What ISYY

History

The Universities of Joensuu and Kuopio merged together in 2010 to form the University of Eastern Finland (UEF). During the process, the Student Union of the University of Joensuu (JOYY) and the Student Union of the University of Kuopio (KYY) merged together and became known as the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY).  

2009

  • Joensuu University Student Union (JOYY) and Kuopio University Student Union (KYY) launch Uljas, the student magazine of Eastern Finland. The first edition of the magazine is published on the 18th of February. Veera Järvenpää is appointed as the Chief Editor of Uljas.
  • 39 members are elected to formulate the Representative Council, which is the highest decision-making body of the Student Union.
  • Mikko Taina is appointed as the Chairperson of the Representative Council.
  • Perttu Koistinen takes on the role of the Chairperson of the Executive Board.
  • The logo of the new Student Union is launched in Kuopio on the 22nd of April. The triangle in the logo represents the locations of the three campuses that existed at the time. When placed on a map, the tips of the triangle point towards Kuopio, Joensuu and Savonlinna. The lyre at the centre of the triangle symbolises the history of the universities. The logo was designed by graphic designer Anssi Kuronen.

2010

  • The Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY) officially begins its operations on the 1st of January. ISYY operates on three campuses: Joensuu, Kuopio and Savonlinna.
  • Janne Mertanen is appointed as the first Secretary General of ISYY.
  • The Representative Council decides for ISYY to join the National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL).
  • Jarkko Kumpulainen is appointed as the Chief Editor of Uljas.
  • Sara Remes is appointed as the Chairperson of the Representative Council.
  • Maria Röykkä takes on the role of the Chairperson of the Executive Board.

2011

  • An anniversary party is organised to celebrate the first year of ISYY. From then on, the anniversary parties are held every other year.
  • ISYY’s second Representative Council Elections are held in the autumn.
  • Sara Remes is appointed as the Chairperson of the Representative Council.
  • Jukka Mähönen takes on the role of the Chairperson of the Executive Board.

2012

  • ISYY launches a new website in August.
  • Jori Voissalo is appointed as the Chairperson of the Representative Council.
  • Mikko Puhakka takes on the role of the Chairperson of the Executive Board.

2013

  • ISYY’s third birthday is celebrated with an anniversary party in Kuopio.
  • ISYY’s third Representative Council Elections are held in the autumn.
  • Jori Voissalo is appointed as the Chairperson of the Representative Council.
  • Marjo Turunen takes on the role of the Chairperson of the Executive Board.

2014

  • SYKETTÄ Sports Services are launched in Kuopio, and a year later in Joensuu.
  • Anna-Kristiina Mikkonen is appointed as the new Secretary General of ISYY.
  • Noora Kettunen is appointed as the Chairperson of the Representative Council.
  • Paula Martikainen takes on the role of the Chairperson of the Executive Board.
  • Paula Martikainen is elected to represent ISYY at the National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL) Board.

2015

  • ISYY’s fifth year is celebrated with an anniversary party in Joensuu.
  • ISYY’s fourth Representative Council Elections are held in the autumn.
  • Noora Kettunen continues as the Chairperson of the Representative Council.
  • Noora Kettunen is appointed as the Chairperson of the Representative Council.

2016

  • Pyry Mattila is appointed as the Chairperson of the Representative Council.
  • Juho Ikonen takes on the role of the Chairperson of the Executive Board.
  • The University of Eastern Finland (UEF) takes the decision to centralise its teacher education in Joensuu and close down the campus in Savonlinna.

2017

  • ISYY’s seventh year is celebrated with an Anniversary Party in Savonlinna.
  • ISYY’s fifth Representative Council Elections are held in the autumn: more members than ever before turn up to vote and the voting target of 30% is surpassed.
  • As a result of the long-running interest advocacy campaign by ISYY, UEF agrees to hire a second Study Psychologist, when previously there only was one.
  • Pyry Mattila is appointed as the Chairperson of the Representative Council.
  • Tahvo Kekkonen takes on the role of the Chairperson of the Executive Board.

2018

  • The teacher education unit of Savonlinna is relocated to Joensuu in its entirety. The ISYY office at the Savonlinna campus closes its doors for good.  
  • Jussi Turunen is appointed as the Chief Editor of Uljas.
  • The Representative Council takes the decision to discontinue publishing the student magazine, Uljas. Hence, this is the end of a 40-year-long story of student newspapers in Eastern Finland.
  • Jonni Nykänen is appointed as the Chairperson of the Representative Council.
  • Juuso Sikiö takes on the role of the Chairperson of the Executive Board.

2019

  • ISYY's 9th year is celebrated with an Annual Jubilee in Kuopio.
  • The Chair of the Representative Council is Jonni Nykänen.
  • The Chair of the Executive Board is Susanna haverinen (from January to March) and Aleksi Kinnunen (from April to December).
  • Sanna Heinonen is appointed as the new Secretary General of ISYY.
  • 6th Representative Council Elections are held. The voting acitivity is 27,5 percent.

2020

  • ISYY celebrates it's 10th year with an Annual Jubilee in Kuopio. 
  • The Chair of the Representative Council is Olli Auvinen. 
  • The Chair of the Executive Board is Aino Peltonen. 

Read More:

Isyy.fi: The history of the Student Union of the University of Joensuu and the Student Union of the University of Kuopio