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Lauri puvussa
Increasing democracy at the University is an important objective for HYY. Our goal is for the University community – which includes the University’s personnel and students as its members – to be as autonomic as possible. We believe that a university that is governed as democratically as possible and that is as communal as possible is best suited to realise the demands of academic freedom, high-quality science and being the best possible community for studying and working.

Communality is the theme of our 150th Anniversary year. One of our related objectives is striving to realise the tripartite principle with equal representation in the administration of the University of Helsinki. The tripartite principle has been in effect since the Universities Act of 1991. According to the principle, professors, other personnel and students have representatives in the administrative bodies of universities. In Helsinki, however, the number of places allocated to each of the three groups is not equal – unlike in many other universities. We do not consider it justified that other personnel and students have fewer representatives than professors in administrative bodies covered by the tripartite principle. We are just as important a part of the University community as professors as well as being a numerically larger group.

Thankfully, a step in the right direction has already been taken at the University of Helsinki this spring: a student was chosen among the chairs of the University Collegium. As a result, all groups of the University community have representation in the management of the University’s highest decision-making body – in accordance with the tripartite principle. To the members of the administrative bodies and the entire University community, the tripartite principle with equal representation shows that all members of the community are equally valuable in decision-making.

A fundamental fight for the future of university democracy is also currently underway in Finland. Throughout the spring, alarming news have repeatedly emerged about the Tampere3 process and how the new foundation university consciously wants to minimise the community’s opportunities for participation and thus destroys the democratic administrative culture that has prevailed at the University of Tampere. For this reason, we must act together to ensure that the destroying of university democracy does not become an unwanted national trend.

Our Anniversary year’s message of communality should be taken to heart on the entire higher education field: by building a communal and democratic scientific community that appreciates its members, we will create the best conditions for high-quality education and top research. HYY and other student unions are doing their part in the creation of a functioning and democratic community. We train and support students who act in university administration so that they have at least as good qualifications to make justified decisions as members of the other groups.

Appreciation for the community is best shown by giving it power – not as mentions in speeches.

Lauri Linna, Chair of HYY’s Board


HYY has chosen students of education Elina Nieminen and Marika Tuominen as the Anniversary masters for 2018! This year is a special one for our Anniversary masters, as HYY is celebrating its 150th Anniversary.

Elina has previously acted as the Anniversary master both at HYY in 2016 and at Kopeda ry’s and Condus ry’s anniversaries in 2013 and 2014. In addition to this, Elina was in charge of events, organisational communications and volunteers in HYY’s last year’s Board. Currently, Elina works as a volunteer coordinator for Ruisrock.

Marika, on the other hand, has acted as Condus ry’s anniversary master in 2015 and as Peduca ry’s chair, treasurer and person in charge of freshers and tutors in 2014–2016. Besides her strong background in organisations, Marika has been an active member of HYY’s Student Organisations Committee, acted as the person in charge of communications in HYAL ry and been a member of the Manta Crew in 2017–2018. Marika currently works as a project coordinator at Heureka.

Both new Anniversary masters’ strengths include event production, teamwork, interaction skills and communications. Here is what Elina and Marika have to say about their upcoming task:

‘We want to make the HYY150 Anniversary a fabulous, unforgettable experience that brings the entire HYY community together – an Anniversary that will be remembered for the next 150 years. This Anniversary is the culmination of the entire HYY150 Anniversary year, and it will gather HYY’s members, alumni and interest groups together to celebrate our Student Union. We want to create a dinner party where everyone can feel welcome, an afterparty where people can dance until the morning and, of course, the ‘sillis’ where the party can continue the next day, too. We want the anniversary to reflect what students are like and to boldly reform traditions. We want an Anniversary team with volunteers from many different backgrounds and faculties. We are experienced inspirers and leaders of volunteers, and we want to give the members of the Anniversary team the opportunity to develop their event organisation skills and make the largest party of the student community together in an inspiring atmosphere! This Anniversary is an opportunity for us to challenge and overcome ourselves and to show what we truly can do!’

HYY congratulates the newly chosen Anniversary masters! Elina and Marika will start in their positions already in June. HYY’s 150th Anniversary and birthday afterparty are organised on Saturday 24 November 2018.

Ticket sales to the dinner party and the night’s birthday party will open in the autumn.

Do you want to be among the first to hear about the upcoming Anniversary party? Join HYY’s Anniversary mailing list here.

Further information:

Arttu Lehtinen
HYY’s producer
arttu.lehtinen@hyy.fi

Elina Nieminen
Anniversary master
elina.nieminen@hyy.fi

Marika Tuominen
Anniversary master
marika.tuominen@hyy.fi

Do you want to be involved in making decisions on the grants, prizes and scholarships awarded by the University’s funds? Are you interested in learning how the funds work? If this sounds exciting, the administrative committee of your faculty’s discipline-specific fund is a great opportunity for you!

HYY is looking for student representatives for the administrative committees of the discipline-specific funds of all campuses. Interested? Apply soon, as the application period ends at 2.00 pm on Monday 18 June! For further information on the administrative committees and applying, see below.

The administrative committee of the discipline-specific funds of the Viikki campus represents the disciplines of veterinary medicine, pharmacy, biological and environmental sciences, and agricultural sciences and forestry. We are looking for two (2) student members for the administrative committee. The student members must be registered for attendance and be students of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, the Faculty of Pharmacy, the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences or the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry. The Student Union strives to take into account the representation of different disciplines when making the selections. Further information is available in the call for applications.

The administrative committee of the discipline-specific fund of the Meilahti campus represents the disciplines of medicine. We are looking for one (1) student member for the administrative committee. The student member must be registered for attendance and be a student of the Faculty of Medicine. Further information is available in the call for applications.

The administrative committee of the discipline-specific fund of the Kumpula campus represents the disciplines of mathematics and science. We are looking for one (1) student member for the administrative committee. The student member must be registered for attendance and be a student of the Faculty of Science. Further information is available in the call for applications.

The administrative committee of the discipline-specific funds of the City Centre campus 1 represents the arts. We are looking for one (1) student member for the administrative committee. The student member must be registered for attendance and be a student of the Faculty of Arts. Further information is available in the call for applications.

The administrative committee of the discipline-specific funds of the City Centre campus 2 represents the disciplines of law, theology, social sciences and educational sciences. We are looking for two (2) student members for the administrative committee. The student members must be registered for attendance and be students of the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Theology, the Faculty of Social Sciences or the Faculty of Educational Sciences. The Student Union strives to take into account the representation of different disciplines when making the selections. Further information is available in the call for applications.


The administrative committees are tasked with declaring the grants, prizes, scholarships and any other financial support awarded out of the money donated into the funds open for applications as well as with making the decisions on awarding them. The meeting language of the administrative committees is Finnish.


Further information:
Jenna Sorjonen
Specialist in Educational Policy
jenna.sorjonen(at)hyy.fi
0503255202