The alumni network's purpose is to maintain a connection between a university and its former students and to create a connected community of graduates. Alumni means "foster son, pupil", and it is used to refer to the former students of a university. Join the alumni network!
Who are the alumni?
University of the Arts Helsinki’s alumni are from the Academy of the Fine Arts, Sibelius Academy and Theatre Academy.
Alumni networks in the academies
Academy of Fine Arts alumni are all former students of the Academy and its predecessor, The Fine Arts Academy of Finland
Sibelius Academy alumni are persons who have been admitted into the academy.
Theatre Academy alumni include all former degree students of the Theatre Academy and its predecessors Suomen Teatterikoulu and Svenska Teaterskolan.
Join the alumni network — it is easy and free!
Join the alumni community!
By joining the alumni community, you will get to see your old university’s activity today. Registering is easy and free (note that there is a fee for joining the Theatre Academy alumni community).
I want to join the alumni community:
- Information about the development of education and continuing education possibilities
- Information about events at the University of the Arts Helsinki
- Discounts on concerts (Sibelius Academy alumni), performances (Theatre Academy alumni) and publications, and invitations to exhibitions
- Current news on their former university and their field of art: The alumni are sent their Academy’s digital newsletter and the University’s IssueX journal
The alumni are invited to give lectures, recount their student days, share their career experiences, provide mentoring for the students, and supervise work placements. University of the Arts Helsinki arranges get-togethers for alumni on an annual basis.
Alumni: update your contact information
Alumni: update your contact information
Oletko jo liittynyt alumniyhteisöön ja yhteys- tai muut tietosi ovat muuttuneet? Voi päivittää tietojasi alla olevilla lomakkeilla. Pidä tietosi ajan tasalla, niin pysyt mukana alumniyhteisön ajankohtaisissa asioissa.
Alumni newsletter and events
The newsletter will be e-mailed to all registered alumni. The newsletter is published four times (Academy of Fine Arts and Theatre Academy) or six times (Sibelius Academy) per year.
Academy of Fine Arts:
Sibelius Academy: 1/2017 | 5/2016 | 4/2016 | 3/2016 | 2/2016 | 1/2016 | 6/2015 | 5/2015 | 4/2015 | 3/2015 | 2/2015 | 1/2015 | 6/2014 | 5/2014 | 4/2014 | 3/2014 | 2/2014 | 1/2014 | 4/2013 | 3/2013 | 2/2013 | 1/2013 | 1/2012
Theatre Academy: 4/2016 I 3/2016 I 2/2016 I 1/2016 I 4/2015 I 3/2015 I 1/2015
Alumni events are regularly organized by the academies, departments or study programmes at the University of the Arts Helsinki. More information is sent to those registered as alumni.
At the events, the alumni meet old acquaintances and current students and teachers. The programme normally includes discussions on art forms and related topics, getting to know the Academy's current operations and chatting with colleagues.
Coming alumni events
Alumni events in English will be announced later.
What does the alumni network do?
Mentoring is collaboration between alumni and students, aiming to support students in their professional development and transition to work life. Sibelius Academy has a mentor programme for master’s degree students. The Theatre Academy provides mentoring for both bachelor’s and master’s degree students.
The Academy of Fine Arts is focusing on international initiatives in order to achieve new levels of excellence in visual art education. The new international residency program brings together university-level arts education, free-form creative work, and teacher and student communities. Resident scholarships offer the Academy of Fine Arts Alumni an opportunity for artistic and theoretical postgraduate studies on high-end residencies abroad.
University of the Arts Helsinki alumni are recognized artists in their own fields and are frequently asked to lecture on their art to students. Acquainting oneself with different career paths and experiences is fruitful for students.
The alumni are invited to different events to, for instance, give speeches for students at graduation ceremonies and at openings.
Placement after graduation
The University of the Arts Helsinki monitors the placement of students after graduation with the help of career monitoring surveys, statistical data and other qualitative data.
Career monitoring surveys of the Aarresaari network
Universities monitor issues related to the quality and appropriateness of academic employment with career monitoring surveys. Surveys are targeted at Master's and Bachelor's degree graduates (Master's degree career monitoring) who have completed their studies approximately five years earlier and doctoral degree graduates who have completed their studies 2–3 years earlier (Doctoral degree career monitoring). Nationwide career monitoring surveys are implemented as a collaboration project of the universities.
A detailed description on the use and storing of the data can be read in the data file description of the survey.
The University of the Arts Helsinki is part of the Master's degree career monitoring survey for the first time in autumn 2016. A summary of the survey’s results can be found here (in Finnish). In autumn 2017, the target groups of the career monitoring survey will be Master’s degree graduates from 2012 and doctoral degree graduates from 2014.
Education administration's reporting portal Vipunen provides statistical data on the employment of graduates. The Ministry of Education and Culture and the Finnish National Board of Education are jointly responsible for the content on the website.
Stories from alumni
You can read stories about alumni’s life after graduation here:
- Interviews with alumni
- Kuulolla blog (partly in English)
- töissä.fi – korkeakouluista valmistuneet työelämässä (in Finnish)
Academy of Fine Arts
Eevastiina Aho, tel. +358 45 657 9347, eevastiina.aho(at)uniarts.fi
Tiina Tuomikoski, tel. +358 40 710 4232, tiina.tuomikoski(at)uniarts.fi
Heidi Ahtiainen, tel. +358 40 710 4348, heidi.ahtiainen(at)uniarts.fi
Juha Sjöblom, tel. +358 40 710 4269, juha.sjoblom(at)uniarts.fi
Raija Vuorio, tel. +358 400 792 025, raija.vuorio(at)uniarts.fi
Doctoral alumni of The University of the Arts Helsinki
Merja Sagulin, tel. +358 50 590 6797, merja.sagulin(at)uniarts.fi