FIBS General Assembly at Urban Mill

©2019 Hefan Xiao

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program first arrived in Finland in 1990, when it was integrated into the educational systems of two Finnish high schools: SYK (Helsingin Suomalainen Yhteiskoulu) and Mattlidens Gymnasium. The Finnish International Baccalaureate Society (FIBS) was established in 1994 to cater to the needs of IB students all over Finland.

Currently, our organization consists of over 2000 members, all of whom study in one of Finland’s 18 IB schools. As IB students tend to be the minority in their respective schools, our aim is to provide a welcoming community and a platform to allow fellow IB students a supportive space to share their individual opinions and to easily receive answers to any inquiries they may bear concerning the IB Diploma Program and related matters.

©2019 Hefan Xiao

One of our duties is to arrange events and projects where IB students can encounter each other face-to-face despite the geographical obstructions at place. One of our popular annual events includes the Think Ahead Seminar, where we invite several IB alumni to tell about their experiences in the IB, the benefits that the program brought them and their current situations in their respective universities, such as: Harvard, Oxford and Aalto. Currently, one of our most important projects is striving for more widespread recognition of the International Baccalaureate Certificate in both Finnish Universities as well as Schools of Applied Sciences.


©2019 Hefan Xiao

Urban Mill provided us an outstanding venue for our most recent project: our annual spring General Assembly accompanied by our new board’s initiation. The venue was extremely spacious and managed to house our own board and our event attendees e.g. representatives from SLL (Suomen Lukiolaisten Liitto) and students from IB schools from Espoo, Helsinki, Tampere, Lahti and Tikkurila to name a few. In our annual General Assembly, we split our session into many parts. We start off by going through and possibly updating our bylaws. Then, as we assign different members to different groups, each group updates the board on their activity. We also leave plenty of time for our guests to give their greetings and we appreciate any comments that they may offer. Lastly, we have the initiation of our new board as it changes every year.

Aside from our student rights projects, our upcoming events include another possible get-together styled event for IB-students this spring as well as our renown IB-cruise, which is traditionally held in the autumn. All IB-students in Finland are warmly welcomed to our events, aside from the IB-cruise, which is reserved for IB1s and 2s only. We would like to invite anyone interested in our organisation or the International Baccalaureate programme to further explore our online presence through our fibs_ry Instagram account.

Written and edited by: Haohao Liu – Students Rights Representative and Matti Kaira – Chairman; Pictures by: Hefan Xiao – Event Manager

Zero Emission Day 21.9.2018 at Aalto University

Via Aalto Sustainability Hub:
Highschools of Espoo and CLC has organised an event celebrating the global Zero Emissions Day. It will take place in Aalto, Otakaari 1 on 21st of Sept. The event is open also for people interested in this urgently important topic, not only the higschool students. Feel free to spread the call!

Aika: Perjantai 21.9.2018 klo 9:30-11:30
Paikka: Aalto-yliopisto, sali U2, Otakaari 1, Espoo

09.30 Ilmoittautuminen & pieni tarjoilu
10.00 Espoon kaupungin tervehdys, YK:n SDG-edelläkävijyystyön vetäjä Elina Wanne
10.05 Petteri Taalas, pääsihteeri, WMO: Videotervehdys liittyen ilmaston nykytilaan
10.20 Jouni Keronen, toiminnanjohtaja, CLC: Mitä kansalainen voi tehdä päästöjen vähentämiseksi
10.30 Satu Vainio, toiminnanjohtaja, From Waste to Taste ry: Rumat porkkanat ja sinkkubanaanit – miten hyvä ruoka ei joudu hukkaan
10.40 Miguel Naranjo, UN Climate Change: The role of the United Nations in citizen engagement
10.55 Nuorten paneeli – Nollapäästöpäivän kilpailun voittajatöiden esittely
11:15 Nollapäästöpäivän kilpailun palkintojen jako, Ilkka Niemelä, rehtori, Aalto-yliopisto ja Miguel Naranjo, YK
11.30 Tilaisuus päättyy

Tilaisuus on suunnattu Espoon lukiolaisille sekä kaikille aiheesta kiinnostuneille. Kutsua saa mielellään välittää eteenpäin.


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Global Zero Emissions Day on September 21, 2018

The Global 24 hour Moratorium on the use of Fossil Fuels

Zero Emissions Day is coordinated in Finland by CLC, Climate Leadership Council. Aalto University is among the members.