Excellence in International Affairs Award

Outstanding Student

This award was established to recognise outstanding individual contributions towards the lives of international students at the University of Jyväskylä. It is designed to encourage international students to be active and gain experience through participation in campus life.

An outstanding international student does his or her bit in the student community, bringing out new ideas and suggestions for improvement, which bring about something good and improve the community spirit among students. They can be a tireless supporter of others, an enthusiastic participant in organizations or care deeply about the welfare of their fellow students, always busy with ideas. Whatever this model international student does, they give it their all. With their example they encourage other students to also contribute something to benefit the student community and with their positive attitude maintain a good atmosphere that encourages different student groups to better cooperate in creating a better, more international study environment.

Individuals or organisations can nominate a candidate or candidates for the award. Nominations (max. one page in English) should include a description of the nominee’s contributions to the international student experience at the University of Jyväskylä, which would qualify him/her for the award. Nominees do not need to have been involved in any particular organisation, but should actively contribute to campus life in some way. The nomination should justify to the judging panel why their nominee is deserving of the award. The panel will consist of representatives of the Student Union and subject associations.

Submissions must include:

  • Nominee’s name
  • Nominator’s name
  • Nominator’s phone number and e-mail address

The following information should be included in the submission:

  • List of the most important activities and projects the nominee has been involved with and the role the nominee played in these.
  • Comment upon the manner in which the nominee has occupied the above positions and in which he/she has conducted herself in the above activities/projects.

The nominee must be an international student (either degree or exchange) registered at the University of Jyväskylä.

A nominator may make multiple nominations.

Nominations must be submitted by e-mail to the Specialist in International Affairs of the Student Union kv-asiantuntija@jyy.fi by 30th November 2016 at 12 o’clock noon. The winner will be announced and awarded in the first meeting of SIA in 2017. All students who are nominated will receive a certificate for their achievements.

Outstanding Association

The aim of the competition is to support the international activities of subject organizations and to motivate them to take international affairs better into consideration.

An outstanding subject association takes the needs of international students into consideration in everything it does, including advocacy. It guarantees its Finnish members both an opportunity to develop their international skills and to get to know international students. An outstanding subject association communicates systematically also in other language(s) than Finnish and directs a part of its communication particularly to the international students. International students can freely participate in the events organized by the subject association. The community, enriched by the active participation of international students, has an open and welcoming atmosphere. An outstanding subject association participates actively in the Subcommittee for International Affairs in order to share its experiences, to receive support and to improve the integration of international students as a part of the student community together with others. It constantly aims to improve as an international association.

Associations can nominate themselves for the award. Nominations (max. one page in English) should justify to the judging panel why the association is deserving of the award. The panel will consist of representatives of the Student Union and international students.

Submissions must include:

  • Name of the association
  • Contact person’s phone number and e-mail address

Nominations must be submitted by e-mail to the Specialist in International Affairs of the Student Union kv-asiantuntija@jyy.fi by 30th November 2016 at 12 o’clock noon. The winner will be announced and awarded in the first meeting of SIA in 2017. All associations who participate will receive a certificate for their achievements.

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