JYY supports development cooperation with development- and culture association Aurora Borealis and with National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL). You can support our project by volunteering in our events, organizing your own fundraising event or by buying lunch tickets in Restaurant Ilokivi with a development cooperation extra, which is 0,2€ per lunch.


Aurora Borealis ry’s Academic Sponsorship Program in Nepal

JYY supports a local development cooperation association Aurora Borealis. Aurora Borealis supports Nepalese youngsters in their higher education studies in Loo Niva village. Education is a key to a bright future but not everyone can afford to study.

You can support Aurora Borealis’ Nepal project by paying a voluntary development cooperation fee in conjunction with the JYY membership fee in the OILI-system when you register for the academic year. In addition, you can support the project also by buying lunch tickets in Ilokivi with a development cooperation extra, which is 0,2€ per lunch.

Fundraising Licence

Aurora Borealis ry
Permit number: RA/2017/842
Valid:  1.9.2017-31.8.2020 in Central Finland (including Pirkanmaa and Central Finland regions)

Read more about the Nepal project

SYL’s Development Cooperation

During the past few decades, SYL’s (National Union of University Students in Finland) themes for development cooperation have been education, supporting students and increasing the awareness of development cooperation in Finland. SYL’s development cooperation is coordinated by KENKKU, a group of volunteers who represent different student unions together with the SYL board member.

JYY is organising a small-scale fundraiser for SYL in the OILI-system in conjunction with the payment of JYY’s membership fee.

The primary use of the raised funds is to support SYL’s EMPOWER-project that focuses on improving the education of disabled students in three publicly funded universities in Ethiopia. The project aims to provide disabled students with high-quality education on an accessible basis and on level terms with other university students.

The secondary use of the raised funds: If the EMPOWER-project needs to be discontinued, the funds that were raised during 2020 can be redirected to SYL’s Development Policy Adviser’s salary for the part it relates to planning new projects.
In the beginning of 2020, two project funding applications were written up. The first project advances democracy education of Guatemalan higher education students in 2021-2022. The second project advances inclusiveness and the empowerment of disabled higher education students in 2021-2024. In addition, in 2020 SYL applies for funding for a global education project for 2021-2022 with student unions who are interested in co-applying. The content of the project will be defined during the planning process but the main goal of the project is to increase university students’ understanding of global issues.

The details of the small-scale fundraising:

Organiser: Student Union of the University of Jyväskylä
Organiser’s contact details: jyy@jyy.fi
Fundraising number: RA/2020/756

You can support SYL’s development cooperation also by donating an optional amount here.

Read more about SYL’s development cooperation and the EMPOWER-project

Fair Trade

Fair Trade University title is awarded by the Fair Trade association in recognition of the university’s ethical responsibility and its commitment to acting according to the sustainable development principles. University of Jyväskylä has attained the Fair Trade University title first time in 2014.

The Fair Trade association was especially thanking the University of Jyväskylä for the wide selection of Fair Trade products that campus restaurants have. Particularly, restaurants have procured a delightfully large amount of Fair Trade coffee and tofu.

Fair Trade ensures a fair wage for the producers and farmers and aims at decreasing poverty with the help of trade.

Read more about Fair trade in our University