About Student Union TUO

What Student Union TUO actually is? How can student affect in TUAS? Who to contact if I have problems in my studies?

Student trusteeship

The student union of the Turku University of Applied Sciences – TUO is the student’s home in TUAS, the one organization that takes care of your interest as a student. TUO has altogether around 4700 members. TUO is a member of SAMOK ry, which is the umbrella organization of the student unions of the Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences. TUO is religiously and politically neutral and independent from trade unions.

Who to contact?

You can always turn to the educational and social affairs adviser if you have any questions or problems concerning your studies. The adviser can for example be involved in solving conflict situations, improving the quality of education in a degree program or work as a messenger between the students and faculty.

If you have a question or problem, please contact:

Marko Grönlund Adviser, promotion of interests and educational development & harassment officer +358 45 881 4050

Group 40 000

Group 40 000 is a common voice of the higher education students for influencing the politics in the Turku city. The group includes Student Union of Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUO), The Student Union of the University of Turku (TYY), Åbo Akademi Student Union (ÅAS) and Student Union Novium at the University of Applied Sciences Novia (Novium).

As the name suggests, the group represents circa 40 000 higher education students in Turku.

Further information on the group is available by liking the Group 40 000 on Facebook!

In case of harassment

Harassment is behavior, that the one being harassed feels uncomfortable in any way. It can relate to ethnicity, sexuality, wealth, religion, physical characteristics or gender. Harassment can also be about bullying or discrimination.

Every student has the right to equal treatment as part of the University Community. They have the right to physical and mental integrity and to social support during their studies. Under the Non-Discrimination Act, students cannot be separated based on their characteristics. The Act on Gender Equality will in turn ensure gender equality also in studies.

You can contact the harassment contact person if you want an impartial listener to your troubles. The harassment contact person won’t take any further actions with out your consent. The only exceptions are situations, where there is a threat of violence towards the students or the University Community. All conversations are confidential and you can contact the harassment contact person also anonymously.

The harassment officers:

Lumi Sallinen Adviser, membership service and tutoring & harassment officer +358 45 137 6860
Marko Grönlund Adviser, promotion of interests and educational development & harassment officer +358 45 881 4050

Join the ranks!

TUO’s representative body

TUO’s representative body of 31 members acts as the highest governing body of TUO. The representatives are chosen by election every autumn and they are in office for a full calendar year. Every member of the student union has the right to be a candidate and to vote.

The representatives decide on the plan of action and the financial evaluation, accepts the activity report and the accounts from the previous year, defines the amount of the membership fee and decides on possible changes to the rules and regulations. Additional to this the representatives select the board of TUO and the student representatives of the Turku University of Applied Sciences.

TUO's board

TUO’s board leads and fulfills the activities of TUO along guidelines set by the representatives. By regulation the board consists of four to eight members, and this board acts for one calendar year. Each member of the board has their own area of responsibility. These responsibilities are handled internally within the Turku University of Applied Sciences, locally and nationally.


TUO team organizes events for the students together with TUO’s board. TUO has a few traditional, set events around the year, but new and fresh ideas are always welcome! TUO team is the place to be if you want to organize student parties or for example culture / sport -related events for students. Hop in: tuo@opiskelijakunta.net

TUO's tutors

TUO’s tutors help new students to start their studies and continue to support them for their entire first year!

TUO trains the new tutors each year and sets up meetings with the tutors a few times during the school year. The application period for the new tutors is open from 13th of December 2017 to 11th of January 2018. If you’re interested don’t hesitate to apply; tutoring is fun and rewarding!

Read more: Call for tutors

Student representatives

Student representatives of the faculties (johtoryhmävastaavat)

Student representatives act as a link between the students and the management team of each faculty.

Engineering and Business

Chemical Engineering: TBA
Information and Communications Technology: Iiro Lehtiö
Business (Turku and Salo): Veera Väänänen and Carl Åberg
Library and Information Services / Business: TBA
Civil and Community Engineering / Construction Management: TBA
Business Logistics / Sales and Purchases: Neea Kärkkäinen
Industrial Management and Engineering / Automotive and Transportation Engineering: Pekka Lahtinen
Mechanical Engineering: Eeva-Maria Kuparinen

Health and Well-being

Dental hygiene / Dental technology: TBA
Biomedical Laboratory Science / Radiography and Radiotherapy: Anu Peuralahti
Physiotherapy / Occupational Therapy: TBA
Social Services: Helena Räihä
Emergency Care / Nursing: Sara Mansikkamäki
Public Health Nursing / Midwifery: TBA
Nursing (Salo): TBA

Arts Academy

Fine Arts: TBA
Film and Media: Marika Korpela and Niko Sjöholm
Performing Arts: TBA

Board of Turku University of Applied Sciences Ltd

Tero Haapala Student representative, Board of Turku University of Applied Sciences Ltd

Other organs

Board of Examiners
Laura Knych, Marko Mäkinen (substitute)

Board of Student Affairs
Marko Mäkinen, Laura Knych (substitute)

Regional Council of Southwest Finland (Maakunnan yhteistyöryhmä MYR)*
Jyri Niemi, student representative named by The Student Union of the University of Turku, TYY (substitute)

* TUO chooses the student representative every two years.

Turun Ylioppilaskyläsäätiö

Jukka-Pekka Salmela

Mikke Kuula