Hanken – an International Business School with Strong Connections to Business and Society

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Hanken School of Economics, one of the oldest business schools in the Nordic countries, was established more than one hundred years ago. Today, Hanken is the only stand-alone business school in Finland. Our strategy includes profiling the School as a genuinely international and research-intensive business school with close ties to the corporate world. We offer academic programmes on all levels (BSc, MSc and PhD) at two locations, in Helsinki and Vaasa.

Research at Hanken is carried out within all departments, with a special focus on four selected areas of strength. Many of our researchers are at the absolute forefront of their field. Our cooperation with the corporate world is reflected in joint research projects, in active interaction through our partner programme as well as the generous support we receive in our fundraising.

Hanken is the first university in Finland to introduce a mandatory period abroad as an integrated part of the curriculum. The students are thus offered a unique opportunity to create their own international networks for life through an exchange or internship period abroad. These lifelong networks are created both internationally and at Hanken. They permeate the studies and play an important role in the excellent placement of our alumni on the international job market. Through our alumni network and activities we also make sure that the network built while at Hanken and the ties to the School are maintained and broadened after graduation.

As a business school, Hanken has a solid foundation with international recognition reflected in our international accreditation, a sound financial basis, and  valuable national and international networks that support our international top research and competitive education programmes. We value our academic and corporate partners and we make sure that researchers and students at Hanken get a first- class education while building meaningful professional and personal networks.

Karen Spens
Rector

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