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"The cuts in student financial aid that will come into effect in August will weaken the finances of especially student families. By legislating a 100 euro provider supplement to the student financial aid, the Government could compensate student families for the negative effects of the cuts to the student financial aid”, comments SAMOK President Anni Koivisto.

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SAMOK is looking for a part time International Coordinator to join our advocacy team. Please send us your application and CV under with subject heading “kv-koordinaattori” to rekrytointi@samok.fi before 8:00 am Monday 20 March.

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Anni Koivisto, age 25, from the Student Union of Vaasa University of Applied Sciences (VAMOK), has been elected President for SAMOK for the year 2017. SAMOK is the national union for students at universities of applied sciences (UAS) in Finland. Koivisto studies Social Services and has acted as chairperson of the VAMOK this year.

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The supporters of Tomorrow without fear – Organised racism into the criminal law campaign demand Finnish members of parliament to act upon banning organised racism and outlawing participating in it. The signatory organisations encourage all Finns to sign the campaign’s petition in order to outlaw organised racism.

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Austris Štāls, from the student union HELGA at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, has been elected member of the board of SAMOK, the national union for students at universities of applied sciences (UAS) in Finland. Štāls has previously been on the board of their student union and part of the advocacy team.

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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 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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“FSHS can provide services for all higher education students in Finland. Now our politicians need to make the critical decisions.” says SAMOK President Jemi Heinilä.

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SAMOK's General Assembly calls for action to ensure equal education opportunities and sufficient resources for it.

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Jemi Heinilä, has been elected chairperson for 2016 for SAMOK. Sonja Raitamäki was elected as vice chairperson.

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Monday 1 December is the Day for Free Education. With this theme day the student movement wants to draw attention to all students' equal opportunities to study at Finnish universities. The theme day is particularly visible on social media, where students will share pictures related to education and explain why it is worth maintaining the free education. The hashtag is #maksutonkoulutus.

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The newly elected 2015 Chair of SAMOK is Joonas Peltonen from the student union of Karelia University of Applied Sciences POKA. The General Assembly elected Katri Manninen from the student union of Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences METKA as Vice Chairperson of SAMOK.

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The Union of Students in Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences - SAMOK and the National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL) will organise a panel on Monday, 27 Oct, 2pm-4pm, where the focus is particularly on mobility, as well as employment and youth employment issues.

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The national unions of higher education students in Finland, SAMOK and SYL, join forces for the European parliamentary elections with their campaign “Listen, EU!” The themes of the campaign are a sustainable, open, tolerant Europe without borders and with possibilities. The campaign aims to highlight themes important for students, both during the elections and in the European Parliament. One of the goals is also to increase student voter turnout. Find the campaign on Facebook: www.facebook.com/kuuleEU and Instagram: @kuule_eu. Take part in the debate on social media using the hashtag #kuuleEU.

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The National Union of Students in Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences - SAMOK has nominated Elin Blomqvist for the position of vice-chairperson for the European Students’ Union for the term 2014-2015. Currently Elin is a member of ESU’s executive committee.

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