Stories

Vera Khobotova started her business studies at Saimaa University of Applied Sciences in 2013. There were many reasons why she chose Saimaa UAS. “I come from Saint-Petersburg, Russia, and Saimaa UAS is the closest university to my home. It does not require having a school education completed by the time of application process. That was crucial for me because I wanted to start my studies immediately after school”, Vera says.

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The students of Saimaa University of Applied Sciences (Saimaa UAS) and University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt (FHW-S) gathered together in October at the Skinnarila Campus, Lappeenranta. The joint course of business and IT-students of both universities was about to begin. During the course, the students would solve real business cases given by Finnish and German companies.

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Saimaa UAS hospitality management student Ha Tran did her international exchange in Hilton and Hampton Hotels in Saint Petersburg, with FIRST-project funding. Exchange was a valuable experience, says Ha Tran.

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Chopping, cooking and frying. White tablecloths, tables in straight lines, beautiful table decoration on each table. Photo booth frames made of fir branch. The students of tourism and hospitality management planned and put in the action the farewell dinner of the International Week.

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Three international students of Saimaa University of Applied Sciences tested the cycling routes of South Karelia in August. The routes are part of services offered by a recently founded company BuestGuest Finland.

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A hot wire cuts the styrofoam sheet very carefully. Little by little, a figure appears to the sheet. Finally, the little figure cut off. Luka Ivanovskis checks the figure and compares it to 3D model on the computer screen. Yes, they are almost identical.

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“Studying process at Saimaa UAS is very different than in my home university. In Saimaa UAS we combine theory and practice on the lessons. Every subject is very practical and I know how to apply the knowledge acquired here to my future job”, Jiayi notices.

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Bachelor and master students of nursing and nursing teachers from Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Åland and Sweden participated in a Medication Safety course organized by MEDICO – Nordplus Network.

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Just an ordinary Finnish summer cottage by the lake of Saimaa. A frosty morning in November. A few rowing boats, a short walk in the frozen forest, heating a sauna with firewood. Could this attract international tourists to have a holiday in Southern Karelia region?

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Moving away from your childhood home is a big step for everyone. It’s even bigger when the distance between your new home and your childhood home is thousands of kilometers – over 8 000 to be exact.

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Before I started to study in the Saimaa University of Applied Sciences I had lived couple of years in Lappeenranta. One day I got a letter where I was asked to apply for higher degree studies in Finland. As I lived in Lappeenranta, I decided to apply for Saimaa UAS. I was interested in applying for mechanical engineering and production technology. I found this degree interesting and suitable for me and thought the degree could open various career opportunities.

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Anatoly Lvov has a plan. After graduating from the master studies in International Business programme he will continue his studies in a university. His goal is to become a hotel manager.

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Sixteen students sit in a classroom reading the study notes and power point slides. Teacher Luise Merbach gives students last minute hints about the test that is about to start – it’s the last day of the summer school course, and the students must show what they’ve learnt in the last four days.

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Public health nursing students and lecturers from the Saimaa University of Applied Sciences and from the Vyborg Institute of Leningrad State University named by A.S. Pushkin shared an interesting day at the end of April.

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Hendrik Wistuba is a happy man. He studies international business in Saimaa UAS and has just found out about the 2000 euro scholarship he’s received from Finnish trade organization Fintra.

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When Katja Kapanen started her master studies at the Saimaa University of Applied Sciences her main goal was to learn English and business. The International Business Management (IBM) program was an excellence choice to do that.

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Viivi Mentula is a Finnish girl who decided to study in English. This December she graduates from the International Business Programme from Saimaa University of Applied Sciences.

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On Saturday the 25th of April the Lappeenranta GP took place once again in the city’s harbour area. The track stayed dry and the sun showed itself from time to time. Students from the Mechanical Engineering and Production Technology programme at Saimaa University of Applied Sciences came together in multiple teams to pit their custom built man-powered vehicles against each other in the SaimiaRACE event.

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Kseniia Popova

“If I find a job here, I would definitely stay.”

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Oscar Moradi

“School has very good connections with the companies in the area and schools around the world.”

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Laurene Depuis

“It is easy to find your own way of studying, courses that fit for you and your timetable.”

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“Saimaa UAS has students from different parts of the world which contribute to the internationality of the school.”

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“The learning methods used at Saimaa UAS are something really outstanding.”

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“Saimaa UAS together with my very supportive and professional teachers are helping me building my career dream a reality.”

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