While Hanken-Helsinki is in the spotlight, I think Hanken-Vaasa deserves as much to share the same stage. In Vaasa, things are not big in scale, but great in quality, authenticity and closeness. Hard to believe? Read on to see how I elaborate on this idea.
First off, let's start with some fun facts about Vaasa. The sunniest city of Finland is famous not only for holding the largest energy cluster in the Nordic countries but also for a very young population. Today it is recognized as the educational and cultural hub of Western Finland. Considering the fact that in a city ranked "210th largest in Finland" found 3 universities and 2 polytechnics, there is no doubt 80% of whoever you meet on the street is a student. Thanks to that, lots of interesting events take place every week. Here you are served in 2 languages...together, Swedish and Finnish. It is a small, pretty, and very Finnish "Swedish" city. To make it easier to visualize, imagine an old "garden" town.
An amazing view from Tritonia library
Vaasa Walkaround - Sunset
Somewhere near Strampen - Sunset
Now Hanken-Vaasa...General Management (GM) is the only English program at Hanken-Vaasa. What is so unique about GM that people (like me) are willing to give up the capital life to come here just for it? Well, the name of the program already speaks for itself. If you are into diversity of knowledge with a deep touch of a particular field, GM is for you. Almost 2 semesters have passed and I am so proud to say that I got myself a great chance to explore the world of business from different aspects: commercial law, finance, accounting, management and marketing. What I love love love about Hanken is the freedom and flexibility to do things. There is no rigid frame in learning. It is all about inspiration and self initiatives.
One thing I really like about Hanken is that this is the place where people are able to grow both business world and academic world. Let me show you two examples that happened during the past week.
"Once Hankeit, always Hankeit", it's once again proved by alumni showed up in the flash mentoring on April 6th, to help the current students with their challenges and various issues by discussing and sharing their professional experiences. I am so amazed by their patience and enthusiastic to give their advices and support to the students.
The flash mentoring was designed in a very thoughtful way, Hanken tried to get the mentors from different fields and backgrounds, mostly senior executives and leaders, so students could get different perspectives and angles when having the discussion with them. After the formal event, there is a follow-up dinner arranged, so that mentors and students could sit down together and continue the discussion in a casual way, so we became friends!
At the same day on April 6, Humlog (humanitarian logistics) track of Business and Management degree programme organized an event with Peter Tatham, who is a global expert from Griffith University, and he shared great insights in his keynote about technology meets humanitarian logistics. Actually we have such guest lecture more than often, thanks to the Hanken professors connecting us with researchers world widely and bringing us opportunities to learn from different corner of the world.
I truly enjoy and appreciate what Hanken has been doing that prepares us to be a future business elite!
With this song we started our Russian dinner at Hanken that took place on 20th of March, and had a great success!
But let start from the beginning. March 20th was bright and sunny day, and Helsinki was especially beautiful at that day after long winter. The Russian evening was initiated by Irina Prokkola, a lector of Russian language for her students studying Russian language. It was an introduction to Russian culture for some of her students, but also an opportunity for other students to share their cultural experiences that they received from their exchange in Russia.
It all started around 4.30 pm, we all gathered on the 5th floor, where a long table was already served with Russian dishes and decorated with some traditional elements by students and Irina. The program of the evening promised to be lively and active. The first activity was a dance “Kalinka”- a traditional and well-known Russian song. We started with some simple steps, and speed up along the music. Both Russian and Finnish students quickly picked up the moves, and found themselves dancing joyfully. The music was catchy, cheerful, and literally breathtaking. After a fast dance, pleasant feeling of tiredness occurred.
After the hectic winter season and long dark nights, it was a cool moment to breath new air outside the frozen Finnish environment. The winter break in the warmer Berlin city was the place to thaw the end of the 3rd period at Hanken as a Humanitarian Logician.
It is winter break and after so many hectic days of walking on frozen water and dark morning lectures, finally the break is here! It is quite a busy life here at Hanken, bundled up with diversified school work and social life. We have always to find time outside our schedule for personal rejuvenation, just to feel normal amidst everything happening around.
Winter is at its peak during the 3rd period, and to escape all the coldness and icy streets I took a trip to Berlin to visit my friends studying at the Berlin University. It has always been my travel goal to travel to Berlin and experience life from my own perspective outside books, internet or other people view point.
Berlin is the capital and the largest city of Germany, with a population of approximately 3.5 million people. Berlin is the second most populous city proper and the seventh most populous urban area in the European Union. Located in northeastern Germany on the banks of rivers Spree and Havel, it is the center of the Berlin-Brandenburg Metropolitan Region, which has about 6 million residents from more than 180 nations.
Where are my binoculars and where is my selfie-stick? I had the whole night to pack and get ready for berlin. How could a night be so short, with barely 4 hours of sleep? I had to rush, I would be late for the train, I would miss my flight. Where are my travel documents? Where is my toothbrush? (the Finish style). Am I going to be late, or am I going to freeze cold, it is so cold outside.
Two hours of flight and I was ready in Berlin, how were my friends enthusiastically waiting for a snow man, only to arrive as a “Michelin” guy. I was ready, ready with my travel diary to explore, learn and enjoy my short stay.
“Going so soon? I wouldn't hear of it. Why my little party's just beginning.
~ Wicked Witch of the West Wizard of Oz”
― L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Hey, guys! It’s Maria again. As the exam week has finished, we all could breathe a sigh of relief. While you have already had the opportunity to follow some of the events happening at Hanken from the previous blog posts (and you can also check Hanken’s official Instagram to keep up to date with the current events), I thought that this time it might be interesting for you to get to know a bit more about the fun part of the studies at Hanken: namely, the student life. This idea popped into my head as it was just yesterday we had a sitz organized by the Master’s Committee and Exchange Committee of the Student Union.
However, first things first: you might be wondering what a sitz is. I will not invent anything new here and will refer to our beloved Wikipedia: “A sittning ("sitting", often shortened to sits or sitz) is in Sweden and Finland a seated meal held within a set time frame. The term is also used to denote the part of a party that is a seated meal. Though it can refer to any kind of meal, it is often used to refer to a student sittning.” To my knowledge, in Finland those are only Swedish schools that have a tradition of organizing sitzes, so no wonder they are so popular in Hanken.
This Saturday the two student union’s committees, the master’s committee and exchange committee, have combined their forces to throw an amazingly nerdy sitz called “E=MC^2”.
Photo by Henna Konsti
That is one feature of the sitz: there is always a theme according to which the guests should be dressed. However, it was not only about the costumes, the party was full of nerdy facts and interesting competitions, which kept the audience entertained and yet gave some food for thought.
There are more traditions connected with the sitzes, however this is somethig one can experience only by attending one of those themselves.
Hello and welcome to the blog! As Sasha and Maria started their entries with the weather review, I would like to continue and share couple of thoughts about it as well. So this week is important as spring has officially started. However, before we get all excited we have to remember that winter in Finland is slightly extended. But that is not a big deal because the whole waiting process is rather rewarding as spring at its peak is breathtaking in this country. So we all need a little more patience because spring will come as surely as the sun will rise. With the latter positive notion, let me elaborate on the past week of Hanken from my own perspective.
Next week at Hanken is exams week and, needless to say, Hanken has been very lively throughout the whole past week. You could see students trying to memorise those last pieces of information at literally every corner of Hanken. Even on Friday’s evening!
I am from Hanken’s Department of Economics myself and I believe that we, economists at Hanken, live on a somewhat different schedule than our counterparts from other departments. We might have more ‘exam weeks’ (but not necessarily more exams than others, do not be scared!) throughout the year as teaching for Hanken’s economists is under cooperation with Aalto University and University of Helsinki. So besides Hanken, we also have lectures at the premises of Aalto School of Business, University of Helsinki and Helsinki Center of Economic Research or simply HECER. Needless to say, all three universities keep us engaged throughout the whole year but we cannot complain as we receive the best knowledge in the field of Economics as each university has its key strengths. This is what me and my fellow students really appreciate at our department.
Apart from studying in the library, this week hankeits had a possibility to attend couple interesting guest lectures. Esa Jokivuolle, Research Advisor at the Bank of Finland, gave a lecture on changes in assessment of credit risk of a loan portfolio and bank capital requirements after the recent financial crisis for the course of Banking and Finance. Those interested in entrepreneurship could attend ‘Entrepreneurial afternoon’ with four entrepreneurship experts sharing their best tips on becoming an entrepreneur. Guest lectures is something I personally love since I believe that practicalities are as important as theory and Hanken does a great job providing us with both.
What a lovely weather it was for the past week in Helsinki! You might notice that we again start the blog post with the weather, but let me assure you that here in Finland people like talking about weather. It is not that often that you get so many sunny days in a row, especially in winter, thus we try to take the most out of it and spend as much time outdoors as possible. So did I as well this week, and, as a result, my presence at school has significantly decreased while I was having long walks by the sea.
However, the week was full of different kind of events, which I am more than happy to share with you. As a Corporate Governance student myself, I will be talking about what our life is like at Hanken. In the beginning of the week we had a tour to Maria 0-1, a community house for ambitious and scalable tech start-ups, supported by the city of Helsinki and the European Union, which we organized together with the Hanken Corporate Governance Student Association (HCGSA). It is quite funny that the house has the same name as I do, but that is a totally different story.
During the tour it was really interesting to discover all the start-ups that are currently present there in Maria and get some inspiration from them to potentially start a company of my own someday. By the way, did you know, that Finland has a lot of quite well-known start-ups, and in particular in gaming industry? Oh well, but I am not going to talk about that any more since it would make another blog post, but that is definitely something to discover.
However, it was not the only event we had with the HCGSA this week. Later on we had an alumni dinner, which is a nice way to meet new people and old friends who have already graduated. I should say that Corporate Governance students are usually not that big a group of people, but because of this we are able to maintain close connections with each other, and these kind of events are one way to do that. Hearing inspiring stories of our alumni definitely is very encouraging for those of us who are still in search of a job. Moreover, the director of the Corporate Governance program, Prof. Tom Berglund, encourages our student association to host different kind of events (traditionally, we have three dinners per academic year, where we meet with students and academic stuff in a more informal atmosphere, plus other events which vary from year to year), and always attends them himself.
I mean, where else you can be that close to your professors, right? In Hanken that is the case, we interact with our teachers very often apart from the lectures.
This week has been an exceptionally cold one in Helsinki, with temperatures falling to -12 degrees centigrade! So I thought for my first blog post, I’d take this good opportunity to introduce you to the wonderful life of a finance student at Hanken School of Economics (since very few of us would dare to venture outside to explore the city in this weather!).
Tiny as it maybe compared to other universities in Finland, Hanken contains a whole world inside of it (and one you’d be reluctant to leave when the time comes, trust me!). There are so many activities arranged by the various student associations that sometimes it is very hard to keep track of everything happening here!
Since I’m a finance student, I’m more in tune with what is going on in the finance department. HankInvest is the student association for all finance students at Hanken (you can visit the website here to stay updated about the association: http://hankinvest.org/). This year’s newly elected board had its kickoff event on the 3rd of February. It was an amazing night, with live music and great food, and offered the invaluable opportunity to network with people in the same profession as you (the people who’d actually be looking at your job applications aka your future bosses!).
A few days after that, on February 8, we had a career night in finance, where students were told how to break into Management Consulting and Investment Banking – something I’m very interested in after I graduate! This event focused on the interview and application process, and the representatives gave examples of how the process works. In the second half there was a panel discussion with interns from JP Morgan, McKinsey, EY etc. Such career nights are regularly held for most majors offered at Hanken (but HankInvest is perhaps the most active in arranging these!), and offer invaluable insights into the practical life of working at such institutions. As you can see, after all the serious talk, people let loose with some partying.