Your University studies link you to 200,000 University of Helsinki alumni around the world. Join the community you are a part of and take advantage of numerous membership benefits =>
Alumni Association members are offered a unique cross-disciplinary program including seminars, lectures, travels and celebrations. As a member, you receive the University Magazine, discounts on concert tickets, magazines, books, courses and sports services, as well as the opportunity to influence the university and its future. Take advantage of numerous membership benefits, take part in more than 40 events annually.
Your student years at the University of Helsinki are about to end or have already ended. However, your years as a University alumnus or alumna have just begun – and have no deadline!
NETWORKING as part of a 7,000 alumni community
PARTICIPATE in various programs and academic volunteering
SUPPORT the employment of students
LEARN for life by maintaining the connection to the the University
SAVE with academical membership benefits
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The expertise of our alumni is needed to support both the University and its alumni activities. Alumni and the Alumni Association are an important part of the academic community. As a member of the Alumni Association, you can influence the University’s future and support current students.
Have you studied or worked at the University of Helsinki? If yes, you are one of the alumni.
All former and current students and employees, whether graduated or not, are alumni of the University.
I learned the term ‘alumni’ only during my last assignment in New York as an official of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. In the American context, one’s university is well remembered, contacts are maintained and donations are made. After my return to Finland and retirement, I enrolled at the Open University to study history. This is where I heard about the Alumni Association and I signed up. Of the membership benefits, I value the interesting lectures and trips the most. I have found new friends and rediscovered old ones. The Association’s annual celebration is always a joyful event. I have volunteered to hand out refreshments and gym tickets at the carnival on the University’s opening of the academic year. I’m interested in continuing as a volunteer. I feel that the University of Helsinki is still my university and that I can walk through the revolving doors to Porthania any time I want.
Faculty of Social Sciences
I think the question should rather be “why not an alumnus or alumni?”. It is self-evident. I have been at the University for over 50 years, so it has become an integral part of me. I have participated in several alumni events and parties both as a speaker and just as a guest enjoying the event. At the end of last year, I signed up for eternal membership. My faculty carried out a successful alumni project at the occasion of the University’s 375th anniversary: we set up a website featuring 375 successful alumni in the humanities. Many felt that it gave them the opportunity to visibly contribute to the alumni activities.
Faculty of Arts
I joined the Alumni Association soon after graduation. I wanted to maintain contact with the University, the academic world and more widely with the surrounding society. After all, the University is part of society, and a critical part for that matter, in the same way as the Chancellor of Justice or the YLE broadcasting company. For two years I sat on the Association Board. I felt it was important to highlight the fact that despite Aalto University’s impressive track record, the University of Helsinki continues to be Finland’s largest university and the most successful Finnish university in international rankings. People should be prouder of their alma mater. Being an alumnus or alumna is an honour, which should be boldly stated also in your CV.
Jan D. Oker-Blom
Faculty of Social Sciences
I’m a second-generation alumna. My father worked here as a professor, and I have also spent most of my career working here at the University. I didn’t want my affiliation with the University to end, so I joined the Alumni Association well before retirement. Besides participating in various events, I have been on five alumni trips. The most memorable ones were the two-week cruise aboard a cargo ship in Polynesia and the trip to Jordan, where Jaakko Frösén told about us the Petra digs. He made us feel like we were travelling with Indiana Jones. The Alumni Association is very active!
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Thanks to science, people live longer and healthier nowadays, which means that we must also work longer. The traditional pattern of studies, career and pension has become more varied. People must be able to gear their skills in a multidisciplinary way and assume greater responsibility for their mental capacity. The Alumni Association proves new insights into this. Being an alumnus or alumna is not just about receiving, but also about the opportunity to give, in other words, to share information, time and resources, for example, by sponsoring research. Through my membership in the Alumni Association Board I wish to promote the Association’s objectives, the employment of graduates and the University’s international competitiveness through concrete measures. As an alumna, I have been able to enjoy intellectual conversations and warm friendship.
Faculty of Science
TERMS OF MEMBERSHIP OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
Read the terms of membership before joining!
All former students who have pursued degree studies at the University of Helsinki may join the University’s Alumni Association. Membership applications are approved by the Board of the Association.
The Association’s annual meeting decides on the membership fee annually. This year’s fee is €36.
When registering as a member you will be asked to provide, at minimum, your name, address, phone number, date of birth, faculty and first year of studies. Please note that the faculty organisation corresponds to that currently in force. Changes may have taken place in the faculties and departments over the years.
The membership fee entitles you to participate in events organised by the Alumni Association and to enjoy member benefits. Having paid the membership fee, you will also receive membership letters and other information about the Association’s activities and the University. If you provide your email address, you will also receive messages by email.
The membership is personal: the Alumni Association benefits are for the member’s own use.
Our member register is absolutely confidential, and the information in it will not be shared with third parties.
The University of Helsinki Alumni Association has the right to terminate a membership if it has been misused or if the information provided is false.
The University of Helsinki Alumni Association reserves the right to amend the conditions of membership without separate notification.