Alumni Association activities for international alumni

International Alumni Network Mingle and Meeting

A group of graduates from the University of Helsinki recently established the University of Helsinki International Alumni Network. The aim of the network is to provide opportunities for students and alumni with international background to meet, to share information and experiences as well as to take part in different activities.

The first get together is set for 22nd March at 5 pm in Think Corner's meeting space "Basement" (located on the K1 level). We will start with a general meeting where we develop the International Alumni Network and upcoming events for this spring and autumn. You are warmly welcome to participate and give your ideas and input!

After the meeting you will get the opportunity to network and mingle with alumni and students with both Finnish and international background. The networking will take place between 6pm and 6:30pm in the "Alumni Mingle Corner" located in Think Corner's main event space "Stage" (street level). Already 60 alumni with Finnish background have registered for this mingle because they want to get to know alumni and students with international background.

Registration for both events is mandatory. Remember to tick the box "I will attend the International Alumni Network meeting" and/or the box "I want to network with Finnish alumni during the evening" in the registration form. Please note that in the registration form you can also choose to participate in the event: Roach, cricket or oats? - a playful debate between the ethical foods of the future. The debate starts at 6.30pm in Think Corner.

Thursday March 22nd 2018 5pm-6:30pm, Think Corner, Yliopistonkatu 3

A competition between the ethical foods of the future

Finland is coming up with new inventions within food technology that will change our eating habits for good. The main reason for this is the concern for climate change. 

In Think Corner three topical products will compete against each other for the most efficient and environmental friendly solution; crickets are represented by Perttu Karjalainen (EntoCube) and Santtu Vekkeli (Nordic Insect Economy Ltd.), pulled oats by Reetta Kivelä (Gold&Green Foods) and roach by Marjukka Porvari (John Nurminen Foundation) The debate will be moderated by professor Johanna Mäkelä (UH) and commented by Seppo Knuutila from the Finnish Environment Institute and supervised by Jukka Kola, rector of the University of Helsinki. The debate will be held in Finnish.

At the event you'll get the opportunity to taste some of the products, and he legendary DJ Borzin will entertain with music before and after the debate. The debate will be held in Finnish.

Before the event The Alumna of the year Reetta Kivelä will give a lecture with the title Entä jos uusiutuva ruoka on ratkaisu?  at 5pm to 6pm in the University's main hall (Aleksanterinkatu 5). Before the lecture we will serve pulled oats MiniBurgers with a suitable drink.

Thursday March 22nd 2018 6-9pm, Think Corner Stage, Yliopistonkatu 3

If you wish to help a student prepare for the world of work, but have little time and are constantly on the go due to work engagements, the Alumni Ambassador activities may be the solution. They are the Alumni Association’s latest approach to helping students regardless of time and place.

The activities take place on LinkedIn, the social network for professionals. LinkedIn provides an existing and fully functioning platform for alumni and students to meet easily and on their own terms. All activities occur through the Alumni Association’s closed LinkedIn group to ensure that the alumni help the right students.

Local Alumni Clubs are groups established by former students under the auspices of the University of Helsinki Alumni Association. Such clubs enable their members to participate in alumni activities no matter where in the world they live.

What do local Alumni Clubs offer?

  •     The presence of the University of Helsinki in your community
  •     The opportunity to network with other University alumni
  •     Networking opportunities with researchers and people in business in your area
  •     Events where you can meet top researchers in several fields from the University of Helsinki, in for instance climate change research and medicine

Who can participate in the Clubs?

Anyone who has been admitted to pursue a degree, has conducted research or has held a position or post at the University of Helsinki can participate in the alumni activities coordinated by the Alumni Association.

The EU Alumni Club, based in Brussels, aims to bring together the alumni of the University of Helsinki who  All alumni can join the club.

The mission of the EU Alumni Club is to create a lifelong and worldwide community of alumni through increased opportunities for meaningful engagement, in other words -  Stay Connected, Continue Learning and Support Helsinki University

EU Alumni Club offers alumni meaningful opportunities in:

Creating and strengthening connections and networks between present, former and future students and the University of Helsinki as well as building internal sense of community through various EU Alumni activities.

Promoting and supporting Helsinki University’s research excellence and education; attracting the best students, researchers and employees to the university. Reinforcing the positive image of the University of Helsinki as an international actor.

Developing lifelong learning in the University of Helsinki and using its possibilities for self-development and to update new professional skills. Providing one’s expertise to the University of Helsinki and the other alumni.

Close communication and dialogue between the University of Helsinki and the Alumni communities on current affairs, especially regarding scientific studies, topical EU matters and news concerning the University of Helsinki.

How can You join?

You can easily join the EU Alumni Club either online or by sending an email to saara.harjula@helsinki.eu
Don’t forget to follow us on social media and on our website to find out more about our upcoming events

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LinkedIn:  EU Alumni Club – University of Helsinki

Local Alumni Clubs are groups established by former students under the auspices of the University of Helsinki Alumni Association. Such clubs enable their members to participate in alumni activities no matter where in the world they live. The China Alumni Club arranges events three times a year, mainly in Beijing, but also in other locations, for example Shanghai.

Join the China Alumni Club if you want to:

  • network with researchers and people in business in the Beijing area
  • keep in touch with the University of Helsinki
  • network with Chinese or Finns who live in the Beijing area
  • meet top researchers in several fields from the University of Helsinki, in for instance climate change research and medicine
  • get in contact with the embassy and learn about the development in Finland and Finnish business contacts in China
  • get six new contacts in Beijing with an academic background
  • then the Club events is something, that you should not miss out!