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HYY’s Board has selected Matias Takala as their specialist in charge of health and city affairs.

Takala moved into the position from communications office Kreab Helsinki. Takala started in his duties at HYY in the beginning of April. As a specialist, Takala is in charge of issues related to health and city, such as students´ health services, collective traffic and advocacy work in the field of city politics.

‘My start at HYY has been action-packed, during the first week I have worked on students´ wellbeing survey and HSL´s ticketing overhaul. HYY is known for its competent advocacy work and humane values, and I want to be promoting all this for my part’, Takala says.

Takala, 25, has graduated as Master of Social Sciences from the University of Helsinki.

Takala´s predecessor, senior specialist Sofia Lindqvist, started her new job as a planner for Nyyti ry in the 15th of April.

Flora 2019

Flora, the joint springtime celebration of the students and staff of the University of Helsinki, returns to the City Centre campus! This time, the festive atmosphere will take over not only the yard of the Faculty of Social Sciences but also the premises of the Swedish School of Social Science. The area will be filled with music and entertaining activities – and, of course, the joys of academia!

Besides HYY and the University of Helsinki, the faculty organisations of the City Centre campus are also participating in the arrangements, which means that the event area will certainly hold some surprises. The stage in the yard of the Faculty of Social Sciences will host musical performances as well as a surprise artist to crown the evening.

Flora is celebrated at 4–8 pm on 10 May 2019. You can expect music, food and a spring-themed programme. You can also take part in faculty tours around the campus, which have separate registration.

We can accommodate the first 400 members of HYY to sign up. Sign-ups open at noon on 15 April. Be alert, as the quotas will fill up super fast as usual!

Sign up here:

Further information on the programme will be published here during April and May:

The Development Cooperation Committee, operating under HYY, is responsible for the administration and realisation of the Student Union’s development cooperation and related projects. Its duties also include keeping up discussion on development cooperation in the Student Union, organising events related to, for instance, global education and publishing the Kimppu magazine. The Committee meets every two weeks and currently has around 30 active members.

HYY’s Development Cooperation Committee is looking for two [PJ1] new communications officers for 2019. The duties of the communications officers include maintaining the committee’s website, Facebook page and Instagram account, managing the email list and compiling and managing the monthly newsletter. The communications officers are responsible for the information in the different communication channels being up to date. The communications officers cooperate with the other committee members to conduct their duties. The division of labour between the communications officers will be separately agreed on with the new communications officers. The position requires the ability to operate in Finnish and possibly in English when needed.

Who is the position suitable for?

The position of the communications officer is suitable for anyone who enjoys writing and is interested in development cooperation and creating content. You can apply your own skills and creativity in the position both visually and verbally. The communications officer’s position is not particularly labour-intensive, but the communications officers should regularly participate in the Development Cooperation Committee’s meetings and events.

What do you get from the position?

As a communications officer, you will get to use your writing and IT skills as well as to develop as a content producer, for instance. You will learn useful working life and communication skills and acquire a comprehensive understanding of the activities of both HYY and the Development Cooperation Committee as well as of development cooperation in general. This year, the communications officers will get to participate especially in reforming and brainstorming our social media channels due to HYY’s new visual look. Acting as a communications officer is fun, creative and useful!

You can start in the position either immediately or when the autumn term begins, according to your own wishes. Starting in the position immediately would allow you to work side by side with the current communications officer and thus learn about the committee’s activities and the position at a gentle pace. In this case, fully independent work will only start in the autumn.

If you became interested or want further information, please contact:
Emma Koponen
Chair of the Development Cooperation Committee in 2019 

You can also attach a short introduction of yourself and why you are interested in the position of a communications officer.

Join the Development Cooperation Committee!
More information can be found here: