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Comment 30 November 2017

One of the central underlying factors of hundred-year-old Finland’s success story is its high social mobility between different social classes. The high-quality education system associated with our country can be maintained with public funds. Free education on all levels of education from early childhood education to higher education provides support for talented young people to pursue their dreams regardless of their family background.

Finland’s historical success in the PISA tests that assess young people’s skills is common knowledge. In the latest comparison, the cooperation and problem-solving skills of Finnish youth were among the top five countries taking part. In Finland, children’s PISA results are less dependent on their parents’ socio-economic status than in most of the other comparable OECD countries. This in part is suggestive of equality in our society.

‘Supporters of tuition fees do not see the big picture of society. Emphasising the benefits of free education would be warranted particularly now, during Finland’s centenary celebration’, Chair of the Board Laura Luoto from the Student Union of the University of Helsinki states.

In countries with tuition fees in use in higher education institutions, it is typical that higher education graduates remain in debt up to retirement age due to their student loans. In Finland, people can get into higher education without fearing a burden of debt that would discourage children of low-income families in particular.

However, there are bottlenecks in the accessibility of Finnish education. For instance, in general upper secondary schools and vocational institutions, students must purchase the necessary textbooks and materials themselves as well as cover the qualification fees. Preparatory courses that precede applying to universities and are subject to a fee are also problematic.

‘Genuinely free secondary education, material-based university entrance exams that only require short preparation and higher education institutions’ MOOC online courses that are open to everyone could all improve the situation’, Luoto states. ‘However, cancelling the cuts to the study grant made during this Government term would be important. The current insufficient level of the study grant cuts the ground from under genuinely accessible higher education’, she points out.

Free education should not be examined only from the perspective of Finnish citizens. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU and the EEA that took effect this year drive away exactly the international experts who Finland needs in the future.

‘The University of Helsinki currently only has 19 students who pay tuition fees when grants and exemptions from fees are taken into account. It is ridiculous to think that the education cuts that have been made could be covered by the money they bring in’, Luoto emphasises.

The Day for Free Education is celebrated nationally on 30 November 2017. The National Union of University Students in Finland has compiled quotes from public figures who defend free education on their website: https://syl.fi/maksuton-koulutus/

HYY’s Board has selected Jenna Sorjonen as one of its two specialists in educational policy.

Sorjonen took up her duties after working as HYY’s selection coordinator, having overseen the selection process for student representatives in administration. She started as the specialist in educational policy in early November after Aaro Riitakorpi had moved into the position of HYY’s Secretary General.

Before HYY, Sorjonen has worked as a research assistant at the University of Helsinki and held several administrative positions. She also has a strong background in positions of trust related to student advocacy work. She has acted in several different roles as a student representative and in HYY’s Representative Council since 2014.

As a specialist in educational policy, Sorjonen’s duties will still include overseeing the selection of student representatives in administration, training the representatives and supporting them in their influencing work. In addition to this, Sorjonen will be in charge of issues related to students’ legal protection. Besides these areas of responsibility, Sorjonen will also be responsible for students’ advocacy work related to educational policy and related communications together with the rest of the educational policy sector.

‘Enabling the selections of student representatives has been motivating, and I am looking forward to working with the new representatives. Defending student perspectives at the University and in society has been near to my heart for a long time. Advocacy and developing education are themes that are important to me, and as a specialist, I want to make sure that HYY’s Board, student representatives and volunteers receive all the support they need for their important influencing work’, Sorjonen states.

Sorjonen, 26, is a Bachelor of Arts and is currently completing the final stages of her Master’s studies with general linguistics as her major.

HYY’s Board has selected Hannele Kirveskoski as their specialist in charge of subsistence and international affairs.

Kirveskoski moved into the position from O’Diako, the Student Union of Diaconia UAS, where she was in charge of tutoring, internationality and social policy. Kirveskoski started in her duties at HYY in late October. As a specialist, Kirveskoski is in charge of issues related to subsistence and internationality, such as monitoring current affairs concerning student financial aid and subsistence, related advocacy work and informing the membership about related changes. In addition to this, her duties include monitoring the internationalisation of the University of Helsinki and issues related to international mobility.

Kirveskoski also acts as one of HYY’s harassment contact persons for students. You can contact the harassment contact person in confidence if you have encountered or witnessed harassment, bullying or inappropriate treatment in studies or organisational activities, for instance. You can get in touch with the contact person for advice or support to sort out the situation or simply to discuss the issue.

‘My start at HYY has been action-packed, as students’ housing benefits have been in tumult this autumn, and statutory tuition fees have been taken into use for students from outside the EU and the EEA. HYY is known for its competent and bold advocacy work and humane values, and I want to be promoting all this for my part’, Kirveskoski states.

Kirveskoski, 28, has graduated as Master of Social Sciences from the University of Helsinki. Kirveskoski’s position is a temporary one, lasting until 30 September 2018.

The Finnish Government has proposed changes to general housing allowance. The Government proposal suggests restoring the part-apartment norm, which would mean that the acceptable housing costs when granting housing allowance for people who rent part of an apartment or a studio apartment of under 20 square metres would be 20% less than for others living in the same area. In Helsinki, for instance, the available allowance for a one-person household would decrease by 82 euros in a worst-case scenario.

The fact that the cut would be directed towards students in particular was clearly pointed out already in the preliminary debate held in the Finnish Parliament: students often live in shared or small apartments and cannot apply for social assistance to replace their loss of income. The cut would be simply unreasonable, as the spending cuts of recent years have already affected students the most, and many already say they are using over half of their income for housing costs.

Together with the household interpretations of general housing allowance, the part-apartment norm would further decrease the popularity of shared living. Only 10% of students applying for an apartment from the Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki Region (Hoas), for instance, are applying for a room in a shared apartment as it is, and the part-apartment norm would further decrease the number of applicants. The Government proposal admits this behavioural impact. If student apartments are left empty, the result would be rental increases for everyone living in student apartments. From the perspective of national economy, it makes sense to make decisions that enable cheap student housing when student housing is supported with tax revenue.

The part-apartment norm is meant to achieve savings, but the proposal is hastily prepared and its impacts have not been properly assessed. Due to all of this, we hope that this norm will be removed from the legislative proposal, as its budgetary impact is uncertain while it is sure to complicate shared living.

Ada Saarinen
Vice chair, HYY's boad
ada.saarinen@hyy.fi

Joel Lindqvist
Member of HYY's board
joel.lindqvist@hyy.fi

Hannele Kirveskoski
Specialist, subsistence, international affairs
hannele.kirveskoski@hyy.fi

Ada Saarinen and Joel Lindqvist, the candidates of the Student Union of the University of Helsinki (HYY), have been selected into the Board of the National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL) for 2018. Saarinen and Lindqvist are both students of social sciences.

‘The student movement must create clear objectives for the 2019 parliamentary elections, and to this end I want to offer SYL my skills and perspective on students’ socioeconomic status and particularly subsistence and the importance of education’, Saarinen, 24, states. Saarinen is a student of world politics and the vice chair of HYY’s Board. In HYY’s Board, she has been in charge of advocacy work coordination, communications and subsistence. 

‘During next year, I want to be involved in working for equality to be realised better than at present. This includes issues such as free education and individual-based housing allowance. To me, the student movement is a pioneer that can see societal changes one step further than others’, Lindqvist, 23, comments. This year, Lindqvist, a student of social policy, has been in charge of urban affairs and housing in HYY’s Board.

A total of eight candidates ran for a place on SYL’s Board, while three persons ran for the chairperson’s position. Miika Tiainen (TYY) was selected as SYL’s chairperson. Besides Saarinen and Lindqvist, the persons selected to the Board were Petra Laiti (SHS), Petteri Heliste (AYY), Teemu Vasama (JYY) and Jenny Vaara (OYY).

SYL’s Congress was held in Tampere on 17–18 November. SYL looks after students’ interests on the national level, taking a stand on issues related to educational policy, social policy and international affairs.

HYY offers the newly elected Board the warmest of congratulations!

Teemu Vasama, Petteri Heliste, Joel Lindqvist, Miika Tiainen, Ada Saarinen, Jenny Vaara and Petra Laiti. Photo: Tarik Ahsanullah/ SYL

Graduates of the University of Helsinki still find employment well, but individual responsibility in maintaining the relevance of their career skills has increased. We can predict that artificial intelligence and telerobotics will gain ground in specialist professions, too, and competition among higher education graduates will become fiercer. Career paths are also more varied than before. According to a report by the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, one in three workers have changed fields between two and four times. 

Perhaps it is simply wrong to talk about an individual’s career when we could refer to their careers instead.

The Student Union organised a career event called Market for the Multiskilled in the autumn for students of generalist fields. The event included discussion on what kind of skills a university degree gives you and how you can best use them in working life. The tips that came up in the panel discussion can be condensed into five universal instructions that will almost guarantee your success on the job market.

1) Verbalise your skills. A degree certificate in itself does not disclose your real skills. Analytical thinking and information retrieval skills are bound to develop during your studies, but you should not forget the various project management skills, stress management and group work skills either. Extracurricular activities also have their own relevance: if you have acted as a treasurer in a hobby association for wine enthusiasts, for instance, you have acquired valuable financial management skills that are useful in working life as well. However, these skills will not help you if you do not recognise them yourself.

2) Practise your interpersonal skills. The ability to get along with people is just as important as academic substance knowledge. Acting in a work community requires negotiation skills, the skill to convince others and an eye for social situations. Empathy is also an important skill in working life: conflict-solving skills and the ability to take action against bullying that you have learned in student communities are important at the workplace, too. Good interpersonal skills do not, however, require you to be super social.

3) Be active. Internships or writing a commissioned thesis might be ideal ways to get your foot in the door with an employer. Employers rarely expect new employees to be perfectly skilled workers in their own field straight away. The right attitude and the ability to commit to the tasks you start are more important.

4) Discover surprising career paths. You should not regard the skills produced by your own degree too narrowly. Gaming companies do not need only coders, they also need storytelling folklorists. An in-depth understanding of evolutionary biology could be a beneficial addition to communication skills in journalism. When you can identify your own skills and the diverse contexts for using them, you can build yourself an individualised career.

5) Continue learning. Graduating from the university is not the ending point for learning. The most important skill you can learn at a university is the ability to learn new things. People already in the working life will also have to constantly update their skills and acquire new ones. This might mean new study modules or degrees, but it might just as well mean autonomous learning alongside work.

Heikki Isotalo
Specialist, educational policy and working life

Sitra’s report: Working life study 2017 https://media.sitra.fi/2017/05/16144238/Sitra-Ty%C3%B6el%C3%A4m%C3%A4n-tutkimus-2017-FINAL_sitrafi_PDF.pdf (in Finnish)
Huffington Post: Forget A.I. ‘Remote Intelligence’ Will Be Much More Disruptive https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/telerobotics_us_5873bb48e4b02b5f858a1579

Negotiations on the Student Union's board for 2018 have been concluded on November 7th.The board will be formed by the same groups as in the current year: Ainejärjestöläisten edustajistoryhmä (HYAL), HYY:n Vihreät (the Greens of HYY), Social democratic students OSY, Osakuntalainen edustajistoryhmä (Finnish-speaking Student Nations) and Sitoutumaton vasemmisto (Independent Left). This year the negotiation practices were renewed and the common regulations made clearer. The negotiations were held in good spirit and for this we would like to thank all the council groups.

The negotiated composition of the board of 2018 is as follows:

Lauri Linna, Chair of the Board (Independent Left)

Krista Laitila, Vice Chair of the Board (HYAL)

Sara Järvinen, Chair of the FInancial Committee (HYAL)

Amanda Pasanen, The Chair of Supervisory board of HYY Group (The Greens of HYY)

Auli Elolahti (The Greens of HYY)

Aleksanteri Gustafsson (OSY - Social Democrats)

Titta Hiltunen (Independent Left)

Jane Kärnä (HYAL)

Mathilda Timmer (HYAL)

Topias Tolonen (Finnish-speaking Student Nations)

Laura Wathén (HYAL)

Sebastian Österman (The Greens of HYY)

The groups were committed to keep the membership fee at its current level. The following changes will be made to the proposal of the Financial Committee for the 2018 budget:
An additional allocation of 30 000 euros will be made to the employee budget and it’s different subdivisions. This appropriation will be used to fund advocational projects, that make use of the additional visibility the jubilee year of 150 provides, as the Student Union will make new socially notable opening during its jubilee year.

7 000 euros will be added to organizations' operational grants for faculty and subject organizations, student nations, other organizations as well as orchestras, choirs and theatres according to present allocation proportions. 2 000 euros of this will be taken from the general operational provision. The council groups that form the board commit to include the advocational objectives from the draft on the programme of objectives in the final programme. The specific objectives are specified in the Finnish version of this notice. In addition the following objectives will be added to the draft of the programme of objectives:

1. Zero tolerance on sexual harassment
The Student Union will invest in concrete actions to eliminate sexual harassment within the union. The union can for example organize a campaign against harassment and educate actives on the student organization field to recognize and interfere in harassment cases in their events.

2. A Student Union close to its members
The services, accommodations and support should be directed in a way, that they will make render and guide student organizations to act according to the union’s values. In addition the processes behind our financial support for student organizations will be reviewed. At the same time we will aim to make the principles behind these processes more understandable.

3. Student representatives do not have to be alone
The representatives form an active network and know their placement on the field. They are aware on how to ask for help from the union and other representatives. It is clear to everyone where the representatives influence and what information it is possible to get from then.

The groups authorize the current board to make stylistic or clarifying changes to the objectives.

On behalf of the representative groups,

Jaakko Rissanen
Negotiator, Independent Left
+358 40 5141 551

Miran Hamidulla
Negotiator, HYAL
+358 44 535 1666

Toivo Laitinen
Negotiator, The Greens of HYY
+358 44 977 8245

Maria Loima
Negotiator, OSY - Social Democrats
+358 44 086 3183

Teemu Palkki
Negotiator, Finnish-speaking Student Nations
+358 50 331 7815

HYY is looking for two candidates for the Board of Svenska Studerandes Intresseförening (SSI) for the term 1 January 2018–31 December 2018. SSI is an advocacy organisation for Swedish-speaking students, and it publishes the Studentbladet magazine and organises events for Swedish-speaking and bilingual students. In addition to HYY, the members of SSI include the Aalto University Student Union (AYY), Arcada Student Union (ASK), Teknologföreningen and HYY’s Swedish-language student nations.

HYY requires the candidates to be fluent in Swedish, have knowledge of HYY’s Swedish-language field of operators and have previous experience of acting on a board. HYY’s representatives are expected to keep in close contact with HYY’s Board on matters related to SSI. We also hope that anyone applying to become HYY’s candidate can make it to SSI’s autumn meeting on 25 November when the new Board is selected.

Applicants should send their written applications with, if they wish to, their CV attached to HYY’s registry (kirjaamo@hyy.fi) by noon on 13 November 2017. HYY’s Board will process the applications in its meeting on 15 November 2017 and inform the applicants of the results afterwards.

For more information on the position, please contact Member of the Board Elli Saari (elli.saari@helsinki.fi) or Studentbladet (https://www.stbl.fi/ssi/ssi-soker-ansvarspersoner-till-styrelsen/).

Faculty-specific selection committees have made their proposals on the persons to be selected to faculty councils and the University Collegium. All proposals can be seen here. Please note that these are only proposals and the student representatives have not yet been selected.

The results of the actual selection will be published as soon after the decisions have been made as possible. The student representatives to the faculty councils are selected by HYY’s Board during November, while the student representatives to the University Collegium are selected in the meeting of HYY’s Representative Council on 4 December 2017. The two-year term of the new student representatives begins on 1 January 2018. HYY organises training sessions for the student representatives in December–January.

For more information on the selection process, please contact Selection Coordinator Jenna Sorjonen, tel. 050 325 5202, jenna.sorjonen(at)hyy.fi.

The student council selects every year in December, a new board for the student union. The praxis is that before the meeting there is negotiations for the board where decisions are made on who will be chairperson of the board, how big and who will be selected for the board. During the negotiations the negotiators from the council groups follow rules that have been set up in advance by the groups. When the majority has found a proposal for the board the negotiations end and the groups that have agreed on a majority board informs openly about the conclusion of the negotiations. The conclusion of the negotiations is then used as the proposal when the counsil votes on the chairperson and the board for the student union. As the opposition usually has an opposing proposal there is usually a vote. 

Below you’ll find the candidates for chairperson and the board for the student union for 2018.

Candidates for chairperson

Ainejärjestöläiset

Elina Nieminen
I’m Elina, a community and cooperation driven leader with passion, vision and experience to make 2018 the most meaningful year of HYY’s history. I am applying for the position of Chairperson of HYY’s executive board. I’m known as a people person, yet productive and easily approachable leader, to whom collaboration and openness are important values. As a leader, I excel at creating an environment where everyone can easily express their opinion and use their strengths. Due to my brilliant interpersonal skills and leadership experience, I can support the board members in working towards our common goals and acting as the expert in their own sector. Next year is a great chance to open new, significant doors and to bring all the members of HYY together to celebrate the Student union, the university community and students’ achievements. University of Helsinki should be the best place for a student in the world, and next year is an excellent opportunity to make our goals visible to everyone.

Osakuntalainen edustajistoryhmä

Hanna-Maria Häkkilä
My name is Hanna-Maria Häkkilä and I am applying for the position of Chairperson of HYY’s executive board. I have extensive experience from student organizations, and this year I am in charge of communication and the HYY group on HYY’s executive board. I understand both people and figures well. As chair, I want to enable the board and volunteers so, that they can make the HYY150 jubilee year their own and a memorable year for the whole union. Next year HYY must be an active participant and bring new points of view into discussions. The student union participates in public debate concerning university legislation, the entrance exam reform and students’ livelihood and will vocally speak out on behalf of all students. It is important to me personally to look out for people’s well-being without losing sight of our goals. At the end of my term HYY’s members will be happier and will have built a better world together.

Sitoutumaton vasemmisto – Obunden Vänster – Independent left

Lauri Linna
My name is Lauri Linna, I am a law student on my fourth year. I am running to be the chair of the Student Union of the University of Helsinki. I am known as a positive ‘eager beaver’, who enjoys a challenge. While working in the board this year I’ve been involved with ambitions to increase transparency, to fight for university democracy and to help student organisations become safer and better accessible places for our members. I have been involved in further developing the principles and processes behind our financial support for student organisations. I love poetry as well as official documents, administration as well as sense of community and helping people to achieve their full potential. In the Student Union we must follow our values more efficiently and become forerunners in what we expect from others: the Union must be open, transparent, equal, democratic and a brave promoter of the interests of students. We have all the possibilities to be the visionaries and pioneers in our issues - let us not miss this opportunity.

Candidates for the board

Ainejärjestöläiset

Sara Järvinen
I’m a 27-year-old theology student. Throughout my studies, I’ve been active in student organisations.  Before that, I took part in developing computer gaming culture in a youth association. Those experiences have given me competence to execute strategies and skills for managing budgets and finance. Therefore, I’m applying primarily to the position of the chair of the Board’s Financial Committee for 2018. I’m also available as the board member responsible for HYY Group and I would enjoy working in the social policy sector. As a person I’m filled with courage and always ready to question old conventions. I enjoy exciting moments and creating things together with others, but I also accomplish a lot by myself. I like to make people laugh and always try to spread good vibes to everyone around me.

Jane Kärnä
I’m Jane - a student of theatre studies and organisation active! My dream HYY is a community of opportunities where people are cared for, supported and cheered on. I want to work towards a Student Union that provides more and more motivating, diverse opportunities to its members, and support for its organisations that also provide such opportunities. HYY and its organisations have given me a place where I can learn and grow and also many amazing friends and memorable moments! I get excited easily and love to work together with others, and years of experience give me the confidence to work brilliantly even under pressure.  I sincerely care about people around me and want to make sure everyone gets their chance in the spotlight. My main areas of interests for the board are volunteers, organisations, communications for organisations and equality in organisations but I’m also open to new challenges!

Krista Laitila
I am a 25-year-old student majoring in behavioral sciences, to whom working with people is easy. I have worked in various organisations, with a range of different people, which has been meaningful and instructive. Working in communities is a natural way for me to work. My motivated attitude and my ability to learn quickly makes me a person who can be thrown in different depths of water and I still learn to swim. I am an extrovert, rich in ideas and solution-oriented and I work smoothly under stress and pressure. I am available to be vice chairman of the Student Union. If necessary, I am also available to be responsible of HYY Group. My goal is to improve the spirit in the community of the student representatives and to be involved in making Student Union’s spectacular 150-year-old jubilee, where students can get involved in planning and implementing different jubilee events.

Mathilda Timmer
I’m Mathilda, a fifth year student from the Faculty of Social Sciences. My desire to help others and save the world have led me all the way from confirmation camp group leader to this point. I’m applying to HYY’s board because I want to defend fellow students’ rights and promote their interests. When I was selected as the head of educational affairs in my organisation as a first-year student, I thought influencing educational policy is the best way to have a positive impact on students’ lives. Years later, I still see it as my own area of expertise and that’s why I want to promote good educational policy also as a member of HYY’s board. However, I’m always excited about learning new and therefore open to other possibilities as well. I’m that person with head in the clouds, but feet firmly on the ground. I’m that person who doesn’t quit, and one who is needed as a member in every single board. “A lot of talk but also a lot of action” - Ismo Laitela

Laura Wathen
I am Laura, a 25-year-old political science student. I’m an energetic person and get easily excited about new challenges and fresh ideas, but I’m also willing to roll up my sleeves to make those ideas a reality. Years of work as a volunteer in different associations have made me an organisational wizard: I can manage complex projects and work efficiently even under great pressure, and I have courage to make difficult decisions. My studies in social sciences, previous work experience and passion to make the Student union and this city better for students would make me an excellent choice for the social political sector. But, because I’m also a versatile team member, I would be a great addition to any sector from events to student organisations. I’m especially motivated by next year’s celebrations, because they allow us to emphasize promotion of students’ interests, or even have a gigantic party together, as a student union!

Edistykselliset

Jeremias Nurmela
I’m a 22 years old law student, active participant in organisations and vice member of the representative council of the Students Union from Helsinki. I’m applying for the board of the Student Union of the University of Helsinki for the term 2018 in order to make the Student union an even more functional and impactful organisation than it already is. I am a very collaborative and cooperative person with a strong work ethic. I am also very familiar with the Student Union through many positions of trust in the Union. Furthermore, I have been the chairman for a middle-sized organisation for this passing year. Hence, I feel that I possess the required experience and vision to be a valuable asset for this position. For me the long-term wellbeing of the Student Union, quality services that enhance studying and fairness are the most important goals which I would strive for in the board of the Student Union.

HELP

Anssi Mykkänen
I am a 4th year medical student. I have experience in HYY as chairperson of representative group HELP this year and board member of Ylioppilaslehden Kustannus Oy for two years. In these positions I have learned many things from which I would benefit as HYY board member. I am analytic and I familiarize myself with subjects thoroughly before making decisions. I would bring wide understanding and a view outside of the centre campus to the Board. I think that HYY should be more visible at every campus of University of Helsinki and every member of the Student Union should feel that they benefit from HYY. I am interested in the position of vice president, HYY Group, educational policy, health and development cooperation. 

Ville Liu
My name is Ville Liu and i study dentistry. I’m on my first semester in the HYY student union council and in the past year i’ve also taken part in the preliminary committee. In addition to these tasks, I am also active in my own from student – governed organization, HLKS. I could especially bring my expertise in the health sector on the table, but also my experience in governed organization and organizing events. My good organizing skills and my tranquility would also be an advantage in HYY' board. Fluency of students' everyday life and studies is important to me and I am very motivated to work in HYY for these things on the board. In particular, I would like to have an effect and work on the views, in HYY:s Government, on health, physical activity, communication, the status of new students, equality and the activities of tutors, I am most interested in acting on these responsibilities.

HYYn Vihreät – De Gröna vid HUS

Sebastian Österman
I’m Sebastian, a second year student of biology and an enthusiastic member of several organizations. I got quite involved with the Student Union during my first year of studies. I’ve functioned as chairperson for my representative council group for the past year, and I’m also a vice member of the preparatory and central selection committees. Additionally, I’ve found my way into a plethora of student associations in my own faculty: I handle study affairs in Biosfääri, am vice chair for Viikki-speksi and in charge of international affairs in Svenska Naturvetarklubben. On top of this I’ve been actively studying and acquired 120 study credits last year alone. The abovementioned duties have required a lot of effort, and now I’d like to dedicate my time and energy for the good of the Student Union. I strive to strengthen the Student Union’s multidisciplinarity, unity and sphere of influence. I have a keen interest in educational policy, communication and environmental affairs. I’m relaxed yet ambitious by nature. I would be honored to serve as a board member of the Student Union in 2018, and sincerely hope I will be given the opportunity to prove my worthiness.

Amanda Pasanen
I am a 23-year-old master's student in Environmental Change and Global Sustainability and a candidate of HYY Greens for the board 2018. During the past year I have been one of the chairs of the Green Council Group and before that I have been active in the student union committees (Chair of the Development Cooperation Committee 2016), in my own subject organisation (MYY ry, international advisor) and in the university administration (Institution of Environmental Sciences, Executive Committee of the Masters Program in Environmental Change and Global Sustainability). In the HYY board I would like to enhance the societal interaction through influencing the city of Helsinki and supervising the interests of the students. Under the chaotic exam reforms and education cuts it is also important to influence the university in order to ensure that the interests and wellbeing of students are taken into account.

Auli Elolahti
I'm a 25-yeard-old Master’s student of environmental sciences, member of the Representative Council in HYY greens and long-time NGO activist. I’m applying to HYY board for year 2018 and I hope to get a change to develop HYYs’ effectiveness and sustainability by involving all members to act as active citizens. Because of my experience I have good possibilities for working with communications and environmental related topics, but I’m also really keen on topics as urban policy, living and HYY Group. In the HYY I have been most active as a member of representative council and supervisory board of the HYY Group as well as student union committees like Natura, Symbioosi, MYY and Environmental Committee. I have also volunteer and work experience on numerous projects and events as well as communications. I believe that as a board member, I could be experienced organizing and communications skilled player.

Osakuntalainen edustajistoryhmä

Topias Tolonen
My name is Topias Tolonen and I am applying for the executive board of HYY in 2018. I am an over-the-top optimist, nation-centered, tavastia-hearted person, whose strengths are in mathematics, diverse experience of student organisations and the will to cooperate. At the beginning of my university years I devoted myself to my studies, but during the last couple of years I’ve been active in several organisations in order to make up for those lost years. I’ve acted as the coordinator of Hämäläis-Osakunta, I’ve seen the disorder of IT-consulting companies and I’ve lectured on probability calculations at the university. My diverse background from different sectors, combined with my interest in education policy and student representation gives me the ability to understand different situations – my financial and mathematical competence only further diversify my profile and make an important addition to everyday office work. HYY is in a great position to affect the position of students on the university level as well the organisational level; my motivation and competence make me a fantastic addition to this group. 

Sitoutumaton vasemmisto – Obunden Vänster – Independent left

Titta Hiltunen
I am a student of political history on my fourth year and the chair of the council group of the Independent Left. I am eager to show my abilities in the board and I am very motivated to work for the Students’ Union. In the board work I am specifically interested in promoting students’ interests, securing students’ subsistence, working for a better living environment in the city and working with and further developing the WSC network. I am familiar with political processes due to my studies as well as my own interests. Equality issues are close to my heart and I feel I would be efficient if responsible for those. I am also interested in international issues, development cooperation and campus farming. I want to be involved in putting into practice the ideals we have defined in our new policy paper. The Student Union of my dreams is truly equal and a strong advocate for it’s members.

Julius Uusinarkaus
I’m a fourth year computer scientist and mathematics student, applying for the board of HYY for 2018. I’ve gained a reputation for getting things done, working relentlessly, and as a creative problem solver. I’m a natural at working on projects; I’m good at keeping the pieces together, budgeting, as well as utilising the potential of others. My skills in programming open doors with efficient work and decision making. My skillset would be put to the best use working with organizations or events, as well as working on equality. The student union of my dreams is safe and open place for every student to be themselves, and realize the benefits of the union. Where every student can enjoy our rich student culture without being harassed.  The 150 year anniversary year is a perfect opportunity to renew and improve. I want to be a part of doing so, and assure that I will be a excellent addition to the board . 

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Emilia Granqvist
I study political science and I want to bring the Student Union closer to its members so that every HYY member can be proud of their student union. HYY must be equally accessible for everyone, regardless of language and social background. I also want to be a part of making the anniversary year unforgettable. My experience from management of both small and larger organizations would be useful in the HYY Board. I am especially interested in the areas of events, communication and the HYY Group. One year at the HYY Board would give me important experience for developing as a social impactor.

Emma Heikkilä
I study primary education at the Faculty of Educational Sciences. I am a member of the board in Svenska Nationer och Ämnesföreningar, where I am responsible for freshmen students and alumni. I am also active in the bilingualism committee at the student union. In addition I am active in Condus where I am responsible for multilingual and educational affairs - I have a wide perspective on student organisations, from the point of view as a student of Educational Sciences. I am multilingual and fluent in the three languages that are used in the student union, and I have a keen interest in equality affairs. On the board of the student union I would like to work with bilingual affairs, equality, as well as health and sports.

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Aleksanteri Gustafsson
I’m Aleksanteri Gustafsson, 4th year History student and organisational activist. I’m running for the Board of the Student Union to promote strong advocacy of students’ interests, stabile and responsible financial management and a student union that’s close to all its members. I’ve gained experience from Student Union as a member of the Financial Committee and as a vice member of the Representative Council. I’ve got other organisational experience from my own student organisations Kronos and OSY, as a member of board in both. Before Student Union’s organisations I’ve been active in numerous social democratic organisations and in other youth organisations. I would be an active and cooperative member of the Board. In all my tasks I strive to take other people’s views into consideration, because I believe this is the best way to achieve common goals. Openness and involvement are values that I would promote in the board.

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