Who could you listen to?

The number of mental health-related sick leaves of employees has increased sharply. For the first time, mental disorders surpassed musculoskeletal diseases as the main cause for retirement on a disability pension. Similarly, more and more students suffer from mental health problems, according to the Finnish Student Health and Wellbeing Survey. The numbers of mental health-related problems are higher than ever before and are also the most common cause of disability. Measures supporting mental health and strengthening both work and study ability, are solutions for guaranteeing work ability in the future.

UEF participates in the currently ongoing Greenlight Listening campaign, as well as in the World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2020!  We encourage everybody to attentive listening in everyday encounters. Simply by listening we can positively affect one’s wellbeing and help to build a more inclusive society.

Who could you listen to?

Please find more information about the Greenlight Listening campaign here:

https://mieli.fi/fi/kymppikymppi/greenlight-listening

University of Eastern Finland tightens its recommendation on the use of face masks from 8 October; in-person teaching in the spring semester 2021 will be offered as possible

The University of Eastern Finland responds to the escalation of the COVID-19 situation in its campus cities by recommending the use of face masks in all facilities with several people present, including on lectures. The new recommendation will enter into force on Thursday, 8 October 2020. The university’s earlier recommendation only pertained to situations where maintaining a safe distance to others is not possible.

The University of Eastern Finland provides face masks for its staff and students working and studying on campus free of charge. Face masks are available in the main lobbies of all campus buildings. The face masks the university provides are surgical masks (type II).

Teaching arrangements in the spring semester 2021

In the spring semester 2021, teaching will be planned so that physical distancing (1.5–2 m) is possible, and a maximum of 50 people can be in the room at the same time. In-person teaching will primarily be offered to students who started their studies in autumn 2020. In-person teaching will also be offered on courses where online teaching is not possible. Otherwise, in-person teaching is sought to be offered as possible, while taking safety aspects into consideration. This applies to courses offered both in Finnish and in a foreign language.

In the spring semester 2021, registration for courses is mandatory, and teachers must keep lists of students attending in-person teaching.

In the spring semester, general exams continue not to be held, but it is for teachers to hold and supervise exams for small groups, while taking safety distances into consideration. The maximum number of people permitted in a room is 50 persons.

Timetable for planning teaching and communication

 

  • 30 October: Dean’s decision and communication on which courses will be offered as in-person teaching and which ones online.
  • 30 November: Updated information on course timetables and facilities for January-February will be available to students in WebOodi.
  • 17 December:  Updated information on course timetables and facilities for March–May will be available to students in WebOodi.

Entrance examinations

The University of Eastern Finland will publish the admissions criteria of next spring’s joint admissions in Opintopolku by the end of October.

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Updated recommendation on the use of face masks:

The University of Eastern Finland’s face mask recommendation to staff and students (effective as from 8 October 2020)

The University of Eastern Finland recommends that face masks be used in all facilities with several people present, including on lectures. The university’s earlier recommendation only pertained to situations where maintaining a safe distance to others is not possible.

The University of Eastern Finland provides face masks for its staff and students working and studying on campus free of charge. Face masks are available in the main lobbies of the campus building.

For staff members, face masks are also provided for work-related travel by public transportation or ride shares. The university does not provide masks for commuting to and from work.

In traineeships/internships the security guidelines of the training place (e.g. a hospital) must be adhered to.

The face masks provided by the university are to be used on campus, i.e. they are not for personal use.

If need be, the university’s face mask recommendation will be updated in accordance with national recommendations.

The face masks the university provides are surgical masks (type II).

How to use a face mask

  • Put the mask on with clean hands.
  • Do not touch the mask while it is on.
  • Take the mask off by the straps with clean hands and discard the used mask. Wash your hands.

Face mask with text Ne smart, wear a mask

Further instructions

How to put on a face mask, in Finnish with pictures (Filha ry / pdf)

How to Wear a Surgical Mask (RafflesHospital / Youtube video)

More information on the mask recommendation: COVID-19(2)uef.fi

Sports Afternoon programme has been canceled for Wednesday, 7 October 2020

By the decision of the University of Eastern Finland, Karelia University of Applied Sciences and Savonia University of Applied Sciences, the Sports Afternoon programme has been canceled on Wednesday, 7 October 2020. The reason for the cancellation is the rapid progression of the corona epidemic and the consequent increase in the risk of infection.

An exception to the above are forms of exercise which have been advertised via SYKETTÄ University Sports and which people have reserved and paid for themselves (e.g. online exercise classes and riding lessons; please contact the University Sports Coordinators for further information). In addition, workplace communities’ own, previously agreed small-scale events for the Sports Afternoon can still be held, while paying attention to the safety guidelines.

Wednesday 7 October 2020 is still free from teaching after 12 noon, so we encourage everyone to move independently and at their own risk, while taking safety issues into account.

 

For more information on the decision, please contact:

 

University of Eastern Finland

Director of administration Tuomo Meriläinen

tuomo.merilainen@uef.fi, p. 040 3552299

 

Karelia University of Applied Sciences:

President Petri Raivo

petri.raivo@karelia.fi, p. 050 310 9749

 

Savonia University of Applied Sciences

Communications Manager Petteri Alanko

petteri.alanko@savonia.fi

 

For more information for cancellation policies, please contact:

Joensuu SYKETTÄ Sports services:

Service planner Niklas Leinonen

vapaa-aika@isyy.fi, p.044 5768418

 

University Sports coordinator Heli Aalto

heli.aalto@isyy.fi, p. 044 5768445

 

Kuopio SYKETTÄ Sports services:

University Sports coordinator Paula Ruokonen
paula.ruokonen@savonia.fi, p. 044 785 5087

 

University Sports coordinator Sirpa Risto
sirpa.risto@isyy.fi, puh. 044 576 8446

Updates to UEF information security policy and rules

The university’s information security rules have been updated to, for example, comply with changes in relevant European Union and national legislation as well as to consider changes in certain roles relating to information security and data protection. Another aim has been to make the set of rules increasingly compact.
The Director of Administration has ratified the new information security rules on 2 October 2020. The changes will take effect immediately. Up-to-date versions are available on the Information Security Rules page in Heimo Services (requires signing in).

The application period for Prysmian Group’s International “Build the Future” graduate program ends on November 14, 2020

The application period for Prysmian Group’s International “Build the Future” graduate program ends on November 14, 2020

The application period is open for the Prysmian Group Graduate program “Build the Future” and the program is looking for students who are finishing their studies or who have graduated recently in the field of engineering, business or economics. The application period expires on November 14, 2020.

More information in Prysmian Group’s website.

Prysmian Group featuring, where are three happy people and a caption Built the future 10th. The Prysmian Group Graduate Program. Linking the future.