Students’ Trade Union
The Student Union is the largest student organization of PetrSU. The students become the members of the Union as soon as they enter the university. The Union is headed by the Student Union Committee. As it is challenging for a small team to work with 5000 students, the Union encourages the students who are the members of the Union to get involved in the work. The students learn about the activities of the Union through their Union leaders, information stands and PetrSU newspaper, as well as on the Internet.
The main activities of the Student Union
1. Protection of rights of the students of PetrSU
Any Union’s purpose is to protect the rights and the legitimate interests of its members, and so the Student Union renders legal support to the students. The Union operates in close cooperation with the administration of the university and monitor and suppress any impairment of the students’ rights.
2. Social protection of the students of PetrSU
The Union distinguishes students who are in need for financial support. Such students are:
- Students without parents
- Disabled people
- Students with own families
- Single mothers
- Students from the Chernobyl zone
- Students from single-parent families
- Students from families with multiple children
- Students living in the suburbs and others.
These students will have to provide documents (copies) certifying their social position. Together with the administration of the university, the Student Union has established the Social Security Fund for Students and that is the main source for the material support. However, due to the difficult economic situation in the country, the Union has to seek alternative sources of funding and works closely with the Government of the Republic of Karelia, Petrozavodsk Mayor’s Office, Social Insurance Fund etc.
3. Organization of summer vacations for the students
PetrSU has its own summer Health Camp Shotozero, located in 80 kilometers from Petrozavodsk in pine wood on the shores of a lake, where the students can enjoy their summer holidays. Every year the first shift is organized by the Student Union and traditionally the participants are the future adapters, who are the participants of the like-named project on adaptation of the first year students of PetrSU. There are other possibilities for vacations during the summer holidays.
4. Organization of sports activities and leisure time of the students
Other important aspects of the work of the Student Union are sports and recreational activities and organization of leisure time of the students. Many sports events are being held under the auspices of the Union.
The Student Union takes part in organization and holding public events, scientific conferences and other events for the students. It supports student art groups and studios working at the university. One of the recent projects of the Union is the establishment of student sports and health center that grants discounts to the members.
All the work is done through the Union leaders who are elected in every study group. After the leaders have been elected, they have to come to the Student Union where they prepare the Union documents (electronic cards) for all the members of their group.