The student union also guards your interests externally. Academic, municipal, and social affairs are mostly the responsibility of the executive board. External interests are guarded mainly through contact with co-operative organisations and forums. Social affairs include contact with FSHS (Finnish Student Health Service), HOAS (Housing) and OLL (Sport union for students). Academic affairs are discussed together with other student unions in Finland as well as through SYL (National Union of university students in Finland) and municipal affairs through the World Student Capital -network for students in the metropolitan area.
Student Health Care (FSHS)
The one responsible for social affairs in the SHS Executive Board is frequently in contact with the student health care organisation FSHS. This person represents the Student Union in the Board of Directors of the Helsinki and Espoo Unit, the council and the group for students’ well-being. The Student Union can, through these groups, be involved in a lot of the decision-making that involves its students. If you have any feedback or ideas regarding the student health care, feel free to contact the SHS executive board member in charge of social affairs.
HOAS stands for Helsingin seudun opiskelija-asuntosäätiö, in English Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki Region, and offers housing for students in the Helsinki region. You can apply for an apartment on their webpage (link?). SHS is represented in the board of HOAS through a representative that is elected by SHS and other small Student Unions. We also have a representative in the council, where the position is shared with TaiYo.
In year 2018 Hanken became a co-owner of Unisport. Unisport offers exercise opportunities for students to a more student friendly price. Both Hanken and SHS have a representative each in the Board of Directors of Unisport.
OLL stands for Opiskelijoiden liikunta liitto. The federation guards students’ interests regarding sport questions.
SYL stands for Suomen ylioppilaskuntien liitto, in English National Union of University Students in Finland. SYL represents all 13 Student Unions in Finland, which means it represents over 132 000 students. Therefore, ss a member of SHS, you are also a member of SYL. The Union has a board that is elected yearly by the member Student Unions. SYL does a lot of student advocacy, such as student wellbeing, societal impact, international affairs, and student life to name a few. Through SYL, SHS has a lot of cooperation with the other Student Unions in Finland, and we also have the chance to get our voice heard on a national level. SHS is mainly represented in SYL by the Executive Board.
The board member responsible for academic affairs is usually the one who is in charge of SHS activity regarding upcoming elections in Finland. The elections are Finnish parliamentary elections, presidential elections, EU parliamentary elections, municipal elections and possibly county elections. The voting percentage for young people is extremely low, so it is important for the Student Union to encourage students to vote and engage in elections and politics.
WSC stands for World Student Capital and is an association that wants to make the Helsinki region an even better place to study in. All Student Unions of the Helsinki region is represented in WSC. As an association it represents close to 100 000 students. The SHS board represents SHS in WSC.
SHS has also a lot of collaboration outside of Finland, for example in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Switzerland. We are a part of networks like the Nordic Board and the International Forum. These networks are a great way to network and benchmark ourselves with other Student Unions outside Finland.