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Hanken School of Economics, renowned for its business education, has witnessed a remarkable surge in applications for its newly launched Bachelor in Business programme, attracting 1,376 applicants in its first joint application. The enthusiasm for the programme is complemented by an all-time high of 1,833 applicants for its master's programme in English.

The Finnish institution concluded its first joint application process for foreign language education on January 17, 2024,

receiving a combined total of 3,914 applications for its bachelor's and master's programmes in English. Rector Ingmar Björkman expressed satisfaction with the global appeal of Hanken's programmes. "We aim to nurture responsible business graduates who contribute to a sustainable future. The overwhelming response, especially to our new Bachelor in Business programme, underscores our commitment to integrating international students into both the Hanken community and Finnish society," he said.

Ranked among the world's top business schools, Hanken has tailored its English-taught Bachelor in Business programme to accommodate 80 students, with a focus on sustainable and responsible business practices. This programme has resonated globally, attracting candidates from 80 different countries, including significant numbers from outside Europe such as Vietnam, Nepal, South Africa, and the USA. European applicants predominantly hail from Germany, Estonia, and Italy.

Hanken's efforts to foster a diverse and global student body do not end at the bachelor's level. The school also received 175 applications for its PhD programme, which closed on January 3, 2024, further underscoring its international appeal.

Ida Borgar, Head of Student Admissions at Hanken, remarked on the diversity of the applicant pool. "It's heartening to see that our efforts to reach young people across the globe have been successful. The variety of countries represented in the applications highlights Hanken's growing reputation as a hub for international business education."

While these application figures are preliminary, they indicate a growing interest in Hanken's business programmes, reflecting the institution's global reach and the appeal of its curriculum. As the school prepares to welcome its new cohort, it stands as a testament to the increasing desire for high-quality, globally-oriented business education.