The letter combination SYL is now and then seen on our blog and our social media – but what does it really mean? What is SYL and what do they do? And why am I running for the board of it?
SYL stands for the national union of university students in Finland. SYL is a student organization that represents about 132 000 students in Finland. All of the student unions are members of SYL, which advocates students interests and influences policy makers both on national and European level.
SYL’s most important goals are set yearly in the general assembly, the highest deciding organ in the organization. Every student union will send their own delegation to the assembly, which then decides on the unions operational plan and policy paper among other things. The delegation is chosen by the student unions and the sizes of the delegations vary depending on the number of members in each student union.
SYL advocates for students’ interests and makes sure that students are heard in decision making in Finland and Europe. They work for matters that are important for students, such as students’ healthcare and well-being, an equal right to education and a sufficient income for students. You can read more about SYL’s advocacy goals on their website.
Helmi Andersson. Photo: Lukas Söderqvist
So, why am I running for the board of SYL? The underlying conditions for neat studies on an individual level are created through the policies made on a national level. I want to advocate for a free and qualitative education for all students in Finland. For students’ everyday well-being and their ability to cope. I want to ensure that international experience in the form of internship and student exchange is available for every student. I want to work for a student movement that is including and actively influences the policies made in Finland and the EU.
Do not hesitate to ask me questions if you would like to know more about SYL or my candidature for the board. I am glad to answer them!
Helmi Andersson, email@example.com
Educational, student and international affairs