The part-time evening International Business studies offer a great base for business career advancement. The programme provides possibilities to diversify students’ existing competences and/or deepen their theoretical learning in the areas where they already have practical work experience. The graduates have broad-based knowledge, skills and competences needed in expert or managerial positions in global business.
The core of the BBA studies consists of developing the business, being able to analyze business data and provide solutions, innovating and implementing digital solutions, and facilitating knowledge for strategic decisions. Depending on the students’ majority choices two of the following specialisation tracks are offered as majors (30-50 credits):
- Customer Relationship Management and Communication
- Financial Management
- Supply Chain Management
- Human Resource Management
The student can also choose supportive courses from other specialisations. Career plans with sales and service orientation and entrepreneurship are strongly supported.
The variety of learning approaches, for example, project work with companies and problem based learning (PBL) support the development of multicultural team and networking skills. Contact sessions are usually 3 evenings a week, between Monday and Thursday at 17.40–20.30. Summer studies, an exchange semester, a work placement and shorter studies abroad can be included in the studies.
"My motivator to study while working full-time was to supplement my engineering background with business education. It was very rewarding to realize the constant development and achievements in both areas even though it was challenging to combine those two from time to time. Business trips and international projects with evening lectures and study tasks kept me busy and taught me to set priorities. The hectic schedule pushed me to find balance with work, study, family, friends and hobbies.
The programme gave a good outlook on all aspects of international business. I especially enjoyed the courses and assignments on operations development and business strategies. I chose HAAGA-HELIA because I wanted to specialize in supply chain management for a global business. It was great to deepen my know-how in the field, and discuss real cases with fellow students, teachers and guest lecturers. This experience and the curriculum helped me to take the next step on my career towards leadership roles."
Aki Sand, Head of eCommerce Business Operations Development, Kesko Corporation