of education, accessibility, Humboldtian university, funding
SYL’s most important duty is to conduct strong, impactful advocacy work with vision. In our current situation – marked as it is by the coronavirus, remote studies and the education cuts and reforms of years past – issues related to the quality and funding of education are very important. It is also crucial to ensure that the quality of education, teaching and learning is preserved despite the changes that studies have undergone due to the coronavirus, as well as to ensure an efficient and safe transition back to contact teaching as soon as possible. The flexibility brought about by distance learning must be retained in the future, too, and we can learn a lot from various digital methods.
A major systemic issue is the funding model for universities, which does not currently encourage universities towards quality. The focus of the model should be moved from quantitative incentives to qualitative ones, while the strong emphasis on degrees should be moved towards credits. Operating like a degree factory does not support the quality of higher education or help improve Finland’s level of competence. The Humboldtian university, quality and science must come first, whereas degree factories, unreasonable pressure on students and the weakening of competence should be done away with! The accessibility of education is also an important issue: according to the Vision for Higher Education 2030, 50% of Finland’s population should have a higher education degree in the future – currently, we are already behind other OECD countries. To achieve this, we need accessible and free higher education that makes it possible for people from diverse situations in life to get into universities and that tackles the multitude of underlying causes for education being inherited.
◽️ Student movement as a pioneer: the climate crisis, future visions, progressiveness, generational politics
The student movement has been a significant positive force for change in Finnish society and in building the Finnish welfare state. We must continue to be a bold influencer that offers progressive and positive visions for the future and new initiatives for societal discussion. Boldly for a better future against regression!
The climate crisis must be at the heart of SYL’s operation, goals and advocacy work: there is no higher education or students on a dead planet. The climate crisis constitutes the most important case of generational politics, and SYL must concretise the student movement’s voice in the discussion on the climate crisis. It must also coordinate more impactful advocacy work around these themes together with other student unions and youth organisations. Generational politics are in an important role in SYL’s activities in general: for instance, our policies and advocacy work related to Finland’s pension system and its sustainability is an important theme.
’SYL’s Board would get a competent, passionate and diplomatic member out of Akseli.’
2020 Member of the Board: educational policy, communication, environment & climate affairs
2019 Member of the Financial Committee
2018– Member of the Representative Council
UH and faculty
2020 Students’ wellbeing group (UH)
2020 Planning and steering group for a course on sustainable development (UH)
2019– Faculty council (Faculty of Social Sciences)
2019 Committee on developing studies (Faculty of Social Sciences)
2019 Degree programme committee (Faculty of Social Sciences)
Other positions and representation in working groups.
Organisations and student activities
2020 SYY–Helsinki, person in charge of advocacy work
2019 Kannunvalajat ry, study secretary & webmaster
2019 Valtsika study affairs board, chair
2019–2020 HYY’s Greens, vice chair, communications strategist, person in charge of communications
2018 Valta ry, person in charge of culture, sports and excursions
2018, 2019, 2020 Valtsikan speksi, person in charge of bands and music (member of the executive group of the project), actor, scriptwriter
2019 Humanistispeksi, actor, 2018, summer production actor
2020/9– Social Science Professionals, student ambassador (~20h/month)
2018/4–2019/4 Finnish Kickboxing Federation, organisational secretary (15–25h/week)
4/2017–9/2017 Miessakit ry, office secretary (full time)
Others: Karaoke host, freelance musician, etc.
’This year, Akseli has commendably ensured that students’ voice is not drowned in our community, even in these exceptional times. His particular strength is identifying the interests of the entire community and focusing attention on the efficiency of teaching and on student wellbeing. SYL’s Board would get a competent, passionate and diplomatic member out of Akseli.’
‘Akseli has been an active and passionate advocate in our community throughout his studies. The cooperation between the management of the faculty and Akseli has been positive and conducive to our community during the time that he acted as the study secretary of Kannunvalajat as well as in several other administrative bodies. Akseli has convinced me with his competence, and I believe that he would make a dedicated, societally skilled member of SYL’s Board who boldly promotes good solutions. I can warmly recommend Akseli for SYL’s Board!’
’Akseli has defended the rights of students passionately during this year. He is a strongly competent advicate, who has convinced me with his skills. Akseli has done some great work regarding educational policy, communications and environmental and climate matters. He is an inspiring coworker who keeps the overall mood high. I strongly recommend Akseli for the board of SYL!’