Student story - Zeynep Bülbül
International Project Management
Home country: Turkey
What are you currently doing: Lead Program Integrator at GE Healthcare
How did you find out about TAMK and what made you choose it for your studies?
Studying for an MBA has been on my mind for a long time. In 2014, when I was searching for a suitable program, I came across the International Project Management degree in TAMK. It looked like the right one immediately. The content was well planned and the schedule was flexible.
What did you like most about Tampere and Finland?
I moved to Finland and to Tampere two times. What I like the most about Finland are its nature and serenity. Tampere is a beautiful city in between two lakes, with a remarkable history. I used to take long walks in Tampere's forests. The deep green colour, the breeze through the trees and sound of silence give one peace of mind. Tampere also offers all kinds of cultural activities. It is an easy to live, all-in-one city.
In what ways have your studies contributed to your professional and personal life?
I felt privileged to gain a wealthy, international experience in Nokia Networks in truly cross-functional roles. All those years, I have been looking for ways how to do a better work. The studies gave me the opportunity to examine both theory and practice in a more structured way and cross check different views through constructive dialogue with my classmates. In many courses, we read articles before the class started and then discussed them with real cases. This kind of thoughtful exchange expands one's perspective.
How has TAMK supported your needs as a student?
The lecturers were great. They had both work life and academic experiences. I have truly enjoyed Mauri Grönroos's courses on Change Management, Matti Karlsson's Project Management, Päivi Mayor's Leading People and Petteri Vilen's Accounting and Finance. The programme did not require the spring term to engineers. Yet, I have taken 4 courses out of 6 voluntarily during spring term in parallel with my thesis work. So the content was rich and the schedule was flexible. We have also gained access to TAMK's library, including reputable online databases.
What would you say to anyone considering studying at TAMK?
Just go for it!!
This story was written in March 2017.
The name of the programme has changed to International Business Management.