Hanken School of Economics

Hanken School of Economics
Svenska handelshögskolan
Type Public
Established 1909
Rector Karen Spens
Students 2,200[1]
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"; literally "Swedish Commerce High School") is a Finnish business school located in Helsinki and Vaasa, Finland. The school was founded in 1909 as a private community college 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.


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:[2]

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.


Hanken MBA is an accredited[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

Student exchange

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:

Research and knowledge centres

The research and competence centres at Hanken co-ordinate education, promote research and offer a wide range of services in information and executive education.[6]

Notable alumni

Rankings & Accreditations

Hanken School of Economics was ranked as the 67th best Masters in Management program in 2015 by the Financial Times.[7]


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.[8]


Hanken was awarded the AMBA-accreditation in 2008.[9] The accreditation demonstrates that Hanken MBA holds the highest international standard.


Hanken was awarded AACSB accreditation in November 2015. Hence, Hanken obtained the Triple accreditation by being accredited by all EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB. [10]

Student union

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


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