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ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Joensuu Week 21/2020

Tue 19 May 2020 02:09:24 PM EEST

ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Joensuu Week 21/2020 19.-25.5.2020


ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Joensuu Week 21/2020


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If you're planning on staying in Finland this summer, you might want to check out VisitFinland.com for some ideas of what you could do here. Also, a heads-up if you cycle! There is a new law coming into effect on 1 June 2020 that requires all bicycles to have a red light on the back of the bike.

This is the last Weekly Feed of this academic year and the next newsletter will be published on the 18th of August 2020. We would like to THANK YOU for reading the newsletter. If you are leaving Joensuu for good and would like to stop receiving Weekly Feed, please remember to cancel your subscription by using the "cancel subscription"-link at the bottom of the newsletter or do it HERE. I hope you have enjoyed your time in Joensuu although this spring has been unusual.

Have a great summer and enjoy the holidays!

Kind regards,

P.S. If you need to contact our staff, the contact information can be found here and our services are available by email and phone during office hours.





Return 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. 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.


ISYY Representative Council meeting on 19th of May 5 pm

Our Representative Council will hold its last meeting this spring on Tuesday the 19th of May at 5 pm via remote access.

In the meeting, the Council will decide about the supplementary budget proposal and hear the financial review for the beginning of the year 2020. In addition, we will hear a progress report on the development of ISYY's kiosk in the meeting.

✅ Have a look at the Meeting Notice.
✅ You can also follow the meeting's live stream from ISYY's YouTube-channel.
✅ Follow the meeting on social media by hashtag #ISYYedari

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ISYY's Blood Group and blood donation during summer

Need for blood products continues also during the corona virus situation!

Blood Service of the Finnish Red Cross is open primaly for the donoros who have booked an appointment. Safety and hygiene measurements are being taken into consideration.

Please tell that you belong to ISYY’s VeriRyhmä (ISYY's own Blood Group) when arriving to donate blood.

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Grant applications to Student Organisations, Campus Organisations and Clubs

ISYY awards grants to Clubs, Student Organisations and Campus organisations for various projects that promote, for example, healthy lifestyles or interdisciplinarity.

Due to new policy, grants can now be applied for all year round.

More information in English coming soon to ISYY's webpage!




Niklas Leinonen will start as the substitute for ISYY’s Service Planner on 1.9.2020

The temporary post will last until 30.4.2021.

Niklas has worked as a substitute for Service Planner from 28th October 2019 to 31st May 2020.

– I look forward to the coming autumn and the return to the office's comfortable working atmosphere, says Niklas.

Congratulations to Niklas!

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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.


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
tiina.belov@uef.fi / 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.



New traffic rules come into effect from the beginning of June

“Among the changes it notes are the possibility of parking on the left side of streets where no ban is posted and the chance of drivers getting ticketed for driving too slowly on roads where a minimum speed limit is in force.

The use of winter tyres will no longer be determined by the calendar, as has been the case up until now. Instead, although the law mentions the period of November through the end of March for the standard use of studded snow tyres, drivers can use them at any time that road conditions make them a safer option.

Cyclists are also reminded that from 1 June, if they ride at dusk or in the dark, they need to not only have a red tail light, but also a visible light on the front of their bikes.” Yle.fi

Cyclists will get a 40€ fine if they break rules. Read more about the rules from here (NB! from 2014).


UEF Libraries will be renovated in summer 2020

The Joensuu campus library will be renovated from 15 June to 7 August 2020. For the time being, the service is operated as a book picking service within the limits dictated by construction site restrictions.

The Kuopio campus library will be renovated from 1 June to 31 August 2020. The book collections are not in use because the books will be packed away for the duration of the renovation. Book picking service that started on June 14th, continues for the time being, but only from the collections of the Joensuu Campus Library and the KUH Medical Library.

Books can be returned to the book drop hatches of Joensuu and Kuopio campus libraries.

Even though the library facilities are closed, the library is at your service – read more.

More information: library@uef.fi




Apply now for financial aid for the summer months

Students can get financial aid in the summer, provided that they will be studying during the summer months. Students can apply for financial aid for the summer months by accessing Kela’s online customer service or by filling in and printing out this form.

Financial aid is granted for example for lecture courses, set book exams, on-the-job-training or for working on your final project or thesis. Financial aid for the summer months is available in the form of study grant and government guarantee for student loans. Students who have been granted general housing allowance will continue to receive the allowance regardless of whether they are studying during the summer or not. Recipients of housing allowance must, however, remember to request a review of the allowance for example for summer earnings.

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FSHS 2021 reform

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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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.



Message from the Embassy of Vietnam to Vietnamese students in Finland

Đại sứ quán Việt Nam tại Phần Lan xin thông báo Cục Hàng không Việt Nam dự kiến tổ chức chuyến bay từ Bắc Âu, cụ thể như sau:

Thời gian dự kiến: 05/06/2020

Địa điểm đón: Helsinki-Vantaa hoặc Stockholm.

Đề nghị khẳng định nguyện vọng về theo chuyến bay nếu trên tại đường link sau của ĐSQ:

Nếu cần thông tin thêm, đề nghị liên hệ đường dây nóng của Đại sứ quán Việt Nam tại Phần Lan kiêm nhiệm Estonia: +358505448804  hoặc email: bhcd.vietfin2020@gmail.com 



Apply now to study in Asia next autumn 2020 or spring 2021! 

Due to the current pandemic, you might wonder whether it is possible to go abroad this autumn 2020 or next spring 2021 semester. Well, we at Asia Exchange are happy to announce that semesters at all our destinations around Asia are planned to be held normally this coming autumn and next spring 2021 semester.  However, as we are facing such uncertain times, we would like to offer you flexible study abroad options and cancellation policies due to COVID-19.

Exchange programs are available in South Korea, China, Taiwan, Bali, Malaysia and Vietnam. 

  read more  

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.




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.


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 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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