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Council of Representatives

The highest decision-making body in the Student Union is the Council of Representatives. The Council is elected annually among and by the members of the Student Union. There are 21 representatives in the Council of Representatives. The Council of Representatives is in charge of defining policies and it confirms, for example, the plan of work and the budget for the Student Union.

All members of the Student Union can stand for the election of the Council of Representatives. Each member also has a vote in the election. Remember to use these rights! In addition, all members of the Student Union can attend Council’s meetings.

By working in the Council of representatives it is possible to gain credits, read more about optional studies and course Civic organization activities.

Council of representatives 2020

RepresentativeDegree programElectoral alliance
Jali Närhi,
Business administrationTradenöörit
Heli Mononen,
vice chairperson
Business administrationTradenöörit
Niko ÄkräsBusiness administrationTradenöörit
Nina AmpujaNursingIndependent
Anni VäänänenBusiness administrationTradenöörit
Petja ValoTraffic and transport managementTradenöörit
Anni SomerojaLandscape design and constructionSitoutumaton
Saana PalovaaraSustainable developmentVihreät
Antti TervakoskiTraffic and transport managementTradenöörit
Anders KaikkonenInformation and communication technologyTradenöörit
Siiri TuomistoNursingVorssan Liitto
Helene MunckSustainable developmentVihreät
Emmi LiiasForestrySitoutumaton
Minni RäsänenTraffic and transport managementTradenöörit
Joel EeliElectrical and automation engineeringSitoutumaton
Ulla YlinenInformation and communication technologyTradenöörit
Juho AnttonenTraffic and transport managementTradenöörit
Tiia JokinenBusiness administrationTradenöörit
Leidi-Kristal KohonenInformation and communication technologyTradenöörit
Mikko PekonenTraffic and transport managementTradenöörit
Ismo KulmalaElectrical and automation engineeringSitoutumaton


The Board, elected by the Council of Representatives, holds the administrative and executive power in the Student Union.

Board’s tasks are to represent the Student Union locally and nationally, lead the operations and inform students and other interest groups about issues concerning them. It is also in charge of the Student Union’s administration.

Board’s term lasts for one calendar year. HAMKO’s board is comprised of the president, vice president and at least three (3) but no more than eight (8) members.

By working in the Board, it is possible to gain up to 5 credits, depending on the position. Read more about optional studies and course Civic organization activities.

Board 2020

Board memberArea(s) of responsibility
Sakari VitikkaPresident
Mikael LaitinenVice president
Karri MäkeläEvents
Sami WeidmannEvents, sport
Tytti MaanpääMember service and benefits
Lauri SaarikallioQuality and feedback
Santeri MattilaCareer and employment


The Student Union has four employees who, together with the board, are responsible for the day-to-day running of the Student Union. Employees support Board and Council members in their respective areas of responsibility. They also bring perseverance and experience to the Student Union.

Executive director

The job description of the Executive director includes planning and coordinating the activities and finances of the Student Union. The Executive director is also responsible for the administration and services of the Student Union and negotiates Student Union cooperation agreements. The Executive director acts as the supervisor of other staff members.

Adviser, member services and communications

The member services and communications adviser serves students at the Student Union service point in matters related to the student card and membership. Adviser is also responsible for the planning and development of Student Unions communications.

Adviser, counselling and student welfare

The counselling and student welfare adviser plans and develops the tutoring activities carried out by the Student Union, organizes events and produces material to support the tutoring activities. Adviser is also responsible for promoting well-being and ability to study.

Adviser, quality of education and careers

The responsibilities of the quality of education and career adviser include monitoring and developing the quality and feedback systems of the Student Union and the university of applied sciences. Adviser supports the Student Union and students in the future quality audit of the university of applied sciences and develop students’ career services.

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