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  • Newsletter 12. June 2014

    Sylofone is SYL’s newsletter which is published every other week during the academic terms.

    Contents:
    1. SYL published vision for The University of the Future
    2. Kyky ends, work for study ability continues
    3. SYL took a stand for the Climate Change Act
    4. SYL contact information during summer holidays
    5. SYL commented on the tightening absence practices for HE students
    6. SYL commented on changes to the Unemployment Security Act
    7. SYL commented on changes to Chapters 1 and 7 of the Act on Financial Aid for Students

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  • Statement 11 June 2014

    Build Finland’s education brand based on what we are famous for and good at.

    Education export has once again made headlines in Finland. And again the debate is stuck on introducing tuition fees for students from outside the EU and the EEA. The national politically neutral and party political student and youth organisations see education export as an opportunity for Finland – if realised in a sensible manner. Talk about obstacles for education export is misleading. In practice, the only thing currently not allowed is charging tuition fees of individual degree students.

    “There are many possibilities in education export. Finland needs to be courageous and employ visionary thinking. Our strengths include teacher education and knowledge of higher education systems, welfare services, and public administration. These are areas on which to build a strong education export and business. Charging individuals tuition fees is neither necessary nor profitable,” say the presidents of the organisations.

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  • Statement 6 June 2014

    The Government of Finland on 5 June approved the proposal for an act on climate change, something we have long been waiting for. The proposal for a climate change act will be discussed in Parliament this autumn. SYL is pleased that the Government has thus expressed its will to pass an act on climate change. SYL hopes that Parliament will show that it also want to fight off climate change. SYL finds it important that Finland commits to ambitious emission reduction targets and acts as a model country regarding climate change also internationally.

    “An act on climate change recognises the status of climate policy as one of the most important safeguards for a sustainable future. In order for the world to be habitable also in the future, it is extremely important for Finland to move towards a carbon-neutral society. An inadequate climate policy does coming future generation a great disservice. Finland must change direction today!” demands SYL President Piia Kuosmanen.

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  • Newsletter 28th May 2014

    Sylofone is SYL’s newsletter which is published every other week during the academic terms.

    Contents:
    1. SYL and SAMOK demand more openness in EU politics
    2. “Don’t go on exchange,” blogs SYL’s Vice President
    3. SYL attended ACA seminar on student mobility
    4. Management changes at central SYL partners
    5. Report on developing student health care published
    6. Tuition fees debated at seminar about housing for international students

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  • Comment 20th May 2014

    The last sprint in the European Elections race is here. This autumn, we will have a very different set of members of the EU parliament from Finland. Many election debates have featured critique against the EU, as well as misconceptions about the parliament’s powers. Education policy is, and is to remain, within national jurisdiction. Finland would not fare well alone in matters such as fighting global warming or ensuring human rights. The positive aspects of the EU are often overshadowed by the negative. Critique is of course allowed, but it should be constructive. The national unions of higher education students in Finland, SAMOK and SYL, demand more open decision-making and a reasonable, fact-based EU debate.

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  • “Strong internationalisation safeguards quality,” states the development plan for education and research 2011–2016 so nicely. One of the measures included in it is to increase mobility for students and researchers (measure 137) [1]. “The Finnish higher education provides the competence to work in an international operating environment”, says the Strategy for the Internationalisation of Higher Education Institutions in Finland 2009–2015[2], which is now being updated. These are very admirable and much needed goals, and SYL has been happy to support them. Now, however, we are getting some confusing messages about new obstacles to internationalisation. What is going on?

    During recent years, Finnish students have had good opportunities to go on exchange as structural obstacles for it have been removed: Student financial aid as well as the set time for studies have been flexible enough. Universities have also had sufficient financial incitements to encourage students to go out into the world. But now the tide is turning regarding internationalisation, both for the university incitements as well as student opportunities. Someone is hitting the brakes for internationalisation. We can see three main reasons for this: stricter rules for student financial aid and study times, an attitude change at universities, and that internationalisation at home is becoming empty words.

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  • Newsletter 29th April 2014

    Sylofone is SYL’s newsletter which is published every other week.

    Events and meetings
    5-6 May Meeting of presidents and secretary generals (Kuntokallio, Helsinki)
    6 May Release: Student survey 2014 – livelihood and studies of higher education students
    9 May Europe Day campaign, #kuuleEU
    19–20 May SYL communication meeting (Helsinki)

    Contents
    1. Tapio Heiskari new Education Policy Officer at the National Union of University Students in Finland
    2. Listen, EU! – Students’ EU elections campaign on social media
    3. Sauli Niinistö, President of the Republic of Finland, met with SYL’s executive board
    4. Additional print of Study Ability Through Engagement material
    5. Peda-Forum Days in Lappeenranta 27–28 May Sign up!
    6. The independent student and youth organisations negotiated suggestions for pension reform

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  • Press release 25 April 2014

    The Executive Board of the National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL) has appointed Master of Arts in spe Tapio Heiskari, age 30, Education Policy Officer. Heiskari succeeds Suvi Eriksson on the position and will commence work in the beginning of May.

    Tapio Heiskari has been in several important positions of trust both in the student movement and at universities. He is currently employed as substitute higher education policy specialist at the Student Union of the University of Helsinki. In 2012, Heiskari was responsible for higher education policy as member of the executive board of SYL. Heiskari has studied at the University of Helsinki, majoring in History.

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  • Invitation 22.4.2014

    The Big Tuition fees and Mobility -seminar on Friday 25th April is organized by SYL and SAMOK together with SFP. You are welcome to join the event in Parliament of Finland, Visitors’ Centre, Arkadiankatu 3, 00102 Eduskunta or to follow the debat in internet, FB event and Twitter: #kuuleEU.

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  • 11th April 2014

    The SYL office will quiet for more than a week. All at SYL, both staff and elected representatives, will take time off during Easter from 14th till 21st April. We will return to work from our Easter egg feasting on Tuesday 22 April.

    All of us at SYL wish you a sunny and relaxing Easter!

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