Finland is known for many things: the happiest people in the world, high incomes, beautiful landscapes and the cleanest air in the world. Barbora Stuchlá from the Czech Republic has one more reason to admire this Nordic country: the Hanken School of Economics.
“I have always been a big fan of Finland and aware of the Finnish education system and its quality,” says Stuchlá. “I applied to Hanken because of its community spirit – I’ve studied at universities with tens of thousands of students before and wanted to try something different.”
Indeed, one of Hanken’s main strengths is that it is the only independent, university-ranked business school in Finland; other business schools are usually part of larger universities. He has 110 years of research and teaching experience in economics and business administration. It holds triple accreditation – EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA – a feat that only 1% of business schools in the world can boast.
Moreover, Hanken happens to be one of the most international and well-known universities in Finland, a definite plus for international students. Chinese national Fangbing Wang, who has previously lived in Finland due to her work in Finnish companies and tech startups, agrees: “Hanken is highly regarded among Finnish students and employers. It is a place everyone dreams of entering.
What sealed the deal for Wang, however, was their exceptional teaching quality. “I had the chance to take a few courses at Hanken before applying for my master’s program, and I was really impressed with the quality of the teaching and the way it connects theory with practice. It was obvious that Hanken was my first choice and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made,” enthused Wang, who took over business and management, then marketing.
Add in knowledgeable and personable faculty, too, and you’ll see why more than 2,500 students worldwide choose Hanken’s bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs.
“My most memorable course was ‘Gender, Management and Organization’ taught by Janne Tienari. I think it was a great example of a course where open discussion was really encouraged and quite a sensitive topic explored with a critical approach,” says Stuchlá, who enrolled in the MA in Economics and Business Administration (International Strategy and sustainability).
Others have chosen Hanken for different reasons. For example, Jennifer Huttunen’s Espoo family home is nearby, giving her the opportunity to pursue a master’s degree in economics and business administration closer to home.
“I found Hanken’s program appealing as it provides some flexibility to learn slightly outside of my education,” says Huttunen, adding that she particularly enjoyed Professor Timo Korkeamäki’s capital budgeting courses and FinTech courses. by Professor Othmar Lehner.
Hanken has identified several strengths to ensure its research standards remain internationally competitive. This means that their professors are often at the top of their research game, helped by the fact that Hanken is involved in many joint research projects.
As Hanken operates in both Helsinki and Vaasa, students also benefit from strong links and partnership programs with the corporate world. A significant number of Finnish companies – in services, finance and exports – are based there. Vaasa is also famous for having the largest energy technology cluster in the Nordic countries.
When you add stellar research strengths and opportune locations, the end result is superb access to the vast network of companies and alumni for hands-on opportunities. For this reason, the German Marco Eckhardt – who completed a master’s degree in management and organization as well as in international strategy and sustainability – remembers a highlight well.
“I was lucky enough to be the CEO of a small consulting firm. Working with a team of nearly 20 students from all academic backgrounds and nationalities was an experience I wouldn’t want to miss,” Eckhardt shares.
The Finnish government strongly encourages international talent to come here to study, research and work. With Hanken’s International Talent Management Program, Hanken School’s international master’s students can develop their Finnish network and receive support in finding their career path. Already, Eckhardt is a training coordinator for Porsche Finland, Stuchlá works as an internal growth strategist, and Wang co-founded a logistics technology startup with funding from Silicon Valley.
It’s no wonder that Hanken has achieved 14 ‘A’ grades in its overall U-Multirank performance, the strongest being International Orientation, and ranks No. 55 among business schools for the program of Masters in Management (Financial Times 2021).
If you’ve ever wanted to study at an outstanding business school in the happiest country in the world that truly supports international talent to study and work, Hanken School of Economics is the place for you.
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