Exchange Scholarships of 2012 autumn have been granted

Exchange Scholarships of 2012 autumn:

Tomi Fyrqvist 785,00 EUR
Juho Hoikka 775,00 EUR
Ville Holopainen 600,00 EUR
Tuukka Huikari 800,00 EUR
Joona Kalliokoski 420,00 EUR
Tiina Kanninen 455,00 EUR
Juho Kokkola 420,00 EUR
Henri Koponen 640,00 EUR
Tommi Koskinen 385 EUR
Anna-Kaisa Laitinen 385,00 EUR
Emma Mäenpää 775,00 EUR
Kalle Heikki Mikael Nurmi 390,00 EUR
Ville Peri 385,00 EUR
Alexander Patouchas 665,00 EUR
Juho Rahko 395,00 EUR
Paula Räisänen 800,00 EUR
Joonas Somppi 785,00 EUR

Nominate the Learning Promotion Deed of the Year

Aalto University Student Union wants to support work done for promoting learning
at all levels of Aalto University. Learning Promotion Deed of the Year award will be granted at AYY’s anniversary on 2 Feb 2013.

Every Aalto member from students to the President have the opportunity to influence their own learning and the learning of others. What has contributed to your learning the most in the year 2012?

Aalto University Student Union selects the learning promotion deed or deeds from among the students’ nominations. The nominations for the award are collected at https://lomake.ayy.fi/koulutuspolitiikka/ehdota-vuoden-2012-oppimisen-edistamistekoa-nominate-the-learning-promotion-deed-of-the-year-2012-foresla-arets-garning-for-inlarningsframjande-i-aret-2012/ . You may nominate a deed of any Aalto member who has contributed to the learning of Aalto members in one way or another.

So go to the address https://lomake.ayy.fi/koulutuspolitiikka/ehdota-vuoden-2012-oppimisen-edistamistekoa-nominate-the-learning-promotion-deed-of-the-year-2012-foresla-arets-garning-for-inlarningsframjande-i-aret-2012/ and do your bit for the development of learning at Aalto! The form is open between 21 Dec 2012–13 Jan 2013.

Weekly Newsletter 51/2012

This is AYY’s weekly newsletter 51/2012

The weekly newsletter will have a Christmas break. Merry Christmas and an excellent New Year 2013 to all!

  1. This week’s events
  2. AYY is looking for a chief editor for the student magazine, web developer and a person in non-military service for the duties of the IT support person
  3. AYY Uncovers – inside information about jobs!
  4. Still time to nominate students who deserve recognition!
  5. Thank you card for a nice university employee
  6. Practices of the weekly newsletter to change in terms of event information
  7. AYY’s apartment keys at the turn of the year
  8. APPLY FOR THE HOUSING COMMITTEE
  9. Become a member of Aalto Russian Business Society (ARBS)!
  10. MoA’13 Want’s Your Thesis
  11. News from Aalto Career Services
  12. Service goes Accessible 10-11 January 2013

1. This week’s events

2. AYY is looking for a chief editor for the student magazine, web developer and a person in non-military service for the duties of the IT support person

AYY is currently looking for:

  • Chief editor for the student magazine Aino. Deadline for applications is 8am on 7 Jan. Further information (in Finnish).
  • Web developer. Deadline for applications is 8am on 7 Jan. Further information (in Finnish).
  • Person in non-military service for the duties of IT support person. Further information (in Finnish).

3. AYY Uncovers – insider information about jobs!

Do job postings often look the same? Is it difficult to find out from the ads what kind of a job/organisation/team is looking for employees? AYY wants to help!

AYY – in cooperation with companies – offers AYY Uncovers video blog, where the real employees in companies tell about their background and future prospects in the form of video interviews!

More videos will be published on the website when they are finished. You will also have the opportunity to influence which organisations will produce videos – please suggest an employer who interests you via the link on the website!

uncovers.ayy.fi

4. Still time to nominate students who deserve recogition!

A conscientious team player or a diligent workhorse. A relentless creator of Aalto spirit or whoever.

AYY is looking for individuals from among its members who deserve recognition. The recipient does not have to be an active organisation member in ivory towers or an eternal student who has worn out the couches at AYY’s office. On the other hand, these features do not preclude anyone from receiving acknowledgement. Acknowledgements, which are granted for the first time, will be awarded in a festive event in 2013. Proposals are received by the acknowledgement working group.

The suggestion form is available at bling.ayy.fi

Who gets and who is given? You decide! Deadline for applications is 12noon on 31 Dec 2012.

5. Thank you card for a nice university employee

Did you go to a good lecture? Did a caretaker keep the door open for you when you had your hands full? Did a study secretary help you at the moment of despair?

Now it is time to thank a nice university employee.

By submitting a thank you through this form AYY will deliver an old-school postcard to this person with your thank you in it. The form is available from now on, so you can send your thank you in the future at any time.

6. Practices of the weekly newsletter to change in terms of event information

From the beginning of the next year, individual events will be advertised primarily in ”this and next week’s events” section of the weekly newsletter. Information about the event is automatically transferred to the weekly newsletter from the event calendar of AYY.fi, for which all associations and organisation should have usernames. Therefore, individual events will no longer be published as their own weekly newsletter section other than in exceptional cases. So please check that your association/organisation/guild/subject organisation has the username which you can use to add an event to the event calendar on AYY.fi, and add your event to your calendar in time. If, for some reason, you do not have the username or you have lost it, you can request it from the Communications Specialist Joonas Jylhä (joonas.jylha@ayy.fi).

7. AYY’s apartment keys at the turn of the year

Töölö Service Point will be closed between 21 Dec 2012–10 Jan 2013. During this time, all AYY’s apartment keys will be returned to the AYY Housing Office in Otaniemi. Exception: Moving dates in January are handled normally through Töölö Service Point.

If the Housing Office is closed, the keys can be left in the mail slot on the Otakaari side of the building. The mail slot has the following text: AYY Toimisto 11. When you return the keys, please put the keys in an envelope and write on the envelope your own name and the exact apartment!

Housing Office will organise a person to be at the Töölö Service Point on Wednesday, 2 Jan 2013. This means that on the moving day in January, the keys for Helsinki area are normally returned and collected at Töölö Service Point during the regular opening hours (10.30am–2.30pm). This also means that on the moving day in January, the keys for Helsinki area can be returned to Otaniemi.

There will be no other services offered at Töölö Service Point during that day, only the handling of apartment keys.

8. APPLY FOR THE HOUSING COMMITTEE

Application for the next year’s housing committee is open! The meeting of the housing cooperative (ASY) will decide on the housing committee members in January and you can register as a candidate through this form.

The housing committee is responsible for preparing amendments to the housing regulation for the Representative Council, supervising the resident selection and the implementation of the review of the right to housing, as well as processing housing-related complaints, applications and presentations within its decision-making power. The housing committee meets and makes decisions approximately ten times a year.

Deadline for applications is 4pm on 19 Dec. For further information, please contact AYY’s housing sector: asuminen@ayy.fi

9. Become a member of Aalto Russian Business Society (ARBS)!

ARBS organises Career Evenings in order to connect companies that do business in Russia with Aalto students interested in Russia.

By becoming our official member you will be subscribed to our newsletter, which means we will remind you about upcoming career events and inform about our latest news.

Register by sending an email with your name, school, degree programme, email address and 3-4 sentences outlining why you are interested in joining ARBS to arbs.contact@gmail.com

Deadline for registration: 23 Dec 2012

For more information, please check out our Facebook group.

10. MoA’13 Want’s Your Thesis

Is your thesis / diploma work larger than life? Is the topic and content of your thesis interesting but dull when in a file? How could you be able to make everyone believe that you’ve done a scientific finding that will change the world? How could you be able to show it to mankind?

Masters of Aalto – MoA among friends – will consist of an exhibition and a stage where thesis and diploma works from all the fields of Aalto University will be displayed and shown. Aalto Uni’s year show presents studies and research during 8-26 May 2013 in downtown Helsinki.

By taking part in MoA you will have the opportunity to expand your network, you will get help to display and visualise your work, get the attention of a wide audience for your work, get an opportunity to show society what you have become and have a chance of a lifetime to have an exhibition participation on your CV.

Sign up and explore the possibilities that MoA’13 offers you!

Apply now – extended application time for BIZ, CHEM, ENG, ELEC and SCI until 13 January 2013!

For more information see http://moa.aalto.fi/2012/en/moa13/, or contact the producer at katri.winqvist@aalto.fi

11. News from Aalto Career Services

Researches:

Have effect on the future working life, at the same time you can win an iPad or a travel voucher of 1000 euro! How does the future working life look like? Tell us what you think of the employers and what is important to you in your future career.

The growing competition of professionals in various fields allows the current students, like you, the opportunity to influence the future employment prospects and the working environment. We believe that it is important for employers to hear your opinion on you future career and preferences. That is why we decided to carry out this research in cooperation with Universum.

Among the respondents we will raffle 3 iPads and a travel voucher of 1000 euro!

The survey can be found here.

Thank you for your response!

12. Service goes Accessible 10-11 January 2013

Service goes Accessible 2013 is the second Aalto University’s accessibility symposium with workshops for faculty, staff and students. The two-day event will be held on 10-11 January 2013 at Open Innovation House, Otaniemi Campus. The main goal of the symposium is the co-design of the accessibility of the new campus in three main fields: 1) Facilities, such as buildings, routes and passages, 2) IT services and 3) blended learning with open access.

The symposium is intended for all Aalto community members to discuss and exchange ideas to improve and co-design our communications and interaction in education, research and services. The symposium is organised by Student Services, Research Services, Aalto University IT and Facility Services.

The keynote on Thursday will be presented by Rob Waller.

Enrol here. (please forward the webropol link to your colleagues)

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Newsletter 50/2012

This is AYY’s weekly newsletter 50/2012

Have you already nominated persons who deserve recognition for the recipients of AYY’s acknowledgment awards? If you have not nominated anyone yet, please do it now at bling.ayy.fi.

The weekly newsletter will be published once more this year. The first weekly newsletter of the year 2013 will be published in week 3.

  1. This and next week’s events
  2. AYY is looking for students who deserve recognition!
  3. Polytech Choir Fund grants allocated for the choir period 2012-2013
  4. AFYE lecture: Jazz and leadership
  5. Practices of the weekly newsletter to change in terms of event information
  6. Apply for the Housing Committee!
  7. AATE & Entropy workshop: lighting design at 6pm on 19 Dec
  8. MoA’13 wants your thesis
  9. Tenured Professors’ Installation Lectures, 12 December
  10. Basic car maintenance course at 6pm on 12 Dec

1. This and next week’s events

WEEK 50

WEEK 51

2. AYY is looking for students who deserve recognition!

A conscientious team player or a diligent workhorse. A relentless creator of Aalto spirit or whoever.

AYY is looking for individuals from among its members who deserve recognition. The recipient does not have to be an active organisation member in ivory towers or an eternal student who has worn out the couches at AYY’s office. On the other hand, these features do not preclude anyone from receiving acknowledgement. Acknowledgements, which are granted for the first time, will be awarded in a festive event in 2013. Proposals are received by the acknowledgement working group.

The suggestion form is available at bling.ayy.fi

Who gets and who is given? You decide! The deadline for applications is 12noon on 31 Dec 2012.

3. Polytech Choir Fund grants allocated for the choir period 2012-2013

The purpose of Polytech Choir Fund is to support and promote the singing hobby of AYY and its association members through scholarships and grants. Polytech Choir Fund invites applications for scholarships for the choir period 2012-2013.

Applicants are asked to clarify their singing hobby and to justify the need for a grant. The application should include the applicant’s social security number, taxation municipality, contact details and account number, copy of AYY’s membership fee receipt or the student card, as well as the clarification of the costs of the singing hobby during the period September 2012-August 2013 with supporting documents.

Applications must be submitted by Friday, 14 Dec 2012 to the address Polytech Choir Fund, Antti Ilmavirta, PL 69, 02151 Espoo. You can also submit your application in an envelope with the same contact details to AYY’s Otaniemi Service Point. The applications can also be submitted by e-mail to antti.ilmavirta@polyteknikkojenkuoro.fi.

Late applications will not be processed.

For further information, please contact the representative of Polytech Choir Fund, Antti Ilmavirta, 050 3291165, antti.ilmavirta@polyteknikkojenkuoro.fi

4. AFYE lecture: Jazz and leadership

Aalto First Year Experience lecture: Improvising organisation – leadership lessons from jazz

Saxophonist and Vice Rector of Sibelius Academy Jari Perkiömäki tells about and demonstrates with musical examples together with bass player Jori Huhtala how to take advantage of the jazz metaphor as the tool for leadership and organisation. The lecture will be held in Finnish.

  • Time: 13 Dec, 4pm-6pm
  • Location: Library of Materials Science and Engineering, Learning Hub Livingroom, Vuorimiehentie 2, Espoo

Welcome!

5. Practices of the weekly newsletter to change in terms of event information

From the beginning of the next year, individual events will be advertised primarily in ”this and next week’s events” section of the weekly newsletter. Information about the event is automatically transferred to the weekly newsletter from the event calendar of AYY.fi, for which all associations and organisation should have usernames. Therefore, individual events will no longer be published as their own weekly newsletter section other than in exceptional cases. So please check that your association/organisation/guild/subject organisation has the username which you can use to add an event to the event calendar on AYY.fi, and add your event to your calendar in time. If, for some reason, you do not have the username or you have lost it, you can request it from the Communications Specialist Joonas Jylhä (joonas.jylha@ayy.fi).

6. Apply for the Housing Committee!

Application for the next year’s housing committee is open! The meeting of the housing cooperative (ASY) will decide on the housing committee members in January and you can register through this form.

The housing committee is responsible for preparing amendments to the housing regulation for the Representative Council, supervising the resident selection and the implementation of the review of the right to housing, as well as processing housing-related complaints, applications and presentations within its decision-making power. The housing committee meets and makes decisions approximately ten times a year.

Deadline for applications is 4pm on 19 Dec.

For further information, please contact AYY’s housing sector: asuminen@ayy.fi

7. AATE & Entropy workshop: lighting design at 6pm on 19 Dec

Do you have an upcoming party? A DJ is booked and guests invited, but the venue is dreary and boring? Disco balls and coloured lights are too much from the 90s? Do not worry, Aate and Entropy will help you!

AYY’s cultural arena Aate and the association of electronic music Entropy will organise a party lighting training on Wednesday, 19 Dec 2012. In the workshop, you will learn how to design and implement stylish lighting for various purposes. Scanners, strobes, spots and light controllers will become familiar.

The workshop will be held in Finnish. Previous knowledge is not required.

  • Time: Wed, 19 Dec 2012, 6pm ->
  • Location: Cultural Arena Aate, Jämeräntaival 1 A basement, Otaniemi
  • Event on Facebook

http://aatemedia.fi/
http://entropy.fi/

8. MoA’13 wants your thesis

Is your thesis / diploma work larger than life? Is the topic and content of your thesis interesting but dull when in a file? How could you be able to make everyone believe that you’ve done a scientific finding that will change the world? How could you be able to show it to mankind?

Masters of Aalto – MoA among friends – will consist of an exhibition and a stage where thesis and diploma works from all the fields of Aalto University will be displayed and shown. Aalto Uni’s year show presents studies and research during May 8-26th 2013 in downtown Helsinki.

By taking part in MoA you will have the opportunity to expand your network, you will get help to display and visualise your work, get the attention of a wide audience for your work, get an opportunity to show society what you have become and have a chance of a lifetime to have an exhibition participation on your CV.

If you have graduated or will graduate between May 2012-May 2013, please sign up or reveal a thesis / diploma work.

Extended application time for BIZ, CHEM, ENG, ELEC and SCI until 13 January 2013!

For more information and more detailed schedule see moa.aalto.fi, or contact producer katri.winqvist@aalto.fi

9. The Tenured Professors’ Installation Lectures, 12 December

Aalto University celebrates its Tenured Professors with lectures presented by the new tenure track professors of Associate or Full level. This time we even celebrate an Aalto Distinguished Professor.

Welcome, come and listen to presentations of research from Aalto University on Wednesday December 12, 2012 at 2pm at the TUAS-building, Otaniementie 17.

More information here.

10. Basic car maintenance course at 6pm on 12 Dec

On Wednesday 12 Dec 2012 in the Car Club at Jämeräntaival 1 at 6pm, I will arrange a course about some basic car maintenance as if: what´s important to know about when owning a car. Course contents:

  • changing a burned out light bulb; how hard can it be?
  • changing a window wiper; what? You can do that by yourself?
  • tire pressure; why should you care?
  • checking the fluids; yes, you have a lot of different fluids in your car.
  • other questions that you will come up with

Come by yourself or bring a friend/girlfriend/mother/other and get answers to these questions. If you or your significant other has a car with a burned light bulb or broken wipers, answer to me and I will buy the supplies required for a decent price, you will get your car fixed and everybody will learn something new. I need your car registration (Finnish) or make/model/year. This is a pilot course to assess the need for such a course. Welcome! Best wishes, Chair of TAK Henrik Hieta, henrik.hieta@aalto.fi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AYY apartment keys during turn of the year

Töölö Service Point is closed 21.12.2012 – 10.1.2013. During this time, all AYY apartment keys will be returned to the AYY Housing Office in Otaniemi. Exception: January moving date handled normally through Töölö Service Point.

If the Housing Office is closed, the keys can be left in the mail slot on the Otakaari-side of the building. The mail slot reads: AYY Toimisto 11. When you are returning the keys, please put the keys in an envelope and write on the envelope your own name and which exact apartment the keys are for!

Housing Office will organize a person to be at the Töölö Service point on Wednesday 2.1.2013. This means that on January’s moving date, Helsinki area keys are returned and picked up at the Töölö Service Point normally, during normal open hours (10:30 – 14:30). This also means, that on the January moving day, no Helsinki area keys can be returned to Otaniemi.

There will be no other services offered at the Töölö Service Point during that day, only the handling of apartment keys.

Statement on the survey of the monitoring committee for the tuition fee trial

(translation)

Aalto University Student Union (AYY) appreciates the opportunity to assess for its part the tuition free trial for students from outside the EU and the EEA countries and states the following on Sections 16–19 of the survey form of the monitoring group of the Ministry of Education and Culture:

16. What kind of services are offered to the paying students, do they differ in any way from the services of non-paying students or have new services been developed for the paying students (e.g. services provided by the student unions)?

AYY:

The services provided by the student union to the paying and non-paying students are the same, and currently it would not even be possible to make any distinction, as the student union does not have a list of the paying students. The most important member services include, among others, the right to apply for AYY’s student housing and use the services of FSHS, the official student card, weekly newsletter and other communications in three languages, rentable van as well as club and sauna facilities, student advocacy, AYY’s support for over 200 associations and the coordination of student tutoring.

17. What type of measures support/have supported the students’ integration into the university and student community?

AYY:

Integration is one of the most important objectives of AYY’s international sector. Our own activities follow far-reaching trilingualism, so that international students would have equal opportunities to participate in all activities and decision making. We also train organisations, associations and student tutors to activities which acknowledge international students, instead of organising separate international events, and lower the threshold to join regular leisure time activities.

Promoting the integration of leisure time is not enough, however, but the university must for its part ensure that integration is also possible in everyday life. Teaching, services and the reception of new students should not be planned separately for international students, but their interaction with local students should be promoted in all activities from the very first day. We emphasise this in advocacy work at the university.

18. Which measures support the students’ integration into the Finnish society (e.g. career planning, working life connections, teaching of domestic languages)?

AYY:

It is precisely by focusing on these issues that Finland could become international and gain the economic benefit from it most effectively. Even though there is support available for all of these issues, there would still be plenty of room for improvement.

It is positive development that international students can apply for Aalto’s internship grant, which is tailor-made for them, from this autumn onwards. In addition, career services provide plenty of CV counselling for those who know to ask for it, but there are not so many other services. International students have fewer networks and tacit knowledge about the Finnish labour market than Finns do and that is why they need more personal services and help in job search. Subject organisations offer students plenty of networking opportunities and corporate visits in one’s field but they are currently provided mainly in Finnish. Thus, international students are placed at a disadvantage.

The selection of Finnish language courses in Otaniemi is fairly comprehensive, but the arranging of language courses with other course schedules is challenging. At the School of Economics, it is only possible to choose 3-9 credits of domestic language courses, which is way too little to achieve moderate language skills. In the Swedish language, some levels only have courses in which the language of instruction is Finnish. As the studying of domestic languages is completely optional, some international students only notice the need for them when it is too late to achieve good language skills and there is not enough space reserved for language studies in the study modules.

Aalto has been involved in the co-operation body Helsinki Education and Research Area, which has promoted the integration, employment and the improvement of the housing situation of international students in the metropolitan area. Aalto is withdrawing from the cooperation at the end of 2013.

19. Please assess informally the overall impact of the tuition fee trial on the operations of your university. 

AYY:

The effect of tuition fees on the activities of the whole Aalto is minor since tuition fees have been introduced only in the minority of programmes. The large number of scholarships also ensure that very few students are actually charged tuition fees. Thus, the fees have not brought a significant change in the number of international students at Aalto.

However, in those programmes where fees are charged, an alarming proportion of students have not accepted their study place. The erasure rate in various scholarship categories is the greater the larger the share should be paid by the student. This suggests that fees have a repellent effect on some of the students, and therefore fees could hinder the achievement of the internationalisation objectives.

Since the fees only relate to a minor group, also the income from them is very small and will therefore be smaller than costs caused by administration and scholarships.

The debate on the fees and the related planning and evaluation take plenty of working hours from many people in relation to their concrete effects, both in the administration of the student union and the university.

The evidence, which we have obtained to this date, does not suggest that fees have brought improvements to the quality of studies. Some new resources have been channelled to fee-charging programmes. However, also without the fee trial, these resources could have been used to improve the quality of teaching in all programmes. On the positive side, students who study in paid programmes, receive health insurance and an additional language course. However, it would be much better if all students received the same level of improvements to their conditions, and students in the paid programmes would not become a privileged group compared with the other students.

The extra funds, earmarked for improving the quality of paid programmes, have been partly spent in a different way than what was intended, such as marketing. There is a risk that the repellent effect of the fees on some students, combined with the internationalisation goals, creates pressure to target such funds on marketing, which could otherwise be used as reasonably as possible to improve the quality of education for all students.

If students belong to scholarship categories on different levels, it creates a new dividing line among students, which makes them unequal and, on the other hand, emphasises the difference of international students in relation to other students. That is why it certainly does not facilitate the interaction between different groups, or improve the conditions for the internationalisation at home for the Finnish students.

The tuition fee also puts an unreasonable pressure on a student to complete studies in the given schedule, especially if a compulsory course is offered only once during the whole year. If the student fails, one may have to pay the tuition fee for the next year, which easily wrecks the student’s finances. The median consumption of Aalto’s international students in Finland is 600 euro per month, so an additional tuition fee may more than double the student’s annual cost of living.

In addition, the tuition fee has brought ideas to the planning of university operations, which have not been previously common in the academic world in Finland. Business aspects have become more common in the planning of academic education, especially on the international side. The way of thinking, in which tuition fees are used as tools in shaping the university’s brand, has become more common. Students are rather regarded as customers than equal members of the academic community. AYY is concerned about this development, as we want students to be equal members of the academic community, not paying customers whose wishes and needs are evaluated mostly from the perspective of financial benefits and costs.

Approved by AYY Board

In Espoo, 28 Nov 2012