What do I study ?
One of the strength of Haaga-Helia University is the variety of suggested classes; more than 200 for exchanges students and more than 950 for Finnish students. This diversity is a good opportunity for me. In fact, because I hesitate between two specializations (International Business and Business Strategy), I decided to choose classes in connection with those both areas:
- Developing supply chain management: to be able to identify possible problems, risks and development areas in different supply chains, to measure key performance (KPIs) and other supply chain indicators, and to improve supply chain management (SCM).
- International business: to be familiar with the effect of the international environment on marketing mix solutions and with financial impacts of internationalization on business processes, and to be able to apply theoretical knowledge to practice.
- International economics: to be able to analyze and evaluate the effects of the international economic environments on the firm, and to develop strategic thinking for international business operations
- International sales competences: to present research and concepts on communicative behavior between members of different cultures and how such knowledge can aid people to increase effective communication and reduce misconceptions and possible conflicts
- Selling to export market: To evaluate the market potential of a selected country for the commissioning company. Identify direct customers/buyers and to make clear recommendations how to enter the targeted market.
- English: to be able to give business presentations, to be familiar with economic and financial vocabulary related to business
- Spanish: to be familiar with basic business terminology and with ordinary communications situations, and to develop oral and writing skills towards working life needs.
How do I study ?
- Contact lessons
Generally, contacts lessons regroup thirty students (Finnish and exchange students are mixed) for four hours; the first part of a contact lesson (usually the first two hours) is theoretical presentations and the second part is practical part.
Language classes are a little bit different: this type of courses only hosted 15-20 students and they go on one hour and a half twice a week. For foreign language department, short classes with a weak number of students is the best way to improve a foreign language.
- Haaga-Helia methodology
Finnish way of teaching is a little bit different than French one. Indeed, teachers post theory on Moodle, Haaga-Helia website (it can be power point, e-book, articles, etc.), and we have to study it, writing essay, summary, or report. Then, in class, we make in practice what we have study at home.
Practical part is deliver in class. It can be simulation game (for example, for developing supply chain management, we play and study the beer game, Massachusetts Institute of Technology concept), or it can be cases with real companies. For example, for selling to export market class, my team and I have established an export plan for Goodio (Finnish company which produce chocolate) to export its activity to France.
Studying theory at home is a good way to learn theory, add further information, and improve our writing. Then, doing the practical part in class in a manner to improve our speaking (we have to do a lot oral presentations in front of the all class or just in front of a small group), to complete our knowledge from others, to be helped by the teacher for our final project (in the most of my class, my team and I must establish a project work and present it at the end), to improve our team spirit (it is very common to work in group for an all-semester project or just for an exercise). Haaga-Helia methodology has improved my writing competences as much as my oral skills.