The University of Applied Sciences Students in Finland - SAMOK

SAMOK is a national, politically independent nonprofit organisation for students at  universities of applied sciences (UAS). The organisation is led by students and works to promote students’ interests. SAMOK also offers services to our member student unions and ensures that the students’ voices are heard by the state administration and other relevant stakeholders. We also arrange for services and discounts for students. A total of approximately 65 500 students are members of the student unions that are members of SAMOK, however, SAMOK speaks for close to 140 000 UAS students all in all.

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Contact information during summer

News // 21.6.2016

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Summer vacation is almost here, but SAMOK and the Student Unions are available also during summer.

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SAMOK and SYL demand permanent solutions for higher education student health care

Statements // 31.5.2016

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A committee investigating alternatives for increasing users’ freedom of choice and multichannel funding options for the social and health care (SOTE) reform in Finland published its final report today, 31 May. On the topic of student health care, the report recommends ensuring that the Finnish Student Health Services’ (FSHS) can continue as a service provider during the initial phase of the reform. The national higher education students’ unions of in Finland, SAMOK and SYL, welcome the mentioning of student health care in the report but do not accept making FSHS only a temporary, first phase solution.

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Gramoz Shpendi from SAMOK elected to the board of the European Students’ Union

Press releases // 12.5.2016

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Board Member Gramoz Shpendi (22) of the University of Applied Sciences Students in Finland SAMOK has been elected to the Executive Committee of the European umbrella organisation for higher education students, European Students’ Union (ESU). Elections took place late Thursday night on 12 May at ESU’s 70th board meeting in Bergen, Norway.

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SAMOK presents: Gramoz Shpendi for ESU’s Executive Committee

Press releases // 2.5.2016

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SAMOK is pleased to nominate Gramoz Sphendi for the position of member of the Executive Committee of the European Students’ Union (ESU). There’s a lot to do in ESU and I have a pretty clear image of how to develop the system. I’m excited and looking forward to start the work in ESU, Gramoz summarises.

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NOM resolution on international students

Statements // 19.4.2016

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We the national unions of students in the Nordic and Baltic countries (NOM, Nordiskt Ordförande Møte) condemn the rise of extreme right-wing movements and discrimination of international students in the Nordic and Baltic countries.

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Student organisations ask budget negotiators to save our education

Statements // 4.4.2016

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‘We ask only one thing of the budget negotiators: Give us back our belief in the future!’ The organisations will supervise the budgetary framework negotiations and organise a pop up restaurant with student food. Traditional student delicacies will be served to negotiators at 7:30am. The campaign is intended to remind budget negotiators about the consequences slashing student financial aid will have on student finances, which are already in a bad state.

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