Mikä neuvoksi project

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Mikä neuvoksi project

The Mikä neuvoksi project is a joint project of the University of Vaasa and the Student Union of the University of Vaasa, for which the Ministry of Education and Culture has granted a special temporary grant. The project will run until the end of 2021.

The Mikä neuvoksi project aims to develop student guidance and welfare services to meet the challenges posed by the corona pandemic. The measures of the project aim to reduce the loneliness experienced by students and strengthen community spirit, for example through peer support activities. The project will also develop low-threshold Study Counselling services and Study Psychology activities. In addition to the well-being of students, the services also support the progress of studies and commitment to studies.

The project aims to build a positive and sustainable operating culture and promote community spirit. The goal is the well-being of students, professional study counsellors and easily accessible services of a study psychologist. Anna Yliaska works as a project assistant for the project. A working group consisting of other project actors will support the project assistant in the development of peer support activities.

During the spring, on-campus breakfast events, group walks and study counsellors’ contact calls have been organized as part of the project. An Open Cameras Day was organized in the spring to strengthen the sense of community in remote learning. In the summer, campus picnics and low-threshold experiments sports will be held, among other things. The active operation of the project will focus on the autumn of 2021.

Feedback and wishes are actively collected about the project's activities.

Activities for students

Movie nights for students in December

Mikä neuvoksi offers students of the University of Vaasa three movie nights at the Kino Ritz (Kirkkopuistikko 22).

The films are free for students who have signed in via Webropol form. The first 100 participants can be included. The doors open half-hour before showtime, so don't be late!

More information on the University's website.

Sign up:


Pitkä välkkä goes Arcade

Take a break from studying and come test your skills in classic retro arcade machines!

On week 49 we will explore the fascinating world of retro games!

The arcade cabinets and pinball machines (approximately 60 devices) in the lobby of the F249-251 on the second floor of the Fabriikki building will be available on Tuesday 7 December, and Thursday 9 December at 1.45-3.00 p.m. Legendary Donkey Kong (1980) and Pac-Man (1980) arcade cabinets & the highest-ranked pinball machine of all time, Medieval Madness (1997), are just a few examples of the selection.

Coffee, glögg (mulled wine), Finnish Christmas Tarts and gingerbread are also available at the site.


Visit to Aava Kerttu's farm

The cozy Aava Kerttu's farm is located in the small village of Södra Vallgrund in Raippaluoto. The old rural environment and the friendly pets, as well as the beautiful and unique World Heritage nature, are close and present to offer pleasant visits to the whole family – for visitors of all ages!

You can check the farm and its animals in advance on the Aava Kerttu's farm website

Mikä neuvoksi offers a private visit to Aava Kerttu's Home Farm for pre-registered students of the University of Vaasa on Friday, December 10, and on Friday, December 17. There are 50 places for each visit, and they will be filled in the order of registration. The children of students with families are certainly welcome to join! However, please note that each participant must be signed in separately, as there are a limited number of seats on the bus.

The visit to the farm is free for participants and includes bus transfers in both directions. The private visit lasts 1.5 hours and includes grilling sausages. Dress warmly, so you can be outdoors at the farm!

Registration opens on Friday, December 3 at 12:00 p.m.

Friday, December 10
Departure from either Vaasa city center, in front of City Hall at 12.40 p.m.
OR Palosaari, Wolffintie (in front of Novia) at 12.45 p.m.
Private visit to Aava Kerttu's Farm from 1.30-3 p.m., after which returning to Vaasa

Signing up

Friday, December 17
Departure from either Vaasa city center, in front of City Hall at 4.40 p.m.
OR Palosaari, Wolffintie (in front of Novia) at 4.45 p.m.
Private visit to Aava Kerttu's Farm from 5.30-7 p.m., after which returning to Vaasa

Signing up


Morning yoga 

Start your day with yoga! 

Free yoga classes for students will run from week 41 onwards. Yoga is held at Domus Bothnica's Wärtsilä Hall (Yliopistonranta 5, entrance from the main door) from 8.45 to 9.45 a.m. on pre-announced days of the week. Yoga mats are available in the hall, which means you only need casual clothes and a bottle of water. There is no pre-registration for the events, so all you need to do is show up! There are enough yoga mats for the first 24 participants, so please arrive on time.

Yoga classes in week 42 are arranged on Monday and Thursday. From week 44 onwards, yoga will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays (excluding 2.12 and 7.12.).

Class description:

Poweryoga is combination of soothing and powerfull dynamic movement. The theme of the lesson may vary from lesson to lesson. The hour begins with calming and strecing poses and progresses step by step to a dynamic flow sequence. After strong part of class we devote back to the relaxing and  steching poses. 

The class is suitable for yogis of all levels.


Sense of Community in Online Learning

Let’s meet with our cameras turned on, please

The Cameras Open theme aims to strengthen the sense of community by encouraging students and staff to open cameras at the beginning of lectures, meetings, and other remote meetings. The use of cameras emphasizes the encounters and presence of a fellow student and colleague and increases interaction.

The University of Vaasa has put together a Zoom netiquette to improve the interaction and flow of online teaching sessions and other online meetings. University staff - especially teaching staff - have been asked to bear this netiquette in mind during lectures and other online meetings.

The purpose of the netiquette is to promote an effective and safe online learning environment and foster student engagement with online learning. The netiquette can also provide a useful guide for group work sessions and other more informal online meetings.

Remote meeting with cameras open









Previous activities

Overall Badge Sewing on Thursday, November 18 at 3-6 p.m.

Is the stack of unstitched overall badges starting to grow alarmingly? Or do some of the previously sewn-on badges begin to dangle?

Not to worry! Grab your overalls with you, and join your fellow students to sew on badges in Domus Bothnica’s seaside scenery. In addition to sewing, you can chat and chill in a relaxed atmosphere with others or just sit back and stare at the sea. Sewing supplies are available on-site, and there will also be some snacks for the fastest.

The event is interdisciplinary, so all students of the University of Vaasa are welcome! The doors are open from 3 to 6 p.m., meaning you can arrive according to your schedule. More info in the Facebook event.


Long recess

Long recesses are on a break at the moment. More info about upcoming events will be available later.

Take a break from studying and join to play and hang out!  There will be low threshold outdoor games and hanging out. Join to visit, stay and play - no previous experience required!

Games and activities change every week. You will find the current info about the weekly activities under the Upcoming events menu. Long recesses are arranged if the weather is suitable, so no event is held in cold, rainy, or very windy weather.

Students sitting at the campus grass area


Task Force peer study group (In collaboration with JYY)

In Zoom Meetings on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m

You are studying independently, but would like to have more structure? Check this out!

Task Force is a peer group that supports your independent studies and provides a nice opportunity to share how you're doing in a friendly atmosphere without a need to leave your home. The Task Force is a casual workspace that is open in Zoom on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The group is led by the Student Union of the University of Jyväskylä's Ismo Puhakka.


Task force logo and people studying


Back to Campus week's Breakfast Events

The breakfast events that started in the spring are here again - sign in! 

Mikä neuvoksi arranges breakfast events for students of the University of Vaasa during week 41 from Monday to Thursday as part of the Back to Campus week. The events will be held in the restaurant Erkki, located in the Fabriikki building. Delicious breakfasts for the event will be offered by the local café Sweet Vaasa. Come and meet your fellow students and enjoy a tasty breakfast!

Registration must be done in advance so that any special diets can be taken into account. Participation in the event is free of charge for registered participants.


Campus picnics

Summer is finally here, so what could be more fun than a picnic with your fellow students! Campus picnics are held during the summer in the lawn area between Tritonia and Luotsi buildings. You will find the time for the picnics in the calendar of the Upcoming Events menu.

Campus picnics are events that all students at the University of Vaasa are welcome to attend. The purpose of campus picnics is to provide students with a time and place to meet each other. Come along for lunch, coffee, or otherwise just pop in! You can also bring games, music, musical instruments or anything else you need with a picnic. You are welcome to stay for the whole event or stop by for a while. 

Restaurant Cotton Club is located at Yliopistonranta 2 and is open during the summer. At Cotton Club, you can grab a student-priced lunch (at 10.00 a.m.– 2 p.m.) or coffee for a picnic.

Campus picnics are arranged if the weather is nice, so no picnic is held in cold, rainy, or very windy weather.

Picnics follow current safety instructions.

Students sitting outside the campus     Map of campus with the marked location of picnics

Student guidance

To support the planning and progression of studies, each student has a Study Counsellor appointed according to their degree program. You can be in touch with your study counsellor in all matters related to your studies. You can find more information and contact information for your counsellor on the University of Vaasa Students website under Study Counsellors.

To strengthen guidance services, training and workshops will be organized for study counsellors in autumn 2021, e.g. group counseling and substance abuse.

The Study Psychologist works to enhance motivation, time management, the progression of studies, and overall well-being. Together with the study psychologist, you can try to solve issues related to learning or discuss your study goals. More information on the activities of a study psychologist can be found in the Study Psychologist section of the University of Vaasa Students website. Also, feel free to check out the study psychologist's Tune Up Your Studies blog (in Finnish), where you will find tips on study-related issues, e.g. in the form of blog posts and video series!

Study psychologist trainee Ville Horila has started at the beginning of the fall semester. The trainee supports the work of the study psychologist e.g. piloting new activities and cooperating with the study counsellors. You can find Ville's contact information in the Contact Us menu.

Contact us

Contact information 

Elli Uusi-Kokko
Specialist in Students Interests​, VYY

+358 44 324 8961

Elina Alho
Amanuensis, Education Services

+358 29 449 8604

Sannakaisa Holmlund
Specialist, Education Services

+358 29 449 8150


Contact the board or the staff of the Student Union

The board and the staff are happy to tell you more about the Student Union and how to participate!