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Thank You, and have a corona-safe Christmas!

Even the strangest of years will come to an end. I believe that all the events we have witnessed this year will stay in our memory for a long time. People often speak about generational experiences quite lightly, but about 2020 that term can be used with no remorse.

Despite all the massive negative effects of the COVID-19 crisis, I wish that our memory will also store a shared sense of success. Even though the situation is far from over, I am very confident that we will eventually rise from this deep pit. As we’ll finally be able to spend time with our loved ones and travel more freely, I hope we will once again understand that the sun will always rise even after the darkest of hours, and we are able to overcome much higher obstacles than we thought possible.

Before the dawn of time after COVID-19, let us practice increasing light by celebrating Christmas and New Year. It will be very dark outside, but the days will already be getting longer, and candles and LED lights will make our homes warmer.

I would like to give a great “Thank You” to all our partners for your co-operation through this challenging year. It has been a pleasure to see how the communal spirit and seeking for concrete solutions have been emphasized during the difficulties. Together we will be able to raise our region back to the positive growth path after the current crisis subsides, and create a better future for all of us.

Thank You, merry Christmas and let’s have a calmer new year. 

Vesa Taatila
Rector, Turku University of Applied Sciences


This year, we made our traditional Christmas donation to Turku City Mission’s Tukenasi volunteer work to support young people. 
During these exceptional times, an increasing number of young people need support for their studies, job search and working. We want to participate in supporting the inclusion of young people in society.