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THE STUDENT UNION OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TURKU
Newsletter 13/2021


In this newsletter: 

  • Suggest the best teacher and the best course of the year 2021
  • Blog: Pandemic without borders, supporting each other instead of stigmatising
  • Ask about the studies – Vice Rector responds
  • Survey for international students in international degree programmes: Tuition fees and studying in Finland
  • TYY's services, safety instructions and support for students in a tightened corona situation
  • Red Light Stage of the Traffic Light Model for Coronavirus Situation in Force at University
  • WEBINAR: Self-compassion - a cornerstone of resilience and well-being
  • Career Services’ chat will open in April
  • Supplementary Exchange Application period for the academic year 2021-2022
  • Take away lunches for students from Unica Restaurants!
  • CampusSport’s online pass for the rest of the season available
  • University news

Suggest the best teacher and the best course of the year 2021

Good teaching and counselling are core tasks of the University. We are looking for candidates of highly qualified teaching and well-operating courses of 2020-2021. The proposals coming from students and colleagues are a great way to show appreciation for the proposed candidates. Suggestions for Teacher of the Year and the Course of the Year should be sent by filling in the online form by 31st May 2020 23.59.

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Pandemic without borders, supporting each other instead of stigmatising

International students are considered to be an important resource that could alleviate the lack of experts that exists in some industries and regions. When media depict a certain group of people, for example, international students in a discriminatory manner, it causes debates in society. As a consequence, negative associations, even unintentionally, will be created among society about this group of people. These associations affect the image and threaten the internationalisation in Finland as the environment becomes less welcoming and people in Finland less open-minded. Such media posts have a long-term effect even if they are not aiming to offend anyone. Most of the students are following the rules but it is important that everyone takes responsibility.

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Ask about the studies – Vice Rector responds

Do you have a question about distance learning, summer jobs or graduation in exceptional circumstances? Piia Björn, Vice Rector for Education at the University of Turku, answers students' questions in the Instagram live shows of TYY and the University. Join us to ask questions and hear current issues about studying.

You can follow Instagram live shows on both channels: the University of Turku (@uniturku) and TYY (@studentuniontyy) on Wednesday 7 April at 15.15.

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Survey for international students in international degree programmes: Tuition fees and studying in Finland

This survey is meant for international degree students enrolled in international Bachelor’s and Master's degree programmes. If you are an international student studying your whole degree in Finland, this is your chance to share your experiences and give feedback.

The purpose is to collect information on students’ experiences of tuition fees, their studies in Finland and the services provided. You can take part in the survey even if you are not a fee-paying student. Please answer the questionnaire by 30 April 2021. Answering will take about 15 minutes. You can also pause and save your answers if you are not able to finish during one session.

Go to survey: https://link.webropolsurveys.com/S/DC8F31F5F91C1FEA

Thank you for your participation!

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TYY's services, safety instructions and support for students in a tightened corona situation

Due to the corona situation, the central location and facilities of the University of Turku's Turku campus have been closed to students for a limited period until 5 April.The decision does not apply to the campuses of the University of Turku in Pori and Rauma. TYY published a info for students about guidelines and support.
 
 

Red Light Stage of the Traffic Light Model for Coronavirus Situation in Force at University

The red light stage of the traffic light model is in force on all the University’s campuses. The traffic light model for the coronavirus situation defines the level of safety measures at the University of Turku.

In accordance with the red light stage of the traffic light model, work and studies are conducted mainly remotely. Face masks must be used in all the University’s facilities. The minimum safe distance to other people is 2 metres.

Contact teaching on the Turku campus has been suspended and facilities closed to the students during 19 March–5 April. The coronavirus management team of the University of Turku decided on 31 March that the tighter restrictions will no longer be continued starting from 6 April. Tighter restrictions can be reintroduced if the coronavirus situation deteriorates.

On the red light stage of the traffic light model, the maximum number of participants is 10 people in small group teaching, which ensures the continuation of the contact teaching that is not possible to teach at distance. The use of exam rooms continues according to the instructions and group work spaces are in limited use. The opening hours and services of Turku University Library are available on the Library's website.

> University’s traffic light model for coronavirus situation
> University’s instructions on coronavirus and more information about the services

Please send any further inquiries and questions primarily by email to koronainfo@utu.fi.

WEBINAR: Self-compassion - a cornerstone of resilience and well-being

Study in Turku organizes a webinar on Monday 19th of April at 14.15 for the internationals students studying in universities and universities of applied sciences in Turku. The event is held on Zoom and is in English. Our speaker in the webinar is an occupational health psychologist Ronnie Grandell who has specialized in the areas of self-compassion and compassionate therapy. Event is a free of charge.

Register to participate through this link https://bit.ly/3qYa4tU to get a Zoom-link just before the event. You can also find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StudyinTurku/

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Career Services’ chat will open in April

Career Services will launch a new chat service in April. Career Services’ chat offers low threshold help if you have questions related to career planning, job search or internships, for example. Career counsellors will answer your questions. The chat opens on April 12th and serves on weekdays at 13–14 on Career Services’ website utu.fi/rekry. You can participate in the chat with your first name or anonymously with a nickname. The chat opens at the bottom of the page. Outside opening hours, you can leave your question to Career Services via the contact form. Contact requests will be answered by email.

Welcome to ask questions in Career Services’ chat!

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Supplementary Exchange Application period for the academic year 2021-2022

There are still exchange study opportunities for academic year 2021-2022 and those can be applied for in the supplementary application period of 1.-15.4.2021. Exchange places available in this application period can be found from SoleMOVE choosing the correct application period. (Exchange destinations abroad and feedback >Advanced search > Application period > Supplementary Application Period 1 21-22 01.4.2021-15.04.2021).

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Take away lunches for students from Unica Restaurants!

You can now buy Take Away food  from Unica Restaurants Assarin ullakko, Delica and Kaara. You can buy two meals at a time for your self and also two meals for your friend. You need to have a valid student card and a picture of your friends student card. Remember not to go to pick up food if you are sick.

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CampusSport’s online pass for the rest of the season available

An online pass that is valid for the rest of the season (29 Mar–29 Apr 2021) is available in CampusSport’s online store. With the pass you get to watch the online classes that are streamed to a closed Facebook group. Most of the classes are live classes but some of them are also available as recordings. Those who have bought the online pass for the rest of the season, or paid the sports fee for the academic year 2020-2021 or the spring 2021, get to watch the recordings until 30 June.

More information: https://www.campussport.fi/en/online-pass-for-the-rest-of-the-season-available-29-mar/

University news:

► Exceptions in the Library Opening Hours at Easter

► Apply to Zurich Enterprise Challenge 2021 and work with world's biggest multinational companies!

► 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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