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ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Joensuu Week 20/2020

Tue 12 May 2020 03:59:25 PM EEST

ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Joensuu Week 20/2020 12.-18.5.2020


ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Joensuu Week 20/2020


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A few important topics of this newsletter are YTHS 2021 reform and how COVID-19 affects ISYY in May. You can also find new intstructions on how to return your survival package!

Next week is the last week we'll publish Weekly Feed in the spring semster. If you have material you wish to publish in it, please email me your material by Friday. The first Weekly Feed of the next academic year will be published on 18 August.

Have a nice week!

Kind regards,





How COVID-19 affects ISYY and student in the end of this spring semester?

  • ISYY's offices will remain closed until 31st May 2020 and the staff will work remotely. Adjustments will be made at the end of May for the summer. Services are available by email and phone.
  • The ISYY kiosk on the Kuopio campus will be closed until 31 July 2020.
  • Meetings and events will be organised remotely until the end of May.
  • The Student Union's venues, Tiukanlinna, Suvas, Haltia's Club room and Lukema, are not available until 31.5.2020.
  • Tiukanlinna and Suvas are available for hire from the beginning of June 2020, taking into account the number of people and restrictions. For Haltia's club rooms and Lukema, adjustments will be made at the end of May for the summer.
  • The same instructions are followed for the Kuopio band room as for the Haltia and Lukema.
  • The University of Eastern Finland will begin restoring its functions in phases beginning 14th May 2020. The library’s services will open in part starting May 14th. Apart from this exception, the facilities will remain closed in general and all the courses will be studied remotely from home. 
  • All studies-related travel abroad is prohibited, and leisure time travel is recommended to be avoided as well.
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New instructions for returning your survival package

Before you return your package, please make sure that all items are inside the package and they are clean. You can check what was included in the package from the pink/red list that was inside the package when you got it or from our website. Remember to clean the box itself too.

Instead of leaving your package in Elli’s apartment, please bring your survival package to the front of the Haltia building (outside the entrance, not into the office because our office is closed due to COVID-19). Pick a time that suits you the best in Doodle by next Monday 18.5. A staff member will be outside Haltia waiting for you to return your package and to give you back your deposit. Returns have to be made on the given dates between 1pm and 2pm (13.00-14.00). You can also return ISYY’s sports equipment or keys to Tikkarinne at the same time, but other services are not available during these times.

If you cannot find a suitable time or you couldn’t reserve a time, please email Elina (kv.joensuu@isyy.fi) asap.

Remember to keep a safe distance to other students if there are many students returning their packages at the same time and wash your hands before coming! Also, come only if you are healthy.


Food assistance for students

Students of the UEF, Karelia UAS and Savonia UAS who are in financial distress due to the coronavirus epidemic have now access to food assistance in Joensuu and Kuopio. Funds donated by the educational institutions are used to purchase food vouchers, allowing students in urgent need to buy food from grocery stores.

The UEF, Karelia UAS, Savonia UAS, ISYY and the student associations Poka and Savotta are donating a total of 140 food vouchers to students in urgent need of assistance. The food vouchers will be purchased and distributed via student chaplaincy and diaconal work carried out by the Evangelical Lutheran parishes of Joensuu and Kuopio.

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What kind of issues should ISYY promote in its municipal influencing? – Answer the survey!

Citizen survey for ISYY members in Joensuu:

This survey will be used to determine what kind of issues ISYY should promote in its municipal influencing and especially in the municipal elections of 2021. The survey includes the following topics: housing, health care, traffic, recreation activities, cultural services, other services, employment, climate and environmental actions, equality, internationality, finance, and communications.

Two grocery store gift cards (valued 30€ each) will be drawn among all respondents. Contact information submitted for the raffle will not be processed along with the responses. Answering the questionnaire takes about 15 minutes and the survey is open till 17 May.

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ISYYn Kahvitauko -virtual café and virtual pub Raekaelae!

ISYY virtual café and virtual pub are recurring online meeting places meant to act as platforms for anyone to come and share news and socialize online in Zoom.

The café is online in Zoom twice a week for an hour. Come share your joys and worries with your peers! A more informal option for the virtual café is our virtual pub, open every Friday night. Join us at the online afterwork!

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COVID-19 info

City of Joensuu has compiled a website about everything related to the Coronavirus. You'll find there the most up-to-date information about how the virus affects Joensuu and services offered by the city. The information is available currently in English, Russian, Arabic, Somali, Kurdish and Persian.

You can also read the latest information related to COVID-19 from the website of the Finnish institute of health and welfare. The ISYY website has an information package too.



FSHS 2021 reform is coming!

If you are a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree student at UEF, you have the right to access the general, mental and oral health care services provided by FSHS throughout your studies. However, please note that there is a FSHS 2021 reform going on at the moment and this affects exchange students' right to use the FSHS in the spring semester 2021. The payments from degree students will be collected by Kela instead of the Student Union starting from the 1st of January 2021. You can find more information about this reform and how it affects you on ISYY's webpage. Click the link below.

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UEF campus pastors offer support during COVID-19

You can visit the campus pastor to talk about anything concerning your personal life: personal relationships, coping, a sudden turn of events in your life, a crisis, or sorrow. You can feel safe talking with the campus pastor, and you are not required to be a member of the church or possess a certain view of the world. You can come and talk simply as yourself and about your issues. The conversations are free of charge and absolutely confidential. E-mail is the best way of arranging a suitable time for the conversation.

Joensuu campus
Campus pastor Tiina Belov
Office: Penttilänkatu 1 E
tel. +358 50 590 6527

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Because SYKETTÄ University Sports service is closed, we decided to publish exercise videos, hints, and workout programmes on our social media (Instagram, Facebook and YouTube) on weekdays. The workouts are created by our group exercise instructors.  Please follow us! (You do not necessarily need to be registered to the social media servers to see the videos.)

We publish every Monday morning the virtual exercise schedule of the current week so stay tuned!

Facebook: Sykettä - Joensuun korkeakoululiikunta
Instagram: syketta_jns
YouTube: Sykettä Susirajalla



Keys to Tikkarinne gym

You can return the keyfob for Tikkarinne gym to the  "key return" mailbox in the University Aurora building, Entrance B  (same as YTHS building). Door is open Mon-Thu at 7.45 - 15 and Fri 7.45 - 14. You will find the mailbox in the hall.

Put your information on a piece of paper and the key fob into an envelope. Write clearly the following info if you wish to get back your deposit:

  • If you live in the EU: your name, IBAN and BIC
  • If you live outside the EU: your name, IBAN, BIC, your bank’s name and address as well as your address in your home country
  • If you have a Finnish bank account: your name and your Finnish account number

Please close the envelope well. It is very important to address the envelope correctly by using the  following text:  "Heli Aalto / SYKETTÄ University sports, ISYY office".

We will check the mail 1-4 times per month so it is more than possible that your deposit is not on your  account immediately, but don't worry it is on its way.



Nyyti ry hosts chats and talks during spring and summer

Nyyti's Chat

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

Tuesday 19th of May from 15.00 to 17.00: Are you demanding too much from yourself?
Tuesday 16th of June from 15.00 to 17.00: How to recover while studying during the summer?



COVID-19 International Student Well-being Study coordinated by University of Antwerp

The COVID-19 outbreak has impacted on higher education. Students may experience stress because of the Covid-19. The outbreak may have had a significant impact on your life (where you live, who you are able to meet in real life, how you can make a living, etc.). This study investigates if these changes have impacted your well-being and health.

The results of the study are important in finding out the situation of students and they will inform on how to prepare for similar situations in the future. Because this survey is conducted in multiple countries, we will also be able to access the impact of local/national policy on well-being and health in the student population.

Most students need about 10-15 minutes of their time to fill out the survey.




Share your experiences during the COVID19-pandemic

Dear international student studying in Finland,

We would like to invite you to fill in a short online survey focusing on your experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Participation in this study will provide us with valuable information on how situations like these affect the international student lives. The approximate time for completing the survey is 5-10 minutes.

The survey will be open till 15th of May 2020 with a possibility for extension. We would like to inform you that participation in this survey is voluntary and all the data gathered is confidential. We highly appreciate your answers to this survey and we hope you are all in good health.

Best wishes,
Suvi Jokila & Kalypso Filippou
Department of Education
University of Turku



Looking for a summer job?

Are you interested in seasonwork on the Finnish countryside?

Farms around Finland are struggling to get enough workforce in these difficult times due to the pandemic. Crucial workforce from abroad cannot offer their helping hands due to the coronavirus, and this means the countryside is in desperate need of spring and summer season workers. Every available pair of hands is needed in order to secure domestic food on Finnish dinner tables, and this is where you can step in and help!

Read more from here and here.




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 - employment service website

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.


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.


Aarresaari - Jobs, internships and thesis offers

Aarresaari is a network of Academic Career Services representing 13 Finnish Universities.
The network offers services for university students, graduates and employers, as well as for the universities themselves. At the same time the network builds brigdes between students and employers.

Aarresaari webpage is maintained by Suomen Akateemiset rekrytointipalvelut and you can find internship, job and thesis offer postings here.



Information about Weekly Feed

This is an issue of Weekly Feed at Joensuu campus. 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 Joensuu 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  and data protection on ISYY's website.


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

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



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