International Student Ambassadors
Meet our student ambassadors and check out their Nordic Brilliance blog!
Robin Kipfer, International Strategy and Suistainability
I am Robin, a Swiss Master’s student in International Strategy and Sustainability. It was two years ago when I suddenly decided to move to Finland. Originally from Switzerland, I studied a bachelor’s degree in Economics at the University of Basel. Passionate by business innovations and sustainability issues, I really wanted to find a master’s degree covering both topics -and this is why I decided to apply at Hanken.
I was very positively surprised when I heard that I was accepted at Hanken but also at Aalto School of Business and Jyväskylä University. After a few days of reflection, I chose Hanken due to its small size (creating an incredible student-teacher relationship), its international accreditations, and very strong reputation. This was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
Studying at Hanken has opened many doors to me. In only 1.5 years of studies, I have had the chance to work with renowned professors, experts, and researchers as well as to complete projects for globally leading companies such as LEGO and IKEA. Thanks to the limited number of students and to Hanken’s very good network of companies, most of my courses were project courses in which I learned how to put the models learned into real-world practice. These projects have even taken me to Stockholm, Lugano, and San Francisco (!).
The best thing is that when you enjoy what you do, you tend to do it well. I was honoured to be one of the Best Performing Master’s Student 2018. This award along with a grant I have received from Hanken have allowed me to find and complete an incredible internship in India. Another opportunity and life experience that I would never have had without having studied at Hanken.
Next to work and studies, it is also essential to take time for yourself. The atmosphere at Hanken is great and you will quickly meet many other students. Hanken also has many committees and student organizations which organize plenty of events ranging from sport activities, company visits, and even whiskey tasting if you appreciate it. This is another point which I really enjoyed. And if you like to avoid the stress of the city, Helsinki and its surrounding offer awesome landscapes and quiet natural places.
If you have any questions regarding the studies at Hanken, the application process, the student life in Helsinki, or about the International Strategy and Sustainability program, please, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org . I would be very happy to hear from you!
Haewook Lee, Marketing
I am sure that you spent a lot of your time on searching for
Hanken School of economics before you applied, as I did last year.
My major is MSc Marketing. After I decided to study Master degree, I actively searched for leading universities famous for Marketing programs. So, I found Hanken and knew that Hanken is one of the renowned universities in marketing areas in the world as well as in Finland. Furthermore, Hanken has a partnership with many leading companies for its students, for example, Pwc, Fazer, Naava etc. These are the main reasons why I was sure that Hanken would prepare me in an excellent manner for my future career in the business world and chose Hanken! Oh, Don’t worry! Hanken also has a good reputation in other areas, such as Sustainability, supply chains, economics and so on. So, I am sure, whatever you study at Hanken, you are going to experience excellent education/career supports.
Even though all of your friends are going to study at different universities, please, don’t worry because you are going to have a number of opportunities to make new friends! Both The Master’s committee and SHS organise many events or activities such as Sitz, pup crawl etc. Most of Hanken students are very friendly, humorous and kind. So, I am pretty sure that you can easily make new friends here like I did !
For these reasons, I do not regret I chose Hanken to study my Master’s degree! I hope you guys make your education experience more remarkable and enjoy your time at Hanken !
If you want to know more about Hanken, or student life, please feel free to contact me at Lee.haewook@Student.hanken.fi
Anna Zhuravleva, Humanitarian Logistics
Hanken is the only university in Finland which offers a study program in Humanitarian logistics. This program has introduced me to a world of humanitarian aid and disaster relief from the managerial perspective. In addition, Hanken opens wide opportunities for students who are willing to build their career in consulting. You will find several project courses where you work with real business clients and receive mentorship from top consulting agencies.
Recently, I have found a way how to combine my two interests – consulting and humanitarian aid. This year I am a president of the world’s largest student consulting association 180 Degrees Consulting, Helsinki branch. We organize events and run consulting projects to help NGOs to improve their services and scale their social impact.
Apart from that, you can meet me running on the forest path. Finnish nature fascinates me.
Feel free to contact me by email email@example.com
Maggie Knorr, Economics
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions you might have about the application process, economics program, or life here in Helsinki.
Marcel Vogt, Finance
Hey there! My name is Marcel and I am originally from Germany. I am currently pursuing the Master´s Programme in Finance in my first year at Hanken. I moved to Finland in August 2017, after I graduated as a Bachelor of Economics and Business Administration, with a major in Accounting and Finance, in Germany. I chose Hanken due to its good reputation and very good company contacts. Furthermore, Hanken prepares it´s students in an excellent manner for a career in the business world or for pursuing a PhD.
The atmosphere at Hanken is great! Due to Hankens´size the atmosphere is very welcoming, and you will feel comfortable very easily. Especially in the beginning of your studies you will meet many students from different countries and with different backgrounds. The events of the Master´s Committee are also always a good way to meet new and interesting people.
Most of the students at Hanken are very ambitious and hardworking, but still very friendly and open minded, this creates a very motivating environment. The classes are demanding but the professors are very approachable and always open to help you. Besides the studies at Hanken there are different interesting seminars, student organisations and other activities you can attend to.
The city of Helsinki offers also various activities for students and a great mix between beautiful landscapes and a metropolitan city.
Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com if you have any questions regarding the application process, studying at Hanken, Hanken´s Finance Programme or about the student life in Helsinki. I am looking forward to hear from you.
Jane Petrova, Intellectual Property Law
Hello and welcome aboard!
My name is Jane and I am a first year Master’s student in Intellectual Property Law.
In Moscow, I graduated from the Russian Foreign Trade Academy and throughout my career, I was responsible for coordinating trade finance projects and assisting companies in various international deals. I find inspiration in both people and documents and I believe that such a combination makes you a real expert in the field.
Despite interesting life and work in Russia, my irrepressible sense of adventure made me seek new paths and experiences.
Then I met Hanken. He is slightly older than I am but very wise and clever, with a brilliant reputation and sense of humor. His solid skills in many areas of business and law attract and inspire. He invites friends from businesses and top universities to tell you about their research interests and practical insights. He brings you to exciting events where you can meet fantastic people and network. He is sometimes critical and demanding, but with no doubt generous and friendly.
I know that I made the right choice and education at Hanken will open many doors for me all over the world.
If you want to know more about studies and life at Hanken or particularly about the Intellectual Property Law program, get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Liu Ye, Accounting
Hello! My name is Liu Ye and I am a Master’s degree student in International Accounting. I got my Bachelor’s degree from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunication in China, after which I came to Hanken to continue my studies. I firmly believe that Hanken offers good opportunities for their students’ futures and I learn a lot from great teachers and friends.
In my view, Hanken is a warm family for all international students. The student union and school staff are friendly and helpful. I am sure that you will fall in love with Hanken very easily! I really like the Master’s programme, the facilities, and student events offered by Hanken, and I believe that I made the right choice in coming here!
Apart from studies, I am interested in travelling and outdoor sports. I am very glad to be an International Student Ambassador, so please feel free to contact me at email@example.com for any questions you may have. Hope to see you soon at Hanken!
Silas Mwangi, General Management
Hello! My name is Silas Mwangi and I am originally from Kenya. Currently, I am a second year Master’s degree student in Hanken, Vaasa campus studying General management. Prior to hanken I got my bachelor’s degree from Novia UAS in Vaasa, Finland which was inEnvironmental engineering and renewable energy. I chose Hanken since I was passionate about renewable and environmental issues with a business perspective and Hanken is one of the top business university in the world.
Since I joined Hanken I have been having fun both at school and outside school. The teaching methods used enable us to learn about working in teams and the interactions lead to making new friends. Apart from school activities, the university offers many networking events and through this I managed to create a good network which helped me get a summer job from Wärtsilä.
Apart from studies and events my other hobbies include playing football and table tennis. And when I have time, I try different cooking recipes to see what I can substitute with since not all foods from my home country are available in Finland. I feel proud to be chosen as an international student Ambassador and look forward to help as much as I can. For any queries don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and hope I can be of service.