On Tuesday December 27th USP teachers and students got together for a Christmas Event, where traditional Finnish Glögi (mulled wine) and other delicacies were served. During the event, teachers shared experiences from Autumn teaching and presented their upcoming Spring 2019 courses to full audience. In addition, researchers from the Institute of Urban and Regional Studies within the University of Helsinki presented some reading tips for the holidays.


The event was held in Urbarium, Porthania, with about 50 people participating. Both students and teachers were excited to see the great variety of courses the USP programme has, including e.g. Urban Economics, Social Studies, Ecology, Planning History and Digital Systems. In the Spring, students will choose their courses according to their study lines – Plans, Peoples or Systems. All USP first year students will take one compulsory course together, the Urban Challenge Studio 2, whereas the 2nd year students will focus on writing their Master’s Thesis.

One specifically welcoming piece of news was that students will be taking part in two excursions during the Spring as part of the Urban Challenge Studio 2 course. The course will deal with the concept of dual-city and investigate the Copenhagen-Malmö and Helsinki-Tallinna areas. Students will be travelling both to Tallinn and Copenhagen in January-February 2019. Check out the variety of courses that were presented here: USP Course presentations

While signing up for the event, participants had the chance to pick a word which they think describes the USP Master’s Programme the best. A great variety of meaningful words were given, including rich, unique, inspiring, jolly, progressive and spicy. With these words,


Images by Suvi Välimäki

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