On this page, you can read the latest updated on how the COVID-19 pandemic affects our operations. The page will be updated after the meetings of Humak’s coronavirus task force are held or whenever necessary. The same information is published on Peppi. We are actively following the situation and hope that our students and staff follow our announcements.


Update 25 June

There will be changes to the way our coronavirus updates are released. From now on, this page will be updated as needed and after each task force meeting. The next meeting will be held on 4 August. During the meeting, instructions for the teaching at Humak campuses will be devised.

The autumn period 2020

Decisions on how teaching will be carried out next autumn will be made at the task force meeting on 4 August, based on the status of the pandemic. Right now the situation looks promising, but the decisions will be made at the end of the summer and all the necessary security measures will be considered.

Staff returning to the campuses after summer holidays

The Finnish government’s recommendation on remote work will end on the first of August. This means that our staff can return to their workplaces in August unless the epidemic takes a dramatic turn for the worse.

Instructions on organizing project-related events for next autumn will be provided later.

Adventure Education students will be instructed separately regarding their excursions in August.

New policies on international mobility

Short international studying trips or ’’intensive trips’’ will not be organized during 2020. Decisions about international mobility and RDI-related travel will be made on 4 August.

Essential travels (included in the student’s curriculum) will be assessed individually until the end of the year 2020.

Earlier announcement: Humak UAS will cancel all international exchange periods in autumn 2020 (incoming and outgoing students) due to the coronavirus pandemic. This decision is in line with the recommendations of the UAS principal council Arene. In some cases, the exchange period can be postponed to spring 2021 or further.

Coronavirus in Finland

Both the number of new Covid-19 cases and people hospitalized because of the virus have continued to decrease during June. The goverment has lifted many of the restrictions while keeping security measures in mind. Restaurants have been opened, opening hours and customer capacities have been increased. Foreign travel will also become possible during July.

People are still encouraged to pay attention to hand hygiene and to maintain adequate physical distance to keep the pandemic in control.

International mobility

Humak will cancel the autumn term’s student exchanges (exchange students coming from abroad and students leaving Humak) due to the corona epidemic. The proposal is in line with the recommendations of the Arene (Rector’s Council of UAS’es) International Committee. In some cases, it is possible to move the exchange period to Spring 2021 or later.

Trips related to study trips (so called intensive periods) and staff’s RDI activities will be outlined at next week’s emergency team meeting.

Finnish Society began to open up on 1 June

  • Cafeterias and restaurants are opening their premises. Services will be open for half of the normal customer amount.
  • Swimming halls and outdoor pools and public saunas will open their doors (regional differences regarding the re-opening).
  • Museums are open.
  • Amusement parks will open for a limited amount of customers
  • Youth and club premises are open
  • Sports events open with special arrangement. Finnish Premier League starts on the 1st July.
  • Libraries and Culture premises open
  • Theaters are opening, but the biggest ones open first on August. Many summer theaters have postponed the opening to the summer 2021
  • Limitation for the public meeting will raise to 50 participants. Limitation does not apply for the private meetings but the government recommends that 50 person limit is followed also there.
  • Domestic tourism is allowed when you follow the corona regulations and safety measures. Even if some countries are opening their borders the Foreign Ministry in Finland does not recommend traveling abroad. The government will discuss on the overseas travel on Wednesday.

— Previous updates for everyone —

If you experience any symptoms

The national phone service (0295 535 535) provides general information about the coronavirus. It is also possible to receive advice by text by using the number 050 902 0163. The text messaging service is intended for people who cannot use the phone due to e.g. a hearing impairment.

You can also make an individual estimate of your symptoms at a service provided by THL and Duodecim: https://www.omaolo.fi/palvelut/oirearviot/649 (in Finnish). The service is designed to help with estimating whether your symptoms are caused by the coronavirus and to provide instructions on how to prevent the infection from spreading.

Coronavirus restrictions in Finland

Public gatherings are still restricted at a maximum of 10 people until the end of May. On 1 June, meetings of maximum 50 people will be allowed. We are currently examining the possibility to partially open our campuses for certain study courses and exams in June. Information about possible changes will be provided directly to the student groups in question.

The Finnish government’s changes to the restrictions

The government has decided to lift the restrictions in the following way:

  • Primary education and basic education will return to contact teaching on 14 May.
  • Work-related travels within the Schengen area are now allowed on certain terms. People returning to Finland from such travels must spend 2 weeks in self-imposed quarantine upon their return.
  • Outdoor activity facilities will be opened (max. 50 people)
  • Restaurants can gradually begin to open, with certain requirements, on 1 June.
  • Sports events and leagues can continue their operations with special arrangements on 1 June.
  • From 1 June onward, public indoor spaces will be gradually opened to the public (e.g. public museums, theaters, culture houses, libraries, library buses, swimming pools and other sports facilities, youth centers, the meeting places of organizations, rehabilitation centers).
  • Events with more than 500 people remain cancelled until the end of July.
  • The restrictions to the visits in social- and health care units will continue indefinitely.
  • People over 70 must still remain in self-imposed quarantine.

In regard to studying, decisions about the beginning of the autumn period and the return to campuses will be made after 13 May, after the government has announced official instructions for the upcoming months.

Decisions about the ’Bestispäivät’ event will be announced later. The main principle is that no one should risk their health to attend the event.

Remember to pay attention to ergonomics at home

Working from home is not always as ergonomically comfortable as the office. Make sure you keep your back straight while working and take adequate breaks. Instructions (in Finnish):

https://www.terveystalo.com/fi/Tyoterveys/Ajankohtaista/Blogit/Kuinka-huomioida-ergonomia-etatyossa-Tyofysioterapeutin-vinkit-kotitoimistolle/.

Data connections

IT guidelines and instructions for online teaching can be found on our public website to make the information easier to find. https://www.humak.fi/en/uutiset/humak-updates-on-the-corona-situation/.

Management while working from home

Implementation of preparation plans:

  • Crisis task force: coordination, general instructions and announcements
  • Chief officers: implementation of preparation plans
  • Managers: implementation of preparation plans for focus groups and services
  • Team leaders: implementation of preparation plans for focus groups with the local team

COMMUNICATION RESPONSIBILITIES

UAS level communication responsibilities:​

  • Principal (249): decisions/the board/public officials
  • Communications Manager (333): external and internal announcements
  • Security Director (393): instructions/deputy/colleges

For advice (Humak staff and students): korona@humak.fi. The messages will be replied to between 9-15.

Urgent matters: contact your own supervisor/HEKS coach.

 

COMMUNICATION CHANNELS

  • Internal announcement, the primary channel being the news story on our website, which will be updated every morning.
  • Humak Peppi/Tuudo
  • In urgent matters: Humak text messaging service

 

STUDENT SELECTIONS DURING THE SPRING

About entrance exams: Arene and universities of applied sciences have announced their policies about organizing entrance exams. The entrance exams will be organized in two phases, the first of which will take place on 4 June 2020. More detailed information can be found on our Finnish website in two separate news stories.

 

STUDENTS

There has been a briefing for students on 24.3. in Finnish and in 25.3. in English.

We hope our students remain active despite of the unusual conditions. Humak staff will help you to the best of their ability. Please don’t hesitate to contact your lecturers/instructors for advice.

The situation is challenging and it requires:

  • Patience and common sense
  • Adherence to given instructions
  • Helping those who have an even harder time than ourselves
  • Remaining updated on the latest announcements

Despite of the situation, it is advisable to keep studying and try to graduate on time. Things will go back to normal and those with a degree will have an advantage in the job market. You may continue improving your skills e.g. by signing up for relevant study courses at our Open UAS.

Opening hours of Humak’s libraries

From Monday 18 May onwards, Humak libraries are open as follows:

Turku campus library
A library informatician will be present Mon-Fri. The doors are locked, so the visits must be agreed in advance with informatician Antti Klimoff (kirjasto.turku@humak.fi) or +358 400 349 395.

Kuopio campus library
A library informatician will be present Mon-Fri. The doors are locked, so the visits must be agreed in advance with informatician Jaakko Nyrönen (kirjasto.kuopio@humak.fi) or p. 050 518 8512.

Jyväskylä campus library
Students can send a list of the titles they need to borrow to informatician Auli Rossi (kirjasto.jyvaskyla@humak.fi), +358 40 714 3453, who will leave the books in the college’s vestibule to await pick-up. Students have no access to other spaces.

RDI-Akseli library
Students can send a list of the titles they need to borrow to informatician Auli Rossi (kirjasto.jyvaskyla@humak.fi), +358 40 714 3453. Pick-ups by separate agreement.

RDI-Ilkka library
Students can send a list of the titles they need to borrow to informatician Pertti Saamilehto (kirjasto@kuurojenliitto.fi), +358 40 587 2135, who will place the books in a shelf at the front of the library. Students have no access to other spaces.

Nurmijärvi campus library
The students living on the campus can use the library independently. Informatician Pertti Saamilehto (kirjasto@kuurojenliitto.fi, +358 40 587 2135) from the library at RDI-Ilkka will provide help if needed.

Kauniainen campus library
The students can send a list of the titles they need to borrow to informatician Kari Rummukainen (kirjasto.kauniainen@humak.fi), who will take the books to the first floor of the main building. There is also a box in the main building for returning books.

The general service email address for all Humak libraries is kirjasto@humak.fi.

 

STUDENT BENEFITS

Kela’s update on the situation: https://www.kela.fi/web/en/corona.

The financial aid is offered normally. If your studies do not progress due to the unusual circumstances, the financial aid can cease before you have completed all necessary courses. If that happens, ask your educational institute for a statement of what happened with your studies and why. When your student benefits are about to end, you can apply for an extension at Kela’s online service.

 

INTENSIVE COACHING: WHO TO CONTACT

– The person responsible for the study course: timetables, the progression of the course, learning assignments

– HEKS coach: questions about your personal study plan

– Study coach: workshops, on-call times, call/message and the study course ’otetta opintoihin’

Thesis grading: if the situation affects thesis work, the grading will be assessed individually.

The study coaches hope that all students remain active with their studies in spite of the circumstances. They will support and help you as best as they can. Please don’t hesitate to contact your lecturers/instructors for advice, their job is to help you!

Study coach workshops will be organized according to the curriculum via Zoom. The link can be found from your curriculum under paja-tunti, or by requesting it from your coach by email. The study coaches will include a designated on-call time in their own curricula. You can also set up a virtual meeting with your study coach by email or phone (cultural management: also Teams). You can also call or send a message even if you do not have a meeting planned.

In addition to the workshops, the curricula now include the Otetta opintoihin study modules. You can attend these modules to work on your studies or talk about your studies together with other students.

Your own study coach: (firstname.lastname@humak.fi).

 

STUDENT MOBILITY, ERASMUS+

Students can apply for an exchange period for the autumn semester 2020. International internships can begin soon as the travel restrictions end.

 

TEACHING

Online teaching began on 17.3. as planned. Unavoidable contact teaching: by separate agreement.

We are prepared for the remote studying to continue until the end of the academic year, i.e. until summer.

 

STUDENT RESTAURANTS

Kela has briefed student restaurants directly.

The restaurant and reception at the Nurmijärvi campus will remain open for the rest of this week for residents. After 27.3. they will be closed as well.

 

HOW CORONA AFFECTS INTERNSHIPS

Ask your internship provider if you can finish your internship. If there is no issue, you can continue the internship according to the provider’s instructions.

 

If the internship gets cancelled

Usually the student must complete 30 ECTS of internships, but the majority of students complete more than that. If the student has completed more than the required 30 ECTS, they will primarily be guided to complete regular studies instead.

If the student has completed half or more of their internship and the internship is terminated, the intended learning outcomes can be supplemented with substitutive assignments.

If the student is not about to graduate shortly, the internship can be continued later. In this case, the part of the internship can be marked as partially completed.

Due to the unusual circumstances, Humak may provide additional courses for students, tailored to meet individual needs.

The instructors will, in cooperation with the student, develop ’’creative solutions’’ to theses to ensure that they progress despite of the situation.

The instruction of students will be given special emphasis. The time freed up by the cancelled contact teaching will be used to make the instruction of students more effective.

If you have questions about your internship, please contact the lecturer responsible for signing your internship contract.

 

New internships will become available at Humak’s RDI projects

Humak now offers new internship opportunities at our RDI projects to improve students’ chances to complete practical internships during these unprecedented times. Furthermore, the staff is currently working out some topics for RDI-related theses. Both internships and thesis opportunities will be announced on Peppi from 26 March onward.

In the first stage, there will be approximately 20 chances for internships and theses, but more will be made available in time. The selection will prioritize students who need internships to ensure their graduation. The internships will be done as remote work. We hope this helps the students who have lost their internship- or thesis opportunities due to the pandemic.

 

Internship contracts

Confirming a new or revised internship contract is done by email. The student will send the contract to the lecturer responsible for the internship and the internship provider/instructor, both of whom will accept the contract via email. There is no need for a manual signature. Humak is currently working on an electronic signature system, which will possibly be utilized in the signing of internship contracts.

 

STUDENT SERVICES

The student services staff is working from home, so the student offices on our premises will be closed. Office services will continue working remotely.

If you need a certificate of your studies, be prepared for a delay. You can get proof of your studies at https://opintopolku.fi/koski/.

  • The student office can be reached by email at opintotoimisto@humak.fi and by phone: 029 451 9253 (9-11 and 13-15)
  • If you need remote guidance (e.g. with eAhot, Peppi, etc.) you can call or send email to set up an appointment.

Library operations will decrease substantially. All physical premises are closed, but services are available online. Please see: https://humak.finna.fi/. The informaticians will help you with retrieval. More info: kirjasto@humak.fi.

Student health care: check your local health care provider’s website. Links on Wiki: https://wiki.humak.fi/display/OPHYV/Terveydenhuolto.

 

eTUTORS

HUMAKO’s eTutor online service helps you manage with your studies and life in general. You can contact eTutors on Moodle or by email etutor@humako.net.

On Moodle, you can converse with other students online. You can create anonymous conversations and respond to them at ’’Anonymous Students’’ and receive a response from others in no time. You can also participate in conversations using your real name.

 

ERASMUS+ STUDENT- AND INTERNSHIP EXCHANGE

WE ARE CURRENTLY WORKING ON FIGURING OUT THE POLICIES RE: INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS RETURNING HOME.

Erasmus+ exchange periods starting in spring 2020 will be cancelled and already ongoing exchange periods may be discontinued. Students whose exchange periods will be discontinued will be entitled to the first part (80%) of the grant. If students wants to continue their exchange periods, the instructions of the receiving university or receiving internship organisation will apply.

ECTS credit earnings affected by discontinued exchange periods will be taken into consideration when assessing the progression of the studies.

For the time being, students will not be sent to other countries for international internships.

 

WHERE CAN I FIND INFO?

  • Stay updated on Peppi and Humak’s website.
  • The lecturers will provide you information about courses Follow BB Open LMS actively.
  • Contact your HEKS coach if you are unsure about your studies.
  • General advice: korona@humak.fi

 

INFORMATION FOR THE STUDENTS AND STAFF OF OUR OPEN UAS

Studying at Humak Open UAS during a lay-off or unemployment

Staff

The lecturers may receive questions from Open UAS students who have been laid of for become unemployed about how to proceed their studies or finish them at a later date.

The student must contact the TE-office to find out how Open UAS studies affect their unemployment benefits. If the office views the studies as part-time studies or accepts individual studies during unemployment benefits, the student can continue studying at the Open UAS during unemployment.

Open UAS students can contact the student office: avoinamk@humak.fi or 0400 349 319 or 0400 349 266, if they have any questions about their benefits.

Open UAS students

If you lose your job or get laid off, make sure how studying at Open UAS affects your unemployment benefits. Further information (in Finnish):

If there are changes to the study courses, the lecturer responsible for the course will announce them on BB Open LMS.

For questions about Open UAS studies, sign-ups, payments, etc.: avoinamk@humak.fi or by phone: 0400 349 266 or 0400 349 319.

STAFF

WORKING FROM HOME

Members of staff are encouraged to work at home, if only possible. You may work at home without any separate agreement.

The employer’s statutory accident insurance is also valid when working at work. The insurance only covers situations that are directly connected to work. The accident insurance does not cover cases that happens during breaks, for instance when the employee moves around at home.

The employees themselves are responsible for insurances covering equipment that is not provided by Humak. Humak is responsible for insurances covering equipment provided to the staff.

 

CARRY YOUR WORK EQUIPMENT WITH YOU

Members of staff are responsible for making sure they are able to work from home under all circumstances. Computer, company phone and their chargers need to be at hand, both at work and at home. Make sure to bring your work equipment with you.

 

TRAVEL

All work trips, both national and international are cancelled and no new travel plans will be approved. Please check with the event organizer whether it is possible to attend the event online.

Meetings hosted by Humak will be organised online.

 

INTERNAL MEETINGS

Humak internal meetings between representatives from different campuses will be held online. Meetings between representatives from the same campus can still be arranged as face-to-face meetings, respecting a safety distance of minimum 1 meter between the participants.

Participant lists with the names of the people attending the same event will be archived according to the instructions below. The person responsible for the participant list is the person who convenes the meeting.

 

COSTS CAUSED BY CANCELLATIONS

Cancellation of international events may have caused costs that the participant is not able to claim from the travel agent nor insurance company. If this situation occur, please contact Timo Sorvoja by e-mail, timo.sorvoja@humak.fi. Be prepared to submit documents showing that your claim has been denied.

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR STAFF IN CASE OF ILLNESS

Do not come to work. Inform your supervisor by phone about your situation immediately. The supervisor may grant permission to be absent for up to 5 days. The weekend days are included. If you are still feeling ill after 5 days, due to the exceptional situation, Humak does not require a doctor’s certificate for illnesses that last longer than 5 days, but you need to contact the health services by phone or online services.

Sick leave longer than 10 days require a doctor’s certificate. You need to inform your supervisor about the situation and also fill in the information in Sympa.

 

Opening hours on our premises

The entirety of Humak staff and students are now working from home. Staff members can pick up their equipment from their workplaces during this week. However, only those people who have made separate arrangements with their supervisor can work/visit their workplace if needed. These people include e.g. student affairs secretaries 1-2 times per week, informaticians, interpreters performing their teaching skills tests.

The students will primarily be studying online as our campuses will be closed. You can read more detailed instructions below the Students subheading.

Alkio College

  • premises: open, staff can pick up work equipment during this week
  • restaurant: closed
  • library: closed (open for staff)

Kauniainen

  • premises: open for now, staff can pick up work equipment during this week
  • restaurant: open for now
  • library: open for now, might be closed soon

Kiljava

  • premises: open for now, staff can pick up work equipment during this week
  • restaurant: open during this week and the next week; if you intend to eat there, you need to sign-up (binding) on the day before via email to yhteinen@kio.fi, lunch served for students and staff at 11.30 AM
  • library: closed

Paasikivi College

  • premises: will be closed on 17 March. Staff can pick up work equipment during this week.
  • restaurant: closed
  • library: closed

Pohjois-Savo College

  • premises: will be closed on 17 March. Staff can pick up work equipment during this week.
  • restaurant: closed
  • library: closed

Valkea talo

  • premises: open for now. Staff can pick up work equipment during this week.
  • restaurant: closed
  • library: closed

RDI-Akseli

  • premises: open, Humak’s doors will be locked; staff can pick up work equipment during this week.
  • library: closed

RDI-center, ICT City and SparkUp, Turku

  • premises: SparkUp is closed, TurkuAMK; staff can pick up work equipment during this week
  • restaurant: Unica Linus (at ICT City) serves lunch

 RDI-center, Novapolis, Kuopio

  • premises: open for now, staff can pick up work equipment during this week
  • restaurant: Restaurant Bistro will close on 18 March, other restaurants are open with shorter opening hours

 

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS ON RISK GROUPS AND PREVENTING THE SPREAD

Coronavirus typical symptoms.

PEOPLE BELONGING TO RISK GROUPS

According to the Finnish Institute for Health and Wellness (or THL in Finnish), the risk groups are:

  • People that are 70+ years old
  • People with one of the following long-term illness:
    • A heart condition that requires regular medication (not including mild hypertension)
    • A respiratory condition (e.g. asthma that requires regular medication)
    • Diabetes that requires regular medication
    • A chronic hypofunction of the liver or kidneys
    • A medical condition that weakens the immune system, for instance leukemia, lymphoma, HIV-infection.
    • A medical condition that requires treatment that weakens the immune system (organ transplant, chemotherapy, TNF-alpha blockers, corticosteroid >15 mg/day for longer than 2 weeks, and other treatments weakening the immune system)
    • A chronic neurological disorder
    • Obesity (BMI / Body Mass Index over 40)
    • People who smoke daily

IN CASE YOU GET ILL

SYMPTOMS

Corona virus may cause a respiratory infection. Symptoms may be cough, sour throat, fever, dyspnoea (shortness of breath) myalgia (muscle ache) and headache. If you have any of the symptoms, stay at home and call the number 116 117 for further information.

For information, please consult the web page of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare or the web page of your local health care provider. If you are not a part of a risk group or experience only mild symptoms, you do not need to contact your health care provider. In these cases, there is no requirement for an official diagnosis made by a doctor. Please stay home and rest until all of your symptoms have vanished.

PREVENTING THE SPREAD AND INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY

Follow the instructions of the authorities and Humak. Everyone carry their individual responsibility for preventing the spread of the epidemic. The most efficient way to prevent the spread of the virus is to practice good hand hygiene and to avoid physical contact with other people. Also keep a safety distance of minimum 1 meter to other people.

THL:n käsienpesuohje englanniksi kuvina.

Try to avoid public events and when sneezing or coughing, cover your mouth and nose with the upper part of your arm. Dispose used paper tissues.


Use your sleeve. If possible use disposable napkin. Throw the napking in to the carbage pin and wash your hands.

Do not enter public spaces nor be in contact with other people if you feel ill.

Wash your hands frequently.