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Entrance examination coffee at Rotuaari!


Oulu University Student Union (OYY) invites Oulu region’s parliamentary election candidates, students and townspeople to Entrance Examination Coffee at Oulu’s Rotuaari in 25.2. at 11:30-12:30.
Candidates’ knowhow about education will be playfully tested and refreshed, and we’ll find out whose promises for education are accepted by students.

With the ‘Promise for Education’ the students want to remind the candidates and parties that education is the best gift for an individual and the society.
Finnish society’s cornerstones are high level of competence and internationally recognized education system.
Education is the most meaningful single factor producing wellbeing, and promoting equality and economic growth.
By investing in education we are also investing in the future of Finland.

OYY organizes an Entrance Examination Coffee together with OSAKO. Come test your knowledge and give your own Promise for Education!

Additional information:

Chair of the Board Siiri Nousiainen (, 040 5231821)

Link to the Facebook-event

#Koulutuslupaus is university students’ national parliamentary election campaign that is launched 25.1.
Campaign is organized by The Union of Students in Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences – SAMOK
and The National Union of University Students in Finland – SYL
together with student unions of universities and universities of applied sciences across Finland.
Campaigns webpage ( and facebook page ( open 25.2.
The campaign uses hashtag #koulutuslupaus.

Uutiset @en Janne Hakkarainen

Design a cover for the student calendar and win fortune and fame, deadline 15.2.!

Spring is soon upon us and it is time for the famed calendar cover competition! 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 February 15th at 11.59 pm. Please send your design in pdf-form (300dpi at least, size of the document is 10 x 15 cm). A special art jury will pick the grand winner and praise their artwork in every way possible. 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!

OYY logo right here.

Additional info:
Henna Rannanpää
Communications officer OYY
0400 381 321


Uutiset @en Janne Hakkarainen

Bachelor – answer the survey and make a difference!

Hello student!

How would it sound if you could make a differnce in a concrete way to improve the quality of education in the University of Oulu? The Finnish Bachelor’s Graduate Survey called ‘Kandipalaute’ examines the students’ satisfaction with their university and studying experience. It provides comparative information on the quality of university education. The results of the survey are used to improve the study situation at the University of Oulu.

The Ministry for Education and Culture of Finland is makinh sure that 3% of basic funding allocated to universities will be based on student feedback from 2015 onwards. This entails a total sum of approximately 50 million euros to be divided among the universities based on student feedback. The Bachelor’s Graduate Survey is emailed to all students who have taken bachelor’s degree or have studied for three years in a field of Medicine or Dentistry. Read more of the survey here.

To thank you for your response the University of Oulu will offer you a cup of coffee/tea and a pulla. The University of Oulu and Uniresta are also raffling a sauna evening at the Saarelan Rantasauna among those who have answered the survey.


More information:

Uutiset @en Juuli Juntura

OYY welcomes new exchange students

OYY took part in the University of Oulu’s orientation for new international students this week. OYY welcomes all new exchange students as members! Exchange students can get the same benefits and discounts of membership that all other bachelor/master level students get. If you have not already joined and ordered your student card, come and pay the membership fee of 48 euros at our office. Cash and major credit and debit cards are accepted. The office’s opening hours are Mon–Thu 8–16 (lunch hour 11-11.30) and on Friday the office is closed.

If you were not able to attend the orientation, please see the presentation of OYY below. It includes information on what OYY is and does and what do you benefit from being a member of OYY.

  • Presentation Of OYY

    The Prezi presentation below includes a short introduction to Finnish student culture. Other orientation material you can access on the University of Oulu’s website.


    Crash course on Finnish student culture

    Uutiset @en Janne Hakkarainen

    OYY’s Executive Board meeting appoints working sectors!

    In its first meeting of the year on 8.1.2015, the new Executive Board of the Student Union of the University of Oulu appointed working sectors among board members:

    Siiri Nousianen: President of the Executive Board

    Nico Numminen: Vice-President of the Board and Academic Affairs
    Henri Fröjdholm: Finances, Work, Employment and Communications
    Kati Hannila: Work, Employment, Social Affairs and Sports
    Moona Haverinen: International Affairs, Development Cooperation  and Academic Affairs
    Susanna Maununiemi: Communications  and International Affairs
    Anniina Pyhäjärvi : Student Societies and Cultural Affairs
    Joni Ollikainen: Social Affairs

    “The first Board meeting was good. We got together a package where everyone is happy and has more than enough of work to do this year. This is a good place to start this year’s work”, President of the Executive Board Nousiainen happily states. Next on the agenda is planning of the activities for the coming year. This is done according to the Plan of Action 2015, which was passed by the Student Council of Representatives in December.

    Contact information for the board can be found at:
    More information:

    Siiri Nousiainen
    President of the Executive Board
    tel. 0405231821

    Eero Manninen
    Secretary General
    tel. 0405231822

    Uutiset @en Janne Hakkarainen

    OYY office opening hours in December and January 2015



    The OYY office is opening hours on week 51:

    Monday 8 – 16, lunch hour at 11-11.30
    Tuesday 8 – 16, lunch hour at 11-11.30
    Wednesday 8 – 16, lunch hour at 11-11.30
    Thursday 8 -12.30, lunch hour at 11-11.30
    Friday 8 -14, lunch hour at 11-11.30

    Office is closed on week 52 ja week 1.


    The OYY office is opening hours on week 2:

    Ma 8 – 16, lunch hour at 11-11.30
    Ti CLOSED (Epiphany)
    Ke 8 – 16, lunch hour at 11-11.30
    To 8 – 16, lunch hour at 11-11.30
    Pe 8 -14, lunch hour at 11-11.30

    From week 3 onward OYY office hours will change:

    Ma 8 – 16, lunch hour at 11-11.30
    Ti 8 – 16, lunch hour at 11-11.30
    Ke 8 – 16, lunch hour at 11-11.30
    To 8 – 16, lunch hour at 11-11.30

    The Student Union wishes everyone happy holidays and lots of energy for year 2015!

    Uutiset @en Janne Hakkarainen

    FSHS’s appointment fees to rise in 2015

    Appointment fees charged by the Finnish Student Health Service will rise on 1 January 2015. This is because the state’s rental subsidy received by the FSHS is to be halved.

    Student appointment fees will rise for certain specialist services and long oral health appointments. General practitioner, public health nurse, dental hygienist, short dentist appointments (max. 10 min) and mental health appointments will remain free of charge for students.

    The new fee for specialist appointments (except for psychiatrists) is €24, and the fee for dentist appointments subject to charge will rise with €2.

    The charge for no-show appointments will rise from €25 to €35.

    Fees for FSHS certificates subject to charge will also rise, while some changes will be introduced to the issuing of certificates.

    Read more!

    Uutiset @en Janne Hakkarainen

    OYY office opening hours on week 43

    OYY office is mostly closed during week 43.

    Office opening hours on week 43:

    Mon : closed
    Tue: closed
    Wed: closed
    Thu: open 8am-4pm (closed for lunch break 11am-11.30am)
    Fri: open 8am-11am

    We apologise for any inconvenience!

    Uutiset @en Janne Hakkarainen

    Student unions’ development co-operation theme week 13th – 19th October: education and development

    This autumn the Finnish student unions and the National Union of University Students in Finland’s (SYL) joint development co-operation theme week is taking place on 13th – 19th October. The theme week is arranged by the student unions of the universities of Helsinki, Eastern Finland, Jyväskylä, Lapland, Oulu, Tampere, Turku and Aalto University. The Student Union of the University of Lapland in Rovaniemi is organising their development co-operation theme week one week early, on 6th – 12th October. The Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland is organising their theme week on all of its three campuses, i.e. Joensuu, Kuopio and Savonlinna.

    The national development co-operation theme week is now in its fourth year, and has already gained an established position on the universities’ campuses. The number of participants at the events organised at the different universities has increased every year. During the past couple of years the attendance has risen to 10 000 participants all over the country.

    This year’s theme is “education and development”. The student unions are launching the theme week on their respective campuses on Monday 13th October with a classroom installation, which brings to mind the educational theme. Some campus might for example have a tent school as their classroom installation.

    The educational theme will be approached in various different ways: topics covered during the week will be, for example, education and human rights, girls’ educational prospects in developing countries, crisis zones and education, the connection between education and development, education as the driving force behind development, and global education.

    “We are also looking at the educational theme from the point of view of how development co operation here in Finland could be combined with studies in the students’ own fields. This question also formed the basis of a writing competition, and the winner will be announced during the development co-operation theme week,” Salla Mäkelä, SYL’s Coordinator for Development Co operation, explains.

    The student unions are organising all kinds of activities during the week, including film screenings, debates, expert lectures, panel discussions, workshops and sitz parties with an inequality theme, as well as tastings of Fairtrade products.

    Mäkelä continues: “Another relevant question is what kind of role Finland plays and increasingly can play as a messenger for education, for example through the means of education exports.”
    The student unions’ theme week is part of SYL’s development co-operation work, and is granted support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for activities relating to development information and education.

    For further information, please contact:
    Salla Mäkelä, SYL’s Coordinator for Development Co-operation, tel. 044 780 0220,

    For detailed information on the theme week’s program at each student union, please visit:

    Student Union of the University of Oulu OYY: Kaisa Vainio, tel. 050 372 6720, kaisa.vainio@nullstudent.oulu.

    Uutiset @en Janne Hakkarainen

    Apply for Oulun Ylioppilasapu ry’s Scholarships!

    For BA and MA degree students in the University of Oulu

    Application period for the 2014 scholarships is 1.-7.10.2014. Altogether 10 scholarships of 500 euros will be given out. The criteria for giving out scholarships are based on the student’s success in studies and social factors.

    Scholarship application forms are available in the Linnanmaa campus stationery shop, Uniresta student restaurants or in the Student Union website

    Grantees will be notified personally by 31.10.2014.

    The application form must be returned to the Board of the Oulun ylioppilasapu to the address: Mannenkatu 6 A (2nd floor), 90130 Oulu, by Tuesday 7.10.2014 14.00.

    Oulun ylioppilasapu
    Laura Pistemaa
    President of the Board

    More information:
    Laura Pistemaa,

    Uutiset @en Janne Hakkarainen

    New Print Services are available at the University

    University of Oulu has made an agreement with Canon Oy of New Print Services including staff and student printing. The new service for students is now in use at workstations and Windows terminals maintained by IT Administration Services on Kontinkangas campus. On Linnamaa campus the new service will be available at the beginning of September.

    Available services:

    • Secure printing (A4/A3/black&white/color)
    • Copying
    • Scanning to email

    Coming this autumn:

    • Webstore for purchasing additional quota
    • Mobile printing (laptops, tablets, smartphones)

    When using secure printing you print to Studentprint queue and release your print from any of the Canon devices within the service by logging with your user account. Logging is easy if you are having a rfid identifier  and show it in card reader. Without rfid you have to type your student account (account@student) and password every time when using a device.

    The rfid identifier could be a card where the rfid is embedded, for example student cards Lyyra and Frank, OuluCard is valid too. If you do not have any rfid card, you will get a rfid sticker from these delivery points.

    Rfid identifier (card or sticker) must be registered at Canon device before the first usage.

    More information about the new print service on IT Administration’s web pages: If you do not find an answer on web pages, please send your question:

    Uutiset @en Janne Hakkarainen

    Take part in the development cooperation themed writing competition and win a 500 euro gift voucher for travel

    What do students in your field have to offer development cooperation? Or what can development
    cooperation offer you? Take part in the writing competition and inspire other students in your field
    to engage in development cooperation.
    The development cooperation themed writing competition is announced by the student unions
    participating in the Development Week (Fi. Kehyviikko) AYY, HYY, ISYY, JYY, LYY, OYY, Tamy,
    and TYY. The week is a joint project of aforementioned student unions and The National Union of
    University Students in Finland (SYL). The writing competition is arranged in cooperation with The
    Finnish University Partnership for International Development UniPID. The competition is open to
    students who are members of the student unions participating in the Development Week.

    Write a factual text pondering the connection between your field of study and development or
    development cooperation. You can also use your text to inspire other students in your field to get
    involved in development cooperation, or use it to highlight how your field of studies could be used
    more as a resource in development cooperation.

    Send your max two pages long text (line spacing 1.5, font 12, Times New Roman) at the latest
    Friday 15 August 2014 to your Student Union of the University of Oulu Development Week
    Coordinator Kaisa Vainio (kaisa.vainio [at] by e-mail . You can write in English,
    Finnish or Swedish. The three best texts from each participating student union will participate in
    the final. The student unions will select the finalists by Monday 8 September 2014. The winner is
    decided by a three-person jury with representatives of SYL, UniPID, and the Developemnt Week
    Coordinators. The winner will be announced during the Development Week on Monday 13 October
    2014. The winner will be contacted personally.

    Participating student unions may, if they wish, publish the texts submitted by their members on
    their own Development Week Facebook page. The texts in the final will be published on the
    Facebook page of The National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL).
    The winner will be awarded a 500 euro gift voucher.
    The student unions, SYL and UniPID retains the right to use all submitted texts in their events and
    information about the Development Week as well as on their websites. The name or pseudonym
    (as the writer prefers) will always be mentioned when the text is used.

    For more information, contact SYL’s Development Cooperation Coordinator Salla Mäkelä:, 044 780 0220

    Uutiset @en Janne Hakkarainen

    Rauhala Club looks for the Student of the Year

    Rauhala-klubi, the alumni-club for former Student Union actives is asking for nominations for candidates for the Student of the Year award. The deadline is Thursday 17.4.

    University of Oulu day will be held on the beginning of the May, this year at 12.5. Every year, the Alumnus of the Year (University of Oulu) is presented at the event, someone who has achieved great things after graduation.

    The first award of the Student of the year was nominated In 2011. This is named by the Oulun yliopistoseura ry on recommendation of the Rauhala club.

    Rauhala-club is therefore asking for suggestions for Student of the Year from student organisations. Student of the Year will be awarded of great stipend.

    The student is expected to
    – have been active in making a change for the better for students and
    – is also required to have advanced well in their studies.

    The student must be a BA or MA level student. The person cannot be a member of the board or other worker of the Student Union nor a person working in a upper decision-making body of the University.

    We expect the student of the year to be inspiring, a good creator and motivator of in the student community. He or she will have, for example, experience in initiating student-centred activites, reawakening a student organisation or other special service or activity in a student organisation or at the university.

    Proposals and CV´s should be sent by 15 noon, Thu 17.4. by email to
    For more information, contact the same.

    Uutiset @en Janne Hakkarainen

    Student calendar competition winner revealed!

    The student calendar cover competition has come to an end. A specialist jury has chosen the winner amongst 18 offered works of art. The winner is Antti Törmä, who will receive 300 euros and a lot of fame for getting his creation to enrichen the cover of the next student calendar.

    Antti Törmä’s work:









    The jury wants to congratulate the runner ups, who made this a closely contested bout.

    Design: Hannu-Pekka TörmäKalenteri_H_P_Peuranen







    kalenteri_MikkoReinikainenDesign: Mikko Reinikainen








    The Specialist jury consisted of following people:
    Jorma Mikola (chair, lecturer of Arts History)
    Juho Karjalainen (communications officer)
    Taru Torssonen (Board member, OYY)
    Minna Koivunen (editor, graphic designer/Ylkkäri)
    The Jury wants to thank all the participants and congratulate the winners.

    Additional information:
    Juho Karjalainen
    Communications Officer
    040 381 321

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