BEST+ Joensuu

Event is part of the following course:
Hosting organisation/institution:

Joensuu, University of Eastern Finland

Country of the event:


Registration Fee:

From 160 € to 190 €

Eligible for Erasmus+ Staff funding:
Maximum number of participants:
Deadline for registration:
Contact person:
Stefan Jahnke -

The Blended Erasmus+ Training in Joensuu is part of the BEST+ course on international attractiveness of universities and combines eLearning and a 3-day event in the wonderful city of Joensuu, Finland.

During this 3-day event in Joensuu, you and 34 other Higher Education professionals will experience a combination of networking, peer-learning, training and social activities guided by our professional staff. You will learn about different aspects of international attractiveness of universities to further develop your Higher Education career.

Physical Training

Tuesday, 28/11/2017 - Thursday, 30.11.2017

Virtual Training

Monday, 16/10/2017 - Monday 27/11/2017

Target Group:
Staff members at Higher Education institutions working with marketing e.g. staff working in marketing departments, public relations offices etc.

Find more information and register for the event on the external website:


Agenda Physical Training - Joensuu

Day 1 - Tuesday, 28/11/2017


Introduction - get to know each other & Introduction to the topic

Visit of Smart labs and classrooms - University technical resources for promotion of the university


Resources and strategies for the promotion of universities

Implementing strategies to improve the branding and reputation of our universities through internationalisation


Social Dinner at Villa Väinoniemi & traditional Finnish sauna experience

Day 2 - Wednesday, 29/11/2017


Social event: Trip to Koli National Park 


Natural landscapes and other local specificities as resources for promotion 

Day 3 - Thursday, 30/11/2017


How to collaborate with student organisations in the promotion of universities

Outgoing students as ambassadors of your university



Agenda Virtual Training 

The detailed schedule for the virtual training will be released shortly. It will include eLearning content, preliminary readings and a webinar.


The BEST+ Training for international attractiveness of universities will be taking place in the beautiful city of Joensuu in Finland and will be hosted by the University of Eastern Finland.

Joensuu, Finland

Joensuu is the vibrant capital of the North Karelia region, and with almost one third of its population being made up of students it is a town where there is always something happening.

Meaning ‘the mouth of the river’, the city of Joensuu, which was founded by the Czar Nikolai I of Russia in 1848, has grown to become the regional capital of North Karelia, and its second largest city. Much of its importance is due to improvements in water traffic when the Saimaa Canal was completed in 1870, which has allowed a lively regional trade, and linked to the city to St. Petersburg in Russia, and via the Volga to both the Black and Caspian seas.

Visitors to Joensuu will find that there is always something to do and see, and of the treats available a day spent in Perhos-Botania, the University Botanical Gardens, is highly recommended. Comprised of five greenhouse complexes, the visitor can travel through a variety of climates on Earth, from arid desert to tropical rain forest, and see a thousand exotic species from all over the globe. Particularly captivating are the giant butterflies which fly freely about the place. Joensuu also houses the Bunker Museum, and the Carelicum or North Karelian Museum, and scattered around are many old wooden churches like the pseudogothic Kirkkokatu cathedral.


University of Eastern Finland

At UEF, interdisciplinarity is not something we do, it's who we are. We seek to be number one in Finland when it comes to academic learning environments. We offer first-class education that is bound to make a difference.

We are one of the largest universities in Finland, and home to approximately 15,000 students and 2,800 members of staff.

Our campuses are located in Joensuu, Kuopio and Savonlinna.

UEF is a multidisciplinary university, which offers teaching in more than 100 major subjects. We have four faculties: the Philosophical Faculty, the Faculty of Science and Forestry, the Faculty of Health Sciences, and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies.

Our activities underscore multidisciplinarity. Our key interdisciplinary research areas are built around four global challenges.  These challenges are Ageing, lifestyles and health; Learning in a digitised society; Cultural encounters, mobilities and borders; and Environmental change and sufficiency of natural resources.

In addition to a high standard of teaching, we offer our students a modern study environment, which is under constant development. Student well-being is among our primary concerns.

We have extensive international relations and are involved in several international networks. Our teaching and research staff and students are active in participating in various mobility programmes. We have concluded bilateral agreements of cooperation with approximately 100 universities abroad. Furthermore, we are involved in several international networks and discipline-specific projects.

Together with our networks, we support the well-being and positive development of eastern Finland. Our goal is to be ranked among the leading 200 research universities in the world and, in the strong research areas, among the world's leading 50 research universities.

More detailed information under:

Five smart reasons – One smart decision why to study at UEF:

Exchange studies:


Travel & Hotels


Finnair offers appr. five connecting flights from/to Helsinki per day – starting early in the morning until midnight. The flight time from Helsinki to Joensuu is one hour. The distance between Helsinki and Joensuu is 437 km.

See more detailed information under:

To and from Joensuu Airport

Joensuu Airport is located in the municipality of Liperi about 11 kilometres from Joensuu city centre.


Taxis are on call at the taxi stand in front of the airport during the scheduled arrival times. If you wish to confirm a ride or you have special requests, you can book a taxi before arriving at the airport. Order a taxi: +358 601 10100.


There is a regular bus connection from the city to the airport operated by Savo-Karjalan Linja Oy (

Joensuu Airport Bus

Savo-Karjalan Linja operates the bus connection between Joensuu Centrum and Joensuu Airport.

  • The bus usually waits for plane arrival, but the bus does not wait for a late arriving aircraft longer than 45 minutes

  • The route is operated every day

  • The service applies only to domestic flights on the route Joensuu-Helsinki-Joensuu

  • Payments only in cash

Route and Timetable:
See also the website:
5,0 €/adult, 2,50 €/children
Other Timetables:

Timetable search for the whole of Finland can be found on the website:

You can also check the connections between Joensuu and other parts of Finland on the website of VR (trains) or Matkahuolto (buses)



We recommend staying in one of the following Hotels, where you will get a fixed discounted price if booked via email of phone, using the reservation code:

Hotel Green Star

Address: Torikatu 16, 80100 Joensuu, Finland
Phone: +358 10 4239390
Price: breakfast included
87€ / day / single room
95€ / day / double room

Reservation code: BEST
Reservations under:

Cumulus City

Address: Kirkkokatu 20, 80100 Joensuu, Finland

Phone: +358 200 48118
Price: breakfast included
109€ / day / single room
119€ / day / double room

Reservation code: BEST
or directly at under this link


Original Sokos Hotel Kimmel

Address:  Itäranta 1, 80100 Joensuu, Finland
103€ / day / single room
123€ / day / double room

The price includes buffet-breakfast, use of evening sauna and the swimming pool.
Phone: +358 20 1234 663
Reservation code: BERASMUS

Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna

Address:  Torikatu 20, 80100, Joensuu
110€ / day / single room
130€ / day / double room

The price includes buffet-breakfast, use of evening sauna and jacuzzi.
Phone: +358107623100
Reservation code: BERASMUS2