VET and Covid


The VOIMA project’s main goal is to support the well-being of university students and to promote their social inclusion during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The project ensures that support for well-being is widely available, with a low threshold and on an equal footing for all students.

During the project, a digital well-being support model will be developed together with students, in which peer support, well-being services and emotional regulation support will be introduced as part of the study courses. The project consists of four components:

  • Peer support = peer group and study group activities together with student unions
  • Support services = low threshold support services - study psychologist and student unions are involved in developing activities
  • Emotion meter = research-based emotion meter is integrated into courses; Identifying and discussing emotions can highlight the need for additional support, and students can be referred directly from the courses to the above-mentioned support services.
  • Webinar Series = a nationally open series of four webinars on higher education on self-direction, capacity building, emotion regulation, and learning skills. In collaboration with experts, psychologists and students

The project aims to respond to the learning challenges reported by students during the COVID-19 pandemic by supporting students’ emotional skills, self-direction, readiness to adapt and a sense of belonging to the community. The project aims strongly involving students in the design, implementation and development of the model.


Project manager: Eija Honkanen
Duration: 1.1.2021-30.6.2022
Funding: Ministry of Education and Culture
Partners: Häme University of Applied Sciences, Haaga-Helia

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