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THE STUDENT UNION OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TURKU
Newsletter 48/2020

Aliisa Wahlsten elected as Chair of the TYY Executive Board for 2021

Aliisa Wahlsten (Hybridiaani) was elected as Chair of the TYY Executive Board. The following people were elected to Executive Board: Samuli Tähtinen (TSE), Suvituuli Lundmark (Viva), Maria Nieminen (Hybridiaani), Jenna Rautionaho (TSE), Anna Ryzhova (TSE), Sofia Saarinen (Soihdunkantajat). Saana Ylikruuvi (Vihreä lista) was elected as Chair and Noel Niskanen (Soihdunkantajat) as Vice-Chair of the Student Union Council for 2021.

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International Sector goes live

On 30 November at 15:30-16:30, our International Sector (Kristaps + Satu) is going live to hear how you are doing. We will also give information about current affairs at the Student Union. How is life in Finland and is there anything we could help you with? Grab a cup of coffee and join our live session to get answers to these and many other questions. Join our live session with or without a video and with or without a microphone. Chat is an option, too and we can answer your questions live!

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TYY and organisations plead: "The decision about how teaching is organised in spring does not mean a whole spring of remote teaching"

The spring teaching arrangements were outlined in late October. Many members of the university community understood that the spring semester is mainly studied remotely. The Student Union and organisations cannot interpret the decision so narrowly. The decision of the University's leadership is more detailed and guiding than the guidelines used in the autumn. In our opinion, for the decision to be implemented, Faculties, Departments and teaching staff mustn't translate it more restrictively than its wording.

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TYY is looking for Wing members for spring 2021 and calendar year 2021

Wings are a part of the Student Union and their goal is to make the Student Union a better place for everyone. In the Wings, you have the freedom to create new free time activities for students and to take care of students’ interests. The Wings are based on four different themes: development cooperation, environment, equality, and internationality. The application period starts on 30 October and ends on 30 November at 23.59.

 

An insight into the satisfaction survey responses for international students 2020

In order to better understand the experiences of new international students after reaching Finland in autumn 2020, we conducted a survey. Emphasis was put on TYY’s presence in different events, social media, and its organisations. Altogether 50 answers were received from all three University campuses.
 
TYY Executive board member Kristaps Kovaļonoks opens the results of the Survey in TYY's blog: "The coronavirus pandemic has changed life as we used to know it and restricted movement such that studying abroad has become a greater challenge than ever before. Despite the difficult circumstances, it is encouraging to see that international student enrolment continues at UTU. While students choose Finland for numerous reasons, a clear trend indicates that students believe Finland’s higher education system to be the finest."

TYY seeks student representatives

Read the Search Announcements below and apply. Application period ends on Monday, 30 November. 

► Search Announcement: Advisory Boards of the University Library

► Search Announcement: the Board of Appeals of the University of Turku

Search Announcement: Members for the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Science

Winners of awards from TYY98 Online virtual gala

Last Saturday in TYY98 Online virtual gala TYY awarded deserving organisations and members in six different categories. The winners and categories are listed below. Congratulations to the winners!

  • TYY International Award: Opekas ry
  • The most innovative organisation of the year: University of Turku Choir
  • Super Tutor: Alex Mischin
  • Volunteer of the Year: Annika Lind
  • Newcomer of the year: Hanna Alaraatikka
  • TYY's Golden Wing: Visa Kuntze

TYY98 Online annual celebration can be viewed in its entirety on TYY's Youtube channel.

Exchange students: what to do before going home?

Dear Exchange Students, Time has passed quickly and it is soon time to say good-bye. We would like to remind you of some important matters to take care of before you leave. 

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Remember to sign up for language and communication courses!

Registration is usually in Nettiopsu. Check the course enrollment time and method in the study guide. 

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Updated corona guidelines for students and TYY's Organisations

These guidelines specify TYY's event instructions for organisations and students, made during the autumn as there may be a need to temporarily restrict events more, and on the other hand, events can be organised more freely in between. TYY is in constant contact with the authorities and we inform students and organisations about what guidelines will be followed. In addition to these guidelines, we provide guidelines for students to participate in the events and for organisations information package on training the participants.

We have categorised different situations with color codes. Currently, the yellow time guidelines will be followed.

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Read also:
► Health Officials Urge Student Organisations to Restrict the Organisation of Events

► Exposures to Coronavirus Investigated in University Community

University news:

► Leverage top-notch mentors and networks to increase the commercial value of your ideas. Apply for SPARK now!

► Career Services introduces a new JobTeaser-portal for open vacancies

► 3MT Competition for Doctoral Candidates to be Organised Again

► Boost Turku is looking for 2 interns!

► Seven Applicants for the Dean's Position at the Faculty of Technology

► See all events from TYY's events calendar

When attending to an event remember the hygiene instructions and safe distances. Wear a facemask if needed. Never attend to an event if you are sick.

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