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Case of COVID-19 confirmed at Rantakylä Teacher Training School, Siun sote will contact those exposed to the virus by tomorrow at the latest

A case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Rantakylä Teacher Training School in Joensuu. Exposure to the coronavirus has been possible during last Friday and this Monday. According to a preliminary estimate, approximately 20 persons in Rantakylä Teacher Training School have been exposed to the virus. Those affected have been informed of the matter, and Siun sote will contact everyone who has been exposed to the virus by telephone today or tomorrow.

Other pupils and staff members of the school are not regarded as having been exposed to the virus, because they have not been in close contact with the person who has tested positive for COVID-19. Their school work will continue normally.

FSHS/ Lunchtime drop-ins: stress management during lunch breaks

Taking breaks is really important for your energy levels and stress management. Your brain needs moments of rest in the midst of intensive studying.

Do you find it hard taking breaks while studying remotely? Do you often have lunch alone at the computer? Are you constantly stressed? Feel you can’t cope? Attention wandering?

Try it out, join in and get support!

A 30-minute lunchtime drop-in will reconnect you with yourself during your lunch break. You’ll also have a chance to receive peer support for your daily life during the pandemic.

After the exercise, there’s the opportunity to share your thoughts about the session and about your life during the pandemic and get support from other participants and the instructor. You don’t need to have lunch to join in! Please note that lunchtime drop-ins are not therapy groups and are open to anyone interested.

In Finnish, Swedish and Englis – why not attend all of them?

  • In English: 20 April, 27 April, 4 May
  • In Finnish: 2 March, 9 March, 16 March
  • In Swedish: 23 March, 6 April, 13 April

Further Information and links to Teams-meetings.


Possible coronavirus exposure in Tietoteknia’s restaurant in Kuopio

A person who has tested positive for COVID-19 has visited the Tietoteknia building’s restaurant on Monday, 15 February 2021 at 11.30–12.15.

People who have been in  the restaurant at the above-mentioned time are recommended to keep a close eye on their symptoms and get tested even if experiencing only mild ones.

Erosion of the Rule of Law and Liberal Constitutionalism in East Central Europe

Welcome to the course “Erosion of the Rule of Law and Liberal Constitutionalism in East Central Europe”

All the exchange students and Finnish students may still register for the course on the erosion of the rule of law and liberal constitutionalism in East Central Europe. It is a cross-disciplinary course, with legal, political and historical perspectives. It mostly focuses on Poland and Hungary. This is an intensive course held in March (20h, 5 ECTS).

See the course in WebOodi.

Dr. Dawid Bunikowski

UEF will present awards to its young researchers – Young Researchers’ Evening 17 March 2021

An adventurous mind, joy of discovery, meaningful work, and passion for research! Competing for funding and dealing with insecurity and part-time contracts.

The University of Eastern Finland’s Young Researchers’ Evening on 17 March at 5–6 pm will focus on the ups and downs of the research career and academic career development.

At the event, the Young Researcher Awards will be presented in recognition of an outstanding doctoral dissertation completed at the end of the early stage researcher career phase, followed by speeches by the awardees.

The event will be hosted by Communications Specialist Risto Löf. The awards will be presented by Rector Jukka Mönkkönen, and Human Resources Director Jouni Kekäle will talk about the development of research careers.

Welcome to follow and participate in the event! The event will be partly in English.

The event is free of charge and open to everyone interested.

Join the Zoom webinar here.

For further information, please contact Producer Anne Heikkinen, telephone +358 50 563 5798, email

Do you struggle with the overwhelming volume of published scientific articles during your research or thesis process? Get started with your AI research assistant

Are you dreading the long hours ahead for conducting your literature review?

Join the workshop on 25th February and learn how to use – your science assistant, that semi-automates the discovery and literature review parts of your research process.

More information and registration

20-person limit on gatherings continues on both campuses until 22 March 2021

The Regional State Administrative Agency for Eastern Finland has continued its order which prohibits, in the municipalities of its area of jurisdiction, all public events and general meetings, both indoors and outdoors, which have more than 20 people attending.

The order is in effect from 23 February 2021 to 22 March 2021 and it is applied to both Joensuu and Kuopio.

In accordance with the Regional State Administrative Agency’s order, all teaching and events on both campuses must be organised so that no more than 20 people at a time are present in the same room.

The University of Eastern Finland follows the orders given by the Regional State Administrative Agency. The Regional State Administrative Agency’s orders on restrictions on gathering are in force for one month at a time.

Break exercise program is available also for students !

Break Pro break exercise program is still available free of charge for UEF students and staff!

Break Pro is a professional break exercise program. It reminds to take breaks while working and provides break exercise guidance based on the latest exercise recommendations. The program includes over a hundred short break exercise videos, ranging from the traditional shoulder exercises to ergonomics instructions and voice exercises for speakers. The user can program reminder settings at certain intervals or at specific times of the day.

The programme is available in Finnish, Swedish, English and Russian. The program may be installed on UEF’s staff and students´ computers and mobile devices, as well as on a personal mobile phone. Teachers and lecturers may also use the programme for break exercising during lectures.

Further information and installation instructions: Kamu and Heimo (logging required via UEF-user name)