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University of Eastern Finland gets back to normal studying and working by autumn

The coronavirus situation in Finland has improved significantly, and the vaccination programme is also in good gear. This makes it possible to get back to normal in studies and work over the summer and by next autumn – while of course taking any possible orders given by the authorities into consideration.

Teaching in the autumn semester 2021 is also prepared to be organised without any restrictions on physical attendance, facility capacities or group sizes. Student exchange will also be possible (exchange students and degree students, both incoming and outgoing) while observing the guidelines issued by the university, the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, and the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, as well as the guidelines of the destination countries and host institutions.

People in at-risk groups may return to the campus 21 days after receiving their 1st dose of vaccine, if they have been vaccinated using the Comirnaty or Moderna vaccines, or 14 days after receiving their 2nd dose of vaccine, if they have been vaccinated using the Astra Zeneca vaccine.

Restrictions relating to classes and activities offered by Sykettä University Sports Services have also been lifted so that outdoors classes and activities are again available. Restrictions relating to indoors classes and activities are also sought to be lifted by the autumn. The university’s own gyms will open on 1 June 2021. Further information about classes becoming available will be published on Sykettä University Sports Services’ own channels and on Yammer.


The lifting of restrictions relating to face masks and physical distancing will follow the recommendations given by the regional coronavirus coordination groups and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.

Survey on student well-being

Hi student! How did your studies go during last spring? How have you been? How well have you managed to recover?

An exceptional year is now behind us, so we hope you could take a moment to reflect on the past Autumn and answer this questionnaire. We would like to emphasise that the knowledge gained by our study will be utilised in monitoring and improving students’ well-being.

We are investigating the ways in which the state of emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic influences our students’ studies and well-being during the years 2020-21. We are also interested in the stress factors related to the state of emergency, and the resources and means that have helped in coping with the situation.

The first part of this study was conducted in Spring 2020 and the second part at the turn of the year 2020–2021, so, you might have filled in our questionnaire already then. Now, we hope both previous and new participants to join in.

You can take part in the research by responding to our survey.

It will only take about 10 minutes. Every response is important!

And hey, we will raffle 10 iTunes movie vouchers among the participants who leave their contact details! 🙂


Thank you in advance! Thank you and have a nice summer!

Professor Markku Niemivirta & the team

Case of COVID-19 confirmed in Rantakylä Teacher Training School

A case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Rantakylä Teacher Training School in Joensuu. Exposure to the coronavirus has been possible during Friday, 21 May 2021. Approximately 40 persons in Rantakylä Teacher Training School have been exposed to the virus; for the majority of them, exposure has been deemed mild.

Those affected have been informed of the matter via Wilma, and Siun sote will contact everyone who has been exposed to the virus by telephone this evening.

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.

The KUH Medical Library will move to summer opening hours from 1 June 2021

The KUH Medical Library will move to summer opening hours from 1 June 2021. The library is closed on Thu 3 June 2021 due to the staff development day.

Joensuu and Kuopio Campus Libraries are still closed due to renovations and will open at summer opening hours on Mon 7.6.2021.

You can check the opening hours on the library’s website.

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50-person limit on gatherings lifted, physical distancing and hygiene guidelines must still be followed

The Regional State Administrative Agency for Eastern Finland decided on 17 May 2021 to ease restrictions on gatherings. Public events and general meetings organised indoors and in limited spaces outdoors may have more than 50 people attending, provided that their safety can be ensured. In practice, this means strict adherence to the physical distancing (2 metres) and hygiene guidelines.

The order is in effect from 18 May 2021 to 17 June 2021 and it is applied to both Joensuu and Kuopio. Information about the University of Eastern Finland’s auditoriums and lecture rooms, and their capacities, is available from and

ISYY participates in organising students’ municipal elections panels in both Joensuu and Kuopio!

ISYY, POKA and Pyro are organising the Joensuu students’ municipal elections panel on Tuesday 18 May at 14. The panel will be streamed live on the YouTube channel of the City of Joensuu.

ISYY, SAVOTTA, and HUMAKO are organising the Kuopio students’ municipal elections panel on Wednesday 19 May at 14. The panel will be streamed on the ISYY YouTube channel.

Follow students’ municipal elections panels and you can collect an overall badge from the ISYY offices.

Read more about municipal elections panel on pages.

LibKey and BrowZine at your service!

LibKey simplifies access to library-licensed articles. It provides a quick, one-click access to the full texts of journal articles available to UEF students and staff. LibKey will link you directly to the article when possible. In addition, UEF Primo’s search for international articles provides a new direct “Download pdf” link.

BrowZine is an application that allows users to browse, read, and monitor journals and articles available through UEF. You do not have to sign in to Browzine, but by doing so you can create personalized collections.

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UEF Lounge is back on 27 May 2021!

Spring is starting to bloom, and summer is just around the corner. It’s time to take a break and enjoy another live stream event designed exclusively for UEF students and staff! The live stream will take place on Thursday, 27 May 2021, starting at 19.00.

Launched with great success last November, UEF Lounge is back – and what a programme we have! This time, Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, led by Conductor Eero Lehtimäki, will be playing movie-themed music. And the soloist is none other than Diandra! In addition, Research Director Helmi Järviluoma-Mäkelä will talk about the meanings of soundscapes and Rector Jukka Mönkkönen will also say a few words.

To follow UEF Lounge, please go to:

Let’s make this evening memorable – we are UEF!