Finishing my MBA with a Finnish Summer
Summer School at the Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) started with warm welcomes from a friendly team of coordinators, faculty and staff – a great way to complete my MBA at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management.
The university is located in Lappeenranta, a small city in southeast Finland just 19 miles from the Russian border. The setting is beautiful: on the southern shore of Lake Saimaa, Finland’s largest lake. With just 73,000 residents, Lappeenranta offers the opportunity to experience Finland’s countryside culture. Numerous train and bus connections also make it easy to visit Helsinki and other destinations across Finland.
The best part of the LUT Summer School was the opportunity to meet students from Finland, Germany, Russia and other neighboring countries. Most of the students were working professionals, allowing me to learn a great deal about the work and school cultures and practices in their home countries.
Most of the professors were visiting from abroad as well. Matthias Baum, for example, was a German professor who taught my International Human Resource Management class. Baum showed us the latest research in talent mobility and management of expatriates.
“Kiitos” (thank you) to LUT and GSM for this opportunity to live and study in Finland.