Use Your Vote in the European Elections 2019!

This spring is a good time to make a difference. We have already voted in the Finnish Parliamentary Elections, and now we have a chance to set the course of the European Parliament for the next five years!

What Elections?

The European Parliament is one of the legislative organs of the European Union. EU citizens elect members of the parliament in direct elections held in every member state every five years. The previous elections were held in 2014.

Advance voting for the European Elections is held from the 15th to 21st of May in Finland, and from the 15th to 18th of May in other countries. In Finland, the election day is Sunday the 26th of May.

A citizen of another EU Member State living in Finland may choose to vote in the European Parliamentary elections in Finland. This requires, however, that he or she has enrolled (until 7th of March) with the voting register in Finland beforehand to the local register office. If you are allowed to vote for another EU Member State in Finland, you should get the instructions to vote from your relevant authority of your home country.

Everyone who is entitled to vote may vote at a general advance polling station, regardless of their municipality of residence. Anyone who is entitled to vote may also vote abroad at Finnish embassies. On election day, you must vote at the polling station assigned to you!

ISYY’s Election Events in Joensuu and Kuopio

What are the European Elections? What does the European Parliament do? How doest the decision-making affect you? If you are unsure, no worries, ISYY organises on both of its campuses election events, where you can find out more about the European Parliament and the elections.

Both campuses will have election infos on Tuesday the 14th of May at Carelia and Snellmania lobbies from 10 am to 2 pm. We are serving some coffee and tea!

ISYY is also organising an advance voting event for all students on Wednesday the 15th of May at 2 pm both in Joensuu and Kuopio. The advance voting event in Joensuu starts in front of the Carelia building, where some coffee and tea is served. Come early, because at 2 pm we are moving on to the polling station in the Joensuu Main Library. In Kuopio Campus, the event is organised in the polling station at Lukema. Come to vote and get some coffee, tea and ISYY’s Vote! overall badge!

The events are meant for everyone!

Read More: European Elections

More Information:

Ella Partanen, the Vice Chairperson of the Executive Board, the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY), tel. 044 5768 407, ella.partanen [at]

Aino Peltonen, Board Mermber of the Executive Board, the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY), tel. 044 5768 408, aino.peltonen [at]

Apply for SYL’s Advisory Board for Development Cooperation!

Are you inspired by global development and promoting education internationally? Are you concerned about climate change? Are you a persistent communicator, good at forming networks, or know a lot about funding? Do you want to put some of your knowledge to the use of the rest of the world?

We are looking for people with lots of ideas who are committed and motivated to join the Advisory Board for Development Cooperation (KENKKU) of SYL. The National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL) represents 15 member organisations and 135,000 university students. The development cooperation advisory board advises SYL’s executive board on development cooperation and administers SYL’s development cooperation projects together with the Development Policy Adviser.

However, we don’t expect you to be a development cooperation professional – it’s enough if you have motivation and the desire to learn about development cooperation and global education. We expect KENKKU members to commit to their tasks and be motivated but KENKKU is also meant for developing your personal expertise. KENKKU members are expected to attend most meetings during their term.

By participating in the administration of the Ethiopia project, KENKKU members for the period 2019–2020 will contribute to the planning of possible new projects and the development of various activities, such as private sector cooperation. The term of office will begin in August 2019 and end in August 2020. A maximum of 15 members will be selected for the Advisory Board, some of whom will continue from the previous term. The Advisory Board meets around about once a month in Helsinki, aside from in the summer months, and engages in remote work as required. Lunch is provided as part of meetings and the travel expenses of attendees are reimbursed in accordance with SYL’s travel rules.

KENKKU members are divided into small teams. A person in charge is chosen from each team to ensure that teamwork goes smoothly. We are looking for people with different skills for the advisory board:

1. Communications and advocacy team

The communications team will ensure that our development cooperation work is visible on social media, create content and come up with ideas for developing our communication. The team will assist with development policy advocacy, for example by participating in public discussions of topical issues.

2. Ethiopian project administration team

Team members will manage the Ethiopian development cooperation project, familiarising themselves with material such as annual reports and plans, and contacting local partners. This task requires an interest in project administration, the ability to work independently, project management skills and the ability to work in English. The four-year Ethiopia project began this year.

3. Members of team(s) planning new projects

Members of this team participate in the planning of new projects and the search for new partnerships. This means that team members get to work on project plans, with most such work scheduled for the spring of 2020.

However, not all KENKKU work has to be done within the teams. Everyone can participate in social media communications, for example. In addition to teamwork, individual members can take responsibility for our stand at Global Village festivals, or fundraising.

Applications should include a résumé and a cover letter. Applicants are also requested to state what they would like to learn during their term on KENKKU and how they would contact development cooperation actors within their student union.

Applicants should express their interest in positions based on the position profiles outlined above and to describe their language skills. Similarly, we ask applicants to mention plans that could prevent them from attending several meetings (e.g. studying abroad).

The application deadline is on the 16th of May 2019 at 3 PM. Informal applications are to be delivered as pdf files via email to the following address: hakemukset [at] The title of the email should be “SYL Advisory Board for Development Cooperation”. Name each possible attachment file clearly with your own name, such as “Your Name CV” and “Your Name application”. The ISYY executive board will present members for the SYL Advisory Board based on applications.

In our operations, SYL emphasizes diversity and equal opportunities. We hope to receive applications from persons from diverse backgrounds and genders.

More information:

Susanna Remes, Executive Board member responsible for development cooperation, Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY), tel. +358 44 576 8403, susanna.remes [at]

Read more: Development Cooperation

Call for Applicants: A Deputy Student Member to the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Science and Forestry

The Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY) is a student union in compliance with the Universities Act, section 46. A statutory function of the Student Union is to elect student representatives to University organs in accordance with the Universities Act, chapter 3.

The Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland is seeking one (1) deputy student member to the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Science and Forestry until the end of 2019.

The Faculty Council is a multimember administrative body in compliance with the Universities Act, section 27. The Faculty’s professors, teaching, research and general staff members and students are represented on the Faculty Council.

The Faculty Council’s functions are defined in the University Regulations, section 9. The Faculty Council’s functions are:

  1. To process and issue statements on the Faculty’s strategic plan and budget;
  2. To process and issue statements on the Faculty’s internal structure, within the framework determined by the rector;
  3. To establish or abolish subjects within the educational mandate;
  4. To set syllabuses (incl. the principles of incorporating studies completed in other universities or educational institutes into degrees), degree requirements and admission criteria, unless otherwise mandated in these regulations;
  5. To review doctoral dissertations;
  6. To process proposals defining the extent of a professor’s duties
  7. To process proposals defining the extent of the Faculty’s teaching and research staff’s duties according to the four-level career path model;
  8. To grant the title of docent;
  9. To grant the title of honorary doctor.

Persons with a right to complete an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in the Faculty of Science and Forestry of the University of Eastern Finland may apply to the position of a deputy student member of the Faculty Council. Persons with over 50% employment contract with the university cannot apply to the Faculty Council as a student.

A student member ought to be effective, interested in student issues and dedicated to their job.

Valid applications with attached resumes are to be delivered to the Student Union Specialist of Academic and Social Affairs Mikko Aaltonen at koso [at] by 12 noon Thursday 16 May 2019.

The Student Union Executive Board will choose the deputy student member.

More Information:

Mikko Aaltonen, Specialist on Academic and Social Affairs, the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland, tel. +358 44 576 8414, koso [at]

ISYY’s Vappu Celebrations 2019

The highlight of the whole academic year, Vappu (May Day), will bring life to campuses by introducing a variety of events organised by ISYY, student organisations and clubs. Traditionally the students’ Vappu celebrations begin as early as in the middle of April and will culminate in the Vappu eve and its traditions. So put on your overalls and enjoy the spirit of Vappu!

Below, you can find a list of the Vappu activities and events in Joensuu and Kuopio organised by ISYY. Information on other events related to Vappu can be found on Facebook events: Joensuun opiskelijavappu 2019 and Kuopion opiskelijavappu 2019 (links to events below).

Vappu Events Organised by ISYY in Joensuu

29.4. Savo-Karjala excursio (organised by ISYY)
30.4. Vappu eve

  •  at 12 noon First year forestry students’ swimming at Ilosaari (organised by Joensuun Metsäylioppilaat)
  •  at 3 pm Capping of the Alkukivet stones (organised by Täky ry)
  •  at 3:15 pm Vappu parade from Carelia (Alkukivet stones) to Ilosaari and capping of the Torso (organised by ISYY)
  •  from 4 pm to 6 pm Ilosaari (organised by ISYY):
  •  at 4 pm Student Union’s speech
  •  at 4:05 pm University Choir Joy
  •  at 4:20 a dance performance by the SYKETTÄ dance group
  •  at 4:25 Rytmihäiriköt big band

1.5. Picnic at Ilosaari starting at 12 noon (organised by Rytmihäiriköt ry)

Facebook: Joensuun opiskelijavappu 2019

Vappu Events Organised by ISYY in Kuopio

29.4. Savo-Karjala excursio (organised by ISYY)
30.4. Vappu eve
Events on campus:

  • at 1 pm Cleaning of the Tooth at Studentia
  • at 2 pm Initiation to Education, SN100

Pool event at the Kuopio market square (organised by ISYY)

  • at 5:30 pm Student organizations’ greetings
  • at 5:45 Cleaning of the Velj’mies statue
  • at 6 pm Announcing of the Siskotyttö (sister girl) and the Velj’mies (brother man)
  • at 6:10 Capping of the Velj’mies statue
  • at 6:15 Speech by Aleksi Kinnunen, the Chairperson of the ISYY Executive Board
  • at 6:25 Immersing of the Professor

Afterparty in Ilona starting at 10 pm

We wish everyone a Vappu state of mind!

Facebook: Kuopion opiskelijavappu 2019

ISYY Association Days on 15.-17.4.2019

Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY) organizes Association Days on 15.4.2019 at Kuopio campus and on 16.-17.4.2019 at Joensuu campus. Come and find out what ISYY and associations close to it have to offer. It’s also possible that you’ll find some new activities from Association Days! ISYY Association Days are open for everybody and there’s no entrance fee.

Time schedule
Kuopio | Snellmania’s lobby:
Mon 15.4. at 10am-2pm: Student organizations, clubs, other organizations

Joensuu | Carelia’s lobby:
Tue 16.4. at 10am-2pm: Student organizations
Wed 17.4. at 10am-2pm: Clubs and other organizations

Exhibitors must fill the registration form below on 9.4. at 12:00 the latest. Registration forms and instructions can be found on ISYY’s website.

ISYY’s Events Related to the Parliamentary Elections 2019

The 2019 Finnish parliamentary elections are scheduled to be held in April. The election day is Sunday the 14th of April and the advance voting takes place between the 3rd and 9th of April. The Student Union (ISYY) is organising parliamentary elections themed events on both of our campuses. During the weeks 13 and 14, ISYY will arrange Election Fairs, Panel Discussions and Election Infos on both campuses.

See the detailed information on the events on ISYY’s website.

ISYY’s Smiles and Complaints Week on 11.–15. Mar 2019

Speak Your Mind – ISYY’s Smiles and Complaints Week on 11.–15. Mar 2019

This spring’s Smiles and Complaints Week takes place on 11.–15.3.2019. During the Smiles and Complaints Week, you can send feedback via the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland to ISYY, the University, FSHS (Finnish Student Health Service), Amica or any other party involved in students’ life. You can give us feedback by post-it notes at ISYY feedback desks, by speaking your mind at the stands or by filling in our electronic feedback form.

What deserves a smile? What’s wrong? What gives you grey hair? Tell us, and we’ll take your feedback forward! The feedback is given anonymously.

You can give us feedback by filling in the online form (during week 11). The form will open on 11.3.2019 at 9 am and close on Sun 17.3.2019 at 23.59 pm.

Electronic feedback form:

Google Forms: Smiles and Complaints Week’s feedback form.


Smiles and Complaints Week in Joensuu

You’re welcome to give us your feedback at the Smiles and Complaints Week’s feedback desk at Carelia entrance hall on 12.3.2019 at 10–14.

You can also give your feedback by post-it notes during the week (11.–15.3.2019) at Agora, Borealis, Carelia, Educa, Futura, Metria and Natura halls.


Smiles and Complaints Week in Kuopio

You’re welcome to give us your feedback at Smiles and Complaints Week’s feedback desk at Snellmania entrance hall on 12.3.2019 at 10–14.

You can also give your feedback by post-it notes during the week (11.–15.3.2019) at Snellmania and Canthia entrance halls.

More Information:

Susanna Remes, Executive Board member in charge of Social Politics, Development Cooperation, Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland,<>, tel. +358 (0) 44 576 8403

Saara Tenhovuori, Executive Board member in charge of Academic Affairs,

Welcome to ISYY’s 9th Annual Jubilee on 16 March 2019 in Kuopio!

Welcome to celebrate the 9th Annual Jubilee of the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY)! The Annual Jubilee is held on Saturday 16 March 2019 in Sokos Hotel Puijonsarvi in Kuopio.


The greeting reception starts at 4:30 pm on Saturday 16 March at VB Photographic Centre (Kuninkaankatu 14–16). Please reserve your greeting turn when registering.

After the event, we will proceed to Original Sokos Hotel Puijonsarvi’s banquet room Puikkari (Minna Canthin katu 16), where the Jubilee Dinner starts at 6 pm.

After the festivities proper, we will proceed to the after-party in the restaurant Apteekkari at 11 pm (Vuorikatu 24).

Dinner Cards and the Menu

The price of the dinner card is 80 euros for ISYY members and 100 euros for other guests. You may choose between Menu Canth (includes meat) and Menu Topelius (vegan).

Menu Canth:

  • Salted and sugared salmon, coriander mayonnaise and salmon roe (L,G)
  • Smoked pork neck, bolete and oats risotto and tarragon sauce (L)
  • Blueberry sorbet, meadowsweet-almond cake and cottage cheese mousse (L,G)

Menu Topelius:

  • Roasted beetroot, lemon mayonnaise and hazelnuts
  • Gratin with pulled oats, seasonal green salad
  • Mango-passion sorbet, raspberry sauce

Dress Code

The dress code for the Annual Jubilee is a full evening dress or a dark suit with academic decorations.

Herring Breakfast

On Sunday 17 March we will gather for a Herring Breakfast at 12 o’clock noon at the Tiukanlinna facilities (Yliopistonranta 1 J). The price of the Herring Breakfast is 20 euros.

Transportation to the Herring Breakfast departs in front of Original Sokos Hotel Puijonsarvi at 11:30 am where we will proceed to pick up passengers behind Kuopio City Hall at 11:45 am. Please be on time!

Accommodation and Transportation

Annual Jubilee guests have the option to rent hotel rooms at Original Sokos Hotel Puijonsarvi. Twenty standard rooms have been reserved for the guests.

Prices: 100 €/ single room, 120 €/ double room. Special priced rooms can be reserved with the reservation code BISYY until 28 February 2019.

For the Annual Jubilee, free bus transport is available from Joensuu to Kuopio and back. The bus departs from Joensuu at 2:30 pm in front of the Carelia building and leaves from Kuopio at 1:30 am.

Registration and Payment Instructions

Register for the Annual Jubilee, the Herring Breakfast and the bus transport from Joensuu to Kuopio and back with the registration form. Please register only one person at a time.

Invited guests should confirm their seats by registering no later than 1 March. Registration is binding and we will send a confirmation message to the guests with seats.

Register for the Annual Jubilee at:

Google Forms: ISYY’s Annual Jubilee registration form

Make the payment by bank transfer to ISYY’s account:

  • Account number: FI59 5770 0520 2461 55
  • Payee: the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland
  • Please write the following on the message field when making the payment: ISYY9v / names of the participants / the organization you represent / information on things included in the payment besides the dinner card, e.g. Herring Breakfast

Welcome to celebrate with us!

Read More:

Facebook: ISYY’s Annual Jubilee Original Sokos Hotel Puijonsarvi

Further Information:

Heli Komulainen, ISYY’s Annual Jubilee Toastmaster, the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland, vuosijuhlat [at]

Aleksi Kinnunen, the Executive Board Vice Chair, the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland, tel. +358 44 576 8404, kampuspj.kuopio [at]