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Aalto University School of Economics, formerly Helsinki School of Economics

Age: 100

History: Established by the Finnish business community in 1904, the school gained university status in 1911. The MBA programme was launched in 1983 in response to the need for English language, Masters-level business education in Finland and the increasing internationalisation of the major Finnish companies.

Address: In the heart of Helsinki, five minutes' walk from its principal financial, commercial and entertainment districts.

Ambience: Relatively small class sizes mean there's a good deal of personal interaction with the faculty. Students live off-campus in student accommodation or in private flats. Finland is a progressive, technologically advanced country, and Helsinki has a reputation as a friendly, safe and cosmopolitan city.

Vital statistics: The oldest business school in the Nordic region, and the only triple accredited ( AMBA, AACSB and EQUIS) school of Scandinavian origin. Part-time MBA can be completed in two years and Executive MBA in 20 months. Students don't have to choose a major, but concentrations are offered in international finance, marketing and global management. All teaching is in English.

Added value: An international experience with a diverse student body and faculty members from all over the world. Courses are taught in intensive, flexible, two week modules by visiting professors from top business schools from the US, Canada, Europe and Australia.

Easy to get into? You need at least a degree, three years' of relevant work experience for the part-time MBA and eight years’ for the EMBA. GMAT is also required in part-time MBA program.

Glittering alumni: Mauro Montanaro, vice-president, sales and channel management, Nokia Multimedia Business Group, Asia Pacific; Dr Inkeri Hirvensalo, alternate executive director, Nordic Baltic Countries, World Bank Group; Leif Sjoblom, professor of accounting and control at IMD.

International connections: 90 per cent of the faculty come from abroad and our students may take part in an exchange programme and study in one of HSE's partner schools in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.

Student profile: The average age on the part-time MBA is 34, and 40 in the EMBA. The ratio of men to women on the MBA programmes is 65:35.

Cost: The MBA Program 2011 is €28 000 (+ VAT%) and books €3000 (+ VAT 9%).

The program tuition is payable in three installments in January, September and March the following year. The tuition fee for the Aalto Executive MBA Program 2011-2012 is €41 500 + VAT 23%, payable in three installments: the first in February 2011, the second in August 2011 and the third in February 2012.

Return on investment: More job opportunities, better salary. “New levels of personal achievement,” says the school. And great contacts.

Who's the boss? Eero Kasanen is the executive dean.

Prospectus: +358 50 321 6688; mba@hseee.fi; www.hseee.fi/mba