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National Union of University Students in Finland

SYL General Assembly in Espoo – guest speaker Minister of Education Krista Kiuru

Media release.
Published: 27-Nov-2013 02:12 pm
Publisher: National Union of University Students in Finland

Press release 27 November 2013
Free for publication

The General Assembly of the National Union of University Student in Finland (SYL) will be held at Hotel Korpilampi, Espoo, on 29–30 November. SYL is the common representative of all the 135,000 students in Finnish universities. The General Assembly elects the new President and the six memebers of the Executive Board, and outlines the union's objectives and operations for the forthcoming year.

The General Assembly commences Friday at 10:00. The meeting resumes at 9:30 Saturday morning, after which Minister of Education Krista Kiuru addresses the attendants of the SYL General Assembly at 11:00. On Saturday afternoon, around 16–17 o'clock, the meeting culminates in the election of SYL’s new President and Executive Board.

The General Assembly is the highest decision-making body of SYL, with representatives from all 15 university student unions in Finland. The student unions nominate a total of 144 delegates for the General Assembly. The total number of people attending the meeting is circa 300.

Three candidates are running for President of SYL. The candidates are: Mari Kröger from the Student Union of the University of Jyväskylä (JYY), Piia Kuosmanen from the Aalto University Student Union (AYY) and Joel Kuuva from the Student Union of Lappeenranta University of Technology (LTKY).

The number of candidates for the six-member SYL Executive Board is currently eight*. The following candidates have been nominated for the SYL Executive Board by the student unions: Jari Järvenpää (Student Union of the University of Tampere Tamy), Annika Kempe (University of the Arts Student Union TaiYo), Hilkka Kemppi (Student Union of the University of Lapland LYY), Antti Kähkönen (Student Union of Hanken School of Economics SHS), Petra Peltonen (Student Union of the University of Turku TYY), Marko Rosenholm (Student Union of the University of Helsinki HYY), and Teppo Suominen (Student Union of the University of Jyväskylä JYY). In addition to candidates nominated by the student unions, the Student Union of the National Coalition Party has nominated HYY board member Pirre Seppänen for the SYL Executive Board.

The statutory items on the agenda for the meeting include next year’s plan of action and budget. Other items on the agenda include discussion around SYL's basic income policy and the goals of the student movement for next year's European Parliament Election and for the 2015 Finnish Parliamentary Election.

The media is very welcome to follow the yearly high point of Finnish student politics on both days of the meeting. The election of officials will take place on Saturday afternoon. SYL will inform the media about the results as soon as possible once the results are in. The preferred times for interviews are  during lunch (Fri 12–13 and Sat 13–14) and after the conclusion of the assembly. For inquiries about interviews, please contact SYL’s Information Officer Riitta Käppi (riitta.kappi@syl.fi, tel. 041 515 2228).

The SYL General Assembly will be broadcast live online. The link to the live broadcast will be  available during the meeting at www.syl.fi/liittokokous. The latest news from the General Assembly will also be continuously updated on SYL’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SYL.FIN) and on  Twitter (www.twitter.com/SYL_FIN).
Follow the SYL GA in social media with the hashtag #SYLliittari.

More information:

Secretary General Juha Töyrylä, tel. 041 515 2229
President Marina Lampinen, tel. 044 906 5007

The best way to reach SYL during the actual meeting is through Information Officer Riitta Käppi, +358  41 515 2228, riitta.kappi@syl.fi
All email addresses are of the form firstname.lastname@syl.fi

You will find the official GA documents (in Finnish and Swedish) at: http://www.syl.fi/materiaalit/liittokokous
The online material also includes the program/timetable of the meeting.

The meeting takes place in Hotel Korpilampi, Espoo, in Southern Finland. For more information, please visit http://www.korpilampi.fi/contact/

*The candidate nominations are open until the election process begins at the General Assembly.

Suomen ylioppilaskuntien liitto (SYL) ry on opiskelijajärjestö, joka edustaa noin 135 000 perus- ja jatkotutkinto-opiskelijaa.

SYL valvoo opiskelijan etua valtakunnan tasolla opiskelijaa koskevissa asioissa. SYL:n ydinosaamisalueita ovat koulutuspolitiikka, sosiaalipolitiikka ja kansainväliset asiat. Lisäksi SYL:ssä paneudutaan työelämään, tasa-arvoon ja yhdenvertaisuuteen, ympäristöön ja kehitysyhteistyöhön liittyviin kysymyksiin.

www.syl.fi
www.facebook.com/SYL.FIN

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