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ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Kuopio Week 37/2021

Tue 14 Sep 2021 03:24:45 PM EEST

ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Kuopio Week 37/2021


ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Kuopio Week 37/2021


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If you're wondering why the Weekly Feed wasn't published last week, it's because I caught the flu and was on a sick leave, but this week we are back on track!

You can see our office in green in the picture on the right. In addition to the SYKETTÄ stickers, you can get the term sticker for your plastic student card, ESNcard as well as a free student calendar from our office! Our office is also called Lukema so if someone says to go to Lukema that means our office in the white Studentia building (entrance C).

If you'd like something to do this week, attend ESN KISA's General Meeting and Hangout on 16.9. at 5 pm in SN200 (Snellmania building)!

Have a nice week!

Kind regards,






What is Weekly Feed?

You are reading Weekly Feed, the English language newsletter of the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY). You are receiving this letter on your email because you are a member of ISYY and are studying at Kuopio campus or because you have joined the mailing list yourself. 

Weekly Feed provides you with current information on matters related to the Student Union, UEF or other organisations close to students, such as FSHS. In addition, the newsletter provides you with information on events taking place at campus or the campus city. More info and how to unsubribe if you do not wish to receive Weekly Feed at the bottom of this newsletter, you can also unsubcsribe HERE.


ISYY's Language Cafés are coming!

Do you want to learn new languages or brush up your old skills and meet new people? We have the perfect opportunity for you!

In a Language Café, your peers and friends are your teachers and at the same time, they can be your students. When participating in the Language Café activities, you can also earn ECTS credits by either attending or organising a Language Café (UEF students only) and by submitting a few small assignments to Moodle.


Join the Language Café info session on Monday 20.9 at 4 pm on Google Meet to find out more! You can find the link for the meeting from the Facebook event. If you are interested in teaching a Language Café, fill in the Google Forms and let us know which languages you would be interested in teaching! You can sign up in Google Forms until Thursday 23rd of September 12 pm (noon).

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International Coffee Break Quiz Night is here! 

The autumn semester is well underway and International Coffee Break has returned from summer holiday - now as a Quiz Night -edition! The first International Coffee Break Quiz Night of the semester is held on Wednesday 22 September at 5 pm on ISYY’s Discord channel! We’ll start with the Kahoot quiz, but there will be time for casual chatting and getting to know each other too.

Take a break from your studies, grab a cuppa and join us to get to know new people from both campuses. All are welcome!

Join the ISYY channel HERE!

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Join ISYY’s Telegram Chat Group!

If you do not want or cannot to use ISYY’s Discord channel, no worries, we have an answer: Telegram chat group! The chat group and the Discord channel are linked together so messages sent to Telegram group are also seen in the Discord channel and vice versa. You can join the chat using this link.

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Application period for halloped positions is 13.-27.9.2021

Hallopeds, or Student Representatives in administration, work in different organs of the University as decision-makers and look after student interests. However, students are not always familiar with their work. That’s why ISYY will publish halloped stories on our social media channels during the next two weeks. The stories will paint a picture of the important work of the Student Representatives and how they have taken part in the University’s decision-making.

The application period for halloped positions is 13.–27.9.2021, so you can already familiarise yourself with the open positions!

The call for applications and more info on the halloped positions can be found on ISYY’s website.

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Remember to enroll for the academic year 2021–2022 and pay the Student Union membership fee no later than September 15th 2021

When you register in WebOodi or Oili, all Degree students also pay the Student Union membership fee, which gives you access to ISYY's own services.

Remember also to pay the FSHS fee to Kela. Degree students can use the services provided by FSHS as usual after paying Kela.

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Now it is time to give feedback about City Orienteering!

Thank you all for participating in the City Orienteering 2021! Now it's time to give a feedback, so we can improve the event for the future. Responding is anonymous, but by leaving your contact information you'll participate in a raffle where five lucky ones will win for themselves an UEF-bag! The questionnaire closes on 17.9.2021 at 12.00 pm.

  Link to the form  

Get your free student calendar!

New Student Calendars have arrived to our offices! As a member of ISYY you can come to get your own calendar for free. From this calendar, you will find a lot of useful information about ISYY and UEF's services.


New Service - Book Exchange Shelf!

ISYY offices have a new book exchange shelf! You can bring some of your old books you do not need anymore to the book shelf or take a new book with you to enjoy in the evening. Literature in all languages is welcome!

The first 50 students on each campus who bring a book to the shelf will get a limited edition overall badge that is designed just for the book exchange. You will not get this badge from anywhere else!

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Tour de Itä-Suomi

Tour de Itä-Suomi is a cycling event in Joensuu and Kuopio, which is held for the first time this autumn.

Tour de Itä-Suomi is NOT a competition. Speed is not that important, finishing the route at your own pace is! We will offer you 3 different distances to choose from: 20km, 40km and over 75km. The routes are fairly easy, and consists of paved roads. Shorter routes follow mainly bicycle or bicycle and pedestrian routes.

Tour de Itä-Suomi is arranged at Kuopio on Saturday 18.9. and at Joensuu on Sunday 19.9.

Registration for the event

Participation to Tour de Itä-Suomi is free for students and staff members of the University of the Eastern Finland (UEF). Registration is open 25.8.-15.9. at Kide.app.

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Apply for International Grant for Your Student Organisation!

This autumn, ISYY is giving out grants for student associations, campus organisations and clubs for international activities! The grant is for the promotion of events and projects that further internationalisation.

Two best applications will receive a grant of 500€ and three more a grant of 250€ each. Application period is open from August 24th to September 21st. Applications must be left online via the application form. Remember to send your attachments via email too! Read more from the link below.

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The Representative Council of ISYY will hold its first meeting of Autumn 2021 on Thursday 16.9. at 5 pm

In the meeting, the Representative Council will discuss, for example, the Student Union rules and the delegation for the SYL General Assembly 2021.

You can follow the meeting via a live stream HERE.

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How to become a candidate in ISYY’s Representative Council Elections?

Nominating yourself as a candidate in the upcoming Representative Council Elections is quick and easy by using the electronic elections system or paper form!

  1. The deadline for becoming a candidate is the 29th of September at 3 pm. This can be done electronically or with a paper form.
  2. Choose a candidate list you want to nominate yourself from the Electronic election system. If you cannot find a list that fits you, you can establish your own list. Here are instructions on how to establish your own candidate list.
  3. Fill in the Candidate’s approval and assurance in the Electronic election system. Alternatively, you can print or pick up a paper form from ISYY offices and fill in that. The form is returned to the ISYY office.
  4. After you have received a confirmation from the Representative of the candidate list via email, you are a candidate in the ISYY Representative Council Elections.

If the Representative Council isn’t familiar for you, you can read more about it and its work from HERE.

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Attend the Representative Council Election info on 21.9. at 5 pm!

What Representative Council? What are Representative Council Elections? Who are chosen to be in the Representative Council? Who can be nominated in the Representative Council Elections? How can I establish my own list of candidates?

ISYY Representative Council Elections are happening on 3.11. But what are they and why should they interest students? You can have answers to these questions during ISYY Representative Council info, which is organized remotely, on the 21st of September at 5 pm. ISYY’s central elections committee members and specialists are present at the info to give answers to questions you have on your mind. You can join the info via this link.

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Candidate Lists’ Campaigning Days

All candidate lists of the Representative Council Elections have a chance to present themselves and do campaigning on both campuses during certain dates. The lists of candidates are asked to sign up for the campaigning days via Google Forms beforehand. The facilities for campaigning during the nomination of candidates are from 10 am till 2 pm the lobbies of Canthia and Snellmania in Kuopio as well as Carelia and Futura in Joensuu. Check out the dates from ISYY’s website and sign up!

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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.

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The Bridges breakfasts are starting on 22th of September!

The BRIDGES breakfasts are relaxed and communal hangouts that all students of the University of Eastern Finland are welcome to attend. The Breakfast moments are held six times during the fall on both campuses from 22 th of September forward. Events are registered in advance. Read more about the event and register in our website

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The Hobby Buddy service starts today on 14th of September!

The Hobby Buddy is intended for all students of the University of Eastern Finland who want to make new friends through common hobbies and interests. It can be a matter of continuing an old hobby or starting a new one. By filling the Hobby Buddy application, we are looking for a suitable buddy for you. You can also tell how many buddies you are looking for.

Read more about our websites and fill the application today.

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Student, do you want to write about something important to you on the ISYY’s blog?

ISYY's blog writes about current issues related to studying and students' well-being, survival stories and experiences of success. The aim of the blog is for authors to get to say their own point, take a stand and spark a discussion. The authors are students, ISYY's staff and various experts. We also publish anonymous posts on request.

Student, do you want to write about something important to you on the ISYY’s blog? Read the instructions on our website and send the finished text via the form.

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Remember that now you need to have a valid SYKETTÄ sticker in order to use SYKETTÄ services!

You can buy your SYKETTÄ sticker from the webstore or one of the selling points. Prepare to show your SYKETTÄ sticker if needed. Visit SYKETTÄ webpage to read more information about the prices and selling points.

Here is a tip for you; Usually all the group classes seem to be full up. Please, look at 2 or 3 hours before  if there is  any cancellations.

Instructions for safe excercising

Remember to follow the safety and hygiene guidelines when you participate in the SYKETTÄ activities. You can find the guidelines HERE

More tips and information on





Campus Orienteering

Campus Orienteering is for all UEF students who wish to get to know campus services better. It contains control points where are brief descriptions of the services and voluntary tasks. You can do the orienteering in a group or on your own. For further information, visit Moodle. The orienteering is available in Finnish and English on both campuses until 30 September.



Student2Student – support and guidance, from students to students

The peer counsellors are soon-to-graduate students from our university, who have been trained for the job. They are there to support you when for example:

  • something is bothering you and you want to talk to someone
  • it feels hard to get a grip on your studies
  • remote studying is becoming exhausting
  • you don’t know who to ask advice from

Peer counsellors are there to listen to you and help you find the kind of support that is best tailored for your situation. Conversations with the peer counsellors are free of charge and confidential. You can call us during our opening hours or leave a callback request at any time, and we will call you back during our opening hours. Call us from Tuesday to Thursday between 2pm and 5pm on (+358) 0294458580.

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Complete a survey about student commuting between your home and the university and you can win a small prize!

The survey will help us estimate the climate impacts of student commuting. The results can also be used in improving commuting conditions and sustainability reporting. Filling out the survey is easy and will take only a few minutes. You can access the survey by clicking the link below. Please answer by 6.10.2021.



Test your business idea with Draft funding – Apply by 27th of September! 

Do you have a business idea? Would you like to test its feasibility? In Draft Program, you can do it easily without risk and can get financial support up to 4 000 € with Draft program experts at your service! 

Build your own team (min. 2 persons) of students, staff and/or alumni of UEF, Savonia UAS or Savo Vocational College and apply for the program by September 27, 2021.

The program will be carried out online. More info & application instructions from the link below.

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Degree student - remember to pay the FSHS fee

Starting in January 2021, students in universities of applied sciences and universities who are entitled to use the services of the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS, Finnish abbreviation YTHS) must pay a healthcare fee to Kela. No bill will be sent on the healthcare fee, and thus you have to pay the fee on your own initiative.

The due dates are determined based on the date on which you have registered as attending. There are four possible due dates in each calendar year. For the autumn term, the due date is 30 September provided you have registered as attending by then. If the fee is paid after the due date, Kela will charge a fixed late-payment charge of EUR 5.

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Come and enjoy Kuopio Symphony Orchestra’s concerts safely at the Kuopio Music Centre!

Unwind after a stressful day listening to timeless music and get to know our orchestra’s musicians who represent 12 different nationalities.

Tickets only 4 euros for students for the following concerts:
16.9. Virtuoso Brautigam
30.9. David Grimal
7.10. Three in C
14.10. Jukka Eskola
28.10. Temperaments and Folk Sounds
11.11. New interpretations
2.12. Hidden treasure


Discounts and benefit concerts for the rest of the autumn season will be informed at the end of September.

More information: The discount ticket should be purchased at the Kuopio Music Centre Ticket sales on the day of the concert (open Mon-Fri 3-5 pm or until the beginning of the performance and on weekend 1 hour before the performance, open hours valid for the time being). The discount price is only valid if there are still tickets left. To access the discount price a valid student card chould be presented when purchasing the ticket.

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The new student data system Peppi will be deployed at UEF in three stages in October and November 2021 which also means saying goodbye to WebOodi. Peppi is an information system wherein different features are organized into virtual desktops based on user roles. Peppi comprises education planning, facility and resource reservations, and the student and study register.



On the student's desktop, you can plan your studies, view your timetable, track your progress, schedule appointments, register for studies, obtain a certificate of student status and a transcript of records, apply for courses completed at another institution to be registered at UEF (recognition of prior learning), and view and edit your own contact information.

Info sessions, user training and question times!

You can find more information on the deployment and learn how to use Peppi by taking part in the info sessions and user training sessions for students. Welcome! Check out Peppi Yammer Group as well for more information.

The Peppi Road Show takes over different campus buildings during the week of the deployment (week 48). Come along and ask about Peppi and try your luck spinning the wheel of Peppi.

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Library will stop receiving cash payments from 1 August 2021

In the Joensuu and Kuopio campus libraries, you can only pay with payment cards in the future. The online payment option remains the same: through UEF Primo, you can pay reservation and overdue fees.

The KUH Medical Library cashier will be abolished.

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Library is now in the Tuudo mobile app!

The library has started using the Tuudo mobile app — you do the same! In Tuudo, you get a digital library card (no more plastic cards!) and you can renew your loans, see your reservations and check the opening hours of the libraries. You will also receive library notifications via Tuudo. Watch a video to find out how you can start using Tuudo.

If you have any questions about Tuudo's library features, please contact library(at)uef.fi.

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Library opening hours from the 1st of September 2021

Kuopio Campus Library

  • Mon–Fri 8am–6pm (Customer service 9am–6pm)
  • Sat 10am–2pm
  • 24/7 Working spaces open later of autumn, at the earliest 1st October

KUH Medical Library

  • Mon 12 noon–5pm
  • Tue–Thu 10am–3pm
  • Fri Closed         

For more information: library(at)uef.fi



Nyyti ry - supporting students’ mental health

Nyyti’s Chat is a place for sharing ideas and experiences. Group chat is about different topics that affect the student’s everyday life.

Nyyti’s group chat is meant for all students. You don’t have to register or sign up to the chat. Conversation will be held via usernames. The chats are focused on one specific topic.The chats are also attended by employees and volunteers of Nyyti and occasionally by experts from different fields.

  • 28.9. from 6 to 8 p.m: Time management in studies
  • 26.10. from 6 to 8 p.m: Self-criticism and sense of insuffiency
  • 23.11. from 6 to 8 p.m: I’m different – can I belong in my community?
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Follow the City of Kuopio on social media

Follow your campus city on Instagram @kuopionkaupunki to find out about current news, events and other information about the city.

NB! You can also follow the hashtag #kpoweek for more exclusive information about the city of Kuopio in English.

Check out also the Facebook page Kuopio International where the city publishes news about Kuopio in English: events, services and all sorts of current issues!




Kuopion walk-in covid vaccination continues

  • When? On Friday, September 17th from 08:00 to 15:00
  • Where? In Kuopio Hall
  • What? 1. and 2. (the booster vaccine) vaccinations , Moderna vaccine.
  • To whom? To all citizens of Kuopio over the age of 12 and to students, who study in Kuopio (bring the study certificate with you).

Appointments for the booster doses for persons, who take the first vaccine, will be given for Friday, October 29th.

City of Kuopio reminds you, that queues are possible during the walk-in vaccination. Please use a face mask and keep a safe distance.

If you come to take the booster dose (2.vaccination), please note, that it is given at least 6 weeks after the first vaccination. If you have got the first vaccination somewhere else, not in Kuopio City, remember to cancel the appointment for the booster dose from another vaccination place.


Read the latest information related to COVID-19 on the website of the Finnish institute of health and welfare. Also, check out ISYY's post about corona and Kuopio City's website.


  • The regional coronavirus steering group recommends to wear a mask actively, particularly indoors when distancing recommendations cannot be effectively observed. Examples of such situations are all public transport as well as public interior premises and public events. Masks are also strongly recommended for schools and other learning institutions.
  • If you have any flu symptoms and suspect that you might have been infected with Covid-19, here is what you can do: 
    • You should take Omaolo symptom assessment online. (Available in Finnish and English.)
    • If you think you have coronavirus, you can call Kuopio City Corona Help Line and book an appointment for a test: +358 44 704 6700. The line may be very busy at the moment because of the number of cases and exposures, but please wait patiently or call them again. The help line is open weekdays Mon-Thu from 8am to 3pm, Friday from 8am to 2pm and on weekend Fri-Sun from 8am to 12 noon.
    • You can also call the Medical Helpline 116117, which is open 24/7. Your situation will be assessed over the phone and you will get instructions.
    • Check the symptoms for coronavirus here.
  • You can check the latest places where coronavirus exposure is possible from the Kuopio City’s website. The website is in Finnish, but the place names are listed with dates and times, which makes it easy to follow for non-Finnish speakers as well.

UEF recommends face masks to staff and students

The University of Eastern Finland provides face masks for its staff and students working and studying on campus free of charge. Face masks are available in the main lobbies of the campus buildings. The face masks provided by the university are to be used on campus, i.e. they are not for personal use.

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Download Koronavilkku

UEF also recommends the use of the Koronavilkku app to its students and staff. Remember to download it to your phone!




ESN KISA Hangout and General Meeting 16.9. at 5 pm

On the 16th of September 2021 at 5 pm, we will have our autumn 2021 General Meeting as well as a hangout with both incoming members and old members. The General Meeting and hangout is held in the classroom SN200 (in Snellmania building, 2nd floor).

Are you interested in knowing more about what we do in ESN KISA and how to be active in our daily ESN life? Then don't hesitate to join us in this event. It's a meeting of friends and students helping students.
We are happy to answer any questions you may have.



                UEF student Bible Club (UBC)                                  

As new and old students settle into classes, we invite you to join the bible study discussion at our club. Due to the COVID-19 situation, we meet via ZOOM this autumn semester, once every two weeks for bible study and prayers. The next meeting date is Saturday, 18th September 2021, time is 18:00. If you are interested, please contact uef.bibleclub(at)outlook.com for the Zoom link.



Kärmes Gaming Evening
@ Lukema

ISYY's game club Kärmes arranges gaming evenings in Kuopio that are free of charge and open for everyone. You're welcome to join us to play board games, card games and strategy games!

NB! Remember the current safety guidelines when attending the gaming evening. Do not attend the events if you have flu symptoms.

  • Mon 20.9. 5pm - 8pm
  • Fri 24.9. 5pm - 8pm
  • Fri 1.10. 5pm - 8pm
  facebook page  

Come sing with us!

We're a mixed choir operating on the Kuopio Campus. Our programme consists of choral arrangements of differently themed songs. Our members are current and past students, graduate students, exchange students, and university employees.

We're arranging open rehearsals in September as follows:

  • Tue 14.9 at 18-20 SN100 (Snellmania)
  • Tue 21.9 at 18-20 SN100 (Snellmania)

You'll first take part in the normal choir rehearsal, after which the small auditions will be held. The rehearsal will be held in English.

  facebook event  



Non-stop Finnish language courses by Komapssi

Kompassi offers non-stop Finnish language courses three days in a week. These courses are open and free for all and they are held at Kompassi (Kauppakatu 40-42). You do not need to register / sign-up for these courses.

Kompassi offers two different levels of language learning (for beginners and for little advanced levels), through which you can learn grammar and language structure. Apart from this, you can practice speaking Finnish language in two different levels (beginners and for little advanced). Students are encouraged to speak more Finnish in these interactive groups.

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Language Cocktail event by Kompassi 15.9.

You think Finnish is Difficult? Try my language!

Come practice speaking the different languages of the world! During our Language Cocktail, everyone can give one sentence in their own language for others to practice, as well as try other languages.

The purpose of the event is to have fun together!

Language Cocktail is a part of our Autumn opening event. There will also be entertaining programs, a nice get-together, coffee / tea and snacks!

Welcome to Kompassi on Wednesday 15.9. at 16.30-18.

  facebook event  




Job and Traineeship offers in UEF to a new job portal

The New JobTeaser-service provides:

  • Europe-wide job market: with nearly 17 000 job and traineeship offers. The service has opended to Finnish employers 25.11. and positions previously advertised on the Aarresaari.net-platform are now directed to JobTeaser.
  • Events: Now mainly online events in Central Europe. In the future, Finnish and UEF events as well.
  • Employer profiles: Now mostly international employers. In the future, Finnish organizations, too.
  • Guidance and messaging to support job seeking and career planning: Materials to support students, now produced by JobTeaser. In the future, targeted to Finnish labor market as well.

Further information and detailed instructions on how to sign in JobTeaser for the first time in Kamu.


Jobs in Finland

Welcome to explore open job opportunities in Finland. On our website, you can find jobs targeted at English speaking professionals. You don't have to be able to speak Finnish or Swedish. You can search by region, job category or use the keyword search.

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Opiskelijatöihin.fi  is an employment service website covering North Karelia and North Savo regions. The service is created and maintained by the Student’s Eastern-Finland association.

Students can leave their profiles anonymously for employers to find and also seek employers’ job advertisements.

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Available grants for students of UEF and UEF's Open positions

There is a listing of grants availbale for students of the University of Eastern Finland at UEF's webpage.

You'll find a list of Open Positions at UEF HERE.



Creative Shock is back!

Creative Shock attracts youth from all over the world to educate them about the concept of social business, its implementation, and its impact.

Participants have to solve two social business cases in the preliminary rounds. TOP 10 teams will be competing for the Grand Prize - 2500 euros.

Registration starts on the 1st of September and lasts until the 26th of September.

  read more  



Get to know new international people in Kuopio via Kompassi

Kompassi is an international meeting point situated in the city center. It is a part Settlement Puijola ry of Kuopio.

Kompassi organizes multicultural activities all through the year with the help of our visitors and partners.  Kompassi promotes building of an equal society and offers activities supporting integration and participation, and advice and guidance in everyday life.

Kompassi’s activities emphasize community, peer-support, utilizing people’s own resources and supporting them in moving forward in life. Finns and immigrants confluence through volunteer work.

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Advertise your event in ISYY's newsletter Weekly Feed

If you would like to have something featured in the Weekly Feed, please send a short (max. 500 characters including spaces), informative description of the event/activity in English to either kv.kuopio@isyy.fi (Kuopio events) or kv.joensuu@isyy.fi (Joensuu events).

Please include at least the following information: date, time, place, admission fee and the event website/Facebook page. If you want to include pictures, the optimal size is 270 x 270 px.


Weekly Feed is the English language newsletter of the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY). You are receiving this letter on your email because you are a member of ISYY and are studying at Kuopio campus or because you have joined the mailing list yourself.

Weekly Feed provides you with current information on matters related to the Student Union, UEF or other organisations close to students, such as FSHS. In addition, the newsletter provides you with information on events taking place at campus or the campus city.

Weekly Feed is published on Tuesdays during the academic year, with the exception of holidays and a few other days. If you do not want to receive the newsletter anymore, you can unsubscribe the letter via the link ("Click here to unsubscribe") located on the bottom of the letter.

You will find more information on ISYY's newsletters (Weekly Feed) and data protection on ISYY's website.



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