International Student Ambassadors

Students at conference table
Let our International Student Ambassadors introduce you to Hanken and the student life.

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

The International Student Ambassadors change annually, thus there are several blog post from many different perspectives.

Hello!
My name is Anastasiia, and currently I’m a first-year master’s student in the specialization of Business and Management at Hanken.

Anastasia Strokova

I’m originally from Russia, and the city of Saint-Petersburg reminds Helsinki a lot – cold wind, a lot of rain, and nevertheless beautiful and special atmosphere, so I feel here right at home. For the first time, I got at Hanken by chance in 2018 as an exchange student. Then I immediately fell in love with the educational process and student community, and thus after graduating from a bachelor’s degree in International Commercial activity in Russia, I came back to Finland to continue my studying. As a matter of fact, my wish to return here was so strong that it was the only university where I sent my documents, just hoping for admission, and I got this chance! Besides, I was admitted to getting a Premium Scholarship, which made it generally possible for me to move to Helsinki.

I chose the Marketing track only because it correlates to my business-studying background, but indeed my interests here are much wider, and Hanken enables me to study completely diverse fields. Thus, during the first semester, besides business disciplines, my courses touched geopolitics, creative thinking, sustainability and ecology, basics of programming and data analysis. And I love it so much!

Furthermore, intense timetable of various free events like forums, networking days and workshops definitely makes the life outside the class bright and exciting, and there are totally no boring days – each one is different (of course, if you do not want the opposite yourself). Finally, companies’ visits, programs of mentorship, internship, exchange opportunity and Hanken International Talent initiative contribute a lot to professional development of students and finding of own path in Finland.

I’m smiling thinking about my tomorrow here and wish you the same! Do not miss a chance to become a part of great student life at Hanken, and if you have anything to ask about – feel free to text me here: anastasiia.strokova@student.hanken.fi

 

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

Hi guys!

My name’s Barbora and I am a second-year master’s student in Business and Management, International Strategy and Sustainability track. I am originally from Prague, Czech Republic, which is where I was raised and where I’ve lived for most of my life. And although I love Prague with all my heart and I definitely encourage you to go visit it (and boost the Czech tourism, it needs it a lot especially right now), I always felt like it was missing something. And even though I can’t really point my finger at what that something really is, I think I found it in Finland.

Barbora Stuhla

I moved to Helsinki last summer in order to start my master’s and I am very certain that I have found my forever home. Before, I have also lived, studied and worked in Canada. I always knew that I wanted to study and live abroad, a plan that came to my mind in early years of high school already. I’ve attended an international high school and ever since I just knew that being in an international environment, surrounded by diverse people is where I want to be.

I have a bachelor’s degree in economics and management and as funny as it is, also a graduate certificate degree in sports business management. Quite a long way to international strategy and sustainability, you may think? Well, I thought so to…at first. I knew I wanted to get my master’s in a business and management area, but I knew that there were many things I was interested in and so I was looking for a flexible degree that would cover a lot of different areas. What Hanken offered was a perfect mixture of courses, centered around strategic management and planning and sustainability, but also with the room of organizing your degree the way YOU want it, as long as you cover the mandatory courses for your track. Therefore, I’ve been splitting my course load between strategy, marketing and sustainability courses. But just because I like to divide my focus into multiple areas doesn’t mean that you have to – there are plenty of courses to make you a specialist in one specific area, if that’s what you’re after! Even though I am now working in marketing, my degree structure provides me with access to all kinds of courses that support my learnings that I am using even in this area – be it strategy or research courses.

Like I said, I have now finished my first year – a busy and challenging, but an overall amazing year, filled with great experiences. I’m done with all my courses now, it’s “just” my thesis and a thesis-supporting writing course left, so wish me luck, I’m sure I’ll need it. I’m excited for this new chapter of my master’s degree, especially since I know that I have a solid ground of knowledge acquired through all the Hanken courses and the support of the academic staff. My studies have exceeded my expectations in many ways – the range of courses I could pick from, the expertise of the academic staff…and also the smooth transition to online learning during the spring term.

I would encourage you to apply to Hanken if you are ambitious and looking for great quality education in an international environment. Especially if you haven’t gone to school in Finland before, you will have a lot to gain from the country’s education system. You will have opportunities to learn and you will be surrounded by interesting people. If you want to get a network and advance your career, Hanken is the place to go. At the same time, the student union organizes various activities that you can take part in – meet other (not only international) students and make new friends.

Do not hesitate to drop me a line in case you have any questions: barbora.stuchla@student.hanken.fi

Howdy! My name is Sophia, and I am a master’s student in International Strategy and Sustainability at Hanken. As you can probably tell from the howdy, I am from the very warm state of Texas, but I am actually not “country” at all. I grew up in the Dallas area, and then completed my undergraduate studies at one of Hanken’s Partner Schools, Texas A&M University / Mays Business School.

 

At Texas A&M, I was very involved with the exchange students and had many chances to meet and build friendships with students from Hanken. I already knew that I had wanted to do my master’s as well as begin my working life in Europe, but these encounters gave me a new school and place to consider: Hanken School of Economics in Finland. With weather over 30°C colder, I knew I had to give something different a try! My friends back home think I am crazy for picking one of the coldest countries on the planet to call my new home, but I am beginning to understand that there is something really great about that Finnish sisu and rågbröd/ruisleipä (rye bread in Swedish/Finnish).

 

After looking into the various programs at Hanken, the International Strategy and Sustainability track caught my eye for several reasons: 1) the study is specialized but also quite general, meaning you can do a lot with this degree, 2) I liked the flexibility with the coursework and how interrelated some of the classes were with the humanitarian logistics track and 3) where better to learn about sustainability than in the Nordics? I decided to apply to Hanken and also received a scholarship which made my decision even easier to make.  

 

My courses so far have been very interesting. Despite changes due to covid-19, there have still been many opportunities for me to develop professionally and showcase myself! I have recently been matched with a mentor through Hanken’s International Talent program which I am really looking forward to, in addition to future internships and other professional development opportunities. Helsinki and Hanken both boast a very international community which I admire. I also find it really impressive how Hanken requires all their bachelor students to study abroad (also options for master students) – this definitely opens a student’s mind as well as makes them more hireable.

 

I speak several languages and have also spent quite a bit of time living in or visiting friends / family / etc. in France, Ukraine, Poland, etc. Moving halfway across the world has been exciting so far and I have been waiting for this opportunity for a long time! I am really happy to be at Hanken and learn more about the Finnish culture. I am also currently studying my fifth language, Swedish, and hope to learn Finnish soon!

 

Feel free to ask me ask me anything, I am happy to share my experiences or help however possible! J

 

Hi!

Karina Ebeling

My name is Karina and I am a first-year master student at Hanken. I originally moved to Finland from Germany right after I finished my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 2017. Since then I have gained two years of work experience in the Finnish corporate world.

I am now pursuing my master’s degree at Hanken in Financial Analysis and Business Development with a major in Accounting. During my time here in Finland I realized that a master’s degree is essential to meet my career goals and I am also hoping to broaden my professional network in Finland during my time at Hanken.

I chose to study at Hanken due to its international environment and interesting curriculum in my chosen field of studies. The accounting track offers many different specialized courses, including courses from the fields of Finance and Corporate Governance. In addition, Hanken has a very active student community and social clubs for many different interests. After participating in many social events during my first semester at Hanken, I joined the Master’s Committee and am now an active member of the student union. We organize career and social events for the master’s students at Hanken.

I would recommend anyone to apply to study at Hanken. You will not only gain a profound education in your chosen field of study, but also the chance to join an amazing international student community. If your goal is to advance in the field of research or land a corporate gig, Hanken has the right connections and can help you advance your career in Finland.

Contact me if you have any questions at karina.ebeling@student.hanken.fi

Hi there!

My name is Sohaib and I belong from Pakistan! Here at Hanken, I am pursuing a graduate degree in Finance under the Financial Analysis and Business Development (FABD) specialization.

Sohaib Ahmed

My interest in Finance roots back to my undergraduate where I learned that Finance is not all about making money for myself (of course, it's as lucrative as it gets) but it is also about value creation for the economy as a whole. The field of Finance offers solutions to economic problems, and since I observed the prevalence of these problems in my own country, I decided to pursue an academic career in Finance in the hopes that I could someday inspire young minds and promote financial literacy with my teaching and research skills.

I chose Hanken because of its intensive program which equips students not only with underlying Financial theory, but also practical application of Finance in combination with Statistics and Computer Programming. Hanken offers an unparalleled faculty who are professionals in their own fields, be it Econometrics, Asset Pricing or Corporate Finance. In comparison to other Business Schools, a distinguishing factor is that Hanken encourages students to pursue a Masters thesis in Bitcoin Factor Mining and also offers relevant courses in Fintech and Blockchain.

I am excited to have this opportunity to represent the Finance track and share my first-hand experience with you all. Feel free to reach out to me at sohaib.ahmed@student.hanken.fi

Hello! It is Fan here.

Fan Wang

I am originally from southeast China, a small city close to Shanghai. I just finished my first-year of master study in Hanken and now waiting for the new semester while enjoying the breathtaking summer in Finland:). I did my bachelor in a business-oriented college back in my home country. For the first two years, I majored in investing & banking and then shifted to finance major. As I found finance suits me better, I decided to pursue master degree in the same field.

 

Hanken was my bias when I was applying for master program in Finland because it offers diversified majors and provides several useful resources. Even though I was pretty confident of the teaching quality here, I was a bit concerned about whether I can really fit in as my English was not so fluent back then (and I spoke zero Finnish). To be honest, I was quite introverted at the very beginning, but I am lucky to meet great friends and professors with whom I built good connections and gradually I became a more outgoing and active person. I joined Master Committee last year and will still help organize events this fall (stay tuned:).  

 

This year is a special year especially for someone like me who live abroad alone. However, thanks to the quick and efficient actions of our school, we caught up with the study pace via online platforms. Not only did the courses maintained high quality as usual, but the professors also came up with many creative ways to help make the class more interesting and intuitive. Plus, I am connecting with my awesome group members on a regular basis and we kept each other updated on anything interesting happened in our daily lives. I also feel less lonely and much more motivated when we are keeping in touch.

 

Right after entering Hanken, we were provided with a clear study plan where all the credits/relevant courses are outlined in details. Because of this, it is always explicit regarding what are the courses we should focus on this and next period. Many of us have already finished all the credits besides the thesis after the first year as we followed the study plans tightly and are always on track. Apart from study life, some other committees or organizations are formed to help with our social life, career, mental health etc. So I am pretty sure there are always ways to enrich your life if you join Hanken.  

 

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions that I could help with. Reach out to me via wanafang@student.hanken.fi.

Hello! Jitesh here. I’m a first year master’s student in the intellectual property (IP) law track at Hanken. I’d say my name is Djitesh, for Nordic purposes, since the letter J is pronounced differently here!

Jitesh Gupta

I hail from India. Before landing up in Helsinki in August 2019, I had lived in New Delhi for a decade. (Though I’d lived in India all my life, the places I’ve been to before 2009, is a long story which deserves a blog post of its own, to be honest!)

My academic background consists of two bachelor’s degrees. I’ve got a bachelors in science, wherein I studied Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics, (and other “sciencey” stuff). I followed that up with a law degree. After graduating from law school in 2016, I worked for 3 years as an Advocate. The job involved the lawyery stuff you might have seen in the movies, minus the glamour and the drama!

One can say that my career profile doesn’t really fit into that of a conventional “business school” student. But then, the IP track at Hanken is not a conventional business course either! I feel that it’s been tailor made for people (like me!) who are interested in knowing what intellectual property is all about, and how businesses can actually use it to help them grow and prosper. While the former can perhaps be taught at other law schools, I don’t imagine a better place than Hanken to learn about the business side of things. It doesn’t hurt that the core faculty and international guest lecturers involved in teaching us IP law are some of the foremost academicians and industry leaders, while for the business curriculum, we have access to the entire array of courses on offer at Hanken. (It would be a good idea to read more about the course on the Hanken website, if you haven’t done that already!)

When I’m not studying, I spend my time roaming around the cozy city of Helsinki, trying to attend every possible event that I’m invited to (trust me, there’s always something fun going on both within and outside of Hanken), and saying hi to every puppy who is kind enough to look my way. (that pets are allowed to use the public transport here, is one of my favourite things about Helsinki!)  

I’m glad that I’m currently getting to write more about my time at Hanken as a contributor to the Nordic Brilliance Blog, and I’m sure that you’ll find stuff that is relevant to you (no matter which track you’re aiming for!) in those pages.

Please feel free to email me at jitesh.gupta@student.hanken.fi for anything that you think I’d be able to help you with!

 

Namaste!

I am Reetuparna Vishwanath, coming from the largest democracy in the world, India.

Reetuparna Vishwanath

Born and brought up in New Delhi, I aspired to study abroad and be able to make an impact. During high school, I was extremely attracted towards Economics as a discipline and hence I ended up doing my bachelors in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College in Delhi University and here I am now, pursuing my Masters in Economics from Hanken.

Thanks to Hanken’s generous premium scholarship, I can study in Europe and be in contact with the best professors at Hanken. I chose Hanken because of two reasons: one, I was getting a full scholarship (yay!) and two, Hanken had an excellent reputation in Finland. But truth be told, whe

n I came here, I didn’t know very much about Hanken’s legacy and it’s history. I had done my research about Hanken’s professors and its high quality of research, but it was only when I came here that I realized how blessed I am to be a part of this environment.

Hanken’s research output over the years has been one of the best in the world, at par with the Ivy Leagues.  This school gives its students immense support and numerous opportunities to pursue their research interests. The most attractive aspect of studying at Hanken is the personal connection it has with all its students. I particularly like how accessible professors are to the students and how convenient it is to get in touch with them for any help, be it their future goals and research, or their lecture queries.

On top of that, being a business school, Hanken provides its international students with many networking and career opportunities. The Hanken HIT programme helps us come in contact with companies looking for international talent and start our career here in Finland. With ‘Breakfast Seminars’ being organized every Wednesday with international companies, to having networking and career events every week, I think the opportunities at Hanken are galore.

I am also impressed with the lively environment at Hanken, its various committees organizing social and cultural events every other week and making our lives ‘happening’ throughout the year.

I would recommend Hanken to everyone. Those who want to get the best out of their research interests as well as those looking for placement opportunities after college, I think Hanken has it all.

I would be happy to talk to you in case you want to know more! Just drop me an email at reetuparna.vishwanath@student.hanken.fi

 

Hi there!

My name is Sofiya Melshkova and I am the second year Master degree student at Hanken School of Economics majoring in Accounting.

Sofiya Meleshkova

I have started my journey in Finland 5 years ago when moved from my home town (Moscow) to a small city in Karelian part of Finland (Joensuu). There I have spent around 3 wonderful years getting my bachelor’s degree in International Business in Karelia University of Applied Sciences. Within my studies I have participated in various projects and did my exchange studies in Belgium. With that experience I got quite a wide understanding of different areas of business. However, I really wanted to narrow down my focus area and get a deeper knowledge of it. And since I have always been good with numbers and enjoyed studying basics of financial calculations at university, I have decided to choose accounting. However, in order to study accounting on a master level, a student should have a bachelor’s degree in accounting as well. Luckily, Hanken School of Economics was the only school in Finland that offered a degree in General Management where one of the majors was accounting. So it felt like a perfect match for me and my needs.

Within one year of studies I had an opportunity not only to explore various disciplines but also become a part of Hanken Entrepreneurship society (HES). HES is Finnish non-profit student organisation founded in 2019. Its purpose is to support, inspire and encourage entrepreneurship at Hanken School of Economics and among other students.

I would really recommend try out your skills and apply to Hanken as you will be surprised by how many compelling degree programs are offered. Furthermore, within our studies you will be able to diversify your curriculum based on your needs. Meanwhile, if you have any questions, do not hesitate contacting me at sofiya.meleshkova@student.hanken.fi