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BScBA Degree Program International Business. Global & Local in the Mikkeli Context Science Day, April 13, 2010 Joan Löfgren, Director. Key themes. Info on our program and Aalto University Internationality Teaching & research Links to the community. The Program in Brief.

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BScBA Degree ProgramInternational Business

Global & Local in the Mikkeli Context

Science Day, April 13, 2010

Joan Löfgren, Director

key themes
Key themes

Info on our program and Aalto University


Teaching & research

Links to the community

the program in brief
The Program in Brief

Started in 1989 (BBA program), completely in English

2001: Transition to BScBA degree program

  • International Business major
  • 80 study places are granted
  • 1000 + applications last year


  • Offered in intensive, three-week modules year-round
  • Students take one course at a time
  • Semester abroad is standard part of program

Distinctive educational philosophy

Almost 90% of students graduate within 3 years

aalto mikkeli bscba academic environment
Aalto MikkeliBScBA Academic Environment

Main Campus


Degree Students


Degree Program

International Exchange Partners

Small Business Center

South Savo Region

City of Mikkeli

Business Community

Mikkeli University Consortium

mikkeli university consortium
Mikkeli University Consortium


  • Aalto Univ. (BScBA/PYK)
  • University of Helsinki (Ruralia, Digitization)
  • Lappeenranta University of Technology
  • University of Eastern Finland

Coordination, joint projects, community development

City of Mikkeli engaged in the cooperation

aalto university
Aalto University

Created from the merger of

  • The Helsinki School of Economics
  • The University of Art and Design Helsinki
  • Helsinki University of Technology

Three campuses in Helsinki, plus Mikkeli, Lahti, Vaasa and Pori.

the mission of aalto
The Mission of Aalto

Aalto strives to change the world through:

  • top-quality interdisciplinary research
  • pioneering education
  • surpassing traditional boundaries
  • renewal

Internationality a key priority

Slogan: “No teaching without research, no research without teaching.”

examples of new initiatives
Examples of new initiatives

Design, Media and Service “Factories”

  • Open environments for research and education

International Design Business Management (IDBM)

  • A joint multidisciplinary minor studies program of Aalto’s three schools. Later master’s program.
aalto mikkeli
Aalto & Mikkeli

Our program highlighted in Aalto for

  • innovative teaching
  • internationality

Future goal to share courses each year with the other two schools.

We can be a “laboratory” for new teaching methods and approaches.

teaching innovation
Teaching Innovation

Emphasis on

  • Intellectual diversity (different schools of thought)
  • Pedagogical innovation (wide range of teaching & learning strategies)
  • Curricular innovation (interdisciplinary and topical)
  • Cultural diversity (diverse cultural & business practices)

Learning environment

  • Student-centered
  • Activation a core value
  • Interaction in the classroom
  • Simulation of business environments

At bachelor’s level

  • concept definition
  • research skill development
  • application

Progressive cultivation of research development throughout the program

Thesis requirement

  • Nov-May process with supervision
  • Supervisors from several MUC units

Applied research courses through BCD project

business community development
Business & Community Development

Cooperation with the South Savo region

We offer the work of our students and expertise of our professors.

In return, local companies and organizations can offer their own expertise through guest lectures.

Local partners give practical examples and material for research through class excursions and interviews.

Student project coordinator plays key role

(Joonas Kallankari currently)

Recent course examples on following slides

1 project management for global development david atkinson joan lofgren
1) Project Management for Global Development (David Atkinson>Joan Lofgren)

Cooperation partner: City of Mikkeli

Marketing projects:

  • Benchmarking other cities
  • Foundations of a marketing plan
  • Draft survey of newcomers

Value added: Students research for city + get experience working with city officials

2 digital applications in international business dale fodness
2) Digital Applications in International Business (Dale Fodness)

Student projects related to web 2.0. applications

  • Eg social networks, wikis and virtual worlds.

Partner: Digitization and Conservation Unit of the National Library of Finland

Projects included evaluation of existing web pages, exploring marketing possibilities in Second Life and Facebook and creating a web- based on-demand retail model.

3 international technology venturing cynthia wagner weick
3) International Technology Venturing(Cynthia Wagner Weick)

Combined expertise in science of University of Kuopio with expertise in international marketing of our students.

Students prepared feasibility studies for scientists from the University of Kuopio and MTT of Mikkeli, who were interested in taking their research findings or technology to the marketplace, domestically and internationally.

Course results were evaluated by a panel that included the Research director of MAMK (Dr. Pekka Turkki) and Innovation Manager of Innosuomi (MBA Toivo Venäläinen).

4 operations management susan grinsted
4) Operations Management (Susan Grinsted)

Students choose from wide variety of cooperation forms with local companies.

Course visits to actual production facilities and a possibility of doing work shadowing (following for a manager for a day).

This year students could also choose to conduct a survey developed by Prof. Grinsted that analyzes production of small and medium-sized manufacturers.

About 10 companies participate in the course.

student professional development
Student Professional Development

Professional Development Portfolio

  • Orientation to university studies
  • Computer driving license
  • Academic writing

Simulation of business tasks

Career day

  • Presentations by alumni
  • Local business leaders

Thank You! Kiitos!

Application deadline:

Friday, April 16

Photo credits: Oliver Saarinen