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Tutoring in a nutshell and why should you get involved!

January 21, 2020, by Kristaps Kovaļonoks and Mária Kubincová

As tutors, it is our job to help new incoming students (both exchange and degree) with practical matters when settling in. That includes assisting new students to adapt to the Finnish culture, giving insights about how Finnish educational system works, sharing our experiences about student life, familiarising them with UTU campus and, most importantly, serving as a contact person whenever help may be needed (especially during the first months). And the list goes on and on, depending on how active you are and how much help your tutees may need.

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When plans change – How 2 years in Turku turned into 7 (and counting…)

January 10, 2020, by Kristaps Kovaļonoks and Mária Kubincová

Kalypso Filippou is originally from Cyprus and has spent the past 7 years studying and working at the University of Turku. She first moved to Finland back in 2012 to pursue a Master’s Degree in Education and Learning (previously known as Master’s Degree Programme in Learning, Learning Environments and Educational Systems). Back then, she thought that she will pursue and complete her studies in 2 years, and then she will return back to her home country. Life, however, turned out quite differently! She has recently graduated from the Doctoral Programme on Educational Policy, Lifelong Learning and Comparative Education Research (also known as KEVEKO) and is now teaching at the Faculty of Education.

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Attending EU Careers Ambassadors conference in Brussels, Belgium

04 October 2019 by Kristaps Kovalonoks
I was recently fortunate enough to attend EU Careers Ambassadors conference in Brussels, the capital of Belgium and the center of European politics. Brussels is home to the EU’s most important institutions, such as the European Commission, European Council and European Parliament. Sadly, this time my schedule was fully booked, so I was unable to visit these famous places. However, it is safe to say that I enjoyed my time in Brussels very much and hence I am looking forward to visiting Brussels soon again.

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Guests from Latvia

11 September 2019 by Kristaps Kovalonoks
Now that the new academic year has begun, life at UTU campus is busier than ever. The city of Turku is full of students and there are different events happening every single day. In fact, summer was quite the opposite: it was very quiet, and streets of Turku seemed empty, as most students had returned to their home countries, travelled or worked somewhere other than Turku. During the last days of August, from 28.-29.8., I was hosting guests from Rīga Stradiņš University Student Union. What a fun and learning experience that was! They traveled all the way from Latvia to come and visit members of the Student Union of the University of Turku.

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06 June 2019 by Kristaps Kovalonoks and Jonathon Murphy
Greetings, fellow fitness enthusiasts! We want to tell you about the excellent possibilities for a healthy student lifestyle you can have for a affordable price here in Turku.  Following our journey around different Campus Sports’ gym at the campus of the University of Turku,  we would now like to introduce you to Roddis gym.

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23 May 2019 by Kristaps Kovalonoks and Jonathon Murphy

Hi everyone!

Kristaps and I continued our Campus Sport odyssey with a trip to Formis, which is located around 2km away from the student village, near the train station. It is a little bit awkward to reach from campus via public transport, but for those students living in private city accommodation (like me!) it’s very central and convenient.

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10 May 2019 by Kristaps Kovalonoks and Jonathon Murphy

Hi everyone!

Lately, me and Jonathon have been spending a lot of our free time at ASA gym, located inside Åbo Akademi and just a few minutes away from Educarium gym. Åbo Akademi is another university found on the same campus; and using the Campus Sport facilities there is just as convenient. As this gym is found right on the main campus, it is very popular with students from both universities.

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28 April 2019, by Kristaps Kovalonoks and Jonathon Murphy 

Hello all!

It is my great pleasure to announce that we (me and Jonathon) have teamed up to work together on a series of blog articles about Campus Sport’s gyms. The idea is quite simple: we will visit different gyms (5 altogether), spend a few days or even weeks at every one of them, and then describe our experiences by listing the positive and negative things.

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Networking With Impact

21 March 2019 by Kristaps Kovalonoks

Hi everyone!

Last week UTU Ambassadors were invited to an event called “Get-together for Student Ambassadors”. The event took place in Restaurant E. Ekblom, close to the city center and right next to the Aura River. The program of this get-together included presentations about different programs and activities happening in the region of Turku, insights into future events, discussions, networking and mingling around the buffet.

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Attending my very first scientific conference as a guest speaker

05 March 2019 by Kristaps Kovalonoks

Hello all!

Quite recently, from 22.-23.2., I was fortunate enough attend my very first scientific conference as a guest speaker that took place in my hometown of Riga, Latvia. I was invited to represent University of Turku (UTU) as a Student Ambassador, and share my personal experiences, vision of mobility tools regarding higher education, and researcher mobility at the Baltic Science Network Final Conference. On this intense two-day conference, the second day also marked the celebration of theProfessionalAnnual Baltic Sea Science Day.

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