Suomen ylioppilaskuntien liitto


  • Press release 30.11.2015

    All over Finland, university student unions and students celebrate the Free Education Day on Monday 30 November 2015. Finnish students consider free education an important part of the Finnish welfare state and education equality. The student movement supports free education for all, regardless of nationality. During the Free Education Day, student unions campaign for free education on social media under the hashtag #maksutonkoulutus #FreeEducation.

    ‘For students, every day is a free education day. Once a year we also want to remind other stakeholders about how important tuition-free education is for the welfare of Finnish society,’ says president Jari Järvenpää from the National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL).

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  • Resolution 21 November 2015

    The National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL) stresses the importance of education for both youth with immigrant background as well as refugees in Finland. SYL demands that the Finnish Government takes action and ensures adequate resources for increasing education potential.

    The small proportion of students with an immigrant background of all higher education students in Finland is a disgrace. The Eurostudent survey puts Finland on par with e.g. Hungary and Romania in access to higher education for youth with an immigrant background. We find this alarming, since an equal and accessible education is the cornerstone of Finnish society. Students should better mirror the demography of Finland.

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  • 20151121_174904Press release 21.11.2015

    The General Assembly of the National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL), representing all of Finland’s close to 132,000 university students, has elected the 2016 executive board. The meeting also decided on next year’s plan of work.

    The meeting elected as president Bachelor of Technology Heikki Koponen, 24, from Aalto University Student Union (AYY).

    The General Assembly also elected six board members:

    Alviina Alametsä (Student Union of the University of Helsinki HYY)
    Ella Keski-Panula (Student Union of the University of Helsinki HYY)
    Annu Komulainen (Student Union of the University of Jyväskylä JYY)
    Tuomas Kuoppala (Student Union of the University of Tampere (TamY)
    Mia Lehto (Finnish Centre Students KOL, student union LTKY)
    Siiri Nousiainen (Student Union of the University of Oulu OYY)

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  • Press release 17.11.2015

    The two day General Assembly of the National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL) will be held in Korpilampi, Espoo on Friday and Saturday 20–21 November. The General Assembly wields the highest decision making power in SYL and elects a new president and executive board of six for the organisation. The meeting also outlines the objectives for and activities of SYL in 2016.

    The meeting opens Friday at 10 in the morning. On Saturday, the meeting continues at 9.30 in the morning, with a speech by Sanni Grahn-Laasonen, Minister of Culture and Education, at 11. Late Saturday afternoon is the high point of the General Assembly when the results from the elections for president and board are announced around 16–17. We will send the media information on the results as soon as we can after the elections.

    All 15 university student unions in Finland are represented at the General Assembly. All in all, the unions represent around 132,000 university students. The student unions select 142 full representatives to the General Assembly. Altogether the number of participants is around 300.

    There are three candidates for the post as president: Heikki Koponen (AYY), Mikko Mononen (TYY), and Siiri Nousiainen (OYY).

    There are currently six other candidates for the six posts as member of the executive board. The candidates nominated by the student unions are: Ella Keski-Panula (HYY), Mikael Kinanen (ArtSU), Annu Komulainen (JYY), and Tuomas Kuoppala (Tamy). Additionally, the student wing of the Centre Party (KOL) and the youth and student wing of the Green Party have nominated one candidate each for the board. KOL’s candidate is Mia Lehto and ViNO’s candidate is Alviina Alametsä. Candidates may be nominated until the elections take place during the General Assembly. Find links to presentations of the candidates at the end of this section.

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  • 151116_SYL_kuva_koulutusleikkaukset_peruttava_FB_540x334px (ID 7917)16 November 2015

    Finnish trade unions in the university sector and the National Union of University Students in Finland appeal once more to decision-makers to withdraw the drastic cuts. The unions call for a future package for universities in the appeal sent to the most important decision-makers in the university and research sector. The consideration of the 2016 government budget is in its final stages in the parliamentary committees.

    As a whole, the cuts targeted at funds to Tekes and the administrative branch of the Ministry of Education and Culture will drive the Finnish university institution into a state of unprecedented financial crisis. The government is planning to freeze the university index to a halt until 2019. The cuts will escalate and grow in the years to come, even if the Finnish economy recovers in other respects. The government is planning on cutting a total of EUR 500 million from universities and research during its term. Furthermore, the government’s plans for cuts from financial aid to students would put the students under terrible stress and hamper equal access to education in the future.

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  • Press release 4 November 2015

    University students all around Finland have elected their representatives for the highest decision-making bodies of the student unions – the student parliaments or representative councils. Elections were held at 12 student unions on 3 and 4 November. The statistics and count also include the Student Union of the University of Helsinki (HYY). HYY’s results are, however, from 2014 when the the HYY election was held. Included are also the results from the University of the Arts Student Union (ArtSU). ArtSU elected its representatives without voting, as the number of candidates equalled the number of available seats. The results therefore include all 14 student unions.

    The university student parliament elections are held every other year. The hashtag used on social media for the discussion before the elections and on the results was #edarivaalit.

    Students voted more actively this year compared to the previous elections and voter turnout was 29.41% (2013: 26.85%). The voter turnout does not include ArtSU as the ArtSU student parliament was elected without voting. In the previous student parliament elections, voter turnout was 26.85% for the combined results of all 14 student unions.

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  • 151026_SYL_kuva_kehyviikko_2015_muna_ja_sulka_540x355px (ID 7713)22 Oct 2015 / #kehyviikko

    The student unions’ national development cooperation week (#kehyviikko) takes place on 26–30 October. Events during the week are arranged by the student unions of the universities of Helsinki, Jyväskylä, Turku, Oulu, Rovaniemi, and Eastern Finland and the student unions of Aalto University and the University of Arts Helsinki. The theme this year is the most topical and interesting “Finland’s responsibility in a global world”.

    Information and updates on the theme and programme of the development cooperation week will be posted under the hashtag #kehyviikko. Share your experiences as well!

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  • 151022_SYL_kuvituskuva_lukukausimaksut_kannanottoon (ID 7740)Comment Thursday 22 October 2015

    The Government proposes mandatory tuition fees of at least 1,500 euro for students from outside the EU and the EEA. SYL and SAMOK fiercely oppose tuition fees and are concerned for the future of the internationalisation of higher education in Finland.

    For instance, the tuition fees introduced in Sweden in 2010 caused the number of students from outside the EU and EEA to plummet, in some fields with as much as 80%. Several study programmes have been discontinued resulting from the introduction of tuition fees.

    The Government has aimed severe cuts at higher education institutions (HEI) and now encourages HEIs to increase their income by tuition fees for foreign students. It is clear that HEIs will be forced to heavily invest in marketing the programmes subject to fees, in order to attract students, and to secure the administration of stipend systems. It is more than likely that the costs will far exceed the revenue from the tuition fees.

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  • fb_profiilikuva_400x400_matalampiPress release 20.10.2015

    The national student union development cooperation week (#kehyviikko) is arranged in week 44, starting 26 October 2015, on campuses in Helsinki, Jyväskylä, Turku, Oulu, Rovaniemi, Savonlinna, Kuopio, Joensuu and the respective student unions of the universities in those cities as well as the student unions of Aalto University and the University of Arts Helsinki. The theme this year is “Finland’s responsibility in a global world”.

    The objective of the theme week is to get students to think about what consequences their actions have from a global perspective and to encourage them to act as responsible citizens of the world. The week includes a broad range of activities: panel debates, film screenings, theme lectures, concerts, workshops, and more.

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  • 150205_SYL_kuva_SiljaSilvasti_studio_vari_120x180px_webPress release 16 October 2015

    The Executive Board of the National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL) has appointed Silja Silvasti Social Policy Officer. Silvasti is 23 years old and studies social science. Silvasti follows Soile Koriseva in the position.

    Silja Silvasti has held a position on the executive boards of SYL in 2015 and at the Student Union of Jyväskylä University in 2014 with social policy as her area of responsibility. Silvasti has held several other societal positions of trust. Silvasti was appointed especially due to her extensive skills in advocacy work, strong communication skills, an enthusiastic attitude towards developing the field as well as topical knowledge of students’ livelihood and other issues in the field of social policy.

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  • Student admissions are being announced and student organisations are worried about the transfers between upper secondary education and tertiary education as well as transfers between higher education institutions. Currently, transfer paths are not working well, which makes it harder for students to commence their studies and also affects the study flow.

    Of the age group finishing upper secondary education, 70 per cent apply to higher education – but only 32 per cent are successful in their first application.  Reasons for gap years between secondary and tertiary education include conscription, not being accepted to your study place of choice, and general insecurity about what to study. The quotas recently introduced in student admission may relieve the problem, although there is no evidence of their effect yet.

    In addition to transfers between secondary and tertiary education, there are also transfers between and within higher education institutions.  We should not punish students for having failed in their choice of education; instead we should offer them the opportunity to transfer to an education more to their liking.  The study path is to be continuous and students’ eligibility for continuing education is not to be weakened. Both the student and the educational institution are left idling when a student discontinues their studies. Flexible transfers ensure that it is possible for students to reorient themselves and smoothly continue their studies.

    Good student counselling at all stages of studying ensures the possibility of flexible transfers both between secondary and higher education, as well as within and between higher education institutions. Students need to have sufficient knowledge and a realistic view of education and their livelihood as students in order to make the right choices when applying. For students transferring within and between higher education institutions, flexible modes for applying to a new education should be made available. We call for higher education institutions to make sure the above is realised.

    Finland needs diversified knowledge both currently and in the future. We must make sure that each and every one has the opportunity for self-development, lifelong learning, and maintaining their relevance for the labour market relevance. The education system must make it possible for as many as possible to educate themselves, in different stages of their lives.

    Contact details:
    President Musa Jallow (SAKKI) tel. +358 44 082 4221,
    President Jari Järvenpää (SYL), tel. +358 44 906 5007,
    President Tatu Koivisto (SLL), tel. +358 50 431 4995,
    President Kimi Merikukka (OSKU), tel. +358 44 977 6356,
    President Joonas Peltonen (SAMOK), tel. +358 50 389 1000,


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