UNITalent 2023-2024 Closing Event

UNITalent 2023-2024 has come to it´s ending in April when the participants, employers and staff of UH celebrated together in Crowne Plaza Helsinki.

During the closing event we heard experiences from Fiskars Group, Väestöliitto Population Research Institute and Otava Learning. There was also time dedicated to reflect the programme, give feedback and to network.

The new UNITalent season 2024-2025 will start in the fall. Application time for international students and doctoral researchers will be 28.10-15.11.2024.

(Pictures 1, 3 and 4 taken by Veikko Somerpuro)

Remember to sign up for the closing event

UNITalent participants have all received an email with a link to sign up for the closing event on 25.4.24, 16-18.

It’s a unique event for many reasons! It is the first time we are able to organize a live meeting for UNITalent participants and hosts.  We are getting together in the Crowne Plaza hotel in Helsinki for an event consisting of short speeches, networking and coctails. It’s an easygoing occasion, and we hope to see as many of this year’s UNITalentees in person as possible!

UNITalent will open for application again in autumn – 24, details will be posted here soon!

Kick-off 1st February, 4 pm

Kick-off slides


16:00-16:05 Welcome, Anna Storgårds on behalf of the UNITalent coordination team

16:05- 16:15 Greetings from Sari Lindblom, Rector of the University of Helsinki

16:15-16:25 Greetings from Glenn Gassen, Director of Migration Affairs at the City of Helsinki.

16:25- 16:35 Aims and structure of the programmme, Anna Storgårds

16:35- 16:45 Next steps, Inka Saarela on the behalf of UNITalent coordination team

The kick- off continues in some of the groups


UNITalent kick-off event 1.2.2024

We feel very fortunate to start this new season 2024 with new UNITalent participants!

All accepted participants should all have received the calendar invite for the kick-off on Thursday 1.2.2024 / or personal invite from their host organization.

This meeting will consist of introductions, reminders of upcoming meeting dates and locations and agreeing how to communicate during UNITalent.

If you need to contact the Career Services during the programme, you can reach us at careerservices@helsinki.fi.

Thank you for joining the UNITalent programme, we are happy to have you with us!

UNITalent programme has accepted 190 applicants!

The UNITalent application process has ended and the host organisations have accepted 190 applicants to join the programme. Congratulations all new UNITalent participants!

All participants have been informed of the outcome on week  50.

We will have 11 host organisations joining UNITalent 2024:

  1. Alfa Mobility
  2. AlphaSense
  3. City of Helsinki Executive Office
  4. Finnish Institute of International Affairs
  5. The Finnish National Agency for Education (OPH)
  6. Fiskars Group
  7. Helsinki Think Company
  8. Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare (THL)
  9. Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE)
  10. Otava Oppimisen palvelut
  11. Väestöliitto ry

You will find the host organisation meeting schedule in host organisations 2023-2024. 

UNITalent serves as a platform for the University of Helsinki’s international master´s students and doctoral researchers to connect and engage with Finnish companies and organisations.

During this programme, Finnish companies host groups of international talents from the University of Helsinki, with a primary focus on sharing knowledge and experiences related to their respective fields, as well as offering guidance on networking and career opportunities.

UNITalent registration is closed (22.11.)

The application period for UNITalent has ended 22.11.2023. We have received a record amount of 196 applications, thank you for your interest!

Next steps:

  • The organisation selects the participants based on the information in the application forms, in relation to their own motivations. 
  • Career services will contact you about the outcome latest 18.12.2023.

UNITalent application period extended until 22.11. – 2 groups still open!

We have extended the application period and there is still room in two host organisation groups: Akava and Alfa Mobility. Read more about the organisations below. The groups are filled in order of registration, so act fast and send your application as soon as possible!

Application period is open until Wednesday 22nd of November.
Programme duration: 1st February to 25th of April 2024.

Who can apply: All international master’s degree students and international doctoral researchers at the University of Helsinki. Finnish students who have done their undergraduate or graduate degree abroad may also apply.

Application process:  More information can be found on the UNITalent main page and apply-page.


Read more about the groups that are still available and proceed to send your application as soon as possible.

All Master’s students and doctoral researchers can apply:

1. Alfa Mobility (Relocation services, global mobility, immigration and visa)

In 2023 Alfa Mobility is the leading Nordic mobility service provider with global reach. It’s main goal is to offer sustainable global mobility for people and businesses. The company provides many complementary services like HR-consulting, expense management, warehousing in Nordics, and outbound assignment management around the world.

2. Akava, the Conferedetation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff (Labour market unions, impacting social and political decisions, advocacy work, labour rights and legislation)

Akava has 36 affiliates with altogether some 600 000 unionised members working as employees, entrepreneurs and self-employed professionals in either the public or private sector. Akava is involved in preparing legislation for the labor market, unemployment and social security, and the pension system, which are part of the safety net of the working life.

Master’s and doctoral researchers, from certain programmes (Please see detailed instructions in the JobTeaser)

3.Otava Oppimisen palvelut , Learning Services (Group already full 20.11.)

UNITalent serves as a platform that enables you to connect with organisations that operate in Finland. During this 3-month programme, organisations act as hosts for selected groups of participants, with a focus on sharing knowledge related to their respective fields and offering possibilities for networking.

Technical problem with application confirmation messages from Lyyti

It has come to our attention that there has been a technical error with the application confirmation messages from Lyyti. As a result of this some of the automatic confirmation messages have not been send after the application form has been filled in. Today we have resent the link to a personal confirmation message to all those who have applied for the programme so far.

If you have received a confirmation message from Lyyti while applying OR from the coordination team on Monday November 13th, you can rest assured – your application has been received.

If you did not receive any confirmation message from Lyyti while applying OR from the Career Services, please contact us at careerservices@helsinki.fi.

The application period is still open until Wednesday 15th of November. Please note that some of the groups are already going full so send your application as soon as possible. See  more information on the Apply page.

All applicants will be contacted by 18th of December at the latest about the results of the UNITalent group allocation results. If you have questions you can contact us at the Career Services: careerservices@helsinki.fi.

Kind regards,
The UNITalent Coordination Team at Career Services