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Student perspective: keeping students’ voices loud at RUN-EU

Student Councils at RUN European University (RUN-EU) ensure our students to have the best international education experience possible. Student Councils review and advise on the RUN-EU strategy, achievements and its impact at the institutional level. Each RUN-EU higher education institution has its own regional Student Council. Student Council members from RUN-EU partner institutions gathered at HAMK as we hosted Student Council Summit in Hämeenlinna in April. Read what Tatiana Veteskova, our student in Construction Engineering and vice chair at HAMK’s RUN-EU Student Council, wrote about the Summit!


We had the chance to kick off the Student Council Summit in a shape of Youth Exchange School Programme (YES) week: The subtle art of communication!

We gained knowledge on how to communicate, what are the different communication styles and how to adjust the working system based on these styles. This helped us to improve as councils within RUN-EU, but also as people, in our everyday life.

Also, we had chance to experience snowy Finland!

Three students standing outside next to a snowman


Since we all come from different backgrounds, it can be challenging at times to understand each other.

We had the opportunity to understand nonverbal communication through workshop sled by HAMK’s RUN-EU Student Council.

We also had a chance to hear the professional´s approach to communication by HAMK’s research communications coordinator Inka Stormi, and student psychologist Maija Partanen.

We proved how much potential active students carry, and are able to use if given a chance.

Tatiana Veteskova, HAMK’s student in Construction Engineering

Wednesday & Thursday

After a successful chair meeting followed by a Student Councils’ meeting on Wednesday, the debating competition started!

The topics were intense and the arguments of both sides even more so.

We just proved how much potential active students carry, and are able to use if given a chance.

We got constructive feedback which will undoubtedly help us to perform more efficiently in the future. Very practical and useful experience for all of us!

A few students standing outside and having snacks


Friday was dedicated for the final debates, reflection and a small birthday celebration of Student Council members from HAMK and Polytechnic of Leiria!

It was a pleasure having RUN-EU Student Councils’ members at HAMK, being able to network and make stronger bounds between our Student Councils. This way we can keep the students’ voices loud.

This Summit was very productive and the group´s friendly energy just added to the overall impression.

Conclusions from the Summit

This year’s RUN-EU Student Council Summit was notably enriched by the participation of our two new RUN-EU partners: Howest University of Applied Sciences from Belgium and University of Burgos from Spain, marking their first involvement in our annual gathering.

The Summit provided a vibrant forum where we, students from RUN-EU higher education institutions, exchanged ideas and explored new approaches to enhance the educational landscape within our European University.

Group of students smiling and looking at camera

These discussions spanned from innovative learning opportunities to enhanced collaboration techniques, focusing on the practical aspects of Student Council activities and the broader educational mission of the RUN-EU.

As we conclude the summit, we are invigorated by the robust exchange of ideas and the shared enthusiasm that characterized our meetings.

Looking forward, we are excited about the potential these discussions hold for shaping future initiatives and fostering a dynamic educational environment across our European University. Here’s to a continued exchange of ideas and to seeing these discussions come to life in our respective councils and universities.

RUN European University

We are part of RUN European University, which brings together eight European higher education institutions from seven countries committed to a common vision.