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Become a student representative on the Big Wheel executive groups for master’s degree programmes

The preparations for the Big Wheel degree reform have now progressed to deciding on the content of the new master’s programmes. Planning will be the responsibility of the executive groups to which the University has asked the Student Union to appoint student representatives. One representative and one deputy representative will be appointed per group. The deputy has the right to be present and speak at the meetings.

The Student Union is looking for student representatives to the following programmes’ executive groups:

 
European and Nordic Studies (member & deputy)
MDP in Russian Studies (deputy)
Politics and Communication (deputy)


The executive groups are formed on the basis of the tripart-principle which means they include students, professors as well as other staff. The executive groups will start work in the spring and keep working on a tight schedule until autumn 2016.

Applications directed to the board of the Student Union are to be sent to kirjaamo(at)hyy.fi by 12:00 Monday 13.6.2016. The deadline is absolute due to Finnish administrative law. The applications are to be at most 2000 characters without spaces in length. The application must include relevant experience, motivation, availability to participate in the group meetings, the applicant’s current major, which executive group the application is for and whether the applicant is available for the post of representative, deputy representative or both.

The student union considers advantageous previous experience as a student representative in university administration, different working groups, or as an academic affairs responsible as well as a connection to the faculty or subject organization(s) associated with the programme in question. The Student Union wishes for applicants of different genders. For more information, please contact specialist Anne Rautanen, anne.rautanen(at)hyy.fi, +358 505438458.

Student representatives do not receive a salary, but work on a voluntary basis. Depending on the body in question, meetings can be held from a few times a year to monthly. In addition to attending the meetings, student representatives are expected to familiarise themselves with the documents beforehand, and keep in touch with the students they represent, as well as the other student representatives through personal contacts or student organisations. The student representatives themselves gain important experience of university administration. Also, having acted as a student representative in university administration can also be an advantage when seeking employment.

The degrees offered by the University of Helsinki are being reformed, with the reform entering into force on 1 August 2017. This reform is based on the Big Wheel project that began in 2014 at the initiative of Vice Rector Keijo Hämäläinen, in charge of education. The Big Wheel will see the current degree structures of the University of Helsinki’s faculties change into new entities, degree programmes.

The names of the new degree programmes leading to Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees have now been decided. Planning for the programmes continues in the University’s Big Wheel working group, in faculties and departments and in the executive groups of the new programmes.

What will happen to the current degree structures and requirements and why? Which faculties will the new degree programmes be in? Can my studies expire? When do current students have to move into the new programmes?
We compiled a small FAQ package to answer these questions and many others.

If we have neglected to ask or answer something below, please contact our Board or Specialists!

On the progress of the Big Wheel in general: HYY Members of the Board Laura Luoto and Maria Loima, Specialist Anne Rautanen, Communications Officer Tapio Reinekoski.

On student’s legal protection: HYY Member of the Board Tarik Ahsanullah, Specialist Anne Rautanen, Communications Officer Tapio Reinekoski.

For more information, you can also contact your own subject’s student representatives (also known as “hallopeds”). Their contact information, categorised by faculty, can be found here: https://www.halloped.fi/en/helsinki/organs.
The new degree programmes’ student representatives and their contact information will also be updated into the halloped.fi website as soon as all representatives have been chosen.

1) How are my studies affected by the Big Wheel? Will subjects be discontinued because of the Big Wheel? What happens now? Who looks after students’ interests?

The Big Wheel’s aim is to create new degree programmes into the University of Helsinki that start at the beginning of the academic year of 2017–18. Instead of the current structure of subjects, departments and faculties, these degree programmes would be based on the different disciplines of the University. After the reform, a degree programme could thus include study units and contents from several current departments or faculties. On the other hand, some degree programmes may be almost identical to the degree structures of current subjects.

In other words, the Big Wheel in itself does not pose a threat to the subjects’ future. Instead, the University’s change programme, that is, the internal cuts made because of the huge cuts to universities’ funding, is causing both the Rector and the Deans and Heads of Department to lay off people. The situation is currently the most alarming for subjects that had limited resources to begin with. Even if these subjects would not get their own Bachelor’s or Master’s programme after the Big Wheel has turned, they could still be taught as optional modules or specialisation options. However, this requires that the student representatives chosen into the executive groups of the new degree programmes have the will to defend these subjects and that subject organisations cooperate closely with the representatives.

In the Big Wheel working group, students are represented by HYY’s Specialist (educational policy) Janne Lardot. Broad matters of principle and issues such as finalising the new degree programmes are decided by the University’s Academic Affairs Council (ONE) where students are represented by HYY’s Specialist (educational policy) Anne Rautanen. The Student Union has been recruiting new student representatives to the executive groups of new Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes throughout the winter and spring.

2) What are the new degree programmes like?
The new degree programmes are listed at the end of this page. However, the division of the Master’s programmes is still not finalised. The Bachelor Degrees only have Finnish titles for now.

Starting at the beginning of the academic year of 2017–18, you can apply to the new Bachelor’s or Master’s programmes. You will not have to make a binding choice on any single discipline when applying. Instead, you will be able to choose a specialisation option out of a selection of several disciplines or thematic study modules within the degree programme. Students can also get individually chosen optional studies from other degree programmes’ disciplines and contents included in their degree.

Precise learning outcomes will be drafted in concrete terms for each degree programme, study module and study unit. The descriptions of study units must include their contents, teaching methods and methods used for assessing students. The goal is to get rid of the current vague descriptions such as “after having completed the course, the student knows the basic terms and theories of the field” and replace them with practical information. Each study unit should include a breakdown of what kinds of skills students acquire during the unit and for what purpose – are the skills relevant for later studies or for work duties after graduation.

The schedules and working methods of the new degree programmes must also help students smoothly progress in their studies and study full-time.

3) Is my major going to change? Will my current studies expire?

Current students will get a three-year transitional phase, during which they can complete their studies according to the current degree structures. The degree requirements of the academic year of 2016–17 will be in effect until the end of the transitional phase.

Current students may also choose to move into the new degree programmes to complete their studies. The exact conditions of this move, such as the amount of supplementary studies, are still in the planning stages.
If you choose to move into a new programme, you cannot return to the old degree structure later. If you want to move into a new degree programme and have already completed studies included in a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, these studies can be used to replace study units from the new degree programme. An equivalency table will be drafted for each subject at a later point. This table will show the correspondence between study units in the old degrees and study units in the new degree programmes.

Completed degrees will not expire. However, studies that are over ten years old and have not been tied to a completed Bachelor’s or Master’s degree cannot be included into degrees completed according to the new degree programmes.

For those who graduate during the transitional phase, the expiry of studies will follow the current regulations.

The University is collecting information on the progress of the Big Wheel, its preparatory work, its schedule and decisions concerning it into Flamma on the following page:  https://flamma.helsinki.fi/fi/iso-pyora.

We also recommend following the websites and notices of the faculties.

If you want to know what the Rector’s decisions or the memoranda of the Big Wheel working group mean in practice, you can also contact your subject’s student representatives or the members of the board or specialists in charge of education policy at HYY.

4) I want to influence the future of my subjects – what should I do?

This is the time to give feedback on the study-related problems that your subjects have. There is power in numbers: together with your subject organisation and student representatives, tell the vice deans in charge of education in your faculties and the chairpersons of the executive groups of the new degree programmes how your studies should be reformed.

Even though the Big Wheel’s goal is to make it more clear what skills students have acquired after completing their degrees and to help students better identify their own skills, these goals can easily remain on the level of rhetoric. This is why students should be actively involved when the new programmes are planned as well as give feedback on how the work has succeeded so far. Cooperation between subject organisations and student representatives is most likely taken into account in the executive groups of the new degree programmes. However, we still recommend gathering the entire subject organisation’s views and support to back up the student representatives acting in the executive group.

The University Management often tell the Student Union that students themselves have not pointed out any problems in the planning and completion of studies, nor have they suggested any improvements. This, however, does not necessarily mean all is well: the “lack” of criticism is most likely due to the students’ worries and problems not reaching the ears of the University Management.

Simultaneously with reforming the degree programmes, the University is laying off its employees and reshaping its administration into a new form, the new service organisation or UPO. Any problems caused by the University’s cuts and lay-offs cannot be explained with the changes caused by the Big Wheel or the administrative reform. These reforms cannot be used as excuses for slowing down studies, cancelling teaching and exams or the lack of study counselling.

We recommend you start seeking student counselling right now from the personnel in your own subject’s or department’s academic administration. The academic administration must perform their duties without exception: they must admit new students, offer counselling to students and take care of the administrative tasks related to graduation.

None of the ongoing changes can impede the smooth progress of studies or delay graduation. HYY has collected information from students on the effects of the cuts to the University funding and the simultaneous large structural changes, and it is clear that problems have already arisen. The Student Union hopes that it would be informed of problem situations as frequently and early as possible – either directly or through student representatives.

The new Bachelor's Degrees as of August 2017, names available only in Finnish for the time being:

Biologian kandiohjelma
Bio- ja ympäristötieteellinen tiedekunta
Luonnontieteiden kandidaatti LuK

Elintarviketieteiden kandiohjelma
Maatalous-metsätieteellinen tiedekunta
Elintarviketieteiden kandidaatti (ETK)

Eläinlääketieteen kandiohjelma
Eläinlääketieteellinen tiedekunta
Eläinlääketieteen kandidaatti (ELK)

Farmaseutin koulutusohjelma
Farmasian tiedekunta
Farmaseutin tutkinto

Filosofian kandiohjelma
Humanistinen tiedekunta / Valtiotieteellinen tiedekunta
Humanististen tieteiden kandidaatti (HuK) / Valtiotieteiden kandidaatti (VTK)

Fysikaalisten tieteiden kandiohjelma
Matemaattis-luonnontieteellinen tiedekunta
Luonnontieteiden kandidaatti (LuK)

Geotieteiden kandiohjelma
Matemaattis-luonnontieteellinen tiedekunta
Luonnontieteiden kandidaatti (LuK)

Historian kandiohjelma
Humanistinen tiedekunta
Humanististen tieteiden kandidaatti (HuK)

Kandidatprogram i samhällsvetenskaper + socialt arbete
Svenska social- och kommunalhögskolan
Politices kandidat (Pol. Kand.)

Kasvatustieteiden kandiohjelma
Käyttäytymistieteellinen tiedekunta
Kasvatustieteen kandidaatti (KK)

Kemian kandiohjelma
Matemaattis-luonnontieteellinen tiedekunta
Luonnontieteiden kandidaatti (LuK)

Kielten kandiohjelma
Humanistinen tiedekunta
Humanististen tieteiden kandidaatti (HuK)

Kotimaisten kielten ja kirjallisuuksien kandiohjelma
Humanistinen tiedekunta
Humanististen tieteiden kandidaatti (HuK)

Kulttuurien tutkimuksen kandiohjelma
Humanistinen tiedekunta
Humanististen tieteiden kandidaatti (HuK)

Logopedian kandiohjelma
Lääketieteellinen tiedekunta
Humanististen tieteiden kandidaatti (HuK)

Maantieteen kandiohjelma
Matemaattis-luonnontieteellinen tiedekunta
Luonnontieteiden kandidaatti (LuK)

Maataloustieteiden kandiohjelma
Maatalous-metsätieteellinen tiedekunta
Maatalous-metsätieteiden kandidaatti (MMK)

Matemaattisten tieteiden kandiohjelma
Matemaattis-luonnontieteellinen tiedekunta / Valtiotieteellinen tiedekunta
Luonnontieteiden kandidaatti (LuK)

Matematiikan, fysiikan ja kemian opettajan kandiohjelma
Matemaattis-luonnontieteellinen tiedekunta
Luonnontieteiden kandidaatti (LuK)

Metsätieteiden kandiohjelma
Maatalous-metsätieteellinen tiedekunta
Maatalous-metsätieteiden kandidaatti (MMK)

Molekyylibiotieteiden kandiohjelma
Bio- ja ympäristötieteellinen tiedekunta / Maatalous-metsätieteellinen tiedekunta
Luonnontieteiden kandidaatti (LuK)

Oikeusnotaarin koulutusohjelma
Oikeustieteellinen tiedekunta
Oikeusnotaarin tutkinto (ON)

Politiikan ja viestinnän kandiohjelma
Valtiotieteellinen tiedekunta
Valtiotieteiden kandidaatti (VTK)

Psykologian kandiohjelma
Lääketieteellinen tiedekunta
Psykologian kandidaatti (PsK)

Sosiaalitieteiden kandiohjelma
Valtiotieteellinen tiedekunta
Valtiotieteiden kandidaatti (VTK)

Taiteiden tutkimuksen kandiohjelma
Humanistinen tiedekunta
Humanististen tieteiden kandidaatti (HuK)

Taloustieteen kandiohjelma
Valtiotieteellinen tiedekunta
Valtiotieteiden kandidaatti (VTK)

Teologian ja uskonnontutkimuksen kandiohjelma
Teologinen tiedekunta
Teologian kandidaatti (TK)

Tietojenkäsittelytieteen kandiohjelma
Matemaattis-luonnontieteellinen tiedekunta
Luonnontieteiden kandidaatti (LuK)

Yhteiskunnan ja kulttuurin muutoksen ja kehityksen kandiohjelma
Valtiotieteellinen tiedekunta
Valtiotieteiden kandidaatti (VTK)

Ympäristö- ja elintarviketalouden kandiohjelma
Maatalous-metsätieteellinen tiedekunta
Maatalous-metsätieteiden kandidaatti (MMK) / Elintarviketieteiden kandidaatti (ETK)

Ympäristötieteiden kandiohjelma
Bio- ja ympäristötieteellinen tiedekunta / Maatalous-metsätieteellinen tiedekunta
Luonnontieteiden kandidaatti (LuK)


The new Master's Degrees as of August 2017 (only confirmed English titles listed here) and the Heads of the programmes:

Data Science    Hannu Toivonen
Ekologian ja evoluutiobiologian maisteriohjelma    Veijo Kaitala
Eläinlääketieteen lisensiaatin koulutusohjelma    Mirja Ruohoniemi
Elintarvikealan liiketoiminnan ja kulutuksen maisteriohjelma (ELK)    Sari Ollila
Elintarviketieteet    Marina Heinonen
English Studies    Sanna-Kaisa Tanskanen
Environmental Change and Global Sustainability    Janne Hukkinen
European and Nordic Studies -maisteriohjelma    ONE nimeää johtajan myöhemmin
Filosofian maisteriohjelma    Aki Lehtinen
Fysiikan maisteriohjelma (tähtitiede, kosmologia, avaruus- ja hiukkasfysiikka)    Kenneth Österberg
Genetiikan ja molekulaaristen biotieteiden maisteriohjelma    Eeva-Liisa Eskelinen
Geologian ja geofysiikan maisteriohjelma    Tapani Rämö
Hammaslääketieteen koulutusohjelma    Terhi Karaharju-Suvanto
Historian maisteriohjelma    Laura Kolbe
Ihmisen ravitsemus ja ruokakäyttäytyminen
Human Nutrition and Food Behaviour    Mikael Fogelholm
Ilmakehätieteiden maisteriohjelma    Antti Lauri
Intercultural Encounters, Diversity and Integration (InDi)    Martti Pärssinen
International Business Law    Ville Pönkä
Kääntämisen ja tulkkauksen maisteriohjelma    Liisa Tiittula
Kasvatustieteiden maisteriohjelma (valmisteluvaihe jatkuu vielä)    Sari Lindblom-Ylänne
Kasvibiologian maisteriohjelma    Johannes Enroth
Kaupunkitutkimuksen maisteriohjelma    Mari Vaattovaara
Kemian ja molekyylitieteiden maisteriohjelma    Mikko Oivanen
Kielten maisteriohjelma    Ahti Nikunlassi
Kirjallisuuden maisteriohjelma    Pirjo Lyytikäinen
Kulttuuriperintö ja kulttuurien tulkinnat -maisteriohjelma    Lotte Tarkka
Lääketieteen koulutusohjelma – Utbildningsprogrammet i Medicin    Tiina Paunio
Life Science Informatics    Mats Gyllenberg
Linguistic Diversity in the Digital Age (LingDA)    Matti Miestamo
Logopedian maisteriohjelma    Kaisa Launonen
MA Program for Finnish Teacher Education (valmisteluvaihe jatkuu vielä)    ONE nimeää johtajan myöhemmin
Maailman kulttuurien maisteriohjelma    Hannu Juusola
Maantieteen maisteriohjelma    Sami Moisio
Maatalous-, ympäristö- ja luonnonvaraekonomian maisteriohjelma    Marko Lindroos
Maataloustieteiden maisteriohjelma    Mervi Seppänen
Magisterprogram i samhällsvetenskaper    Mirjam Kalland
Magisterprogrammet i kultur och kommunikation    Derek Fewster
Matematiikan ja tilastotieteen maisteriohjelma    Matti Lassas
Matematiikan, fysiikan ja kemian opettajan maisteriohjelma    Juha Oikkonen
Materiaalitutkimuksen maisteriohjelma    Antti Kuronen
Metsätieteiden ja biotalouden maisteriohjelma    Markus Holopainen
Mikrobiologian ja -biotekniikan maisteriohjelma    Sari Timonen
Neurotieteen maisteriohjelma    Juha Voipio
Oikeustieteen maisterin koulutusohjelma    Sakari Melander
Pohjoismaisten kielten maisteriohjelma    Beatrice Silén
Politiikan ja viestinnän maisteriohjelma    Mervi Pantti
Proviisorin koulutusohjelma    Pia Vuorela
Psykologian maisteriohjelma    Anu-Katriina Pesonen
Russian Studies    ONE nimeää johtajan myöhemmin
Sosiaalitieteiden maisteriohjelma    Ilkka Arminen
Sukupuolentutkimuksen maisteriohjelma    Johanna Kantola
Suomen kielen ja suomalais-ugrilaisten kielten ja kulttuurien maisteriohjelma    Jyrki Kalliokoski
Taiteiden tutkimuksen maisteriohjelma    Hanna Korsberg
Taloustieteen maisteriohjelma    Markku Lanne
Teologian ja uskonnontutkimuksen maisteriohjelma    Auli Vähäkangas
Teoreettisten ja laskennallisten menetelmien maisteriohjelma    Kari Rummukainen
Tietojenkäsittelytieteen maisteriohjelma    Veli Mäkinen
Translationaalisen lääketieteen koulutusohjelma (TRANSMED)    Dan Lindholm
Yhteiskunnallisen muutoksen maisteriohjelma    Pauli Kettunen

Flora Day party on 13 May needs volunteers to help for example with moving stuff, instructing guests at entrances and info-desks, and decorating.

Volunteers work max 2 hours between 1.30 pm and 8.00 pm, so you get a great possibility to enjoy the party, too! 
Signing up for volunteers ends at 2 May and HYY will contact volunteers at 3 May.

Sign up with this form: http://goo.gl/forms/IHxvSd1ZJL

More information about Flora Day party www.hyy.fi/flora2016

HYY is in search of three student representatives and three personal vice student representatives for the Financial Aid Committee of the University of Helsinki. The student representatives’ term is from 1 August 2016 to 31 July 2018.

The Financial Aid Committee is a statutory administrative body. Its tasks include following students’ study progress and providing statements on the matter on its own initiative or at the request of either the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela) or a student. The committee processes applications on issues such as granting student financial aid and extensions to the maximum duration of studies. The committee meets a couple of times in an academic term.

Applications addressed to the Board of the Student Union should be sent to kirjaamo@hyy.fi by Monday, 16 May 2016, at 3.00 pm. The application should include the applicant’s motivation to act in the position and whether they are available for the entire term. In case the applicant is available only as a regular student representative or only as a vice representative, this information should also be included in the application.

The Student Union invites applications from applicants of different backgrounds and genders. The Board of the Student Union will appoint three student representatives and their personal vice student representatives to the Financial Aid Committee.

For more information, please contact HYY's Specialist Aino Jones at aino.jones@hyy.fi, tel. 050 543 9608

The application period has been continued until May 24 at noon!

On Friday 13 May, the students and staff of the University of Helsinki will get together to once again celebrate spring and this year’s Flora Day. This time the celebration, lasting from 3 pm to 8 pm, spreads the spring spirit to Kumpula, as Physicum (at Gustaf Hällströmin katu 2A) fills up with music, festive events, food and refreshments and, of course, the joys of academia.

The festival will have a band and a DJ playing music that will please the ear and have you dancing in no time. You will also have the opportunity to transform the contents of your brain into poetic form and to take photos in a photo booth. Additionally, the celebration will include miniature animals, tours of student rooms and many different academic activities in which the departments of the Faculty of Science peer into the future. To satisfy your hunger and quench your thirst, drinks will be served and food carts will be offering something to eat.

From 3 pm to 5 pm, you will have the opportunity to observe the secrets of Kumpula as expert led tours take anyone interested to visit the magnificent Kumpula Botanic Garden, the phenomenal ChemistryLab Gadolin, the Detector Laboratory, the Accelerator Laboratory and the Institute of Seismology.. These tours have a separate sign-up process, so you can take part in them even if you do not join the actual Flora Day celebration!

For more information on the Flora Day programme, tours and refreshments, please visit the event’s website at www.hyy.fi/flora2016.

The event will have separate quotas of 250 guests for both staff and students, and you should sign up in advance. Signing up begins on Monday 25 April at noon when the sign-up link is published in Flamma. The link will also be published on the event’s Facebook page and atwww.hyy.fi/flora2016.

The Flora Day’s official hashtag is #FLORA2016.

We extend our warmest welcome to everyone at the University!

STATEMENT 18 APRIL 2016

The Finnish Government continues to incapacitate civil society by ruthlessly cutting even more from development cooperation funds. In its budget session last year, the Government already subjected development cooperation appropriations to cuts amounting to around 400 million euros, almost half of the total. In the spending limits discussion on 5 April 2016, the Government decided to cut an additional 25 million euros from them. The new cuts target funds that are available from 2018 onwards.

These cuts make the future of development cooperation activities organised by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and student unions extremely vulnerable. The Government’s new cuts make it clear that it does not consider NGOs’ development cooperation activities important and instead aims to permanently diminish their role. Nonetheless, students are still prepared to do their duty to alleviate global problems and poverty.

Because of the cuts of 2015, the Student Union of the University of Helsinki already had to cancel our planned cooperation with a Kenyan organisation as well as to decrease funding for our project in Bangladesh to one fifth of what was planned. Thousands of Kenyans and Bangladeshis living in poverty in the countryside will now be excluded from the projects that aim to help farming communities adapt to climate change in Bangladesh and to save girls from genital mutilation in Kenya. Only one project remained safe from the cuts: a project promoting women’s and girls’ reproductive health and school attendance in Zambia’s Eastern Province. This project, however, comes to an end in 2016.

Hope for securing funding for new projects is fading out faster than ever – the Student Union’s development cooperation is under threat of ending completely.

HYY continues the tradition it started in 2007 and donates 0.7% of its annual budget to development cooperation, in accordance with the target set by the United Nations General Assembly. After the new cuts, only 0.39% of Finnish gross national product is directed towards development cooperation. In addition to this, students make voluntary donations to the Student Union’s development cooperation projects, and these amount to a total of 5,500 euros per year. The true lifeblood of the projects, however, is the thousands of volunteering hours poured into them. With the additional cuts it is making, the Government is now showing more contempt towards this work than ever before.

Ministry for Foreign Affairs intentionally making NGOs’ work more difficult

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has recently changed the process of applying for support for communications and global education projects. In total contrast with the information it gave in its press conference last November, it now rejected the opportunity for NGOs to cover part of their self-financing contribution with volunteering. In practice, this means that the Ministry for Foreign Affairs now prevents organisations from covering part of their expenses with volunteering. The Ministry only announced this reversal on 12 April, three days before the application period begins – and even then, only after Kepa ry had noticed the change in the model application form they had received for comments.

Applying for the appropriations has now become extremely difficult for organisations with small budgets, as they have to look for additional funds at very short notice. With this decision, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs is throwing away an immense amount of work already spent on planning. Moreover, it boggles the mind to see the Ministry devalue the worth of volunteering when it is not only a guarantee for actually seeing through the projects but also an integral part of communications and global education that aims at supporting active and responsible global citizenship.

Fortunately, a great majority of students have again shown their support for HYY’s development cooperation this spring. In addition to the annual direct donations amounting on average to 5,500 euros, students have participated in the Zambia week organised by the Committee for Development Cooperation on 4–7 April on the campuses of the University of Helsinki. In three days, the event raised over 300 euros worth of donations, while the UniCafe student restaurants owned by HYY Ravintolat donated 0.10 euros to the project for each Zambia meal they sold – adding up to over 400 euros.

It is clear that the work carried out for global equality and a safe future is highly valued by students. On the other hand, by now the Finnish Government has clearly proven its indifference towards this work. The Student Union urges that during the rest of its term, the Government acts in a way that shows it respects development cooperation and wants to do its global duty in helping our world’s poorest.
 
Marketta Vuola, Development Cooperation Coordinator
tel. +358 50 543 8450
marketta.vuola@hyy.fi

Susanna Jokimies, Chair of the Board
tel. +358 50 543 9610
susanna.jokimies@hyy.fi
The Student Union of the University of Helsinki

How to spot a tutor among the freshman hordes of autumn? By their badge, of course! Every year, HYY provides the tutors of the University of Helsinki with the legendary tutor badges or “tutor buttons”. If you are lucky, it might have a picture designed by YOU on it!

The Committee for Freshman Activities hereby announces a competition for designing the new tutor badge.

The competition is open to all HYY’s members and organisations. Your task is to design a badge with a diameter of 56 mm that features (at least) the words “Tuutori”, “Tutor” and “2016” and thus clearly indicates that the person wearing it is a tutor in 2016. The badge should be circular.

Send your entry as a PDF file to maini.salmi@helsinki.fi by Wednesday 1 May at 11.59 pm. The Committee for Freshman Activities will choose the winner and announce them at HYY’s hangout evening for tutors on 9 May. The winner will receive a soft serve machine worth 50 euros. HYY reserves the right to edit the winning picture if needed to make it graphically and communicatively more appropriate.


For more information, please contact:
Maini Salmi
Chair of the Committee for Freshman Activities
maini.salmi@helsinki.fi

The University of Helsinki is preparing for the mandatory introduction of tuition fees for non-EU/EEA nationals in international master’s degree programmes. Fees will be charged starting from August 1st, 2017. Read more about the introduction of tuition fees here.

The university is currently in the process renewing its entire curriculum in the Big Wheel education reform, including international master's degree programmes, as well as creating systems for marketing, scholarships, &c tied to the introduction of tuition fees. Thus a lot of questions on practical matters of international degree programmes and tuition fees are still under discussion. 

HYY, however, has gathered some answers to questions asked by students on this page. Get in touch if you have an additional question or would like to know more!

I’m an non-EU/EEA national currently studying at UH, will I have to pay for my degree?
Tuition fees will be charged from the academic year 2017-2018 onwards, so if you are currently enrolled at UH, you will not have to pay for your degree.
If you haven’t finished your degree by autumn 2017 when the fees will be introduced, you will still not have to pay. Tuition fees will only be charged from those students who start their studies after August 1st, 2017.


What does it mean that the fees will range from 10 to 25 000 euros?
An international master’s degree programme at the University of Helsinki will cost between 10 to 25 thousand euros per year for international students from outside EU/EEA.
The cost of the programme will not depend on how many courses you take or what minors you choose. Rather, each individual international master’s degree programme will have its own price tag attached. This means that a programme in one faculty might cost 15 000 euros a year, e.g., while another programme in another faculty will cost for instance 17 000 euros a year. The actual prices of individual degree programmes are still under discussion, and decisions can be expected to be made by summer. Factors that influence the price include the nature of the programme, employability, &c.


Will PhD students also have to pay?
Doctoral education is not in the fee system, so doctoral students will not have to pay for tuition.


I speak Finnish/Swedish, but am from outside EU/EEA, do I have to pay?
As the fees will be charged from international non EU/EEA students attending international master's degree programmes taught in English, you will most likely not pay if you are attending a Finnish or Swedish-language programme. As the legislation is very recent, guidelines on the national level are still being discussed.


What kind of international programmes will there be?
As the university is renewing its whole degree system in the Big Wheel / Iso pyörä education reform, some current international degree programmes might have their content revised, while others may remain as they are now. Still some might cease to take in new students, but new programmes will also be created. Check with your programme coordinator if you are unsure about what will happen to your programme, but rest assured: if you have been accepted to a certain programme, you will be able to complete the programme as planned.
You can read more about the Big Wheel education reform on Flamma.


Can I study at an international master’s degree programme if I’m from EU/EEA, or Finnish?
Finnish and EU nationals are encouraged to apply for international master’s degree programmes, as the aim of the programmes is to create a truly international learning  environment.
Tuition  fees will not be charged from Finnish or EU/EEA nationals even if the programme is an international master’s degree programme charging tuition from non-EU/EEA nationals.


Will there be scholarships available to fee-paying students?
A scholarship system is under construction, but it is one of the conditions given in the new legislation, so an important part of the introduction of tuition fees. The scholarship will most likely be some kind of a waiver so a student receiving a scholarship will not have to pay the entire tuition fee, or a part of it.

The university also has a website on the education reform and tuition fees. Both this page and the university website will be updated and new information added as soon as more is known.

For more information, or if you have any other questions you’d like answered on this page please contact Aino Jones, HYY specialist for international students, at aino.jones@hyy.fi or 050 543 9608

Are you interested in sports? Would you like to inspire new students into sporty life, too? Apply to become a sports tutor now!

The purpose of sports tutoring is to familiarize freshmen with student sports - both the diverse selection of UniSport and independent exercise opportunities - and inspire freshmen to maintain a sporty lifestyle in the middle of busy study schedules. Sports tutors are not required to be in top shape or to be trained coaches. You only need the willingness and enthusiasm to make the freshman autumn of new students even better and more fun!

The Student Union organizes an education evening for the selected sports tutors on 10th May. At the evening tutors will get information about how to plan and organize events and tutors have a change to get to know each other’s. In addition to other sports tutors, our partner in sport tutoring is UniSport, which provides tutors with free facilities and group training, as well as financial support for sports outside UniSport facilities. No matter whether you take the freshmen to play football, practice hot yoga or collect mushrooms, sports can be various sports.

Sports tutors will get 6 months training card to UniSport as reward. After organizing 5 events to freshmen and reporting your experiences, you will get other 6 months. Together reward is one year training card to UniSport!

Sports tutoring requires:
•    motivation to be a sports tutor.
•    will to organize 5 sports events to freshmen in the autumn 2016.

It doesn’t stand in a way to become a sports tutor:
•    if you are also regular tutor in the autumn 2016.
•    if you already have a training card to UniSport. (The reward will be added after your card’s period of validity.)

Apply to become a sports tutor by 12 noon at 29th of April with this form:    
http://goo.gl/forms/DqsgMvMtRN.

Rasmus Olander (rasmus.olander@hyy.fi), the board member of the Student Union with responsibility of sports tutoring, will gladly answer to all questions considering this subject.

Are you interested in sports? Would you like to inspire new students into sporty life, too? Apply to become a sports tutor now!

The purpose of sports tutoring is to familiarize freshmen with student sports - both the diverse selection of UniSport and independent exercise opportunities - and inspire freshmen to maintain a sporty lifestyle in the middle of busy study schedules. Sports tutors are not required to be in top shape or to be trained coaches. You only need the willingness and enthusiasm to make the freshman autumn of new students even better and more fun!

The Student Union organizes an education evening for the selected sports tutors on 10th May. At the evening tutors will get information about how to plan and organize events and tutors have a change to get to know each other’s. In addition to other sports tutors, our partner in sport tutoring is UniSport, which provides tutors with free facilities and group training, as well as financial support for sports outside UniSport facilities. No matter whether you take the freshmen to play football, practice hot yoga or collect mushrooms, sports can be various sports.

Sports tutors will get 6 months training card to UniSport as reward. After organizing 5 events to freshmen and reporting your experiences, you will get other 6 months. Together reward is one year training card to UniSport!

Sports tutoring requires:
•    motivation to be a sports tutor.
•    will to organize 5 sports events to freshmen in the autumn 2016.

It doesn’t stand in a way to become a sports tutor:
•    if you are also regular tutor in the autumn 2016.
•    if you already have a training card to UniSport. (The reward will be added after your card’s period of validity.)

Apply to become a sports tutor by 12 noon at 29th of April with this form:    
http://goo.gl/forms/DqsgMvMtRN.

Rasmus Olander (rasmus.olander@hyy.fi), the board member of the Student Union with responsibility of sports tutoring, will gladly answer to all questions considering this subject.

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