Do you want to learn new languages?

The KiVANET network offers web-based language studies for students in Finnish universities. Some courses are offered with English as the support language or based on the target language alone. These courses are also suited to students who do not speak Finnish. The enrollment period for autumn term 2021 courses is from 27 August to 2 September 2021.
More information at: www.kivako.fi

Academic year opening hours from the 1st of September 2021 in Library

Joensuu Campus Library
Mon–Fri 8am–6pm (Customer service 9am–6pm)
Sat          10am–2pm

24/7 Working spaces open later of autumn, at the earliest 1st October

Kuopio Campus Library
Mon–Fri 8am–6pm (Customer service 9am–6pm)
Sat          10am–2pm

24/7 Working spaces open later of autumn, at the earliest 1st October

KUH Medical Library
Mon        12 noon–5pm
Tue–Thu 10am–3pm
Fri            Closed

For more information: library@uef.fi

Walk-in coronavirus vaccination for students and employees of the University of Eastern Finland offered on Joensuu Campus on 7 September 2021

The joint municipal authority for North Karelia social and health services (Siun sote) and the University of Eastern Finland will hold a walk-in coronavirus vaccination event on Joensuu Campus on Tuesday 7 September 2021. The vaccinations take place in the lobby of the Carelia building from 09.00 to 11.00 and from 12.30 to 14.30.

Walk-in vaccinations are offered without appointments on a first come, first served basis. The COVID-19 vaccines offered at the walk-in site are 200 BioNTech-Pfizer Comirnaty vaccine. Vaccines are offered to all students and employees of the University of Eastern Finland, regardless of their place of domicile, including international students and staff.

Both first and second doses of the vaccine are offered at the walk-in vaccination event. The earliest that the second dose of vaccine (a booster) may be given is eight weeks after the first vaccination. This means that boosters will be given at the university’s walk-in vaccination event to people who have received their first dose of the vaccine on or before 13 July 2021.

“Only achieving sufficient vaccine coverage will allow campus life without coronavirus restrictions. That is why we are encouraging all our staff and students to get their vaccines as soon as they can. The walk-in vaccination events are held to make this as easy as possible,” says Rector of the University of Eastern Finland, Jukka Mönkkönen.

Siun sote and the university intend to hold more walk-in vaccination events during the autumn. The university will provide more detailed information on the future events later.

For more information, please contact Tuomo Meriläinen, Director of Administration, University of Eastern Finland, email  tuomo.merilainen(at)uef.fi, telephone +358 40 355 2299.

HAKA Login Method Server Update 23.8.2021 at 14:15-16:00

UEF HAKA (shibboleth) (idp.uef.fi) servers will be updated on 23.8.2021 at 14:15 – 16:00.

Services are available normally during the update and outages are expected.

Appearance of the idp.uef.fi login will be changed after the update.

Users have to login again to services after the update. If multiple browsers are used to login to the services, acceptance to disclose information to the services has to be accepted again.

The update will enable multi-factor authentication.

 

Regards,

IT Services, UEF

An almost normal start to the autumn term at the University of Eastern Finland

The University of Eastern Finland aims to have everything running almost normally when the autumn term starts. At the moment, there is no reason why on-campus teaching should not continue, and teachers can use their own discretion when deciding how to carry out teaching.

The progress of the coronavirus vaccination programme is taking us closer to normal life despite the number of coronavirus cases going back up again towards the end of the summer. Based on the information available, higher education institutions are not high risk areas for the spreading of the coronavirus and remote teaching is currently not viewed as a key means of controlling the pandemic. It is important to let the students return to campus.

Teaching will be started in accordance with the curriculum. Teachers can use their own discretion with regard to the ways in which to carry out teaching. At the moment, no restrictions on gatherings or safety distance requirements are in place in the Eastern Finland region, so the university will not be restricting the number of people who can attend events.

The time of the coronavirus, however, has made us adopt new teaching methods faster, and efforts will be made to develop both online and multimodal teaching in the future as well. We will continue to use and further develop the best practices we have adopted so far. There are also many good ways of carrying out remote teaching – some of them brand new – which we will continue to use alongside on-campus teaching.

Health security and student life

Campuses are also taking steps towards normal student life as the SYKETTÄ Sport Services will gradually be made available again and bookings are accepted for holding, for example, subject association events in the university facilities in the evenings. The university facilities will be available in the evenings for bookings lasting until 22.00. Acting responsibly during leisure time will help ensure health security during on-campus teaching, which is a priority. We need to persevere until the end of autumn, when the vaccine coverage will be at a good level.

The campus restaurants already open in Joensuu are Restaurant Aura and Kampus Bistro. Restaurants Carelia and Futura will reopen on 1 September. On Kuopio campus, Restaurant Canthia will open on 23 August, and Restaurant Snellmania on 30 August. In addition, Wicked Rabbit in the Canthia Building and the second floor cafeteria in the Snellmania Building will reopen on 1 September. Some renovations and changes have been made to Restaurant Carelia and Restaurant Snellmania, but the work is expected to be completed by the time the restaurants are scheduled to reopen. The seat occupancy of the restaurants will be monitored and other restaurants will be opened as needed.

Ventilation will be maximised at the university’s facilities during use and, to ensure adequate air cleaning, the ventilation system will be run for at least two hours before and after the facilities are in use.

The university encourages vaccine take-up – A walk-in vaccination event to be held at Joensuu Campus

The university strongly recommends that staff and students get vaccinated with the available coronavirus vaccines. The better the vaccine coverage, the easier things will be for us as a community.

A walk-in vaccination event will be held at the University of Eastern Finland’s Joensuu Campus this autumn to give the university students and staff members the opportunity to get their first dose of the vaccine, regardless of what their place of domicile is. When the first dose is received, an appointment will be made for the second dose, which will be given by the local health care services. The university will offer the walk-in vaccinations in cooperation with the joint municipal authority for North Karelia social and health services (Siun Sote). A similar walk-in vaccination event will hopefully be held on Kuopio Campus as well. The date of the walk-in vaccination event in Joensuu and further information on the event to be held in Kuopio will be provided at a later time.

The number of staff present in the university’s facilities will no longer be restricted to 50% of the facilities’ usual occupancy rate. On the other hand, multi-location work will become a permanent practice. The university guidance for working across multiple sites entered into force at the beginning of August.

People at significant risk from COVID-19 have already had the opportunity to take both vaccines, which means they can work and study normally on campus.

The university is also prepared for setbacks in the coronavirus situation. The pandemic is by no means over yet, and new restrictions may still be imposed. This past year, however, has made us very good at adapting to new situations, and we will surely adjust to any future challenges as well.

Everyone must continue to follow these guidelines in the university facilities:

  • Only come to the campus if you are in good health.
  • Wash your hands immediately upon arriving at the campus and frequently during the day. If you cannot wash your hands, use a hand sanitiser.
  • Keep a safe distance to others.
  • Use a face mask in all the facilities in which several people are present at the same time, including during lectures. The recommendation to wear a face mask also applies to double jabbed people.
  • Do not greet people with a handshake or a hug.

 

Read also: Reminder by the Ministry of Education and Culture, the National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL) and the Union of Students in Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences (SAMOK): Responsible use of leisure time contributes to more contact teaching in higher education institutions and a swift return to normal conditions

 

Welcome to a UEF info session on Thursday, 19 August 2021, starting at 10. The topic of the info session will be the coronavirus situation and its effects on this autumn’s teaching. The info session will be led by the university’s Rector, Academic Rector and Director of Administration. The info session will be recorded and the recording will be published on Yammer.

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 in the address https://presemo.uef.fi/ueftietotori/.

 

Responsible use of leisure time contributes to more contact teaching in higher education institutions and a swift return to normal conditions

Reminder by the Ministry of Education and Culture, the National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL) and the Union of Students in Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences (SAMOK): Responsible use of leisure time contributes to more contact teaching in higher education institutions and a swift return to normal conditions

All students have the right to start their studies in a safe way. The goal that we all share is to be able to bring in much more contact teaching in higher education institutions during the autumn term. Interaction between people, both in contact teaching and in students’ leisure activities, improves wellbeing and strengthens the spirit of community. With the pandemic still ongoing, it has become particularly important to improve both student wellbeing and the ability to study.

The Ministry of Education and Culture, the National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL) and the Union of Students in Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences (SAMOK) wish to point out that by making a joint effort it is possible to ensure that contact teaching can continue and we can contribute to swiftly containing pandemic.

Monitoring data carried out by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare have shown that the risk of COVID-19 spreading in contact teaching is low when adequate measures are followed. Higher education institutions are very well placed to implement these measures. However, transmission chains from different leisure activities and events have been reported, and unless adequate prevention measures are in place, the risk of infection is high in the current epidemiological situation.

When organising student events that offer peer support and enable students to be acquainted, care should be taken to comply with regional and local regulations, guidelines and recommendations. It is important that

  • even those who have been vaccinated wear a mask
  • to avoid physical contact and respect safe distancing, especially indoors
  • to have adequate ventilation in place
  • to not seek the company of others if you have any symptoms indicative of COVID-19 and take the COVID-19 test instead
  • that students receive a full course of COVID-19 vaccines.

This way we will hopefully be able to assemble and meet people more freely later in the autumn.

It is in everyone’s interest to responsibly organise and engage in events that are safe from the viewpoint of health. The Ministry of Education and Culture, The National Union of University Students and the Union of Students in Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences wish to extend their thanks to the student organisations for the creativity they have shown in the past and will undoubtedly carry on doing for finding safe solutions when organising events and forging a sense of community. You have supported the wellbeing of many students in higher education and provided potential for students to pursue their studies over these difficult and exceptional 18 months.

Up-to-date regional restrictions and recommendations are available on the Government website. The website also has links to the webpages of hospital districts, which provide more detailed regional information: Regional COVID-19 situation and restrictions on the hospital district websites.

Inquiries:

Atte Jääskeläinen, Director General, (Ministry of Education and Culture), tel. +358 2953 30309
Oona Löytänen, Chair (Union of Students in Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences – SAMOK ry), tel. +358 50 389 1000
Annika Nevanpää, Chair (National Union of University Students in Finland, SYL ry), tel. +358 44 906 5007

Library is now in the Tuudo mobile app!

The library has today started using the Tuudo mobile app — you do the same! In Tuudo, you get a digital library card (no more plastic cards!) and you can renew your loans, see your reservations and check the opening hours of the libraries. You will also receive library notifications via Tuudo. To do: Tuudo.

Watch the video below to find out how you can start using Tuudo. For more information about Tuudo, visit the library’s website.

If you have any questions about Tuudo’s library features, please contact library@uef.fi

Exceptions in opening hours in Student and Learning Services’ offices

Current opening hours

From 2 August to 17 September 2021 the General Student Services’ customer service desk and phone service are open Mon-Fri from 10 am to 4 pm.

Visiting address: Joensuu Aurora A, 1. floor; Kuopio Canthia, 2. floor

Email address: opiskelu@uef.fi

Phone number: +358 (0)29 445 8900 (Phone service Mon-Fri from 10 am to 4 pm)

We are constantly monitoring the situation, and the opening hours may therefore change. Any changes will be announced here.

UEF info session on 19 August 2021 at 10–11

Welcome to a UEF info session on Thursday, 19 August 2021, starting at 10. The topic of the info session will be the coronavirus situation and its effects on this autumn’s teaching.

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

The info session will be recorded and the recording will be published on Yammer.

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 in the address https://presemo.uef.fi/ueftietotori/.

UEF info session on 19 August 2021 at 10–11

Welcome to a UEF info session on Thursday, 19 August 2021, starting at 10. The topic of the info session will be the coronavirus situation and its effects on this autumn’s teaching.

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

The info session will be recorded and the recording will be published on Yammer.

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 in the address https://presemo.uef.fi/ueftietotori/.