Daily Archive: huhtikuu 25, 2013

What is this thing called vappu?

The first of May seems to be on every student’s mind at this time of the year. For those of you who don’t yet know what all the fuss is about: May Day, Walpurgis night, 1st of May – or vappu, as we call it – is without a doubt the biggest student happening of the year, and also a national holiday.

On vappu we celebrate the workers and students. For many it also means the beginning of summer season; some visit their summer cottage for the first time after the winter and some throw their first barbeque party. You will be seeing balloons and paper streamers, kids (and maybe grown-ups, too) dressed in funny costumes, parades, live music, and probably some political speeches. People will be having picnics in the parks wearing their student caps, eating doughnuts and drinking sima. But as were are located 65 degrees north, a wise vappu-person prepares a plan B in case of rain and sleet.

However, it is not the actual vappu day that all the students are so excited about. All the biggest student parties take place the day before, April 30th, and the traditions vary from school to school. In Oulu UAS the celebrations begin with a checkpoint orienteering at 12 pm. The orienteering takes you and your team around Oulu, and on every checkpoint you gather points by performing different tasks. The orienteering ends at 6 pm, but only to give you few hours to get yourself ready for the party starting at 8 pm in Ainola park summer theatre. If you want to celebrate vappu the OUAS way, this is how you do it!


Have a fun, exciting and safe vappu!


This is the end of

all things dull, stressful, pressing

Switch summer mood on!

Tanja Vallo, Secretary of Cultural Affairs


PS. There’s something fun to do on Sunday 28th and Monday 29th, as well! Key words: barrel sauna and Otokylä. Check out the events on OSAKO’s website.

Big Business in Oulu UAS

We are all familiar with the common saying, which instructs to ”hide one’s light under a bushel”. Finns, in particular, have adopted the advice more than well, and usually do not make too much fuss about one’s (personal/professional, big/small) accomplishments or good fortune. In fact, it is claimed that poor communication and marketing have been our Achilles heel for ages, and gradually we are trying to outgrow of the legacy in order to be taken even more seriously as true Europeans and, at least, as better talkers than our beloved neighbours in the West. This text is also a step towards that proud-wise direction.

You see, in Oulu University of Applied sciences (Oulu UAS) something remarkable took place in the very first week of April that calls for a recognition in black and white. Our environmental work was externally audited by Inspecta (http://www.inspecta.com/en/), whose consultant assessed whether the schools of Business and Information Management (aka Liike), Social and Health Care (Sote) and Renewable Natural Resources (Luova), and Department of Energy Technology (located in the School of Engineering) complied with the demands of ISO14001 environmental standard and operated as stated in their environmental programmes.

External audits are carefully planned and a lot of preparation takes place before the actual day. Documents and instructions are updated (i.e. not written for the first time!), staff and students are properly informed and processes are studied in relation to the goals and objectives elaborated in the programmes. Now you begin to wonder, what is the outstanding part in all this? Well, the results our schools received are worthwhile mentioning: First of all, each passed the rigorous inspection. Liike, Sote and Luova renewed their certifications. In the Department of Energy Technology, a newcomer in the ISO-world, there were pretty excited people on the A-day. But all went well, and we are happy to welcome the staff and students of the department to ISO-family of Oulu UAS. 🙂

The auditor provides two-level feedback: instant observations are given at the end of the day, and later, a written report is sent. When having the feedback discussion in Luova on Thursday afternoon that week the auditor was particularly impressed with our internal environmental audit procedure that is carried out without any help of the consultants. I recall him describing the procedure systematic, efficient and exact. He defined the environmental work of Oulu UAS well organised and successful, and wished to use our example as a reference when auditing elsewhere. And this, my friend, is the remarkable emphasis that deserves mentioning. To receive such explicit acknowledgement from auditors does not take place often, and certainly not always.

We, the SD team of Oulu UAS, are of course tremendously happy about the results. Many thanks to all taken part in the audits, and warm compliments to our SD key persons in Liike, Luova, Sote and in the Department of Energy Technology.

Outi Virkkula
SD co-ordinator in Oulu UAS

P.S. Big = ISO in Finnish.
P.P.S. http://www.oamk.fi/tietoa_oamkista/kestava_kehitys/sustainable_development/