Saturday, 28 September, 10:30–11:00 (Jakobi 2, Room 109)
Language of presentation: English
University of Helsinki, BA student
sari.ali-melkkila [ät] helsinki.fi
Reflections on Studying Baltic Languages and Cultures in the University of Helsinki
In my presentation my aim is to introduce the studies of Baltic languages and cultures in the University of Helsinki. I will briefly present my university, department, subject and study program with the emphasis on Lithuanian language and culture it being my major study. I am also going to introduce the student organization of the Baltic languages and cultures in the University of Helsinki, “Daina ry.”.
Since Baltic languages and cultures are one of the smallest subjects taught in the University of Helsinki, I wish to present some of the issues of the studying circumstances. The financial situation in Finland affects the University of Helsinki among other universities and thereby also somewhat the resources of teaching. In this process I see the students’ importance in their efforts and actions as one way of influence.
Not only from the linguistic and historical points of view but also for the Finnish state, being a Baltic region country, the value of current knowledge of the Baltic languages and cultures is significant. It is in my interest to exchange opinions and ideas with colleague students how to carry this comprehension forward. I think students can have an impact on that, although the dilemma in Helsinki seems sometimes to be the small number of students.
Key words: Baltic languages and cultures, studies, students