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Students’ mental health week 8.-14.4.2024

Students’ Mental Health Week is a campaign coordinated by the Student Well-being Network. The campaign is aimed at highlighting the mental health situation of students and building a more mentally healthy study culture. The theme of the campaign week is equality, particularly focusing on social accessibility.

Check out event ideas for organizing campaign events (opens in a new window)
Further information: Nyyti ry web pages (opens in a new window)

Welcome to join Student’s Mental Health Week’s Community Art Project on campuses!

During the week on UEF campuses will be held a three-day community art project -event. The aim is to give students a creative break with art and culture for their study day by creating community art together.

  • Joensuu, Metria Lobby, Mon-Wed, 8.–10.4., from 12 pm to 3 pm
  • Kuopio, Snellmania Lobby, Mon-Wed, 8.–10.4., from 11 am to 3.30 pm

Further information in Viva (opens in a new tab)


Wellbeing Week 2.-7.10.2023

The purpose of the upcoming Wellbeing Week is to offer UEF students and staff a well-being programme throughout the week. This year, the theme of the week is to add breaks and activity to everyday life.

The programme of the Wellbeing Week has been published on ISYY’s webpage (opens in a new window). In addition to many events and occasions you can find there for example WellbeingAppro 2023 guidelines for participation and also instructions how to get morning porridge for only 1 € in Aura, Futura, Snellmania ad Canthia campus restaurants at 7:45-9 am throughout the whole Wellbeing Week.

And, did you know, that Break Pro break exercise program is now available free of charge for UEF students and staff? The programme is available in 11 languages. Read more here!

Welcome to join us!

The opening ceremony of the Academic Year and Campus Happening will be held on 7 September 2023

The Opening Ceremony of the Academic Year 2023–2024 will be held on the Joensuu Campus, Carelia Hall (Yliopistokatu 4) on Thursday, 7 September 2023, from 12:00-15:30. The ceremony programme will start at 14:15 and can be followed online. The link will be published on the ceremony website.

The opening ceremony will start with an academic procession, to be followed by an opening address by Rector Jukka Mönkkönen at 14:15. Sari Multala, Minister of Science and Culture, will give a speech via a remote connection. The address by the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY) will be held by Eetu Hyvönen, Chair of the Executive Board of the Student Union. The programme also includes choir performances by the University of Eastern Finland Choir Joy with Matti Makkonen as the conductor.

Before the opening programme, there will be an Opening Ceremony Prayer at The Church of St John the Theologian (Torikatu 41) starting at 12:00. The Pastor is Mikko Sidoroff, and the choir is conducted by Deacon Petri Nykänen.

Campus Happening and City Orienteering will kick-off the academic year

After the opening ceremony, UEF and the Student Union ISYY will organise a Campus Happening and City Orienteering on both campuses, Joensuu and Kuopio, on 7 September, starting at 15:30.

The Campus Happening (Kampusrysäys) kicks off the academic year for the tenth time. The event gathers the university community to celebrate the beginning of the academic year with live music and various activities on the back yard of the Carelia building on the Joensuu Campus and in front of the Studentia building on the Kuopio Campus.

The City Orienteering (Kaupunkisuunnistus) begins right after the Campus Happening. In the Orienteering, students will go around their campus city in groups and will complete different kinds of tasks given to them at control points. The evening will end with an after party.

UEF Students, get to know your campus!

Do you know where to find the ISYY office or the Student and Learning Services’ customer service desk? Are you feeling lost strolling around the campus?

Now you have the opportunity to familiarise yourself with your campus in advance! With the help of the Campus Orienteering mobile game, you get to navigate around the campus using an informative map. You can find the campus’ buildings, services, restaurants and many other places of interest marked on the map as checkpoints. By visiting a checkpoint, you can access a brief introduction and info test about the location on the map. In addition to this, some of the checkpoints have small, voluntary tasks related to the location in question. You can play the Campus Orienteering game by yourself or as a group with your friends. The game is available to play until 30 September.

So grab your phone, head over to your campus and get to know more about your surroundings through playing the Campus Orienteering game! You can find the game and its instructions in Moodle by using the following link:

Enjoy the Campus Orienteering!

Physical activity tests for the students and staff members in Joensuu

SYKETTÄ Joensuu organizes physical activity tests for the students and staff members of the the University of Eastern Finland and Karelia University of Applied Sciences on Tuesday 15.3.2022 at 3pm-5pm in Joensuu Areena. Test day is open for both students and staff members.

Due to the current corona situation, it is only possible to perform either the 2-km walk test or Cooper’s test this spring. We try to avoid close contact and maintain the safety distances, so muscular strength and mobility tests won’t be performed this spring. Walk test and Cooper’s test measure cardiorespiratory fitness.

Group size is 30 participants. SYKETTÄ sticker isn’t required to participate. The enrollment is binding. When enrolling, please let us know your age and are you going to perform a walk test or Cooper’s test. Enrollments by Friday 4.3.2022.

Enrollment and more information:

Recent delays with IT systems of the University of Eastern Finland

The University of Eastern Finland’s new user account and email address creation has suffered from delays that has caused issues with logging in to the systems. User access rights management has also suffered from these delays.

The issues have been especially visible for new students of Spring 2022. Other students may also have had login issues with Peppi or email.

The causes for the issues have been found and corrections are being made. The situation should improve during this week.

In addition, email has been detected with a fault, that has caused a delay in the handling of the requests sent. The fault has been fixed and the queue is being processed as quick as possible.

We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Further information:

IT Services,

Answer ISYY’s Communications Questionnaire 2021!

How does the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland’s (ISYY) communications work and does it reach you? What kinds of things would you like ISYY to communicate about in the future and what channels to use? How would you develop ISYY’s communications?

Answer ISYY’s Communications Questionnaire and tell us! By answering the questionnaire, you can influence how we communicate now and in the future. The questionnaire is targeted at all our members and we wish that many of you will answer it.

The questionnaire is open till 29.11.2021 12:00 pm (noon). Answering the questionnaire will take approximately 10–15 minutes.

If you want, you can submit your email address at the end of the questionnaire and participate in a raffle of two “Straight outta Itä-Suomi” canvas bags.

Answer the questionnaire: ISYY’s Communications Questionnaire

More information about the questionnaire and the raffle can be found on ISYY’s website.

Call for Applicants: Become an Executive Board Member for 2022!

Are you ready to spend the best year of your studies? Do you want to gain valuable experience for working life? Are you interested in significant personal growth as you take the role of an employer for one year? What about promoting students’ welfare on a national level?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, apply for the Student Union’s Executive Board for the year 2022!

The application period is 4.11.–21.11.2021.

The Executive Board for the year 2022 is selected at the Student Union Representative Council’s meeting on 1.12.2021.

The Executive Board will organise Board info session on 16 November 2021 at 4.30 pm, in which the Board’s activities and duties are explained in more detail.

You will find the application announcement, instructions for applying and a link to the Board info session on ISYY’s website.

Answer the Student Livelihood Survey and Win a Gift Card of 150 Euros!

The student unions’ livelihood survey will examine students’ livelihood, employment and housing, as well as any changes regarding them. The survey generates relevant and up-to-date information on the financial status of university students across Finland.

The survey responses will be utilised for the livelihood survey and in student representation. Your responses are valuable and will contribute to fact-based advocacy.

The study is implemented by the Finnish Research Foundation for Studies and Education Otus. The study is commissioned by The Student Union of Tampere University (TREY), The Student Union of the University of Turku (TYY), The Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY), The Student Union of the University of Jyväskylä (JYY), and The Student Union of Åbo Akademi University.

Responding to the survey is voluntary and can be done anonymously. Responses will be processed confidentially, and individual respondents will not be identifiable in the results.

It takes about 15 minutes to complete the survey and you can answer until October 31st.

One student among the respondents of ISYY will win an S Group gift card valued at 150 euros.

Thanks for your participation!

Electronic Webpropol survey form (opens up in new tab)

Pekka Koivaara, edunvalvonta-asiantuntija, Itä-Suomen yliopiston ylioppilaskunta, p. 044 576 8465,
Aino Pietarinen, tutkija, Opiskelun ja koulutuksen tutkimussäätiö Otus,

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.