Archive: April 2017

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?


We are looking for people with lots of ideas 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.

We expect KENKKU members to commit to their tasks and be motivated but KENKKU is also meant for developing your personal expertise. KENKKU members are expected to attend most meetings during their term.

In 2017–2018 in addition to managing the project in Guatemala, the development cooperation work will be taken to a new direction planning, for instance, joint projects and working with businesses. The term of office is from August 2017 to August 2018. SYL will elect 15 members, some of whom will be continuing from the previous term. The board meets about once a month in Helsinki and teleworks in various degrees between meetings. Lunch is served at the meetings, and the travel expenses are also covered for the members of the board to participate in the meetings.

KENKKU members are divided into smaller groups each of which will appoint their Chair and member responsible for communication. We are looking for people with different skills for the advisory board:

1. Team members of the communications team for the Advisory Board for Development Cooperation.
The communications team will ensure that our development cooperation work is visible on social media, create content and come up with ideas for developing our communication. This time the communications team also gets to design and implement a crowd-funding campaign.

2. Members of the project administration group for Guatemala
This duty includes 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. The Guatemala project continues until the end of year 2017 and we will make final report of the project in the spring of 2018.

3. Members for the funding team
The funding team will ponder SYL’s option for a new direction for our development cooperation work, especially with a view to fundraising. How can we continue our 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 project funding.

4. Members of team(s) planning new projects
Those who participate in the planning of new projects are expected to take the greatest responsibility over building new partnerships and working on project plans under SYL’s guidance.

How to apply

Please submit your application by 8th of May to hakemukset(at) OYY’s Executive Board will make the decisions of who are will be nominated. The final selection will be done by SYL.

Applications should include a résumé and a cover letter. In the letter, present your views on and experience in the field. You can also include ideas for how you would improve the level of awareness and knowledge of SYL’s development cooperation work at your student union and among students. Express your interest in positions based on the position profiles outlined above and to describe your language skills. You should also mention any plans that could prevent you from attending several meetings (e.g. studying abroad).

SYL emphasizes diversity and equal opportunities. SYL hopes to receive applications from persons from diverse backgrounds and genders.

For further information:
OYY’s Specialist in International Affairs and Student Societies, Juuli Juntura, internationalofficer(at)

Uutiset @en Oulun yliopiston ylioppilaskunnan hallitus

Wappu – the ultimate student festival

So what the heck is this wappu thing that everyone keeps talking about? Read on to find out!

The first of May, or May Day, is called vappu in Finnish. As usual, most people in Finland celebrate it the day before (so the 30th of April). However, we students celebrate it for a few days, and here in Oulu usually even for two weeks. What this means that the two weeks preceding the first of May are filled with various events and parties organized by pretty much all the student organisations in Oulu, both from the University of Oulu and the University of Applied Sciences.

Some events are larger than others, some events are private, some are “normal” parties, others are weird happenings that only take place once a year. Most events are somewhat alcohol related. The largest events are usually organised by the engineering students (OTY) or by all the umbrella guilds. Here are a just few of them mentioned, follow the student guilds on Facebook to find out more!

20.4. Wapun avajaiset – the opening party of Wappu

This event takes place in the HopLop theme park. Note that the tickets are sold out extremely quick (last year in about 5 minutes!)

23.4. Rowing boat competition at Tuira beach

Gather a team or just come follow how other teams manage to row up and down the Oulu river.

24.4. BBQ party at Teekkaritalo

Bring your own grill to the yard of Teekkaritalo (or just bring yourself). Saunas will be warm and the music will play until the morning.

26.4. Wappu raveparty

Tired of normal parties in nightclubs? Come to a proper rave party then!

27.4. Päiväkännit (“day drinkings”)

Nightclubs are usually open, well, during the night. However, on this day the doors of Hevimesta open at 1pm – so why drink only at night when you can drink during the day?

27.4. AAAAAKki, or AatonAatonAatonAatonApinakapina (“Ape party of the eve of eve of eve of eve of wappu”)

Organised by the Guilds of Humanities and Natural Sciences, this traditional party is one of the largest nightclub parties during wappu.

30.4. Various events:

Franzen’s honours: traditional honoring of the Franzen statue (a gigantic Finnish graduation cap will be placed on his head!)

The Wappu Parade at the city centre: join the march through the city.

Dipping of the engineering students in Ainola park: The engineering freshmen dive into the cold river.

Other information:

Wesibussi, or the bus line #69. A regular bus is modified for wappu with a sound system, meaning the party doesn’t stop even if you have to move from Linnanmaa to the city centre (or vice versa). Tickets cost 3 euros and you can then spend a whole hour in the bus listening to the best songs from the 90s while raving like a madman. All the money from the ticket sales go to a charity, so this is for a good cause as well!

As Wappu lasts for two weeks, take it easy. No, really. It’s not a sprint race, it’s a marathon, so keep yourself hydrated, well-fed, and remember to sleep also. Oh, and if you have to study, take it easy on the night before.

Follow the Guild of Engineering Students: &

The Guild of Humanities wappu events:

Follow the Guild of Natural Sciences:

See ya during wappu!

Kuvaaja Antti Rauhala

Traditional engineering freshmens swim in Ainola park is a big Wappu event. Photo by Anssi Rauhala.

Uutiset @en Juuli Juntura

OYY is looking for programme to Vulcanalia

The opening party of the academic year, Vulcanalia, is on Wednesday the 6.9.2017 in Linnanmaa, on the parking lot between Ylioppilaskatu and Erkki Koiso-Kanttilankatu. What kind of programme would you like to organise in Vulcanalia? We are now looking for some amazing activities and student organisations have the opportunity to earn 250 €!

We offer for your use:
… a 8 m2 tent
… power sockets
… a stage, possibly
… the use of sound system

Other things that you need to take into account:

  • the number of people attending the event is 3000 – 3500
  • the temperature outdoors in September
  • the programme should be something fun for students

Write your programme idea and how you would carry it out by email to the address Please indicate in the application how this idea would attract all students and make Vulcanalia an even more awesome event. Write also in the application whether you need for example a sound system or some other equipment. Remember to write in the application which student association would be organising the programme and who is the responsible person. Deadline for the applications is on the 7th of May and after that the Vulcanalia team will select the best programmes for Vulcanalia.