Student Union AYY and Tokyo Association
Student Union AYY
All students in Finland belong to the Student Union of their University. All BA and MA degree students are automatically members of AYY and pay their membership fees as they register. The most immediate benefit of the AYY membership is the official student card and the benefits it offers, such as meal discounts (subsidized by Kela, the Social Insurance Institution of Finland), and discounts in public transportation, museums and art shops. Postgraduate (DA) students are also welcome to join the union if they wish to. The exchange students of the Aalto University also have the chance to become members.
The Student Union is a central element in the day-to-day lives of Aalto students. It is involved in developing the quality of education and Aalto University as a whole. The Student Union looks after the interests of students at the university and offers fitness, welfare and culture services, support for studies and housing for thousands of Aalto students. Numerous events and more than 150 clubs and associations are offered in order to ensure that students have plenty of leisure options.
You can find more information from the AYY website http://www.ayy.fi/en.
TOKYO, the Student Association of the School of Arts, Design and Architecture was established on 12 December 2008. Originally founded in 1961, TOKYO operated as a registered association until the 1980s, when student associations became public organisations. At the beginning of 2010, TOKYO reverted back to its original status when Aalto University Student Union was established.
The purpose of TOKYO ry is to serve as a link between its members and bring together students and alumni the field of art and design as well as to promote their social, professional and social efforts. TOKYO arranges cultural events, offers study support and represents students in educational policy and study matters.
TOKYO’s activities are divided into two parts: lobbying on behalf of the students and maintaining the student culture. Good examples of the former are co-operation with the Student Union AYY and the internal bodies of the School.
On the cultural side, activities mainly focus on supporting various projects and arranging events. TOKYO also maintains many services, such as Kipsari and the TOKYO office, which will house AYY services in the future.
For more information about activities and becoming a member: TOKYO’s website.
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