TSU Helsinki+Tartu 2014: “We Will Take the First Place From Catania!”


The TSU of AEGEE-Helsin­ki and AEGEE-Koben­havn had the most appli­cants of all Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ties in 2013. And it got the sec­ond high­est rat­ing of all SUs, after the one in Cata­nia. In 2014, AEGEE-Helsin­ki will switch part­ners and orga­nize a TSU with AEGEE-Tar­tu. Their ambi­tious plan: “We Will Take the First Place From Cata­nia!”, said Sep­po Hälikkä, PR-Respon­si­ble of AEGEE-Helsin­ki.

Helsinki in Tartu
AEGEE-Helsin­ki at the Net­work Meet­ing in Tar­tu. In the mid­dle: Sep­po Hälikkä

Gold­en Times: You want to organ­ise a TSU with AEGEE-Tar­tu 2014. How did you get the idea?
Sep­po Hälikkä: We heard from many direc­tions that the AEGEE-Tar­tu Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty was a suc­cess this year and we have huge will to be the Num­ber One Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty next year. Dur­ing the Net­work Meet­ing in Tar­tu we real­ized that they are feel­ing the same way. We don’t have no doubts now that togeth­er we can suc­ceed.

Gold­en Times: Do you already have ideas what it could be about? Some pro­gramme ideas?
Sep­po: We have just been throw­ing ideas for now. One idea got a good reac­tion and it was basi­cal­ly how we can lift the lev­el of our lives, knock down bar­ri­ers and get moti­vat­ed what­ev­er we have to do in our lives. There might be some­thing to build a Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty around that. The final theme will come soon!

The par­tic­i­pants enjoyed this year’s SU of AEGEE-Helsin­ki and AEGEE-Koben­havn a lot

Gold­en Times: Where will you go dur­ing the TSU?
Sep­po: The basic idea this far is to start from Tar­tu and from there we would go to the sum­mer city of Esto­nia, Par­nu. After few days there we would con­tin­ue to Tallinn and we’ll see if we need help in that part. After Tallinn we will have a par­ty boat to Helsin­ki and fin­ish our jour­ney to a dream-like cot­tage in Märk­iö. This year we were the sec­ond best Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty in the par­tic­i­pants’ eval­u­a­tion of all events and next year we’ll take the first place from Cata­nia!

Gold­en Times: Your TSU 2013 got more appli­cants than any oth­er, 242 in total. What’s your secret?
Sep­po: We think the rea­son for the huge amount of appli­ca­tions was the result of the theme and the rep­u­ta­tion as good orga­niz­ers. Also, it was the cheap­est way to trav­el to North­ern coun­tries and have fun at the same time. We also think that many of the coun­tries we vis­it­ed dur­ing our TSU were in the buck­et list of many peo­ple.

242 peo­ple applied for the TSU

Gold­en Times: What were the high­lights of your TSU this year? And how was the atmos­phere?
Sep­po: Based on the feed­back we received, some of the biggest high­lights were the par­ty boat, the cot­tage week­end, the orga­niz­ers and the lev­el of food. When you get that amount of appli­ca­tions, you know that the lev­el of par­tic­i­pants will be good. It was a dream team of par­tic­i­pants and that made the atmos­phere just amaz­ing. We are always accu­rate who we select. It has to be 50/50 boys and girls, a big vari­ety of dif­fer­ent coun­tries — 16 coun­tries this time — and a very good moti­va­tion let­ter or video.

Gold­en Times: Except for SUs — what else is AEGEE-Helsin­ki plan­ning for 2014?
Sep­po: We are plan­ning an exchange with anoth­er local, a lot of local events – for exam­ple a pho­to ral­ly and a restau­rant day — and maybe one inter­na­tion­al event. Our Face­book page is a very good way to reach the infor­ma­tion about our local and our events.

Beau­ti­ful land­scapes: nordic coun­tries are great to vis­it

Gold­en Times: Final­ly: your T-shirt “I’m in Helsin­ki Bitch” is real­ly famous! How far did it trav­el this year?
Sep­po: It has been a huge suc­cess and we are very pleased about that. Most of the shirts we have sold in Helsin­ki and at the moment we are not send­ing shirts abroad — this is actu­al­ly a good rea­son to vis­it us! Still there have been shirts going to Aus­tralia, Mex­i­co, Spain, The Nether­lands, Poland, UK, Rus­sia, Mace­do­nia, Por­tu­gal and many oth­er coun­tries. Now we are plan­ning our next hope­ful­ly suc­cess­ful shirt. It should come out before our Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty.

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