More inclusion and communality to universities


TUO, together with four other student unions, has received a special grant from the Ministry of Education and Culture for a project to develop communality and improve student well-being.

Covid-19 pandemic has strongly affected student unions’ work for example in creating inclusivity and communality between students and university, doing advocacy work and preventing students’ social exclusion.

Student unions encourage students to be politically active and conscious members of society, but they also offer support in many situations and problems affecting studies and everyday life. As the encounters with students have declined and studies are done remotely, for example the risks for students’ social exclusion, studies being delayed and dropping out of university have increased. Student unions help students also in these situations by offering peer support and advice, in collaboration with the university.

This project aims to develop methods to increase and ensure inclusion and communality in the university that are suitable for remote environments. As the world has moved online due to the pandemic, the student unions need to join the development with the university community as well.

Many studies support the claim that a strong sense of social inclusion in a community affects the person’s overall well-being positively. The student unions working together in this project want to take action and create a better future for university students.

Student unions in this project:

  • The Student Union of Diaconia University of Applied Sciences O’Diako
  • The Student Union of Haaga-Helia – Helga
  • The Student Union of Laurea University of Applied Sciences Laureamko
  • The Student Union of Metropolia University of Applied Sciences METKA
  • The Student Union of the Turku University of Applied Sciences – TUO