Hanken School of Economics

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Hanken School of Economics
Svenska handelshögskolan
Hanken logo
Established 1909
Type Public
Rector Eva Liljeblom
Students 2,000[citation needed]
Location Helsinki, Finland
Campus Urban
Website www.hanken.fi
Hanken Campus in Helsinki.
Hanken Campus in Vasa

The Hanken School of Economics (Swedish: Svenska handelshögskolan, "Hanken") is a Finnish business school.

Hanken is a Swedish-language business school of university standing located in Helsinki and Vasa, Finland. Hanken is one of the oldest business schools in the Nordic countries. Hanken is a leading, internationally accredited university in the field of economics and business administration. The school was founded in 1909 under the name Högre Svenska Handelsläroverket and was given its current name in 1927. Hanken has two campuses, one in Helsinki and one in Vaasa.

In 2000 Hanken was awarded the EQUIS-accreditation by EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development).[1] The accreditation was renewed in 2005 and 2008. Hanken was awarded the AMBA accreditation in 2008.[2][3] A person studying at Hanken is known in Swedish as hankeit, which is a registered trademark since 2006.[4]


Hanken has five departments: Accounting and Commercial Law, Economics, Finance and Statistics, Management and Organisation, Marketing. The School also has a Centre for Languages and Business Communication.

Studies in Swedish on the bachelor and master level at Hanken gives the student the choice of 10 different majors:[5]

Hanken currently offers eight master’s degree programmes in English.

Hanken offers PhD education within all of its 10 majors. The degree corresponds to four years of full-time study. Approximately one year consists of course work while the remaining part is focused on thesis work.

Executive Education[edit]

Hanken MBA is an accredited executive MBA programme. There are different streams within the programme; Finance, International Management and Service and Relationship Marketing. The programme was awarded the AMBA accreditation in 2008.[6] Hanken offers tailor-made courses to companies within the framework of Hanken & SSE Executive Education. Hanken & SSE Executive Education was founded in 2005 by Hanken and IFL at Stockholm School of Economics.[7]

Student Exchange[edit]

Hanken has approximately 70 partner universities for student exchange around the globe. Every year some 100 students from Hanken spend one semester or a full academic year abroad. Hanken also receives approximately 100 exchange students yearly.


Hanken researchers are engaged in basic, applied as well as commissioned research. Hanken excels in four main areas:

  • Finance and Statistics
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Management and Organisation
  • Service and Relationship Marketing

Research and Knowledge Centres at Hanken[edit]

The research and competence centres at Hanken co-ordinate education, promote research and offer a wide range of services in information and executive education.[8]

  • CEFIR – Centre for Financial Research
  • CERS – Centre for Relationship Marketing and Service Management
  • CIEL – The Centre of International Economic Law
  • HCCG - Hanken Centre for Corporate Governance
  • HECER – Helsinki Centre of Economic Research
  • HUMLOG Institute – Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Research Institute
  • IPR University Centre
  • Lingua Hanken

Notable alumni[edit]



EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) is an international programme for the assessment of European education in economic and business sciences. Hanken was awarded the EQUIS accreditation in 2000. The accreditation was renewed in 2005. The accreditation proves that Hanken meets the highest requirements of quality in teaching, research, internationalisation and co-operation with the business community. Moreover, it indicates that Hanken creates and disseminates knowledge of the highest standard and that Hanken actively collaborates with its surrounding society.[9]


Hanken was awarded the AMBA-accreditation in 2008.[10] The accreditation demonstrates that Hanken MBA holds the highest international standard.


Hanken has as the first university in Finland been accepted as a member to and signed the principles for responsible management education – PRME.[citation needed] The initiative is a part of a call for business schools and academic institutions to keep up with a worldwide corporate responsibility (Corporate Social Responsibility).

Student Union[edit]

The Student union at Hanken (SHS) was founded in 1909 under the name Kamratföreningen Niord. Today the Student union has some 2 000 members. Homepage


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 60°10′15″N 024°55′27″E / 60.17083°N 24.92417°E / 60.17083; 24.92417