Student Story - Mari Ruissalo
International Business Management
Home country: Finland
What are you currently doing: Communications Director at UPM
How did you find out about TAMK and what made you choose it for your studies?
I studied post-graduate studies (erikoistumisopinnot in Finnish) earlier at TAMK and I was looking for an opportunity to do a Master's degree. So I was actively checking whether there was a suitable programme available at TAMK. As I live in the Tampere area, TAMK was a natural choice for my studies.
What did you like most about Tampere?
Well, I was born in this area and have lived here for most of my life. Tampere is a beautiful city with the lakes, forests and parks. There is a lot happening in this area so it's easy to find interesting things to do no matter if you prefer culture, nature or sports.
In what ways have your studies contributed to your professional and personal life?
I was doing the Master's degree while working full-time so it required quite a lot of effort from me, and indirectly, from my family. Anyhow, it was worth it. I learned many new things and got to know the fellow students who gave me a good insight into other industries and service sectors. I find networking with new people one of the most important benefits of the Master's degree programme.
How has TAMK supported your needs as a student?
The single biggest form of support was the free-of-charge Master's degree programme itself. Most of the lecturers where quite flexible in terms of deadlines and attending the classes. Also, the classes were held after working hours so it was easier to attend. We were entitled for subsidized meals at TAMK as well, which was nice.
What would you say to anyone considering studying at TAMK?
TAMK has a versatile offering of studies in many fields. There are many international students and lecturers at the university so the atmosphere is quite dynamic. The campus area is nice and well-located. I can warmly recommend Tampere University of Applied Sciences to anyone considering studying in Finland.
This story was written in September 2016.