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Uutiset @en Juuli Juntura

Changes in the Bachelor Degree Programmes and tuition fees for students outside of EU/EEA countries

In the event ‘What’s up in the Education’ the Vice Rector for Education Helka-Liisa Hentilä informed about the University Board’s decisions regarding degree programme renewal and about tuition fees and scholarships. The aim of the renewal is to develop the degree programmes of our university and to support the high quality of the education. This renewal will concern Bachelor level degree programmes and it means that Bachelor’s programmes will be grouped into wider-ranging wholes.

The University Board also decided about tuition fees for students outside of EU/EEA countries in international Master’s programmes at the University of Oulu. The decision is based on the fact that the Finnish Parliament has decided that all Finnish universities have to collect tuition fees from students outside of EU/EEA countries. The universities have to start collecting fees from students starting their studies in 2017. The tuition fees in the University of Oulu will be in three categories: 10 000, 12 000 and 13 000 euros. In 2017 each fee-collecting programme has to have a scholarship system that covers at least 50 % of the fees. However, the recommendation for the faculties is that the coverage is 100 %.

For more information, please see the University of Oulu’s website:

Uutiset @en Juuli Juntura

We are looking for volunteers to organize development cooperation week!

Are you interested in development cooperation? We are looking for volunteers to participate in creating this year’s development cooperation week for the student union. This year’s theme is Agenda 2030: UN sustainable development goals. You can volunteer according to your own interests and schedule. The tasks for volunteers can be planning and helping to organize an event, create an event of your own or participate in cooperation week’s communication. The cooperation week takes place in week 41, so there is plenty of time to plan any kind of events.

The first meeting of development cooperation voluntary group will concentrate on throwing ideas and getting to know each other. The meeting will be held in OYY’s Olkkari at Linnanmaa Campus on Wed 11th of May from 14.00 to 15.00. You can send an email to this year’s coordinator Liisa Komminaho to express your interest at

Uutiset @en Juuli Juntura

Application open for SYL’s Advisory Board for Development Cooperation

Are you inspired by global development and promoting education internationally? Are you a persistent communicator, good at forming networks, or know a lot about funding? Do you want to put some of your knowledge to the use of the rest of the world?

OYY is looking for people with lots of ideas and who are committed and motivated to join the Advisory Board for Development Cooperation (KENKKU) of SYL. SYL is Finland’s largest lobby and service organisation for university students. SYL represents 15 member corporations and 135,000 university students. The development cooperation advisory board advises SYL’s executive board on development cooperation, and administers SYL’s development cooperation projects together with the Coordinator for Development Cooperation. In 2016, we will be applying for traditional projects, but also looking for a new direction for our development cooperation work. We will ponder, for instance, joint projects, working with businesses, and new marketing of development cooperation work. The term of office is from August 2016 to August 2017.

15 members will be appointed to the advisory board and a part of those 15 members will be continuing from the previous term. The board meets about once a month in Helsinki and telework in various degrees between meetings. Lunch is served in the meetings and the travel expenses to participate the meetings are covered.

We are looking for people with different skills for the advisory board:

1) A coordinator for communication for the Advisory Board for Development Cooperation (1). The communication coordinator will ensure that our development cooperation work is visible on social media. Coordinator will also create content and come up with ideas for developing communication. The communication coordinator also coordinates visibility towards our member student unions.

2) Members of the project administration group for Guatemala (4-5), chairperson and communication officer. The position include work on administering the development cooperation project in Guatemala. Members will also focus on annual reports and plans as well as keep in touch with our local partners. For this position, you will need motivation, interest in and knowledge of project administration, ability to work independently, as well as knowledge of Spanish. From the member of the Guatemala administration group, a chairperson and an information officer for the group will be elected. The information officer will be expected to write blog posts, be active on Instagram, and disseminate information about the project.

The position as chairperson is a great opportunity to develop project administration and leadership skills. The chairperson keeps in touch with SYL’s development cooperation coordinator on issues pertaining to the project and handles practicalities of the group.

3) Members for the funding team (3). The funding team will ponder SYL’s option for a new direction for our development cooperation work, especially with a view to fundraising. How will we continue to provide development cooperation work of high quality when circumstances change and the sources of funding from e.g. the Ministry for Foreign Affairs narrow. Members of this team are expected to be inventive and be able to provide points of view on marketing and finances. A chairperson will be elected from among the team members.

4) Members of the event team (4). The member of the event team come up with ideas for and organise possible development cooperation events, such as participating in the Global Village festival. The event team may also be part of organising the Development Cooperation Theme Week. SYL ask the student unions to submit proposals for 1-2 member for the Advisory Board for Development Cooperation.

Applicants from various background are welcome to apply. Applications should include a résumé and a cover letter. In the letter, the applicant can present their views on and experience in the field. Applicants are also asked to include ideas for how they would improve the level of awareness and knowledge of SYL’s development cooperation work at their student union and among students. Applicants should express their interest in positions based on the position profiles outlined above.

Please submit your application by 2nd of May at 4 pm. to the e-mail address hakemukset(at) The members for the Advisory Board will be appointed by SYL’s Executive Board.

For further information:

Juuli Juntura, OYY’s Specialist in International Affairs and Student Societies internationalofficer(at), +358 40 861 0868


Uutiset @en Janne Hakkarainen

Design a cover for the student calendar and win fortune and fame, deadline 17.4.!

Now is your chance to to design a cool cover for our student calendar. The winner gets a prize of 300 euros and gets to have their creation on the cover of thousands of students’ precious curriculum-keepers!

Send your design at, deadline is April 17th at 00:00 pm. Please send your design in pdf-form (300dpi at least, size of the document 111 x 189 mm). The OYY logo has to be in the cover and make sure to include space for a QR-code. Student Union holds the right to changes.

Unleash your inner artist and be creative!

Additional info:

Janne Hakkarainen
Communications Specialist
0400 381 321
Student Union of the University of Oulu

OYY logo 1, OYY logo 2

Uutiset @en Juuli Juntura

Etsitään wappukummeja! / Interested in Finnish student culture?

Would you like to get to know a bit more about the Finnish student culture and wappu? Wappu is the biggest student event in spring time among university students. This year you can get your own wappukummi who will be taking you to various wappu events. This is your chance to get to know about traditional Finnish student events! Sign-up by the 13th of April and join the kick-off meeting on the 15th of April at 2 pm in OYY’s Olkkari. We’ll select 10 Finnish students to be wappukummis and 2–3 international students for each kummi.

Haluatko tutustuttaa kansainvälisiä opiskelijoita suomalaiseen wappuun? Tänä vuonna sinulla on mahdollisuus alkaa wappukummiksi 2–3 kansainväliselle opiskelijalle ja tutustuttaa heidät oululaiseen wappukulttuuriin! Wappukummeilun tarkoituksena on tuoda suomalaisia ja kansainvälisiä opiskelijoita yhteen, ja wappukummi ja kv-opiskelijaryhmä saavat suunnitella itse oman wappuohjelmansa. Voit alkaa wappukummiksi, jos olet vähintään toisen vuoden opiskelija. Ilmoittaudu 13.4. mennessä.

Ensimmäiset 10 ilmoittautunutta pääsevät wappukummeiksi. Lähetämme valituille viestin ja wappukummit sekä kv-opiskelijat osallistuvat kick-off -tilaisuuteen 15.4. klo 14.00 OYY:n Olkkarissa.

Lisätietoja / For more information:
Veera Alahuhta, veera.alahuhta(at)
Juuli Juntura, juuli.juntura(at)

Uutiset @en Juuli Juntura

OYY’s Project Grants for student organisations

Student organisations can apply for the Student Union’s project grant until 13th of March. The funding can be awarded for new and unique projects, which can be short-term projects like events or they can continue for a longer period of time, like development projects. The projects have to support the association’s by-laws.

Organisations can apply for the grant either in advance or in retrospective. If possible, the grant will be awarded afterwards to cover the expenses of the project. Several organisations can apply for the funding if the funding of the project is handled by one organisation.

If you apply for the funding in advance, the project plan, schedule and budget should be included in the application. The budget should include how much the organisation’s self-financing is, OYY’s grant and possible other funding. Those who have received a project grant should send a final report of the project and also a financial report by the end of the calendar year.

The application round closes on the 13th of March 2016. The application process should be done via OYY’s Society Portal.

Further information: Specialist in International Affairs and Student Societies, Juuli Juntura,

Uutiset @en Juuli Juntura

Statement: Racism or discrimination do not belong in the university community

It has come out that Sami students have confronted racism in student events. According to an equality survey made by OYY, the inappropriate behaviour students confront focuses second most commonly on ethnic background or nationality. We are shocked by the fact that this kind of discrimination and harassment takes place within the student union. We want to emphasize that the student union is against racism in all its forms.

As it is stated in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Article 2 (2007): “Indigenous peoples and individuals are free and equal to all other peoples and individuals and have the right to be free from any kind of discrimination, in the exercise of their rights, in particular that based on their indigenous origin or identity”. We think that this should concern not only indigenous peoples but also other ethnic groups. All students should have the right to participate student events without being questioned because of their ethnic identity or without being harassed or threatened because of their ethnic identity. “

Students have the right to talk both in public and in private about the discrimination they have confronted. Students who confront harassment or bullying can contact the contact people for bullying in the OYY. The contact people can support and advise students who feel they have become victims of bullying (for more information:

Racism, discrimination or bullying do not belong in the university or in the student union. OYY wishes that student culture takes a direction where the diversity of the student union’s members is appreciated and respected. All students should have the right to be an equal part of the academic community and the student union.

In Oulu, on the 17th of February

Kati Hannila
Chair of the Executive Board

Eero Manninen
Secretary General

For more information: Liisa Väisänen, Specialist in Social Affairs,, 040 526 5821

Uutiset @en Juuli Juntura

Apply for a position of a student representative in the Teaching Development Group of the Extension School, Languages and Communication!

Are you interested in developing language courses and language learning? Do you have an opinion on how the content of language courses could be improved? Apply for a position of a student representative in the Teaching Development Group (OKTR) of the Extension School (TOPIK), Languages and Communication!

The Student Union of the University of Oulu (OYY) is looking for 2 student representatives and 2 deputy student representatives in the Extension School, Languages and Communication.

Languages and Communication plan and organise language and communication studies in accordance with the University of Oulu degree requirements for undergraduate students, education tailored for the University personnel in order to complete and maintain their language and communication skills and education offered and implemented in cooperation with continuing education to meet the working life needs of companies and communities.

As a student representative you can provide valuable student perspectives on language learning, teaching methods and course formats. We are looking for a Finnish degree student and an international degree student who has completed or is completing at least the compulsory language courses which belong to a degree at the University of Oulu. Mention in the application if you also have experience of taking courses in languages and communication at another university.

Send your application and your CV to the Specialist in International Affairs and Student Societies of OYY at no later than the 17th of January 2016 at 23:59. The Board of the Student Union will appoint the student representatives.

Please note that the first meeting of the Teaching Development Group is on the 22nd of January at 12:15-14:00.

For more information:
Juuli Juntura,
Specialist in International Affairs and Student Societies (, 040 861 0868)

Uutiset @en Henna Määttä

Call for great positions to make a difference in your University!

The Student Union of the University of Oulu is looking for active and motivated student representatives for the University Collegium, Education Council and Education Committees. You can apply for all the positions at

All calls will be closed on November 20th at 4pm.

University Collegium: 7 actual members and 7 vice members

The University Collegium consists of 24 members who each have individual vice members. Ten (10) members represent professors, seven (7) members other teachers, researchers and other members of personnel and seven (7) members represent students. The University Collegium decides the number of members in the Board of Directors and on the length of the term of office for the Board and its members and approves the University financial statement and annual report and shall make the decision about granting an exemption from liability to the Board members and the rector.

Apply for University Collegium here!

Education Council: 2 actual members

The Education Council supports the University Board of Directors and the rector in advancing education, provides initiatives regarding education policy as well as initiatives for developing teaching and evaluates the quality of University education. The chairperson of the education council is the vice rector of education. The Education Council works in English.

The interviews will be held on the week 48.

Apply for Education Council here!

Education Committees

The task of the Education Committee is to prepare the programme of measures for education and the curricula, and to evaluate the quality of the education operations. The Education Committee may also have other duties delegated by the Faculty Board or the dean.

There are positions open in every faculty. You may apply for a position that’s open in the faculty where is your primary study right.

Education Committee for faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine 2 actual + 2 vice
Education Committee for faculty of Humanities 2 actual + 2 vice
Education Committee for faculty of Education 2 actual + 2 vice
Education Committee for faculty of Science 2 actual + 2 vice
Education Committee for faculty of Medicine 2 actual + 2 vice
Education Committee for Oulu Business School 2 actual + 2 vice
Education Committee for faculty of Technology 2 actual + 2 vice
Education Committee for faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering 3 actual + 3 vice
Education Committee for Oulu Mining School 2 actual + 2 vice

For more information please contact Specialist of the Academic Affairs Henna Määttä



Uutiset @en Janne Hakkarainen

Welcome to Election Fairs!

OYY warmly welcomes all Student council election candidates and students to join the Election Fairs on the campuses!

The first Election Fair is organised on Wednesday, the 28th of October, on the Linnanmaa campus (10 am to 12 pm in the lobby of the Faculty of Humanities, 12 to 2 pm in the main lobby). You can also enjoy the atmosphere on the Kontinkangas campus on Thursday the 29th of October and in the main lobby of the Linnanmaa campus on the 2nd of November. The Election Fairs will take place between 10 am and 2 pm. The candidates will be interviewed at the Election Fair on the 28th of October, and the official Election Discussion will take place on the 2nd of November at 1.15 pm.

Come and ask what the candidates have to say on themes that are important for you! For the candidates, the Election Fairs are a great chance to campaign.

Read more about the Student Council Elections!

For more information: Diana Jusola, kvl (at)

Uutiset @en Janne Hakkarainen

20 stories of Vulcanalia – take part in the writing competition!

Have you had a memorable encounter, an absurd incident or a fantastic adventure in Vulcanalia? Did you meet your girlfriend or boyfriend there? Do you have a good story to tell about your experience?

Share your story now! The Student Union of the University of Oulu (OYY) collects stories from Vulcanalia which is the Student Union’s opening party of the academic year. In 2015 Vulcanalia has been celebrated already for 20 years. Tell your story in brief and effectively. You can also illustrate it with your photo or drawing if you wish.

Send your Vulcanalia-story of max 1000 characters (including spaces) at the latest on the 1st of September, 2015 to the address The story can also be a poem. You can participate in the competition with your own name or with a pseudonym.
20 of these stories will be published on OYY’s Facebook page in September 2015. The writer whose story gets most likes on Facebook will be awarded with a bunch of free tickets to the cinema Star, Oulu City Theatre, The Irish Festival of Oulu, and the Oulu Symphony Orchestra. The writers placed 2nd and 3rd will also be awarded with some free tickets, and the writers of TOP10 stories will get a free ticket to the Vulcanalia Evening Bash on the 9th of September.

For more information,
Communications Officer Veera Adolfsen, tel. +358 400 381 321, viestintasihteeri (at)

Uutiset @en Janne Hakkarainen

OYY organises a Postcard Protest at Linnanmaa campus on the 29th of May

The Student Union of the University of Oulu (OYY) is deeply disappointed in the new government programme which will include large cuts to the education budget. The government parties have agreed on cuts of nearly 700 million euros to the education budget, even though before the election they promised that no cuts to higher education would be made.


OYY thinks that the cuts will inevitably weaken the quality of education and affect negatively on Finland’s competitiveness. These cuts will also affect the student benefit system as well as secondary and early education. The government programme also includes the introduction of tuition fees for students coming from outside of EU/EEA countries. OYY thinks that these plans will destroy the Finnish principle of free education and cripple the internationalisation of our higher education institutions.

Call for action:
The Student Union invites all students to take part in a Postcard Protest to share their opinions on these cuts by writing postcards to the Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä. OYY wishes that international students will join the Protest and share their stories in order to give the decision-makers a wake-up call on what free education has meant to them. How will tuition fees affect the internationalisation of our university?

The Postcard Protest will take place in the main lobby of Linnanmaa campus on Friday the 29th of May between 11am and 1pm.

More information:
Siiri Nousiainen, President of the Executive Board of OYY
Event on Facebook:

Uutiset @en Janne Hakkarainen

Take part in creating this year’s development cooperation week!

kpvdqWe are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to participate in creating this year’s development cooperation week (from 26th of October to 1st of November).

This year’s theme for the development cooperation week is the responsibility of Finns in the global world. You can volunteer according to your own interests and schedule. This year’s volunteer tasks can vary from for example organizing and producing your own event for the week, brainstorming for different event ideas, assisting development week guests or participating in cooperation week’s communication. You can organize a film night, a discussion panel or whatevery you feel like suits this year’s theme. All ideas are welcome, sky’s the limit!

By participating in making this year’s development cooperation week you’ll get great work experience and a nice addition to your CV, in addition to new friends. Volunteers will also receive a work certificate if they so wish.

The first meeting of development cooperation volutary group will concentrate on throwing ideas and getting to know each other. The meeting will be held in OYY’s Olkkari at Linnanmaa Campus on Wed 13th of May from 14.00 to 15.00. You can send an email to this year’s coodrinator Laura to express your interest at

Development cooperation week is a project coordinated by SYL (National Union of University Students in Finland) that is supported with project funding from Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. The aim of development cooperation week is to raise students’ awareness on development and encourage students to be active in development cooperation issues.


For more information, please contact the coordinator of the development week, Laura Lääveri:

Uutiset @en Laura Lääveri

OYY office opening hours on week 13

The OYY office is open only on three days and from 9 to 15 next week. We apologise for any inconvenience.

OYY office opening hours on week 13:

Monday 23.3.      9 – 15
Tuesday 24.3.      9 – 15
Wednesday 25.3.    Closed
Thursday 26.3.      9 – 15
Friday 27.3.   Closed

Lunch break at 11 – 11.30

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