Meet out student ambassadors and check out their Nordic Brilliance blog!
Aleksandra Ferens Sorotskaya, International Property Law
Hello! My name is Aleksandra and I am a master’s degree student from Russia. In 2016, I graduated from Saint Petersburg State University as a bachelor of law and have an additional qualification of legal interpreter (Russian-English). I currently study Intellectual Property Law in Hanken. I really love the philosophy of the business school and the contents of this exact master’s programme – I have no doubt that I have made the right choice.
The involvement of modern technologies in study processes, possibilities to learn foreign languages, availability of tutors and a wide range of activities and parties organised by the Master’s Committee make memories I will cherish for life.
It is a great honour to be a Hanken International Student Ambassador. Feel free to contact me for questions you have and hope to see you soon at Hanken!
Maria Aleksanian, Corporate Governance
Hello, my name is Maria and I am a second year Master’s student majoring in Corporate Governance. This programme was the only reason I decided to apply to Hanken in the first place, and after almost two years, I am more than happy with my choice of school.
However, let me now introduce myself in more detail. I am originally from Ukraine, where I completed a Master’s degree in International Economics. During my studies in Ukraine, I always had a feeling that I wanted to pursue a degree in a foreign university to get an international perspective that would be a perfect addition to my studies, since my university did not offer any exchange programs at my time of study. My choice of Hanken was not just a random consequence of events, but also rather a well-reasoned matter of preference, as I heard about the school way back before applying from the professor who was teaching corporate governance at my previous university. By far this is the only school I know offering a degree in the respective field. Not knowing much about Finland and its education system, I was very positively surprised to discover all the amazing opportunities Hanken has to give to its students. The relatively small size of the school makes it possible to get personal guidance from professors, which is very essential, motivating and inspiring. At the same time, every student has an opportunity to take courses from other universities in Finland, which can be transferred towards your major. Exciting, right? At least for me it is! But let me tell you this: the student life besides studies is not any less exciting - you will surely not become bored.
Fangbing Wang, Business and Management
I moved to Finland by myself after I graduated from high school in Dalian, China. While studying for my bachelor’s degree in Finland, I started working full-time in a multinational enterprise, where I have rotated between different business functions. I've met many great Finnish people who have helped me along the way and gotten myself well-established in Finland with diverse experiences and valuable networks.
Currently I am second-year master’s student majoring in Marketing under Business and Management, as well as the Founder and President of Hanken BisMan (Hanken’s Business and Management society). What I like about Hanken is the opportunity to network, Hanken’s high status in international cooperation, its strong connection with companies, our projects for world-class companies, and having senior executives as guest lecturers.
Sasha Munir, Finance
I have a degree in Finance and Economics from Lahore School of Economics, Pakistan. I was working as business head of a startup company and teaching GMAT and GRE before I came to Hanken.
Hanken feels like a second home now. It’s welcoming and one feels comfortable here very easily. The Masters’ Committee had a big role in making that happen. They are a bunch of very friendly and helpful people and one never feels like a newcomer when around them. I’ve made wonderful friends, had a chance to interact with experienced professors, and attend guest lectures conducted by influencers from around the world. Every semester, more fascinating courses than I can take are offered in my major, finance.
Applying to Hanken was one of the best decisions of my life. The experience has been amazing so far. Helsinki is a wonderful place to live; it’s such a cosmopolitan city, and there are many activities for students to engage in. Hanken itself encourages all kinds of social interactions, and there are various events taking place on campus almost every day. The professors are very approachable, and when you attend lectures, you know you’re learning from some of the most accomplished people you’ll ever meet. That in itself is quite an experience. The coursework is demanding and meant to push students to do their best. There are plenty of opportunities available after graduation - from working in top firms to pursuing a PhD. So, come to Hanken – you won’t regret it.
Kristina Talailo, International Strategy and Sustainability
Hi, my name is Kristina and I am a second-year Master’s student in International Strategy and Sustainability. Besides studying, I run a student-driven association called oikos Helsinki and hold the position of CEO at Academic Business Consulting this year.
I try to be very active and combine different aspects and activities to have a balanced and fulfilled life. Whenever I have a free minute I always go dancing or do some sports with friends. We like to gather at somebody's place and have a nice chat about everything and nothing. I believe that I have a very positive and friendly outlook on things and try to enjoy all the things I do.
This semester I will be an Ambassador for my programme, so please drop me a line anytime!
Vytautas Silinskas, Economics
Hello and welcome to the blog! My name is Vytas, I am from Vilnius, Lithuania and I am a first year Master’s degree student majoring in Economics.
My journey as a student in Finland started a bit differently, as I initially moved here to work at the Embassy of Lithuania to Finland. The year I spent working here gave me an opportunity to familiarise myself with the country and search for a suitable place for further studies. One of the reasons why I chose Hanken was the thought that a business school would provide me with the feeling of being a part of a community, something that I had been missing during my studies at a large university back home. Believe me, I was not let down!
Personally, apart from maximising profits and studying consumers’ behaviour, I love playing basketball, so you can find me either at the library or at one of Helsinki’s basketball courts. I am also a foodie and I enjoy meeting new people.
Feel free to drop me a message if you have any questions regarding studies at Hanken, Hanken’s Economics programme or student life in Finland. Looking forward to meeting you!
Linh Nguyen, General Management - Vaasa
Xin chào! Hello! I'm Linh, a first-year Master's student in General Management at Hanken, Vaasa. I'm from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where there is no winter at all and you couldn't ask for more sunshine. I came to Hanken after over three years of studying in Pori, Finland, so you can say that I am not very new to the country. Learning that it takes quite some time to adapt to a different environment, I'm more than happy to share with you my experience and tips about studying and living in Finland, especially in Vaasa so you can make the most of your time here at Hanken. Concerning the school, Hanken is in my opinion full of inspiration. If I had to choose again, I would still choose Hanken. The individual attention in small classrooms and the close contact between students and professors here at Hanken in Vaasa is really rare to find elsewhere. As an international student, in not only Finland but also anywhere else in the world, I can't stress enough the importance of "engaging" and having "positive" attitudes. These have helped me a lot during my time here in Finland. I am grateful for amazing groups of friends I have. The city is full of life thanks to the young and dynamic population. There is always something to enjoy as long as you just throw yourself out there and mingle with the locals and others. I truly believe Hanken is a great choice for me and I bet it will be for you too. Again, be engaged and positive! And don't hesitate to ask for help!
Adeel Riaz, General Management - Vaasa
Hi! My name is Adeel and I am a master’s degree student in General Management with specialization in Marketing. Prior to my masters, I hold a bachelor’s degree in business administration plus I was an active member in management science community and started a video production house to pursue my goals in the field of Marketing and Advertisement.
My expedition to future started in the autumn of 2016 with my admission at Hanken, and I firmly believe that it led me to great opportunities for the future. Well, if I want to shed some light on my experience, Hanken as well as Vaasa brought the best out of me. I learned from and among the best of the best teachers, friends, and colleagues through out my tenure at Hanken. In simple words Hanken is the true definition of “learning” and “road to the successful future”. Moreover, when I think about Hanken and myself, it is one of the best things happened to me and I would highly recommend that people pursuing to be successful, should choose Hanken as a first priority. Though, the education and study environment at Hanken is very competitive, but it helps you prepare for the practical life and challenges.
Apart from studies and education, I am easy going, well travelled and consider myself as a citizen of the world. My interest in historical events and curiosity to explore new places motivates me to travel, discover, and gather new experiences from all around the world. Likewise, you can call me as social as it gets, with involvement in all kind adventurous activities as well as sports. So, Vaasa in addition with Hanken provided me with a great educational career as well as life that is filled with happiness.
Last but not least, you are more than welcome to contact me and ask me for the help in any regard. I can assure that I will available for the assistance in every possible way.