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27.12.2018 18:01
Good tidings to you wherever you are. Good tidings for Christmas and a Happy New Year! Abba

veryone loves holidays, but Christmases time is special - it is associated with miracles, childhood, and a fairy tale. Christmas virus vanity involves us in its ‘dance’ that we cannot resist!

Many of us come from different countries with different Christmas and NY traditions and I am not the exclusion. Yet in Russia, the tradition to celebrate Christmas is not so popular than in Europe, but New Year is so much loved here that we even celebrate it twice!

I have my own tradition to spend these holidays in Moscow with my family and we always plan in advance our cultural program. I even call it a cultural marathon – this is how we prepare to the 31st of December when at a midnight we will make our wishes for the new year with the strong belief that they should become true!



As the international student ambassador I have the right to make my wish right now on behalf of all Hanken students: Santa, please, make the exams easy and our answers brilliant; lectures fascinating and interesting, and bring a lot of great job offerings to all of us!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!



15.12.2018 22:58

Hi everyone,   

Hope you are having a great week!  

Studying at Hanken is a great opportunity for international students. In fact, you have the chance to attend different events and network with different well-known companies. Yesterday I had the pleasure to attend the PWC Case Study. The event started at 17:30. During the first hour, there was a presentation of the EDGE program that PWC offers to students soon to graduate or have been recently graduated. After that we had a short break and were divided into 4 groups of 5 people each, to solve a case study. We had only one hour to solve the case. They gave us some material to analyze in order to answer three questions. After the time was up, we had ten minutes presentation of the solutions. As an Economics student, I was not able to know the finance terminology that was present in one question. However, my great team managed to solve it. In the end, our solutions were the best solution among all the teams. After all the teams presented their solutions, we all went to a restaurant. The food was delicious. It was also a great way to get to know PWC people in an informal way and ask them questions.  

This case was a great opportunity for me to learn how to be able to think and give solutions to subjects that I am not familiar. My advice is to be as much as possible active in different events that Hanken offers, even if they are not related to your major. In this way, you get to know students from other majors and meet companies.  

I will leave in a few days for Christmas holidays in Italy.   

To all of you, happy holidays and best wishes.   


10.12.2018 18:05

Hi everybody, I hope you all do fine and are already the Christmas mood! The semester is getting to an end and this means the deadlines are approaching and on top the finals are coming. Nevertheless, Natalia from Hanken’s external marketing department and I spent last week’s Saturday in Frankfurt Germany, to represent Hanken at the Master and More fair. It was a 7-hour fair with around 1200 people attending. According to the organisers around 1200 people attended the fair. The event was a lot of fun because I had the opportunity to talk to people who are interested in applying to Hanken. Besides informing potential applicants about the application process and the requirements I shared my experience, opinion and enthusiasm about studying at Hanken. The people I met at the fair showed a great interest in the different Master programmes Hanken offers. I am hope that our attendance at the fair made a difference and the people we met are going to apply to Hanken. If you read this now and are interest about Hanken and the different master programmes here please check out Hanken’s international student ambassadors and contact us if you have any programme related questions. (

6.12.2018 18:04

Today, Finland celebrates 101 years of independence. The country, which is proud of its traditions, history and people. Finnish people themselves describe the national character with a word which does not have an easy-to-find literal equivalent in English - sisu. Sisu stands for determination, bravery and resilience. Exactly what you need in order to meet the last deadlines of the year before the holiday week starts!

Meanwhile, the city streets (and Hanken as well) are changing its appearance bringing more warmth and festive feeling of Christmas holidays to the dark winter days. It looks quite unusual without the snow and I really wish that the weather will change; not sure what people say about global warming, but this winter looks warmer than ever. I am still riding a bicycle every day and what I heard from the news, tourism business in Lapland has been affected by the snowless days in a very negative way. But do not catch the pessimistic vibes. Looks that there is a high demand for professionals in the area of sustainability, circular economy and responsible business strategy. I have to say, Hanken has opened my eyes to the world sustainability issues and also has given me a vision on how to solve them. 

As a gift for the Independence Day, a new library in the heart of Helsinki has been opened. Have a look at the architectural masterpiece! I am glad that my thesis is still in the process because I was dreaming about going to the library and using its spaces (which are free for everyone). There you can find not only books and study rooms but also 3D printers and even sewing machines.  





29.11.2018 13:33
QTEM studies at EDHEC - A letter from our student!


My name is Vytas and I am currently on a QTEM exchange at EDHEC Business School in Nice, France. I would like to share my experiences of living in the French Riviera as well as studying at one of the best finance programmes in the world. I hope that those interested in QTEM and EDHEC will find this information useful.

Life in Nice

Nice is not a large city so it was actually easy to adapt to the lifestyle, especially after living in similar size cities before. Nice is situated on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, in the very south of France, close to the border with Italy. The location itself is great because it allows visiting cities such as Cannes, Milan, Geneva, even Monaco in no time. However, people coming from Finland will probably appreciate the weather rather than location. At the end of November, it is still pretty warm and some days may resemble a summer time.

Going around the city is rather is rather easy but not as easy as in Helsinki Helsinki. For example, some areas may have only a few lines of busses which means that they are over-crowded in the morning and afternoon. It is also not as reliable in terms of arrival times and some buses stop operating just before 10 pm. In general, the locals seem to settle in here early and once the summer season is over, the city may look empty at only 8 pm on a business day.

28.11.2018 13:28

By Silas Mwangi


As I promised from my previous post I will continue from where I left last time. When I got the acceptance letter to Hanken, I also received an email to apply for the international talent program. I applied but I did not believe that I was good enough to be chosen. This insecurity stems from sending tons of job applications and never getting a positive response.

Luckily, I was chosen to take part in the interview. I had a good session and although I did not get a mentor I maintained contact with the HR who helped me get a mentor. I will revisit this later in the story.

At first school was quite challenging, we had many courses and most of the topics were relatively new. The workload was also quite heavy. However, I decided to not only focus on my studies but to actively engage in other school activities. There were many invitations to working breakfast, networking events and even mentorship program meetings. Getting involved in these activities made me feel like I belong.

28.11.2018 13:27


This is my first blog post ever and I will be posting it as an international student ambassador. Although I am a bit nervous, I feel proud to finally try something new. Before I proceed, let me introduce myself. My name is Silas Mwangi and I am a second year Master student in General Management. I am Kenyan and have been living in Finland since 2010.

Every time I meet someone new I keep getting the same question. “What are you doing in Finland?” Whenever I answer to study then I always get the follow – up “why Finland”? I always try to give a simple answer because Finland has the best education in the world. Frankly when I ponder on why I moved to Finland back in 2010 it was a combination of many factors.

I finished high school in 2004 and did not have a clue what I was passionate about. My dad was a manager in a telecommunication company and I thought his job was exciting. However, I did not want to commit fully before having a ‘taste’ of the job. I studied telecommunication at a diploma level and joined the job market. I worked as a technician for 2 years. The job was demanding and the pay low so in 2007, I decided to study more to get a promotion. During that time there were many stories about how the university education was poor quality. I tried to search universities abroad, but the tuition fees were too expensive. Then one day I stumbled upon free university in Finland.

At first, I thought it was a hoax since my parents have instilled the quote “when the deal is too good, think twice”. In the back of my mind I knew Finland was the home of Nokia which was a telco giant. I decided to take the gamble and applied. There were many challenges all through the application process including the visa application. Despite all the setbacks I got a position in VAMK to study a bachelor in IT and I thought my dream to work for Nokia would be achieved.

However, when it came to specialization in the third year they dropped the telecommunication option. I had the choice of transferring to either Helsinki or Jyvaskyla to purse the dream. By that time, I had grown to love Vaasa so much that I decided to change my profession. I joined Novia and in 2016 I graduated with a bachelor’s in environmental engineering. I felt the need to study further and get a masters qualification since it would open more opportunities for me for example starting a consultancy firm. I scouted for the best suited masters for me for one year. I settled on Vaasa university and Hanken as my options. I applied to both and lucky I got accepted in both universities.

9.11.2018 16:49
My experiences with the Hanken Interational Talent program


By Jordan Lawrence

Another new voice in the blog, coming to you after the launch event for the Hanken International Talent (HIT) program. HIT is a program designed to pair international master’s students with local companies, and I have been a participant for the past year working with Fazer. I’ve really enjoyed the program, and it has been a special opportunity to get involved during my studies.

Finding a job without knowing Finnish, or even having a Finnish business network, can be a bit tricky, so I was happy when I found out about HIT ( I applied not knowing what to expect, from company to opportunity to fit. But it worked out, I have now spent most of the past year working on issues related to traceability and collaboration with the Digital Transformation team at Fazer – and I’ve been writing my thesis with them. I’ve been challenged to grow and learn, all while working on issues that are important to me.

Most importantly, this has really helped me become more embedded in Finnish life and society. With the excellent weather this summer I was able to bike most days, learning new parks and exploring parts of town. It’s also nice to have co-workers remind you that your degree will finish soon enough, and you should enjoy the process. And your co-workers can offer great travel tips like the deeply creepy Veijo Rönkkönen Sculpture Garden. Something else I’ve noticed is that when talking to new people they brighten up when hearing that I work at Fazer. It’s a piece of Finnish identity which has become a part of my own.

3.11.2018 13:23
Hanken inspires students to think in a non-trivial way and offer divergent activities that can help the young generation of Hankanies in planning their careers. Mentorship Programme is one of them, and this year I decided to join the programme as a mentee and explore all of the potential benefits it is about to bring! In my blog posts, I am going to tell you about each step we go through with my great mentor during this adventure and share my personal experience, expectations and hopefully results!

Mentorship programme is organized in a way that a student (mentee) can get professional guidance from successful Hanken alumnus (mentor) working in industry or academia. The main idea (and a big challenge!) is to find a good match between two of them to make the process fun and efficient. Usually, it is expected to have one meeting per month during the school year where you can go together through topics you are interested in, such as CV check-in, preparing for job interviews, discussing career goals and expectations, sharing personal experience, etc.

What was my inner motivation to apply for this programme?

First, being a foreigner, I feel in a way unsecured because of a language barrier as well as a lack of knowledge about Finnish working style and business culture in general. Thus, I was very enthusiastic about a chance to ask straight questions from a person who is willing to give straight answers, telling funny stories and sharing own experiences (both successes and failures!) with me in a way I can receive really valuable advice for my future endeavors.

Next, I am a mother of a fun-loving toddler, and for the last couple of years my life was mainly dedicated to my boy. Yet when the time has come I was struggling to shift my attention and energy towards new career paths. At this point, I need someone who would be able to encourage me and restore my work-life balance. I was looking not only for a guidance on my professional growth but also for a personal support and inspiration.

Finally, I am looking for a career that might be best suited for my lifestyle, my personal and professional goals, and my academic background. But, I also do not want to miss unexpected opportunities and experiences because of the fact that I have certain ‘life-work plan’ in my head. Here, I believe that my mentor will be able to take a look at me through a more objective prism, pointing out my strengths that were hidden or my weaknesses I didn’t know (or didn’t want to know?) about.

9.10.2018 15:14

Greetings from Russia from Anna, Hanken international student ambassador!

Last week was full of adventures for me and Natalia, marketing assistant at Hanken. We spent almost a week on a duty: we visited Moscow and Saint Petersburg for the study fairs where we advertised education at Hanken and answered tonnes of questions from the potential Hanken students until we both lost our power and voices


The study fairs showed that there is a strong interest from the international applicants towards Hanken and this is wonderful! An opportunity to meet people from all over the world, get broad cultural experience, exchange the ideas and even start an international company - this is just a few things that are possible at Hanken School of Economics thanks to its international community. 

For those who always desires more, you can go for the exchange studies from Hanken to other great universities in Europe, South and North America, Asia and other regions depending on your personal and professional interests. You can go to Russia as well!


PS: The trips to Russia are always full of surprises; in most cases, you cannot even imagine how Russia may surprise you this time. Once it happened to us that one train ticket was unexpectedly cancelled, hotel payment was withdrawn from the card a couple of times or a pre-ordered taxi forgot to pick us up at the railway station... keep calm...  we were staying strong and having fun :D