International Business Management - BSc and MSc

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International Business Management is a degree programme offered by the accredited Oulu Business School. In this new programme, students learn to manage international business in a Nordic style, creativity and sustainability as their main

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Maria Melnikova

Maria Melnikova became intensely active in the start-up community of Oulu during her studies in International Business Management. Her enthusiasm for entrepreneurial life paved the way for her career.

Maria Melnikova is a veteran of the Oulu start-up community, having been involved with the creation of several organisations and events like Polar Bear Pitching. An Oulu Business School graduate, she is now an international market specialist for Russia for BusinessOulu.

Melnikova first visited Oulu in 2009 for a student conference when she was in the process of getting her first master's degree in economic geography. She had lived in big cities like Moscow for all her life, and she wanted a change of pace.

”I wanted to study in Scandinavia and I was well aware of the high quality of Finnish education. I applied to many schools in Sweden and in Finland. I got accepted to a few, but Oulu had really made a great impression on me, so I decided to go to the University of Oulu,” Melnikova recalls.

While she was making headway in her International Business Management studies, she became intensely active in the start-up community in Oulu.

The Oulu Entrepreneurship Society was founded by a group of people that included Melnikova's friends and she was induced into their ranks.

”They brought me into that world and soon I started organising events, seminars and workshops and working with different companies. I found myself in the entrepreneurial hive, so to speak,” Melnikova says.

Melnikova also had a chance to go the United States for a semester and when she returned to Oulu in 2013, she had several job proposals from America. She wasn't yet decided on her next step but was seriously contemplating finishing her studies in Oulu and going to the U.S. for work. In the meantime, the start-up incubator called Business Kitchen had been founded in Oulu and she became very active in it.

”We created the first start-up event in Oulu called Midnight Pitchfest which turned out to be successful. The next big start-up thing was Polar Bear Pitching, and the first event was in 2014,” Melnikova says.

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