Thesis writing

Hello everyone! Yang is here!

I have recently finished my master thesis about the impact of news sentiment on Bitcoin price formation. It took me about half year to complete it. I started by collecting news data programmatically from two news sources. Acquiring and analysing data is my strong suit since I’m proficient with several programming languages. If you are interested in topics which need big data analysis, you may consider picking up some scripting languages such as Python and R.  

The most difficult part revealed itself when I started situating my hypothesis into the existing theoretical framework. This process involved extensive reading and systematically combing through previous research results in the relevant field.  

Novelty is certainly desirable in researches, but master thesis also expects students to demonstrate their knowledge of theories, methodologies and applications they’ve learned in the past years. So, it is important to present relevant theories in a structural and systematic way. This exercise also helps you sort out your thoughts. The seminar course which is designed to support thesis writing is very helpful, during which you get ideas from your peers and inspiring discussions. I happened to do the seminar course with students from commercial law. It was an interesting blend and I got to see how it is different doing qualitative analysis from quantitative analysis.  

The overall thesis writing exercise was painstaking but rewarding. Just don’t give up!  

If you have any questions just drop me an email: yang.yang@student.hanken.fi!

THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS! Studying law at a business school.

Hi everyone! Jitesh here. Last week, I’d talked about studying abroad in general. This week I turn my focus to the reason why I’m here at Hanken: my master’s specialization!

Master’s of Science in Economics and Business Administration with specialization in Intellectual Property Law is quite a lot of fancy sounding words, right? But this begs the question: what is it that we actually do in this degree course?

I’ve tried to turn this blog post into an FAQ of sorts. Let’s start with the basics:

What is Intellectual Property law?

Let’s think of some stuff you might do….

Imagine you wrote a poem, and you want to make the world know that it’s yours; if you could get some money out of it, that would be even better. Also, you would want to make sure that people copying or publishing it have your permission…..

Or maybe you invented something, and you don’t want others to simply copy your concept and make money from that invention without your permission…..

or maybe (and this one is something businesspeople would most likely relate to) you have a brand name which is recognized by people, and you don’t want anyone else to do any shady stuff using that brand name……

……….what each of these scenarios describes is a form of “property” which is not really physical property. You can’t really say that you physically “own” a poem, or a brand name, or an invention in the way you own a house or a car. Still, all of this stuff is valuable. This valuable stuff is referred to as Intellectual Property (IP). The branch of law which deals with this is called (surprise surprise ) IP law.

Hmm. This sounds like specific law related stuff. Why are you studying this at a business school?

Great question! But there’s more to this than meets the eye.

First, Hanken has a full-fledged Department of Accounting and Commercial law (more info here). Any area which might have the intersection of law and business, would probably be a field of interest for the department. IP law is one such area, and students at Hanken are free to take other courses offered by the Department related to labour law, tax law, corporate finance law and corporate governance.

Second, IP law is inherently commercial in nature. Any person who has IP would want to make money from it (except those who only want recognition for their creativity). Now, for helping people make the best commercial use of IP, it would be essential to know how this process of commercialization would actually work in the real world. This is where the Hanken environment comes in handy! You can learn about traditional management disciplines, like finance or marketing or supply chains etc. You could meet and interact with both experienced businesspersons and start-up creators, who would definitely be interested in creating and protecting IP assets. These kinds of possibilities are simply not present in any traditional law school, and this is one of the reasons which made me prefer this master’s degree over a traditional law school master’s degree.

Okay. So what are the courses like?

The IP law track courses are made in a way that we first understand the basics of IP law and then go on to apply it to the business context. The first year is about learning the concepts of IP law, and how they are understood and implemented across the world. The second year is mainly about learning how to conduct research in commercial law and eventually writing the thesis.

The elective courses are of a broad variety. There’s IP related courses, including online training and summer schools, and there’s also the chance to participate in moot court competitions. I mention the moot court specifically because I was part of Hanken’s team for this academic year, and we managed to actually win a prize while competing against other Nordic Schools (read about our experience here)

Other than that, all the courses at Hanken are open for master’s students, subject to them meeting the pre-requisites, if any.

And what about the professors?

At the helm of things is our professor Nari Lee (find her profile here). She’s got vast experience in teaching IP law and has worked in different locations across the globe. Her serious body of work is complemented with a jovial nature. She loves to pepper her lectures with humour and that’s something which makes learning easier and more fun!

Throughout the course, the emphasis is on broad concepts and international aspects of IP law. In keeping with this objective, we have international guest lecturers who come and talk about their particular jurisdiction and legal system. For example, last semester we had Professors Jane Ginsburg and Sharon Sandeen from the US and Professor Annette Kur from Germany teaching us about their areas of expertise. A simple google search on any of these names will tell you that it’s a privilege for any law student just to be in the same room as them! In the coming period in March, we will have the course of IP Strategy for Business where we will get to interact with businesspersons who work with IP issues in the corporate environment. I really look forward to that!

That sounds interesting. Is there any particular recognition for this course? How do I know that it’s legit?

Well, over and above the accreditations which Hanken has as a business school, the IP law course is also recognized under the Pan-European Seal, which essentially means that the course meets the requirements of the European Intellectual Property Office and the European Patent Office. For a business school course to be recognized in this manner is an achievement in itself!

Apart from this, the course is conducted in close collaboration with the IPR University Center (more info here) . It is a joint institute of six leading universities of Finland, coming together to promote research and awareness of IP rights in Finland. Most of the Center’s activities are held at Hanken, and we have the opportunity to participate in lectures and workshops conducted by researchers and practitioners of IP working in law firms.

So what kind of career prospects does the course have?

Well, this depends totally on what you’re looking for. IP law is still an up and coming field across the world, and the unique nature of the degree can open up opportunities in both the business and legal spaces. The EU is always coming up with new rules and regulations related to IP laws and their impact on changes in technology, so demand for IP professionals should only increase in the future. Given Hanken’s international outlook, coupled with the internationally oriented syllabus, this master’s degree would suitably prepare you for roles outside the EU as well!

Cool! When and how do I apply?

Well, you can check out the course’s webpage for all the practical information about the course and its application procedure. You’ll find the relevant details and contacts there as well!

Thank you for reading! I hope you found this blog informative. For anything course related or Hanken related, feel free to drop me an email at jitesh.gupta@student.hanken.fi

Cheers

TAKE THE PLUNGE!!! Why studying abroad is a great idea, and Helsinki is a wonderful place to do it!

I’m writing this with a particular audience in mind: prospective international students who are on the fence about whether they should study abroad or not, and also people who have applied to Hanken but are not quite certain of whether they would want to actually get here, if things do work out as planned. Short message to said audience : DO IT! VENTURE OUT! COME TO HELSINKI! (And where else to be in Helsinki but at HANKEN!)

The purpose here is not to provide information about any specific master’s courses at Hanken (the Hanken website is the best place for that) and I’ll talk about my course at Hanken (Masters’ in IP law)  in another blog post.   

Let’s get on then, with my story!

I had already had a fair share of college education, having done two bachelor’s degrees in India: first in science and then in law. While working as a lawyer in the courts of Delhi, I felt that if I could specialize in a particular field of law it would be a great boost for my career. I discussed this with my friends and family, and a common thing that they had to say was that a master’s degree is something which one should try to get from abroad.

Now you might probably already be aware of most of the reasons people give for studying abroad. The familiar reasons come to mind: exposure to an international environment, a change of scenery, getting acquainted with new cultures and so on. Because I’m from a developing country, people also pointed out that the quality of life is just better in the (so called) “first-world countries”. Well, people say these things because they’re all true! And yes, don’t forget the biggie: putting it on your CV that you have that international degree. That makes does make a difference, no matter what your future plans might be. 

Cut to March 2019, when I received THE email with that life changing piece of information:  my application for admission to Hanken was accepted. I was overjoyed when I read the news, but I wasn’t quite prepared for what was to come next: having second thoughts about the entire plan of moving from Delhi to Helsinki! Quite ironical, that till the moment I had not gotten an offer of admission, my mind was fixated on getting it. And then, I got cold feet once I saw that I had actually made the cut to get in!

Let me be clear that it wasn’t that I had any doubts about Hanken as such. I knew that the IP law course was great, and it fit my needs. It was the whole prospect of moving abroad which seemed daunting. And that anxiety was perhaps justified. Leaving home, especially for the first time, was a big big move! Leaving friends and family behind, not knowing what’s to come ahead and the challenge of starting life afresh: let’s just say that I had lots to stress about in the time remaining before the flight in August.

If at all you have similar thoughts during the time ahead, just know that making the move is worth it in the end. The tricky part is, that you can only come to know the real benefits of moving abroad when you actually get to the destination! I say this with full conviction, as I’m experiencing this myself. So many thoughts that were in my mind, either vanished or simply became irrelevant once I started life afresh here. I won’t go so far as to say that you shouldn’t think about this issue at all, but my advice (especially for people who have never lived away from home before this) is to find the courage and will to go through with your decision to apply. (After all, the application process itself required some hard work! Don’t let it go to waste!)  

Here are some things which I feel that I’ve gained from leaving home and coming here:

Discovering myself: I’m not trying to sound like a spiritual guru or something, but I’ve learnt a lot about myself in these six months. I realized that a lot of what I thought was a core part of my personality, was actually a way of life suited to my surroundings. Changing those surroundings led to a lot of introspection. Being in a completely new setting, I’ve had to think about the most basic things, like what I feel about the people around me, what my likes and dislikes are, how I think of any abstract issue, and even what kind of food and drinks I like! Having to introspect has an impact on your career choices too! I feel that I’ve gotten a much better understanding of what I’ll say the next time I face the mother of all interview questions: “tell me more about yourself”

Discovering Helsinki: Unlike some countries (including my own) where university campuses are cut-off from the main city, life at Hanken is quite the opposite. Hanken is perhaps a stone’s throw away from the city center, and the accommodation for students is spread around the city. Students get the full experience of city life, and there are even student activities which take place outside the walls of Hanken. I live in the Majstranden student apartments in Arabia, and I love walking to the beach next to the apartment building!  (Other student ambassadors will be writing more in depth about student activities and student housing, so keep an eye out for those posts in the Nordic Brilliance blog. To check out what the student union is up to, go to their website . It’s quite informative!)

Discovering other life stories: It’s true that travelling can give you a good sense of how big the world is and how different its inhabitants are, but nothing comes close to the kind of exposure that living abroad provides. I’ve had conversations with people from diverse nationalities and backgrounds, which I simply could not imagine having back home. When you get to spend time, and probably study with, people who bring a completely different perspective from yours, it enriches you in a way that nothing else can! I’m genuinely amazed that given it’s relatively small size, Hanken has such an international collection of students. The icing on the cake is that since the Helsinki campus building is not a huge space itself, I end up seeing most of my friends everyday, and have intriguing discussions almost on a daily basis!   

Sisu: I’m still trying to figure out what this Finnish word exactly means, but I know that it’s something Finland is teaching me every day!!

Just like sisu, there are many other things which form a part of every country’s ethos, and living there is the only possible way to experience that. I hope that if and when you do get a chance to study abroad, you grab it with both hands. If your destination happens to be Hanken, I hope to see you soon!!

Thank you so much for reading! Feel free to add comments or reach me at jitesh.gupta@student.hanken.fi

A NOTE ON PRACTICALITIES:

Transitioning to a new country is not always smooth sailing, but it becomes much easier if you prepare in advance and have gathered all the information that you feel is relevant!

A great place to start for prospective Hanken Students is this webpage on the Hanken website which gathers all the relevant information to help you make the transition. Read everything carefully (and maybe make notes! I do!), and ask the relevant people if you need more information (email/other contacts will be present in the relevant page)  if you have any further doubts.

Another resource that I would highly recommend is the official websites and social media handles of the Finnish Government. They contain relevant information about procedures and requirements, and most of the information will usually be available in English. Since the visa/residence permit process is not something which Hanken is directly involved with or could influence in any way, you’d be better advised to be aware of the relevant information yourself as well.

About life in Helsinki, there’s a plethora of information which you can get from blogs, youtube videos etc. But keep in mind, that these could be biased depending on the creator. It’s also true that each person’s experience living anywhere is different and unique, so they might unintentionally give you the wrong idea even if what they’re saying holds true for their situation.  Though they can be quite helpful, never take these as the primary source of information, and you’ll definitely be better off writing to Hanken, the Finnish Government or the Finnish embassy in your country about practical matters. Hanken also arranges a special orientation program for international students at the beginning of the academic year.

If at any point, things seem to be going in the wrong direction, the first thing you should do is to let the concerned department at Hanken know about the issue. I had myself gone through this while settling here, and the people at Hanken helped me out in every way possible.

Cheers!

Simulated Court, Real Arguments, and Garbage Bags: The Story of “Hanken Four” at the Nordic Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition 2019

In September 2019, four students from the Intellectual Property (IP) Law track, persuaded by the encouragement of their professor (as well as by the temptation to gain credits!), decided that they would give a shot at representing Hanken in a competition for law students from all across the Nordic countries. From humble beginnings of a few meetings, squeezed in between classes, the team reached all the way to the finals in Copenhagen, Denmark, where they managed to win in the category of the best oral presentation.

A moot court competition is, as the name suggests, a contest where students act as lawyers and try to argue based on the facts of a fictional case problem. Competitors have to prepare written documents, which should be as close to court documents as possible. The next step is usually to compete in the oral round, where contestants argue on the opposite sides and judges decide who the winners are, based on the quality of the written and oral submissions.

The Nordic IP Moot Court Competition concentrates on IP law, a field that involves, i.a., copyright, design, patent, and trademark laws. This year, the problem concerned the marketing of garbage bags. Vipp, the manufacturer of garbage bins and bags, claimed that it had various kinds of IP rights over these items and that the company named BaggIT was infringing upon these rights by marketing garbage bags (the case problem is available via this link).

Before going further, here is a brief introduction to the “Hanken Four” team.

  • Anu is a second year Master’s student and a practicing lawyer. With her professional background, she became the go-to person for navigating the intricacies of Nordic laws. She was also kind enough to host the team’s first oral rehearsal, and her inputs shaped what would become the winning oral arguments of the competition.
  • Axel is a second year Master’s student and a marketing specialist in a large consumer goods company. Given this interesting background, he became the trademarks guy! He dealt with all the issues of trademark law in the fictional case problem, approaching it with the keen eye of a person, having experience of brand marketing in the real world.
  • Jitesh is a first year Master’s student, who had enrolled in the course because he had some prior experience with moot courts in his home country, India. His favourite area of IP law is patents, and he stuck to this domain, trying to figure out how inventive (or not) a garbage bag could be for patent lawyers.
  • Vera is a second year’s Master’s student with a legal background in her home city of St. Petersburg, Russia. Vera donned many hats. Apart from handling both the creative challenges of copyright and design law, she also led from the front, whether it was in giving the actual oral presentation, editing the written submissions in proper format, or in communicating with the organizers about various queries. 

The journey for the contest began with the written rounds. In early September, the case problem was made available to all the participating teams. Teams were to draft two documents: a statement of claims, representing the interests of Vipp, and a statement of defense, representing the interests of BaggIT. In mid-November, it was announced that four teams out of nine total participants had made it to the finals: one each from Norway and Sweden and two from Finland (as there was no participant from Denmark). The “Hanken Four” team became the wild card entry, as the University of Helsinki had won the national round for Finland. The team hardly got time to celebrate the result (allegedly, one team member screamed out during a work meeting after reading that they had qualified, while another team member walked outside the Hanken campus for an hour to calm down after getting the news of their qualification!), and they started preparations for the final round which was to be held in December.

The finals took place at the City Court of Copenhagen. The “Hanken Four” team represented BaggIT against the “Nova” team from University of Oslo. Similarly, “Facta Sunt Servanda” from the University of Helsinki competed against “IPEA” from Stockholm University. There were four judges for the competition, and each of these persons was an actual court judge from a Nordic country. The judges finally announced the results of the event, and “Hanken Four” won the award for the best oral presentation!

What has the team learned from the competition? Participating in this event was a real privilege for everyone and definitely a lot of fun as well! It was always an exciting challenge to come up with new arguments and discuss them within the team. Besides, interactions with mentors, practicing attorneys assigned to the team, was a very useful experience. The team even managed to apply project management techniques while preparing its written and oral submissions (e.g., defining tasks, dividing them among the team members, setting deadlines, and controlling the timing). After the finals, everyone was invited to a dinner at a Copenhagen law firm, where participants chatted with each other, thus making new connections.

Axel: “This court competition was a ton of fun. Because the written claims were drafted with the guidance of a practicing attorney and the case was presented in front of real judges, I definitely gained some valuable experience in how court proceedings work and how good legal arguments are formed. Getting the chance to meet other Nordic students who are into IP law was great, and the extra credits don’t hurt either!”

Jitesh: “My real intention was to use the course as an excuse to meet the second year students! And it feels great that I can now count them as my friends! I’ve learned a lot through the entire process! It was really interesting to see how the same bunch of facts can be interpreted in so many ways. It is always challenging and fun to think of things from the perspective of an opponent. Finally, interacting with people from the Nordics and beyond was an enriching experience! This course has been an adventure, and the trip to Copenhagen – a fitting conclusion!!”

Vera: “I didn’t participate in a moot court during my Bachelor’s program, and now, with practical legal experience, I realize how useful these moot court competitions are. One indeed gets a chance to apply theoretical knowledge to a close-to-reality situation – and doing this is not trivial. Besides, by teaming up with other participants, I felt as if I got into some private club for IP enthusiasts which is quite inspiring!”

Our team in the court

The team expresses gratitude to their mentors Ms. Hilma-Karoliina Markkanen and Ms. Eerika Tirkkonen, as well as Professor Nari Lee and the Marketing Team at Hanken for their support and encouragement in this great journey!

My Winter experience way up North

Hello there! Jennifer here.  I hope that the long dark days hasn’t given you blues yet these past few weeks.  Having grown up and lived in countries with continuous sunshine all year round, the winter darkness was something quite new and challenging for me.  Over the years I’ve learned to deal with it in my own way.  

Fighting the Winter Blues

On Thursday (19.12), Yle news gave us a reminder that the winter solstice is upon us.  The article (in English) also gave us some “Kaamos tricks” or “darkness tricks” to get through the long winter nights which includes special daylight lamps, exercising regularly, and keeping our social life active.  Kauppalehti (in Finnish) also provided the list of tips from the Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) on how to combat the “the dark side”. 

As for me, some of the few changes in our house included putting up some fairy lights and taking out some of my Santa figures and Christmas elves and scatter them all around the house (including a hanging Santa underneath our chandelier :D).  One of the best purchases we’ve also made is our alarm clock that slowly gets brighter before waking us up (see photo below).

Even though most of us are now free from studies and work, make sure that you still get out to get some exercise like skating and skiing with friends and family, catch a movie, share a coffee or a meal with someone, or just get out there and have some fun.  Don’t heed Vader’s call to “come to the dark side”. 

My unusual but lovely winter experience

Hanken also has its own ways to make the season brighter.  One of those is the annual Advent calendar which entails solving a puzzle with the lucky winners receiving wonderful prizes from various sponsors.  There’s also a very warm and welcoming atmosphere there and my daughter loves going there. 

Due to some unforeseen circumstances, I’ve had to take her with me to attend a lecture and a few times to study in the library.  She actually listened to some parts of the lecture and had her own “study materials” so we’re both “studying” in the library.  It’s great to know that when times get tough, I know that Hanken will always welcome my plus one whenever I need to take her with me.

More winter fun in Hanken

After the Christmas holidays, Hanken usually gets back to business with a bang! One of the annual must check-out events in spring is the Hanken Business Forum.  I’ve included the link to the 2018 Facebook event below if you’ve like to have an idea about what goes on in this event: Hanken Business Forum 2018

This event has had great guest speakers the past few years.  And for people interested in expanding their network, the networking dinner is the perfect opportunity.

My winter escapes

Jennifer here signing off for the year from Helsinki airport with my plus one.  We’re off to get some sun and sand and meet family and friends in Philippines.  Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season and hoping that you’ll all take advantage of this time to have fun and welcome the new year with a Bang!

(photo courtesy of hubby)

(photo courtesy of hubby)

Making the most of my Hanken experience

Networking, seminars, and the quest for sustainability. These are some of the things that I’ve enjoyed and exploited here in Hanken.  Of course, Hanken offers far more experiences than these but for this post I’ll stick with these three.

NETWORKING

The Annual Hanken Networking Day always brings in different things for different people. I’ve heard varied reactions to this event from finding some activities useless to finding a job or an internship. For me, it’s about relevance and timing.  I’ve found some activities very useful last year that turned out to be irrelevant for me this year.  And some activities that I didn’t appreciate last year got me a lot of job-hunting tips as well as an interview with one of the participating companies. Like any typical job fair, we can only find it useful if we have something that the companies need in conjunction with the kind of available opportunities the companies have.

There are also other events like the “Company of the Week Brunch” and some organized company visits that students can take advantage of.  These are some of the events in Hanken where we can practice and learn to network (which is not always an easy thing for everyone including me). As a non-native Finnish speaker at the basic level, some of these events have provided me with the information I needed to strategize my job-seeking activities to target companies that could potentially hire me.  Of course, it hasn’t always been easy. I learned that I have the work experience that was relevant but there were some skillsets that I needed to work on to get there.  I’m grateful for these events and the learning opportunities it has provided me.

SEMINARS

When my schedule permits, I would attend some of the Fulbright seminars hosted by Hanken.  I’ve been to a few and found them quite enlightening. For students who are still a bit lost with their thesis topic, some of these sessions might inspire ideas as well as give a brief overview about what’s currently going on in the specific topic discussed in the seminar.  Some of the seminars I’ve been to have touched the fields of Accounting, Finance, and Law depending on the speaker’s background and expertise.   And in case that doesn’t inspire you enough, the seminar that I last attended offered free breakfast too! Yum!

SUSTAINABILITY

Sustainability, together with climate change, has been a hot topic recently. And for a good reason. There’s just one planet that produces chocolate and beer… two of my favorite indulgences 🙂

  Long before I’ve heard of Hanken, I’ve already been into reusing and recycling. However, these are more of small impacts that we can see and feel in our immediate surroundings. Since last year, I’ve actually expanded my view on sustainability through the courses I’ve taken. Sustainability doesn’t stop with me, or with the things that I repurpose.  It’s extends to the community I live in, and the world we live in.

I’ve learned more about sustainable development, corporate/individual responsibility, and responsible investing, among other things, from the various course I’ve taken. And since these are topics that are seeping into the working world, it is imperative that I learn more about it to prepare me for the changes that are possibly happening in the workplace.  This is also a good consideration when finding the right employer.  A company that is not prepared for future changes towards sustainable practices might find itself in a compromising position when future legislations render their operations irrelevant.  And for me, that could mean job insecurity. So I’m evaluating my prospects wisely.  

Jennifer Huttunen (Accounting track) for Hanken Nordic Brilliance Blog

Why did I choose Humanitarian Logistics (HUMLOG) at Hanken?

In today’s blog, I would love to share with you guys about my interesting career choice – Humanitarian Logistics and how did I end up studying this major at Hanken School of Economics.

I bet that the term “Humanitarian Logistics” (HUMLOG) or “Humanitarian Supply Chain Management (HSCM)” causes a huge confusion among if not all, then most of you. Initially, many of my friends asked me whether if it is related to the human resources management (HRM) side of Logistics/SCM, and there are some others even wondered whether if it is a fancy term for “human trafficking”. Well, the answers are “no” and “absolutely no” to both questions since my field of study is much broader, more intriguing, and humane than what was being asked.

Alright, let me sort this out and browse you through the concept of HUMLOG in the simplest possible way from my understanding. Now, try to imagine: if your city has just been hit by a tsunami, most of shops, supermarkets, hospitals, and other critical infrastructures including electricity, telecommunication networks, and probably the clean water supply within the city are destroyed by the killer waves, even your home – your shelter is gone by the struck of this disaster. Then the questions here are: How are you going to sustain yourself without the supply of daily necessities? Where will you stay during this dark time when your home is not there anymore? How are you going to reach out to your relatives in neighboring areas when the communication network is down? Difficult to figure out on your own at this critical moment and time, isn’t it? Yet, this is exactly the case where humanitarian logistics comes to the rescue – when all regular supply chain networks and operations are paralyzed and grounded to halt. In technical terms, the processes of humanitarian logistics are fundamentally the planning, implementing, and controlling the efficient, cost-effective flow and storage of goods, material, information, and financial instruments (cash) from the point of origin to the point of consumption, or “in-and-out the affected area”, with the aim of relieving the suffering of affected people.
You see, it’s not at all perplexing, yet incredibly interesting, right?

During my first course of Supply Chain Management at bachelor study, the moment I realized that I am going down this career path was when those questions revolving around the movement of goods and information among multiple actors within the supply chain and the science behind this operation just kept lingering in my curious mind. On top of that, I have always been eager to contribute to a greater cause than myself. Therefore, the study of HUMLOG, which specializes more in the field of disaster relief rather than commercial purposes, has aroused my strong interests. Honestly speaking, HUMLOG grows on me tremendously and my interest increases substantially once I was exposed to the subject. If I did not choose to pursue this major, I would never know how difficult and challenging it actually is to rescue and alleviate an area under disastrous impacts. Furthermore, through the view lens of HUMLOG, I am profoundly grateful and appreciated of how privileged I am to live in such a peaceful and affluent society, where I have access to everything that I need while there are so many others around the globe are still suffering from the inaccessibility of basic demands such as food, clean water, clothes and shelter due to the  severe consequences of different disasters and conflicts. 

The one last point I would like to make is my overall experience at HUMLOG track over the past three months. Three adjectives that can describe most of my experience here are “passionate”, “insightful”, and “exciting”. Essentially, every course that I have attended so far, is very well-structured and establishes extremely solid theoretical foundations, yet, practical implications to real-world scenarios so that we – the students can have a better grasp of how to effectively apply theories into practices. Besides, huge contributors to my amazing studying experience are undoubtedly my professors at HUMLOG track. They are all at the forefront of their research field and passionate about what they are doing. More importantly, they can always make the lectures become more vivid and exciting by giving in so many thought-provoking examples and exclusive industry knowledge.


Attached below are the real footages of me and my life here at Hanken, let’s grab a look 🙂

You can always feel the intimate atmosphere around Hanken once you are here, because we are a small community filled with joy and enthusiasm

That’s it for today, guys! I hope that your view about HUMLOG has somewhat changed and your interest for HUMLOG has been captured after reading this post. If so, why don’t you join me on this meaningful journey of helping others and making the world a better place for everyone?

Hahn Pham

My personal experience at Hanken

I am writing this blog post as I am taking a break from writing my thesis. As I am currently in the second year of my studies I have notably less courses to follow, also due to some extra credits I took in the first year. Being at the final stages of my master’s study at Hanken gives me some perspective on how I have experienced the past one and a half year.

The start of the studies was quite different from what I have experienced back in the Netherlands for my bachelor’s degree. I was already familiar with living in Finland which prepared me to some extent of what student life could look like. And I also attended a Sitz (a typical dinner party here in Finland) before starting my studies at Hanken to get familiar with some of the student activities. With that in mind I was quite curious to start studying. The introductory days were a very great opportunity to get to know all the different new master’s students from different backgrounds. We did a pub crawl in Kallio and several ice-breaker gatherings to mingle. I think from that point, I already established a group of friends whom I still meet regularly. The nice thing about the introductory days was that you’re mixed with all the specialisations, so you get to know people from different tracks and not just the marketing track that I followed. This intimate setting was very different from back in the Netherlands.

Later on, when the courses started, you got to know your track-specific fellow students much better of course. Yet, simultaneously, some courses were for different tracks combined, so I had a few courses that included students from humanitarian logistics and strategy and sustainability as well. Coming from applied sciences I found the courses to be quite academical, which I was expecting, but I was happy to find out that several courses had guest lectures from the corporate sector. We also did a few project courses in collaboration with big Finnish companies that made it possible to apply the theoretical knowledge. The level of the courses is definitely doable, and I have passed all courses with high grades. The workload, especially in the beginning, was quite high but still doable.

Besides the ‘normal’ student life of studying there were many events organised by Hanken’s student associations. You’re automatically part of these associations when you enrol to Hanken, and I found it a great way to get to know so many people. The events range from Sitzes to games nights and other meet-ups. It is a great way to blow of some steam from studying and to build real friendships.

Besides the amazing student community at Hanken there is another great aspect worth mentioning about Hanken. Both the network you build with other students and the status Hanken students have in companies, provided me with many interesting opportunities. There are countless of events and workshops where you have the chance to network with the biggest firms in Finland and in the world. And by being a student at Hanken these companies are genuinely interested in hiring you. Of course, it all depends on how active you want to be in this scene, but I have met many interesting company representatives. I am currently also working for 180 Degrees Consulting as the president of the Helsinki Branch which would have been hard to achieve without being a student at one of the renowned universities of Finland. All in all, I feel like have been able to really develop myself at Hanken by being an active member of the student community. Now, I have to get back to writing my thesis!

Stijn Boon, Marketing

MY EXPERIENCE AT RESPONSIBLE ORGANIZING CONFERENCE #3 – LET’S TRANSFORM SOCIETY!

Responsible Organizing Conference is an exceptionally interesting and informative event regarding sustainability and sustainable development. The conference is organized on this Tuesday, 19th November 2019 with over 200 participants and 30 speakers coming from different industries and backgrounds. Undoubtedly, I was extremely proud and excited to get involved in the event as a Hanken student and I truly think that it was a wise decision to attend the event.

SDG cubes
SDG cubes

To begin with, the opening of the event was the Plenary Session of “Innovation and Inclusion” which includes insightful presentations from three keynote speakers, which are Karin Berglund – a professor of Business from Stockholm Business School, Katja Toropainen – Founder of Inklusiiv, and Antti Nousjoki – an architect and a partner at ALA, followed by an active panel discussion with professor Jeff Hearn as a moderator. The session, in general, was fruitful and filled with excitement.

After the Plenary Session, we enjoyed an intimate lunch altogether and it was an ideal time to network, get in touch with new contacts, and initiate different discussion revolving around sustainability and its issues.

Unfortunately, everyone cannot participate in all the workshops organized in the afternoon but can only choose two out of six. Hence, I set sight on two particular workshops, which are “How to transition to a Sustainable Food System in Finland?” and “Get on-board to your next Humanitarian Rescue mission!”. Honestly speaking, I was deeply immersed in both sessions.

The former session, to me, was highly intriguing and dense of knowledge related to the food industry and its entire ecosystem. It is thought-provoking to know that the food system accounts for approximately 20% to 30% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the majority of emissions comes from the production process. On top of that, about one-third or more than 30% of the total food produced globally is lost or wasted and this, in fact, exert detrimental impact on both environmental and social dimension. Nevertheless, it is also fascinating to see that changing the eating habit and diet by consuming more local products, increasing seasonality in our consumption choice, and reducing the amount of ruminant meat consumption can significantly decrease the GHG emissions, and lessen harmful consequences on the environment.

Moving on, due to the fact that I am a student of HUMLOG track, and I have a huge interest in field of Humanitarian Aid and Logistics, therefore, the latter session – Humanitarian Rescue Mission was the highlight of today’s conference for me. This workshop was practical, interactive, and incredibly interesting. During the workshop, every participant was assigned to a team of 4 to 5 people and there were 4 teams in total, which are team Yellow, Blue, Green, and Red. We were set in a mission to provide enough supplies including food, medicine, and shelter to affected people in 4 conflicted zones, with only limited resources of truck, money, and inventory. On top of that, the real-life challenges of postponement and delays caused by traffic congestion, and market unavailability are also included to increase the difficulty and encourage us all to think profoundly, yet swiftly when making decision. Since the need in each area is highly demanding and comes in large quantity, every team must coordinate with each other to supply sufficiently the necessities to the people and accomplish the mission. The game, in fact, illustrates vividly and realistically what does the humanitarian rescue look like in real world and teaches us all about the importance of coordination, sharing goals and mission to achieve something on a greater scale. A big thank to everyone at HUMLOG Institute for organizing this amazing workshop.

All in all, I would highly recommend the Responsible Organizing Conference to everyone of all ages and backgrounds for next year. Can’t wait to be a part of the event one more time!

Cheers and thank you for reading 🙂

Hanh Pham

Life at Hanken – An Experience beyond expectations

Hi! My name is Zara and I come from Pakistan. When I applied to Hanken for the MSc. Program in Business and Management, my main motivator was the excellent reputation of the Nordic education system, but little did I know that I was about to experience not just impeccable classroom learning, but also an extra-ordinary peer-to-peer network. Working in groups with people who teach you something new every time is an experience I am truly grateful to Hanken for. One of my classmates taught me some techniques to more effectively interact with people. Yet another classmate taught me a great work-management method. The MSc. candidates at Hanken are individuals who have worked at top companies and already accomplished a lot in their professional and personal lives. They inspire you to be a better version of yourself during each and every interaction with them!

Apart from the excellent education and networking, the practical learning experience that Hanken provides is something really unique and valuable, especially for an international student like me. Knowing that I am not familiar with the Finnish language and the professional etiquette of the Finnish society, I was really scared about integrating into the working culture here, but thankfully the innumerable company projects, case studies, and seminars enlighten us with exactly what is expected of us and in which dimensions we must extend our efforts in order to succeed. Currently I am working on a case project with Hanken and SSE related to Marketing and not only is it helping me to gain more insights into the real-world application of marketing concepts but also helping me to stay connected with the managerial dimension of the work as I prepare to present my findings in a final review to the management later this month.

From enabling us to do our best work by providing us with all the needed resources to making sure that we are continuously aware and inspired by all the latest developments in business around the globe, Hanken really takes care of all the professional and personal needs of its students. It has only been less than three months since I arrived in Helsinki but I have already made some meaningful connections, worked on some rewarding projects and learned more than I ever had in such a short duration. I have even signed up for volunteering in the world’s leading startup event ‘Slush’ which happens in Helsinki every year.

There are also many international opportunities provided by Hanken such as exchange programs and internships which the students can participate in. All in all, life at Hanken has been truly rewarding up till now and I cannot wait to make the best out of all the wonderful experiences and opportunities this place has to offer!  

Zara Usmani, Master’s student, Marketing