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The Student Union’s Board is looking for active students who are interested in and familiar with the Student Union’s finances to the boards of HYY Group and Ylioppilaslehden Kustannus Ltd. Members of the Board act as representatives of HYY’s members in the administration of the companies. The members are selected from among the people recommended by Representative Council groups, who may recommend any number of people. The main criteria in the selections are the applicant's commitment to the position and their experience of HYY Group’s operations or from the Group’s lines of business, such as property, restaurant and investment business. The administrative language of HYY Group is Finnish, and applicants are expected to be able to work in Finnish. Training will be provided for those applying for the financial positions at 2 pm–4 pm on February 12th in Wilhelmsson hall (Mannerheimintie 5 A, 5th floor). Participation in the training is considered as an advantage, especially if the person has not previously acted in the financial positions in HYY or HYY Group. Registration for the training 11.2 the latest to The term of the boards lasts from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019.


Available positions:

HYY Group’s Board acts as the board of its parent community, that is, HYY’s property funds, as well as the board of HYY Group Ltd and its Group companies. Among other tasks, the Board prepares target budgets for properties owned by the Student Union as well as financial statements and property affairs that are decided by the Representative Council. The Board also oversees the implementation of real estate finances and approves property investments under its jurisdiction. The Group’s Board further directs and supervises the Student Union’s investment activities. HYY Group has a turnover of approximately €30 million.


Call for applications to become a member of HYY Group’s Board (5 student members):


  1. ‘Describe what you, in particular, would bring to HYY Group’s Board.’ (1,000 characters without spaces)

  2. ‘The current Strategy states that the Student Union should have no membership fees by 2025. Assess this objective from the Group’s perspective and envision a roadmap for achieving the goal.’ (1 page)

  3. ‘The enclosed material portrays the turnover of Company Ltd during 2013–2017. The company in question is involved in property business, operates in downtown Helsinki and has a turnover of around €30 million. Properties owned by Company Ltd are primarily rentable business premises. Please analyse Company Ltd’s income statement and balance sheet based on the provided material and describe how you arrived at this analysis.’ (1 page)

The income statement and financial report can be found here:


The Board of Ylioppilaslehden Kustannus Ltd attends to financial affairs related to the publishing and marketing of the student magazine Ylioppilaslehti and presents the annual target budget and financial statements for the approval of the Student Union’s Board. The company has a turnover of approximately €0.7 million.


Call for applications for the position of Chair of the Board of Ylioppilaslehden Kustannus Ltd:


Pre-assignments for the Chair:



‘Assess the strategic choices of Ylioppilaslehti and what should be done in the future.’


‘Analyse the changes in the operating environment of Ylioppilaslehti and in the newspaper industry in the next 5 years.’


Call for applications to become a member of the Board of Ylioppilaslehden Kustannus Ltd (3–7 student members):

Pre-assignment for board members: ‘Analyse the changes in the operating environment of Ylioppilaslehti and in the newspaper industry in the next 5 years.’


Instructions on applying

Pre-assignments (one-sided A4 page per assignment) addressed to HYY’s Board should be submitted to the chairs of your Representative Council group who should then deliver the pre-assignments of their group’s applicants to In addition to this, applicants applying to become Chair of the Board of Ylioppilaslehden kustannus Ltd should send their CV.

The documents should be received by the Student Union by 11.59 pm on 27 February 2018. Late applications will not be considered. The recruitment working group will process the pre-assignments anonymously.

Please note that you can only be selected for one of the boards. Members of HYY Group’s Supervisory Board cannot act as a member of HYY Group’s Board at the same time. Training will be provided for selected individuals at the beginning of the term.


Further information:

Member of HYY’s Board Amanda Pasanen, tel. 050 595 0327,

HYY Group is a responsible corporate group with solid financial standing, acting in real estate, restaurant, accommodation and investment business.

HYY is looking for a Chair for HYY Group’s Board. Applicants for the position should have strong experience from HYY Group’s owner administration and vision for developing business operations. The Chair must be either a current or former member of HYY. Serving in the position successfully requires leadership skills, responsibility and cooperation with both the owner and Group management as well as understanding of being a student. The work is very independent in some respects and requires a moderate investment in terms of time.

Remuneration is paid for acting in the position.

Besides managing the Board, the Chair’s tasks include chairing the committees of the Group’s Board and presenting issues for the general meeting to process. We consider experience of acting in the Student Union and of business activities outside the Student Union as advantages.

The Board of HYY Group acts as the Board of the Student Union’s property funds and as the Board of HYY Group Ltd. The Board prepares the target budgets for properties owned by the Student Union as well as financial statements and property affairs that are decided by the Representative Council. The Board also oversees the implementation of real estate finances and approves property investments under its jurisdiction. The Group’s Board further directs and supervises the Student Union’s investment activities. More information about HYY Group is available at

The term for the position of Chair of HYY Group’s Board lasts from April 2018 to March 2019. Free-form applications along with CVs addressed to HYY’s Board should be sent to the following address: Student Union of the University of Helsinki, Mannerheimintie 5 A, 2nd floor, 00100 Helsinki. Alternatively, the applications can be sent electronically to The application must have arrived by 11.59 pm on 18 February 2018. Some of the applicants will be invited to interviews held from 4 pm onwards on 23 February 2018 at the Student Union (Mannerheimintie 5 A, 2nd floor). Those invited to the interviews will be notified about it on 21 February 2018 at the latest.

Further information:
Chair of HYY’s Board 2018 Lauri Linna (

HYY turns 150 years old this year. To celebrate the ongoing Anniversary year, HYY hid 150 birthday presents around the campus areas of the University of Helsinki. The presents were left to be discovered at random by students on Thursday, February, and they contained things like movie tickets and colouring pens as well as items that encourage towards sustainable choices, such as reusable cups, seeds of edible plants, and biodegradable glitter.

Through these gifts, HYY wanted to remind everyone that the Anniversary year is a celebration for each and every member of the Student Union.

‘The theme of the Anniversary year is communality’, Chair of HYY’s Board Lauri Linna states. ‘The Student Union is a community into which each student leaves their own mark. For this reason, the Anniversary year is dedicated to everyone HYY has ever given support, security, and endless opportunities.’

150 years of a better future

HYY’s members will have parties upon parties in 2018.

This spring, members of the Student Union will crown Havis Amanda on May Day’s Eve, and May Day itself will be celebrated in traditional fashion at Ullanlinnanmäki. The Grand Sitsit academic dinner party will take over the Senate Square in May, while this year’s Flora’s day celebration will take place at the Meilahti Campus. The Opening Carnival and the Freshman Adventure will begin the new academic year in September. The Anniversary year will be concluded in December with the traditional Students’ Independence Day Procession.

Before that, the 150-year-old Student Union will be celebrated at the two-week HYY150 Festival in November. The Festival will bring together the best events of student organisations operating under HYY, culminating in the greatest Anniversary party of all time. HYY will communicate about these events through its communication channels.

During its Anniversary year, HYY wishes to remind everyone about the role of students as a resource for society. HYY has strived to promote the wellbeing of both students and the entire world throughout its 150-year history. We aim to continue on this path for the next 150 years, too.

‘The Student Union is a force that changes the world, involved in creating wellbeing both now and in the future’, Linna sums up.

The Ministry of Education and Culture is swiftly pushing forward with the reform of student admissions to higher education institutions ( The reform would mean that over half of all study places would be determined based on the certificate of matriculation from 2020 onwards. The Ministry’s aim with the reform is to achieve faster transitions from general upper secondary schools (lukio) to higher education institutions.

In this text, I will highlight three crucial observations on the realisation of the student admissions reform.

1) The schedule is too tight

The general upper secondary school students who the reform concerns have already begun their studies and made choices on which subjects to study that affect their matriculation examination. A reform that is implemented on such a tight schedule does not treat general upper secondary school students fairly or give the institutions sufficient time to be reformed.

Universities face challenges with reconciling certificate-based admissions with admissions based on entrance exams, which would remain as an option. The problem arises from the schedule: applicants who are not selected in certificate-based admissions must be able to sign up for entrance exams, but the results of the entrance exams must be available early enough for students to be able to get an apartment and participate in the orientation weeks of the programmes they are accepted into at the University. A highly automated admissions process based on data systems could help, but developing such systems will take time.

2) General upper secondary schools are changing and must change

The all-round education given by general upper secondary schools will decrease, as students will face pressure to only study subjects that are useful in the higher education application process. At the same time, preparatory courses might move into general upper secondary schools and studies in the schools stretch to four years for an increasing number of students. If this happens, the aim to make the transition from secondary to higher education faster would come to nothing.

It is unreasonable to assume that a 16-year-old from Hylkysyrjä could anticipate the discipline they will study in the future with any certainty. It is important to both retain the possibility to make mistakes on educational paths and retain a route to higher education for late bloomers in the future, too.

We do not have to look far for examples of people who fared poorly in general upper secondary school but still succeeded adequately in life: President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö, who was just elected for his second term, had an average grade of 6,5 (on a scale of 4 to 10) from theoretical subjects in general upper secondary school (

Whatever you think of the reform, if it were realised, general upper secondary education would have to be reanalysed and the contents of the matriculation examination reconsidered to better correspond to the needs of admissions to higher education institutions. At the same time, the need for quality study counselling would increase: the career plans of general upper secondary school students must become clearer than before during their second year at the latest.

3) The new scoring model is the least of our worries

As part of the certificate-based admissions, a new scoring tool that considers the different grades in a matriculation examination in relation to each other will be taken into use. The programmes that students apply to at the University would be able to choose one out of three scoring tables: i) a basic table, ii) language table or iii) mathematical table, with each table featuring a different composition of subjects from the matriculation examination. Universities could also decide not to apply any table, but there would be a strong pressure for a nationally uniform model. A draft for the scoring model is a good start, but it still has some faults in it.

The scoring tool does not take into consideration the two lowest grades that result in a pass in the matriculation examination (B and A), which creates an incentive to play it safe when choosing which subjects to include in the exam – which in turn decreases the aspect of all-round education. The grouping of the general studies subjects into different baskets is based too strongly on the perspective of the median student. The grouping does not recognise the diverse spectrum of different combinations of subjects that could be useful in university studies.

The tool is not developed by the Ministry of Education and Culture itself – it is the creation of a key project coordinated by the University of Helsinki ( If we will actually move to national cooperation on admissions and to certificate-based admissions as per the Ministry’s goals, it would be sensible for the scoring to be as transparent and logical from the applicant’s perspective as possible.

The Student Union of the University of Helsinki commented on the scoring tool in January during the University’s internal round of comments. Other universities have also made statements on the details of the model. Currently, it seems that the worst problems of the model could still be fixed. After this, the tool would bring some clarity to the entire reform of student admissions from the applicant’s perspective.

Unless the Ministry of Education and Culture takes its foot off the gas, the problems concerning general upper secondary schools will remain unsolved.

Heikki Isotalo
Specialist, educational policy