Coronavirus exposures at Joensuu in Restaurant Metla

A person who has tested positive for COVID-19 has been in restaurant Metla on Monday, 23 November at 13–13.30.

Siun sote keeps a list of places where exposure to the coronavirus has been possible. The list is updated regularly and can be found in the address https://www.siunsote.fi/koronaviruksen-altistumispaikat.

Siun sote will contact all those exposed to the coronavirus for further instructions and possible ordering into quarantine. People who have visited any location listed in Siun sote’s list of places where exposure has been possible are recommended to keep a close eye on their symptoms and get tested even if experiencing only mild ones.

Following the hygiene guidelines and physical distancing is now absolutely critical everywhere. Please do not come to the campus if you are feeling unwell, remember physical distancing, good hand hygiene and wear a mask.

UEF info session on 3 December 2020 at 14–15

Welcome to a UEF info session on Thursday, 3 December, starting at 14.00. The topics of the info session include the coronavirus situation and the university’s related guidelines.

The info session will be led by the university’s Rector, Academic Rector and Director of Administration.

To join the info session, please go to https://www.uef.fi/live1/

Questions and comments can be sent via Presemo during the info session https://presemo.uef.fi/ueftietotori/

A recording of the info session will be published on Yammer afterwards.

 

Warning about fake phone calls from “Microsoft”

During the last few days UEF users have received a large number of fake phone calls from people pretending to be from Microsoft or “Windows support”. The calls typically come from fake Finnish phone numbers and the callers speak poor English.

The callers will usually claim that the user’s computer transmits harmful data communications. After a lengthy conversation and technical jargon the caller wants to control the user’s computer remotely.

If you receive this kind of a phone call, do not allow the caller to access your computer or submit any documents. Hang up the call and if necessary, contact IT Services via email in the addresses at servicedesk@uef.fi or abuse@uef.fi.

According to the Cybersecurity Center’s report there were more than one million such fake phone calls in September!

Study psychologist counselling service in December

There is a possibility to have study psychologist counselling service in December by phone. You can send us SMS message, tell that you would like to have counselling, and the psychologist will call you at these hours. Tell us your full name and study number in your message. You can contact the psychologists from both campuses.

 

Phone service:

3.12.2020 at 13:00-15:00

8.12.2020 at 13:00-15:00

15.12.2020 at 13:00-15:00

 

Mari Tirronen, Joensuu, GSM +358505691806

Katri Ruth, Kuopio, GSM: +358403552044

Launch of the YUFE Diploma Supplement Track

Imagine that you could create your own curriculum, choosing from academic courses offered at any of the YUFE universities. You could study, learn a language, do volunteer work, and professional training (virtually) in ten different countries. The information for organising your own individual learning experience will be at your fingertips and all activities and accomplishments will be acknowledged on your YUFE Diploma Supplement and, in the future, on a true European Diploma recognised throughout Europe. You could be part of the first group of students piloting our European University; the Young Universities for the Future of Europe.

YUFE is happy to open its first version of the YUFE Diploma Supplement Track as of Monday 30 November 2020, 09:00 CET. The application period is open for 1 (one) week only, or shorter in case 40 students from your university have applied. Applications can be uploaded through the newly launched YUFE Virtual Campus until Sunday 6 December 2020, 23:59 CET. Since this year’s YUFE Diploma Supplement Track is still a pilot programme, we can only allow 40 students from each YUFE university to apply. When the application period is over, a selection committee will select the final 10 students per university based on their eligibility and motivation.

The YUFE Diploma Supplement Track offers you the opportunity to work on obtaining a minimum of 12 credits (ECTS) for academic courses at another YUFE university (via virtual, blended, and/or physical mobility), participate in the YUFE Academy and the induction courses, and take up activities leading up to the YUFE Stars all within a maximum period of 2 years.

At YUFE we find it important to not only acknowledge your academic performance but also acknowledge your effort in mobility, language learning, professional training, job shadowing, and community volunteering. This is why we have created YUFE Stars, an innovative recognition system for activities with specific and personalised learning goals that not only relate to academic education in a European University setting. The YUFE Star System consists of 4 stars: the mobility star, the language star, the professional star and the civic star. They encourage students, staff and learners to pursue personal and professional development, while experiencing the possibility to contribute as individuals to society to activities with a Europe-wide impact.

Upon completion of your YUFE journey, you will be rewarded with a YUFE Diploma Supplement, on which the YUFE Stars are also recognised.

You can earn the YUFE Diploma Supplement as a YUFE student, after fulfilling the below requirements:
• Complete a minimum of 12 ECTS for (online/physical/blended) academic courses at another university in the YUFE Alliance than the university you are currently enrolled at; and
• Complete a minimum of 2 YUFE Stars (including at least the Mobility Star); and
• Participate in a minimum of 3 lectures from the YUFE Academy; and
• Take part in all YUFE’s Induction courses on the YUFE Virtual Campus.

We take this opportunity to point out that the YUFE Diploma Supplement Track is a pilot activity and as such will be open only for a relatively small number of students.

See YUFE’s FAQ for more information on the YUFE Diploma Supplement Track.
The application process takes place through the YUFE Virtual Campus.

If you have any questions, please contact Anna Jetsu, Coordinator, International Academic Affairs, by email in the address anna.jetsu@uef.fi.

It is Your time to influence – Questionaire about UEF Board elections

Dear member of the UEF community,

The term of office of the university Board ends in December 2021. The Board composition is decided by the University Collegiate body.

See current members of the University Collegiate body here.

In addition, the Collegiate Body decides the Board term and invites the external members to the Board. Board members from within the university community will be elected by the community in 2021.

The new UEF Board will begin its work in 2022. As a preparation, the University Collegiate Body started the discussions of a new Board in October. As part of this work, the Collegiate Body now wants to hear the views of the entire university community on what kinds of expertise the external board members should bring to board work, what kinds of experience they should have, what kinds of networks, etc. For more information of the legislation and the UEF regulations concerning the Board, please see the links below.

It is now your time to influence and share your views by answering a brief survey here.

It takes about 5–10 minutes to complete the survey. Please answer the survey by December 6, 2020. We will summarize the community’s views and report them in January 2021.

Tero Karjalainen, chairperson of the Collegiate Body

Mikko Laitinen, vice chairperson of the Collegiate Body

The duties of the University Board in accordance with the Universities Act, Section 14, can be found at Finlex.

Among other things, the Board decides on the key objectives and strategy of the operations and finances, the strategy and the principles of governance, prepares the financial statements, is responsible for the management of assets, elects the Rector or Rectors, and approves the inner regulations.

According to Article 3 of the University of Eastern Finland Regulations the Board e.g. decides on the terms of employment of Rectors, approves a binding budget for each profit centre (e.g. Faculties), decides on the number of members of the Faculty Councils and the representation of the different groups therein.

 

 

 

University of Eastern Finland tightens its coronavirus restrictions on the Joensuu Campus for the remainder of the year – also Sykettä sports services in Kuopio are discontinued

The City of Joensuu is now at an acceleration phase of the coronavirus epidemic, and this has an effect on the activities of the University of Eastern Finland on the Joensuu Campus.

In accordance with the recommendations issued by the regional coronavirus working group, teaching on the Joensuu Campus is mostly organised online for the remainder of the year. Only teaching that is deemed necessary to be organised as in-person teaching on campus will be organised so. Exam-facilities will remain open as usual. The restrictions pertaining to the Joensuu Campus are in force until the end of the year. The spring semester’s teaching is to be planned in accordance with the university’s earlier decisions.

In the acceleration phase, gathering sizes are further restricted to 20 people. This restriction applies to all gatherings, including teaching, meetings, public examinations of doctoral dissertations, etc.

Staff members working on the Joensuu Campus are recommended to switch to remote work, with their duties permitting. However, it is still possible to work on campus, in accordance with the university’s hybrid model for work. Meetings on the Joensuu Campus should be organised online whenever possible.

Services and customer service points will stay open according to current opening hours in order to avoid crowding. Wearing a mask is strongly recommended when visiting and using the services on campus. Opting for take away lunch is a good and safe alternative that also reduces crowding.

The university’s facilities cannot be reserved by students for unofficial, leisure time events organised in the evenings. Reservations will only be accepted for official events of the student associations (such as annual meetings).

External facility reservations are accepted while observing national recommendations, recommendations issued by the regional coronavirus working group, and orders given by the State Regional Administrative Agency.

Kuopio City remains at the baseline phase – Sykettä sports services discontinued as a precautionary measure

The City of Kuopio is at the baseline phase of the coronavirus epidemic. There will be no changes to the teaching arrangements, remote work recommendations, gathering sizes or facility usage on the Kuopio Campus.

As a precautionary measure, however, Sykettä sports services will be discontinued for the remainder of the year. The decision to discontinue to the Sykettä sports services was made jointly by the University of Eastern Finland and Savonia University of Applied Sciences. The services will be discontinued as from 24 November.

Following the guidelines and being reachable is extremely important

Following the hygiene guidelines is now absolutely critical everywhere. Please do not come to the campus if you are feeling unwell, remember physical distancing, good hand hygiene and wear a mask. Also, please answer your phone even if the call comes from an unknown number: the call could be related to contact tracing.

Next UEF info session on 3 December at 14–15
The next UEF info session will be held on Thursday, 3 December at 14–15.

Coronavirus exposures at Joensuu Campus Library and Restaurant Kampus Bistro

A person who has tested positive for COVID-19 has been in the facilities of the Joensuu Campus Library on Wednesday, 18 November at 16–17.30.

A person who has tester positive for COVID-19 has been in restaurant Kampus Bistro on Wednesday, 18 November at 11–12.

Siun sote keeps a list of places where exposure to the coronavirus has been possible. The list is updated regularly and can be found at: https://www.siunsote.fi/koronaviruksen-altistumispaikat

Siun sote will contact all those exposed to the coronavirus for further instructions and possible ordering into quarantine.

People who have visited any location listed in Siun sote’s list of places where exposure has been possible are recommended to keep a close eye on their symptoms and get tested even if experiencing only mild ones.

Following the hygiene guidelines and physical distancing is now absolutely critical everywhere. Please do not come to the campus if you are feeling unwell, remember physical distancing, good hand hygiene and wear a mask.

Coronavirus exposures at Carelia and Futura, all teaching in Taitola will go online for the next two weeks

A person who has tested positive for COVID-19 has been in the facilities of the Carelia building on Thursday, 19 November at 11–13. Exposure to the coronavirus has been possible in the facilities of the Joensuu Campus Library as well as in the Carelia restaurant.

A person who has tested positive for COVID-19 has been in the facilities of the Futura building on Tuesday, 17 November, at 10–12. The group possibly exposed to the coronavirus has been contacted and will switch to online learning for the next two weeks.

In addition, all teaching in the Taitola building will be organised online for the next two weeks as a precautionary measure.

Siun sote keeps a list of places where exposure to the coronavirus has been possible. The list is updated regularly and can be found at: https://www.siunsote.fi/koronaviruksen-altistumispaikat

Siun sote will contact all those exposed to the coronavirus for further instructions and possible ordering into quarantine.

People who have visited any location listed in Siun sote’s list of places where exposure has been possible are recommended to keep a close eye on their symptoms and get tested even if experiencing only mild ones.

Following the hygiene guidelines and physical distancing is now absolutely critical everywhere. Please do not come to the campus if you are feeling unwell, remember physical distancing, good hand hygiene and wear a mask.