On 12th of December 2013 took place the Graduation ceremony organized by Oulu Business School and the student organization Finanssi Ry for all of the Oulu Business School’s graduates from the fall semester 2013, and I was proudly present as one of them. The event was cozy and nicely organized; a string quartet livened up the ceremony where speeches, toasting for graduates and general socializing were part of the program. The graduates were joined by family and close friends to share with them the accomplished goal.
Oulu Business School joins the ranks of the highest-regarded business schools of the world as one of the first Nordic business schools to earn AACSB International business accreditation.
About one year ago, in September 2012, Business Kitchen opened its doors in the center of Oulu. We asked everyone to join by bringing a cup for drinking coffee or by painting Kitchen Art canvases. We were about to build an entrepreneurship center, which would be a joint effort by the Universities in Oulu; University of Oulu and Oulu University of Applied Sciences.
How does it feel to be in the New International Students' Orientation for 20 years - twice every year?! A typical international student joins the orientation once, maybe twice if they first come as an exchange student and later become a degree student. I have been in the orientation about 40 times. And I still like it!
With my Bachelor degree in Business Administration and two years of work experience in Accounting and Finance, I wanted to deepen my knowledge and add more relevant theoretical perspective to my major. With this intention I came to Finland to study Financial and Management Accounting (FMA) in Oulu Business School. The reason of choosing Oulu University is its world-wide reputation and excellent research environment.
I enjoy the learning atmosphere here the most. Students are encouraged to ask questions during lectures. There is no distance between teachers and students. Teachers are very friendly and helpful. It is common to address them by names instead of titles.
It was August 2013, when I arrived to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) campus and was ready to start an exceptional double degree exchange period in the United States. Even though it was my second time as an exchange student (Hong Kong, 2010), the first days were extremely exiting while meeting new people from around the world as well as digging around the new surroundings within which I was about to live the next nine months.
Looking back at the previous term 2012-2013, the OBS mentoring programme was the most extensive initiative to connect students with company representatives. Mentoring was also a refreshing change to normal day routines for the staff! In addition to the 27 mentors – some already familiar from previous years’ mentoring programmes – and 35 participating students, staff and faculty from the Dean and Vice Dean to programme coordinators and various university services were involved.