Alumni Association activities for international alumni

The Alumni Association strives to offer events, programs, and other activities in English for alumni with international background on a regular basis. On this page you can stay updated with what the Alumni Association has to offer Helsinki University alumni with international background.

The theme of this year’s business and leadership seminar is Growth.

At the Alumni Association’s independently organized live stream event, you can follow the presentations live together with other alumni and students. The main speakers among others are the co-founder of Apple Steve Wozniak and the Academy-award winner, director-producer, entrepreneur and a UN messenger of peace George Clooney.

The event has a limited amount of seats. Participating requires signing up beforehand.

Alumni Ambassador Lunch

During the event, an optional lunch has been arranged on Thursday. Lunch tickets are priced at 40€. Half of the lunch ticket price is used to support the Alumni Ambassador program, which supports current or recent students finding employment. Last year the lunch event raised 260 euros for the program. Lunch tickets should be bought in advance from the Alumni Webshop.


Wednesday 9.10.2019

  • 12:00 Costas Markides – Innovation as a Springboard to Success
  • 12:45 Speaker Contest Winner
  • 13:05 Juliet Funt – The Strategic Pause
  • Break
  • 14:40 Alex Osterwalder (NBF all stars) – The Invincible Company: Closing the Innovation Culture Gap
  • 15:45 TBA
  • Break
  • 17:25 Daniel Pink – The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
  • 18:15 Steve Wozniak – A Conversation on Creativity, Innovation and Technology

Thursday 10.10.2019

  • 10:00 Sara Blakely – How to find your idea for growth?
  • 10:55 Carla Harris – Strategize to Win
  • Lunch
  • 13:25 Donald Miller – How the Power of Story Can Grow Your Business
  • 14:15 Randi Zuckerberg – Dot Complicated: What I Learned on the Front Lines of Social Media
  • Break
  • 16:00 Brené Brown – Daring Leadership: The Four Pillars of Courage
  • 16:50 George Clooney – A conversation on storytelling, branding and legacy

The event is held in English.

Wed-Thu 9.10.-10.10.2019, Think Corner, Yliopistonkatu 4

If you wish to help a student prepare for the world of work, but have little time and are constantly on the go due to work engagements, the Alumni Ambassador activities may be the solution. They are the Alumni Association’s latest approach to helping students regardless of time and place.

The activities take place on LinkedIn, the social network for professionals. LinkedIn provides an existing and fully functioning platform for alumni and students to meet easily and on their own terms. All activities occur through the Alumni Association’s closed LinkedIn group to ensure that the alumni help the right students.

Local Alumni Clubs are groups established by former students under the auspices of the University of Helsinki Alumni Association. Such clubs enable their members to participate in alumni activities no matter where in the world they live.

What do local Alumni Clubs offer?

  •     The presence of the University of Helsinki in your community
  •     The opportunity to network with other University alumni
  •     Networking opportunities with researchers and people in business in your area
  •     Events where you can meet top researchers in several fields from the University of Helsinki, in for instance climate change research and medicine

Who can participate in the Clubs?

Anyone who has been admitted to pursue a degree, has conducted research or has held a position or post at the University of Helsinki can participate in the alumni activities coordinated by the Alumni Association.

The EU Alumni Club, based in Brussels, aims to bring together the alumni of the University of Helsinki who  All alumni can join the club.

The mission of the EU Alumni Club is to create a lifelong and worldwide community of alumni through increased opportunities for meaningful engagement, in other words -  Stay Connected, Continue Learning and Support Helsinki University

EU Alumni Club offers alumni meaningful opportunities in:

Creating and strengthening connections and networks between present, former and future students and the University of Helsinki as well as building internal sense of community through various EU Alumni activities.

Promoting and supporting Helsinki University’s research excellence and education; attracting the best students, researchers and employees to the university. Reinforcing the positive image of the University of Helsinki as an international actor.

Developing lifelong learning in the University of Helsinki and using its possibilities for self-development and to update new professional skills. Providing one’s expertise to the University of Helsinki and the other alumni.

Close communication and dialogue between the University of Helsinki and the Alumni communities on current affairs, especially regarding scientific studies, topical EU matters and news concerning the University of Helsinki.

How can You join?

You can easily join the EU Alumni Club either online or by sending an email to
Don’t forget to follow us on social media and on our website to find out more about our upcoming events

Twitter: @EUAlumniClub #SupportHelsinkiUniveristy
Facebook:  EU Alumni Club of University of Helsinki
LinkedIn:  EU Alumni Club – University of Helsinki

Local Alumni Clubs are groups established by former students under the auspices of the University of Helsinki Alumni Association. Such clubs enable their members to participate in alumni activities no matter where in the world they live. The China Alumni Club arranges events three times a year, mainly in Beijing, but also in other locations, for example Shanghai.

Join the China Alumni Club if you want to:

  • network with researchers and people in business in the Beijing area
  • keep in touch with the University of Helsinki
  • network with Chinese or Finns who live in the Beijing area
  • meet top researchers in several fields from the University of Helsinki, in for instance climate change research and medicine
  • get in contact with the embassy and learn about the development in Finland and Finnish business contacts in China
  • get six new contacts in Beijing with an academic background
  • then the Club events is something, that you should not miss out!

You might have experienced a few moments of culture shock in Finland since you arrived here. Are you concerned if you would face the same issue in the Finnish job market? Don’t worry! Career Services is here to help you!

Time: September 21 at 14.00 - 15.30

Place: Metsätalo (Unioninkatu 40), lecture hall 4

How does a Finnish CV look like? Is it different from elsewhere? When is the right timing to ask people to ‘connect’ on Linkedin? People say hidden jobs and networking are important. But where and how? Simply, what is a good strategy to start a conversation with Finnish people who are known to be quiet?

Anna Storgårds, a career counsellor, will help you find answers for those questions, which you cannot easily google and get. This session will cover practical first-hand tips as well as common recruitment channels and processes in Finland.

Please register no later than September 18.

Once you get a job in Finland, however, there are still things that concern you. What are employees’ duties and rights in Finland? And what must be included in employment contracts? Does hierarchy matter in Finland as well or not? If so, how much?

Time: October 5 at 14.00 - 15.30

Place: Metsätalo (Unioninkatu 40), lecture hall 4

In this session, we will have a guest speaker from Akava (Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff in Finland). The speaker will tell basic and useful facts related to HR in Finland.

Then, the later part of the session will be together with Shania Shin from Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce. She will share her cross-cultural experiences at Finnish workplaces and tell what international students’ competence and potential are in the Finnish labour market. 

Please register no later than October 2.

Are you interested in entrepreneurship and start-ups in Finland? This session will introduce the innovative and dynamic scene of Finnish start-up industry.

Time: October 16 at 13:30 – 15:00

Place: Think Lounge (2nd floor) at Tiedekulma (Yliopistonkatu 4)

Career Services invited three guest speakers:

  • Elisabet Miheludaki, Founder and CEO of Amplaffy
    Amplaffy aims to boost up efficiency of meaningful employment in startup careers by matchmaking talents with worldwide startups. 
  • Hanna Smorodinzeff, Talent Lead of the Shortcut
    The Shortcut is a community-driven organization that promotes diversity as an engine for growth and enables new talents required in the startup life.
  • Joh Orengo, Business Hacker of Grib
    Grib is a Helsinki–based startup company that offers maximum convenience in digital 3D modeling. Joh had been working with the Shortcut previously and is an international alumni of University Helsinki.

The talks in this session will cover what each company does and how international students can get involved in the company in particular or in the Finnish start-up field in general.

Finnish students are also warmly welcome to the session. Please register no later than October 13.