Short term loans for UEF laptop computers are now available

There are 10 HP laptops and 2 iPads for short term loans available on both UEF campuses. The devices are meant to be borrowed only for a short term, up to 4 hours at a time.

To borrow a device, register as a user for the Optima vending machine, located in the Joensuu university library and the Kuopio Oppari facilities.  

For more information about borrowing the devices, see (eServices) or Kamu

IT Services 

Food Business Challenge – looking for new business ideas and innovations

We are looking for new business ideas and innovations related to food industry and food systems “from field to fork”. As a prize of the competition, 5 000 € will be divided for best ideas.

Food Business Challenge is open for to students studying in Finnish universities. You may participate also as a team. Participation in English is possible.

Ask for additional information by email:

The opening hours of general student services as of 1 February

As of 1 February, the customer service desks of general student services on both campuses are open Mon-Fri at 12-15. Exceptions to opening hours will be announced on the Student and Learning Services website. The customer service phone line (+358294458900) is open from 10 to 15.

If you cannot visit us during our opening hours, you can always book an appointment by contacting us at

You can order a transcript of records or a certification of student status yourself in WebOodi – Tools – Transcripts and certification of student status. These documents are signed digitally which means that they are as official as the traditional paper versions. More information on digital signature

Library improves availability of course books – objective: shorter request queues

Owing to the feedback received, we aim at improving the availability of course books by acquiring more of them.

As before, we try to acquire course books in electronic form with unlimited concurrent user access licences. However, if a course book is only available in printed form, we will acquire one lendable copy of the course book per five students enrolled for the course, though no more than 30 copies of one title. Previously the ratio was one book per ten students enrolled for the course and no more than 25 copies of one title. In addition, we always try to acquire one or more reading room copies of each course book.

Library’s updated collection programme (in Finnish) can be found from our home page.


For more information: acquisitions[at]

Transcripts and certifications of student status now available digitally signed

The transcript of records and the certification of student status that can be ordered through WebOodi are now digitally signed. They are as official as the traditional paper versions, signed and stamped, but only when used in their original pdf format. This means that you should not print them, or alter or edit the files in any way.

You can find the function in WebOodi in Tools – Transcripts and certifications of student status.  Both documents are available in Finnish and in English.

Read more on digital signature in Kamu at

Survey About Nyyti Ry’s Veb Activities – Win a Gift Card to

We want to get feedback and suggestions for the future regarding Nyyti’s web activities, website, and online content. Your opinion is very important to us, and it will help us develop our operations so that we can provide even better service in the future. It only takes 5 – 10 minutes to fill out the survey.

The survey is meant both for students (secondary level and higher learning) and the professionals who work with them. The results shall be analysed in confidence and anonymously so that none of the participants can be identified based on the answers.

Those who leave their contact information get a chance to win a €100 gift card to in a raffle.

Student – use this link to take the survey:
Professional – use this link to take the survey:

Grant for studies and/or research period



Target groups and eligibility criteria

The Saastamoinen Foundation has donated EUR 10,000 to the University of Eastern Finland, to be used for the Anitta Etula Special Grant. The grant will be awarded to one Master’s level student with a doctoral study right or to one Doctoral student of the University of Eastern Finland for a study/research period abroad in 2019.

The application period is from 3 September to 15 November 2018.


Intended use of grant

The grant can be used to cover expenses incurred from studying and/or working abroad, such as travel expenses, living expenses, material and equipment costs, removal costs and insurance costs.  The grant can be used to cover tuition fees, course fees or conference costs due to a special reason.


The grant will not be awarded retrospectively.


If the student at the time of using the grant is in an employment relationship with the university, the student may be awarded a travel grant, but not a personal grant. In these cases, the travel grant awarded will be paid to the applicant’s department for covering the applicant’s travel expenses (an approved travel plan/travel permit is required).

Both a student who is in an employment relationship and a student who is not in an employment relationship with the university at the time of using the grant, can use the grant for material, equipment, removal, insurance etc. costs.

The grant may not be used for any other purpose than the one it has been granted for. The grant must also be used within the period of time mentioned in the application or agreed separately. The grant cannot be transferred or donated to a third party. Changes to the intended use and payment periods are possible only upon separate permission granted by the University of Eastern Finland. A request for changes should be addressed to Anitta Etula, anitta.etula [at]

The grant recipient must contact the Tax Administration him/herself in order to find out the tax implications related to the payment of the grant before the grant is paid out.


Duty to report
The grant recipient commits to reporting on the use of the grant no later than three months after the grant period has ended. Reporting instructions will be given in the Letter of Grant.

Application and attachments
The free-format application should include the following attachments as PDF files:

1.       Résumé/CV

2.       Transcript of academic records and possible list of publications

3.       Study and/or research plan for the grant period

4.       Travel plan and cost estimate

–          The travel plan must indicate the purpose and the period of time for which the grant is applied. Justifications for the importance of the trip in relation to the applicant’s study/research must also be presented in the plan. The budget must include an estimate of the expenses incurred, including the share of tickets, accommodation, living expenses and so on. Other potential sources of funding must also be mentioned.

5.       Letter of recommendation

–          A letter of recommendation written by the thesis supervisor.

A letter of invitation from the foreign host university/research institute will support the application.


Application period and announcement of the grant recipient

Applications for the grant must be submitted in accordance with this call for applications, and late applications will not be considered. Applications should be sent to Ms Kirsi Karjalainen: kirsi.karjalainen [at], and they will not be returned.

The decision on the recipient of the grant will be made in December 2018, and the decision will be announced on the University of Eastern Finland website. Applicants will not be personally informed of the decision.

For further information, please contact: Anitta Etula, anitta.etula [at], tel. +358 50 590 5012, and regarding the application process: Kirsi Karjalainen, kirsi.karjalainen [at] tel. +358 50 462 1267.

Hey, student! Have you submitted your Master’s thesis with an Open Access this year? Take part in this prize draw!

UEF Library raffles annually a 100 € scholarship between the UEF students who have submitted their Master’s Thesis with an Open Access during the ongoing year. The year 2018 prize draw is arranged during the international Open Access week between 22nd and 28th October 2018. All UEF students who have given an Open Access to their thesis 1.1.–23.10.2018 via UEF ePublications archive can take part in the raffle.

The last day to participate with this e-form is 23rd October 2018.

Read more about open theses. You can find all Master’s Theses submitted since 2012 in the UEF ePublications archive

For more information:

Good luck for the prize draw!