International Student Ambassadors

Let our International Student Ambassadors introduce you to Hanken and the student life.

Meet our student ambassadors and check out their Nordic Brilliance blog!

Hi folks,


Hanh Pham

My parents have been calling me Hanh Pham my entire life, so I guess that’s my name and you can call me Hanna if you find the pronunciation to my name is challenging. I come from Hanoi - the capital city of a relatively small, tropical country located in South East Asia, known as Vietnam. Finland has been my second home since 2014 - when I first arrived here as a Bachelor student, pursuing my degree in field of International Business at Seinajoki UAS (aka SeAMK -Seinäjoen ammattikorkeakoulu). You may not believe this, but whenever I go back to Vietnam for a vacation, I always miss Finland and long to be back as soon as possible (even though, I love and adore Vietnam with all my heart!).

Introducing myself as a Master student, I have just been admitted to the Business & Management program, under Humanitarian Logistics track at Hanken School of Economics.

During my bachelor study, I fortunately realized my strong passion for Supply Chain management and Logistics, so I decided to set my foot in this career path. Simultaneously, I understood that my Bachelor program does not sufficiently and profoundly equip me with the amount of specialized knowledge required to apply for a job on the field. That’s when I started to do my research on different Master programs and Hanken immediately took the spotlight. At first sight, I am absolutely intrigued by the well-designed curriculum of the track: Incredibly interactive, yet advanced and empirical. Those courses such as Supply Chain Risk and Resilience or, Multivariate Data Analysis would absolutely fill the gap in my technical competences and significantly expand my knowledge base. Furthermore, Hanken fully comprehends the need of Finnish labor market, in which nowadays appreciate Data Analytical skills more than ever. Hence, the university makes Market Analytics, in which provides in-depth understanding over R programming for data analysis, as one of the mandatory courses so that you will be ready for many job requirements. Additionally, the opportunity to put the theory acquired from lectures into practices via numerous practical projects has convinced me that achieving my Master’s Degree at Hanken is equal to achieving concrete expertise on my profession. Moreover, I have always been eager to contribute to a greater cause than myself. Therefore, the study of Humanitarian Logistics, which specializes more in the field of disaster relief rather than commercial purposes, has strongly aroused my interests.

Hanken further impresses me by its extracurricular activities offered to students, both professionally and socially. The Master’s Committees and Student Union organize plenty of events for students to get to know each other better and more importantly, many occasions are also held to connect different companies’ representatives with Hanken students throughout the academic year. What excited me the most among all is the Hanken International Talent (HIT) program. HIT is definitely a “golden gate” of opportunity for every international student to effectively shape one’s career path and penetrate smoothly into the Finnish workforce. With its extensive partnership network, HIT is, undoubtedly, a perfect platform where talents and companies have the chance to collaborate, exchange knowledge and work together for a commonly established vision. On that account, HIT can be seen as a solid competitive advantage that Hanken has to offer and the program was one of the main reasons that support my decision of accepting admission proposal at Hanken, instead of other universities.

If you have questions – send me an email hanh.pham@student.hanken.fi


Melanie Oun

International Strategy and Sustainability track

Hello! 

I’m Mélanie and I am just about to start my last year of Master studies here at Hanken. I was born and raised in Paris, France and moved to Finland 5 years ago, right after high school. I had a passion for tourism and wanted to pursue studies in that field which led me to Finland.  

After a bachelor's degree in Hospitality Management in Haaga-Helia, university of applied sciences, I took a year to get some work experience. During that year, my ambition only grew bigger and getting a master’s degree seemed the best way for me to achieve my career goals. I chose Hanken for the connection they have with companies. Not only do we collaborate with organizations during our courses, we also have plenty of internship opportunities and can benefit from great programs Hanken has in place.  

Last year, I joined the Hanken International Talent program that helps international students connect with Finnish companies in order to help them start a career in Finland. I now have a mentor from KPMG for the whole time of my master studies and will be on internship in KPMG for the spring 2020. 

I decided to apply to the Business and Management program and to specialize in the International Strategy and Sustainability track. I chose this track for the wide range of subjects that are covered by the program. As part of the Business and Management program we take courses in marketing, humanitarian logistics and supply chain on top of the courses from our own track.  

I would recommend anyone to apply! Not only for the quality of the education, the opportunities and the experience but also to experience the great student life in Hanken. With the great friends you will make, the studies, the student life and the student parties, you won’t have time to be bored for a second!  

If you have any questions, send me a message! melanie.oun@student.hanken.fi  


Stijn Boon

Hi! My name is Stijn Boon, and I am a second year’s master’s student in marketing here at Hanken. I am originally from the Netherlands and was not really planning to end up in Finland. I guess sometimes things do not go as expected. I finished my Bachelor studies in the Netherlands during the summer of 2016, after which I decided to take a leap and move to Finland. Upon moving here, I heard that the education is great in Finland, yet I started out by working for an event company since I wanted to gain some working experience.

After having lived and worked in Finland for some time I got increasingly acquainted with the Finnish culture and the opportunities that this country has to offer. That’s when I also found out about Hanken which, I heard from Finnish friends, is a top university in Finland, and even in Europe. I familiarised myself with Hanken and decided to apply for a master’s degree in marketing and I have never regretted my decision ever since. I was very happy to get accepted.

One of the main reasons for me to choose Hanken was that I knew that they cooperated very closely with big multinational companies. The network Hanken finds itself in and its possibilities are truly endless, and you can have many great talks with all kinds of companies and organisations. This has led to many career opportunities for me personally, mainly due to Hanken’s image here in Finland.

What I have really enjoyed additionally is that you’re not just another student here. The professors take a very interactive and personal approach in almost every lecture, giving you a feeling that you’re being valued as a student. Being a student-oriented university really shows in the culture among students. Students are very open-minded and social which really enhances the student experience. Another big plus is that there are many student events where you can really get know one another.

I would recommend Hanken if you’re looking for great career opportunities and a very closely connected group of students whom are very ambitious. Academically, the university has been accredited quite highly, which also ensures quality. Moreover, living in Helsinki is a great experience if you like long summer days and cold winters!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at stijn.boon@student.hanken.fi


Maggie Knorr

Hello! My name is Maggie Knorr, and I'm a first year Master's student in economics. I'm originally from the great state of Minnesota in the U.S.A. I have wanted to move back to Finland ever since I lived in Iisalmi for a year as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student in 2011-2012.  In 2016, I completed my Bachelors in economics and philosophy at Hamline University, and then taught English in Malaysia and worked in Higher Education for a year before deciding to go back to school.

For my undergraduate studies I attended a small university in the U.S., which was part of my reason for choosing Hanken. I knew from experience the community that small schools can offer was important to me, and I have not been let down by Hanken. I have met so many motivated and welcoming people here. I joined the Master's Committee at the end of the autumn semester, and this spring I have been paired with an exchange student as a buddy.

I chose Hanken because of its partnership in the newly founded Helsinki Graduate School of Economics. Through this cooperation with Helsinki University and Aalto, I am able to take courses at all three universities which offers me a wide range of economic topics to study. The professors and staff at Hanken have been very responsive whenever there is a challenge in navigating all of my options. Hanken also offered scholarships, which as a non-EU student was an essential part of the financial feasibility to come here.

I would recommend Hanken due to the opportunities it provides for its students to network, get experience, and gain knowledge about future career possibilities. This fall I attended the Responsible Organizing conference hosted at Hanken and got to hear former president Tarja Halonen speak. It was a great day hearing from people across different sectors and disciplines tackling some of the greatest issues that face society in Finland and the world.

When I am not studying, I enjoy making my new friends try whatever American food I am craving most, knitting more wool socks than I need, and reading books off of the "1001 books to read before you die" list.

Please feel free to contact me at maggie.knorr@student.hanken.fi for any questions you might have about the application process, economics program, or life here in Helsinki. 


Yang Yang

Governance and Commercial law track

Hello! My name is Yang Yang. I am a second-year master student at Hanken.

I am originally from China. I first came to Finland to study computer science at Aalto University. Since then I have settled down in Finland and been working as a software engineer.

About three years ago, I started taking courses from Hanken’s open university, partly because of Hanken’s proximity to my workplace and partly because of the interesting courses offered by Hanken. After two years of studying at the open university, I finally applied to the official master program. It feels refreshing to come back to school. 

Comparing to comprehensive universities such as Aalto and Helsinki University, Hanken is much more specialized and compact, which makes it easier for students to navigate through the curriculums offered. But if you nevertheless are interested in courses outside the business field, Hanken offers easy access to courses from Aalto and Helsinki University. While remaining focused, students are not confined to Hanken’s curriculums.

I have enjoyed my life in Finland. It’s peaceful, safe and predictable. If you value similar things and want to settle down, take all the Finnish language courses offered at Hanken.

Let me know if you have any questions yang.yang@student.hanken.fi




Jennifer Huttunen

Accounting track

Hi! I’m Jennifer Huttunen, a second-year student in FABD (Financial Analysis and Business Development) doing the Accounting track.  I’m originally from Philippines but have been moving/traveling around the world for a few years until finally choosing to stay put for a while in Finland.  Being in one of the countries that provide the best education in the world, I thought it would be a crime not to take advantage of that.

I’ve worked mostly in assurance audit and consulting in a few countries, hence the natural tendency to gravitate towards the Accounting Programme.  I chose Hanken because of the recommendations from family and friends.  And they were right.  Doing the Accounting track under the FABD Programme allowed me to explore and expand my knowledge more than what I thought was possible.  This programme includes three tracks: Accounting, Finance, Commercial Law. All of the tracks have mandatory courses that crosses over each discipline.  In case you’re interested in looking at the study handbook, I’ve included the link below:

https://hanken-weboodi.it.helsinki.fi/hanken/jsp/opeopas/jsp/opastutkrakerillkok.jsf?Kieli=6&MD5avain=&vl_tila=6&Opas=419&Org=200090&alusta=1&esikatselu=0

So far, I’ve loved all of the Accounting courses I’ve taken as they’ve provided me with new insights about the current trends/research/information about the field.  But what surprised me more was that I loved the mandatory Finance courses in my track and some optional Finance courses that I’ve taken.  I feel like I’ve been given a glimpse of another dimension of the Accounting world and I’m thankful that Hanken has provided a vehicle to take me there.

Every time I’ve been asked about my studies in Hanken, I’ve only ever had great things to say.  I’m not saying it’s easy. Most of the courses I’ve taken were very challenging and at times I’ve almost given up while the courses were ongoing.  But looking back, going through the tough patches, specially with friends, made it all the more rewarding. 

If you have any questions about the Accounting program, the application process, or about studying in Hanken, please feel free to reach out to me through jennifer.huttunen@student.hanken.fi.




Damarys Vigil Nolasco

When I was looking for programs I wanted a Master degree that would reflect a specialization in Intellectual Property Rights and the IPL Master’s program had it all – little did I know that it had what I wanted and so much more.  While studying at Hanken I did not only had the core IPL related subjects but also I had the chance to learn and master my skills in business management. In addition, Hanken has a good reputation as a School of Economics not only at a national level but also international so it just fit perfectly with my needs.

I really appreciate the effort that Hanken puts into helping its students to get not only the theoretical knowledge but also practical experience.  Ever since the beginning Hanken organizes events for the students so they can already start networking and looking for internships, apprenticeship or work opportunities. Also, helping students with a CV clinic and organizing events aimed to  give visibility to the students within big companies looking for talent.

I really enjoyed my time in Hanken as it gave me the opportunity to grow in the area of Law and also in business. I think that the teaching approach gives a lot of room to students to be able to learn at their own pace and learning style. For ex. my preferred method for learning is hands on, so I took a very practical class where we were supposed to run a real company and sell consulting projects to real customers. The management is chosen from the students enrolled in the course, and I ended up being the CEO for the year 2018-2019 – I can say that the experience and insights acquired during that period…are priceless! So, yes, I would deeply recommend Hanken as a place with a high quality of education, and also a great place to expand your experience not only in your area of studies but to explore other paths, who knows where life will take you!

Ask me anything you want to now about IPL at damarys.vigilnolasco@student.hanken.fi