The BRIDGES project

The University of Eastern Finland has received a special grant from the Ministry of Education and Culture for the years 2021-2022 to promote the well-being of students and prevent exclusion. With the special grant, the University of Eastern Finland is implementing the BRIDGES project to increase well-being and communality. The project has several subcontractors, one of which is ISYY.

The aim of the project is to reduce the experience of loneliness and to prevent exclusion through activities that increase students' community and well-being.

The main goals of the project are:

  1. Maintaining students' ability to study
  2. Improving student resilience and well-being
  3. Increasing students’ communality and decreasing experiences of loneliness

To achieve these goals, ISYY offers students:

  • activities and events to get to know fellow students
  • support for finding hobby friends through Hobby Buddy service
  • peer support for studying e.g. study circles
  • a material bank to support subject organizations, peer tutors and ISYY Clubs in developing and organizing events
  • help to find information on the maintenance of well-being and studying, and also the right party for various problem situations in matters related to studying or one's own health.

You can also find current information about the project's events and activities at and also at ISYY's social media channels. The pages are constantly updated, so stay tuned for more information!

The actions initiated in the project are intended to be rooted in the activities of the University and the Student Union also after the end of the project. We are constantly developing our operations and students' wishes for actions that support well-being are more than welcome.

More information

Riina Pääkkönen, The Co-ordinator for the Bridges-Project, The Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY),, tel. +358 44 491 6529

Sanna Heinonen, The Secretary General, The Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY),, tel. +358 44 576 8417