Alumni

Laurea Alumni is an individual who has graduated from Laurea University of Applied Sciences. Our alumni activities serve over 22,000 graduates, all experts in the working life, and get them involved with the development of Laurea. Every year over 1,500 graduates become members of the alumni community.

Laurea's president Jouni Koski shaking hands with graduated student at graduation ceremony.

Alumni activities

Laurea has different activities to serve over 23,000 Laurea graduates, all experts in working life, and to get them involved in developing Laurea's research, development and innovation activities. The goal is to include the competencies of Laurea graduates as part of the teaching, example Laurea Alumni serve also as visiting lecturers for the students.

Mentoring

Mentoring is communication between an actor (=a student) and a mentor (=an alumnus/alumna). Mentoring is based on the idea that alumni, who have already gathered a few years of working experience, support students on their track to become professionals in their fields of study. Mentoring is one of the oldest and most practical means for alumni to participate in a higher education institution’s operation after graduation. The functionality is based on communication that works both ways, on common factors and on confidentiality.

Typical mentoring themes

  • Postgraduate studies
  • Internship
  • Thesis
  • Employment
  • Employment abroad
  • Networking
  • Alumni activity
  • Developing professional skills
  • Connecting work and studies
  • Studying as a parent

What is expected of a mentor and the actor?

  • Mentor: Enthusiasm to share information and to support the actor’s occupational development.
  • Knowing one’s own areas of expertise.
  • Commitment to devote time to face-to-face or online meetings at least once a month.
  • Signing a mentoring contract, agreeing on practical matters with both the actor and the Alumni Relations Coordinator.

How to participate?

  • Students apply to the mentoring program after reading mentor introductions.
  • The desires and backgrounds of both the mentors and the actors will be made use of when forming pairs/groups.
  • Post-graduation working experience of at least three years is recommended for the mentors.
  • The definitive number of mentors depends on the number of students participating in the program.
  • Contact Alumni Relations Coordinator Joonas Joutsen joonas.joutsen@laurea.fi if you are interested in mentoring.

Lecturer Database

Lecturer Database is designed for teachers as a tool to ask graduates to lecture on their career or on a particular area of expertise. Lecturer Database is available to use for members of Laurea staff.

Teachers can either ask for a lecture of 45 minutes or 90 minutes. The fee for a 45 minute lecture is 40€ and for a 90 minute lecture 75 € - taxes. Lectures have to be approved beforehand with Joonas Joutsen.

Sign up to the Lecturer Database here >>

After signing up you will receive an email confirmation.

Alumni events

Alumni activities involve various seminars and events and also other kinds of cooperation and communication. The largest annual event, organised each Spring, is the Laurea Grand Alumni Evening, in the event the Laurea Alumni of the Year is selected.

Laurea Alumni of the Year

The Laurea Alumni of the Year Award is given each year to a former student of Laurea in recognition of outstanding achievements. The first award was presented in 2008 and the name of the recipient is announced at Laurea’s traditional Grand Alumni Evening.

The prize is awarded to Laurea graduates who have highlighted their training and background as Laurea students in a positive manner. A positive approach to developing work or the working community is also an important selection criterion.

The Laurea Alumni of the Year Award is called the Pentti Rauhala Prize, in honour of Pentti Rauhala who retired as President of Laurea in 2011.

See all awarded Alumni here >>

 

Alumni Groups

 

Alumni Advisory Board

  • Alumni Advisory Board 2017-2020 

    Name and degree

    Company and title

    Yasmin Khan-Vesterinen

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    Nordea

    Fraud & AML Specialist

    Mika Oksanen

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    A-lehdet Oy

    Web-analysist

    Mikko Levo

    Master of Business Administration

    Messukeskus

    CIO

    Jonna Javanainen

    Bachelor of Health Care

    HUS

    Nurse

    Laura Aaltonen

    Bachelor of Physiotherapy

    LA Wellness

    Founder

    Timo Hakkarainen

    Master of Business Administration

    Amiedu

    Head of ICT education and consulting

    Anni Suvisuo

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    SAMOK

    Board Member

    Thomas Brand

    Master of Business Administration

    Accenture

    Management Consultant, Financial Services

    Emilia Erol

    Master of Business Administration

    Finnair Oyj

    Online, reservations & ticketing specialist

    Sari Kivi

    Master of Business Administration

    Enfo Oyj

    Financial Process Manager

       
    Deputy Members  

    Valtteri Lehtinen

    Bachelor of Physiotherapy

    Validia kuntoutus Helsinki

    Physiotherapist

    Miia Hakala

    Bachelor of Social Services

    Helsingin kaupunki

    Kindergarten teacher

    Hilkka Lyden

    Bachelor of Health Care

    Nuorten Vanamo Vihti

    Nurse

 

Alumni Activities Development Group

  • Alumni Activities Development Group 2017-2019 
    Name and degree Company and title

    Toni Konttinen

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    Kesko Oy

    Merchant Trainee

    Outi Leminen

    Bachelor of Health care

    City of Helsinki

    Nurse

    Enni Koskenvuori

    Sosionomi, rise (AMK)

    Rikosseuraamuslaitos

    Special Planner

    Janne Miettinen

    Master of Business Administration

    Monster.fi

    Product manager

    Emma Laineenoja

    Bachelor of Health Care

    City of Vantaa

    Nurse

    Noora Montonen

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    Laurea UAS

    Coordinator, publishing services

    Simo Takanen

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    Nuori Yrittäjyys Ry

    Program Manager

    Amanda Kääriäinen

    Bachelor of Hospitality Management

    Vintage Styles Events HKI

    Founder

    Liisa Sulonen

    Master of Business Administration

    Salon seudun ammattiopisto

    Educator

    Sini Heino

    Sosionomi (AMK)

    Haaga-Helia student union Helga

    Specialist

    Ari Tanninen

    Master of Business Administration

    JCI Keski-Uudenmaan Kauppakamari

    Trainer & Training Director

    Eriikka Rieppo

    Restonomi (AMK)

    Laurea UAS

    HR-planner

 

Alumni Delegation

  • Alumni Delegation 2017-2019 
    Name and degree Title and company

    Afreh Kwame

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    Product Manager

    Webropol Oy

    Aldrete Milton

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    Planner, International Office

    Laurea UAS

    Aminoff Jukka

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    Founder

    Montierio

    Arffman Iiro

    Bachelor of Hospitality Management

    Customer executive

    Fiskars Finland Oy AB

    Asteljoki Sara

    Master of Health Care

    EMS Supervisor

    Keski-Uusimaa Department for Rescue Services

    Fredman Virve

    Bachelor of Beauty and Cosmetics

    Country Manager

    Eleven.fi

    Front Pekka

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    Design Director

    Conmio

    Grinberg Anna

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    Director

    Work & Life Skills Ry

    Gråsten Calle

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    Digital Operations Manager

    Micromedia Oy

    Gröndahl Mika

    Master of Business Administration

    Senior Lecturer

    Rescue Department

    Haanpää Miia

    Bachelor of Social Services

    Trade Union Specialist

    Tehy Ry

    Haapanen Heli

    Bachelor of Health Care

    Nurse

    City of Espoo

    Haikonen Heidi

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    Business Manager, Recruitment Services

    Badenoch & Clark (Adecco Group)

    Harviainen Tuomas

    Master of Business Administration

    Professor

    University of Tampere

    Hauhio Anne-Maria

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    Sales and Development Manager

    Kauko

    Heloma Riikka

    Master of Business Administration

    Recruitment Planner

    City of Helsinki

    Hirko Teemu

    Bachelor of Hospitality Management

    Branch Manager

    FOREX Bank AB filial i Finland

    Hollanti Jarmo

    Master of Business Administration

    Partner, CEO

    Halo Oy

    Honkala Sanna

    Bachelor of Health Care

    Entrepreneur

    Omaishoidon Apu

    Hörkkö Tiina

    Master of Health Care

    Division Director

    City of Helsinki, youth dept.

    Javanainen Jonna

    Bachelor of Heath Care

    Nurse

    HUS

    Kaijanen Sanna

    Master of Social Services

    Senior Adviser

    SOSTE Finnish Society for Social and Health

    Kalanzi Peter

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    Founder

    eSeeker Uganda

    Kallioinen Sanna

    Bachelor of Health Care

    Supervisor

    Med Group Oy

    Karjalainen Mika

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    Information Security Specialist

    OP Financial Group

    Karlsson Anette

    Bachelor of Social Services

    Political professional

    Counsil of Scandinavia

    Karttunen Janne-Pekka

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    Sales Director

    Distence Oy

    Keränen Krista

    Bachelor of Hospitality Management

    Management Consultant & Educator

    Innotiimi ICG Finland

    Kirsi Eetu

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    Co-Founder

    Plan Brothers Oy

    Kivistö Pirjo

    Master of Business Administration

    Founder

    POINT Production

    Koivunen Riitta

    Bachelor of Social Services

    Director of Day Care Center

    City of Vantaa

    Konki Henriikka

    Bachelor of Hospitality Management

    Entrepreneur / Au Pair

    MentalFit

    Konttinen Toni

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    Merchant Trainee

    Kesko Oyj

    Korkeamäki Suvi

    Bachelor of Health Care

    Nurse

    City of Helsinki

    Koskelo Minna

    Master of Business Administration

    Founder / Futures Designer

    11Helsinki Oy

    Koskenvuori Enni

    Bachelor of Social Services

    Special Planner

    Criminal Sanctions Agency

    Kuhlman Anssi

    Master of Business Administration

    Fire Safety Designer

    Paloässät Oy

    Kulmala Mikko

    Bachelor of Health Care

    Psychotherapist

    City of Helsinki

    Kärki Anne

    Bachelor of Health Care

    Nurse

    A-klinikkasäätiö

    Kääriäinen Amanda

    Bachelor of Hospitality Management

    Founder

    Vintage Style Events HKI

    Lagerström Ilkka

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    Director

    Barona, Talent Acquisition (IT)

    Laineenoja Emma

    Bachelor of Health Care

    Nurse

    City of Vantaa

    Lammi Saskia

    Master of Hospitality Management

    Customer Manager

    Sponda

    Lamminsalo Matti

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    CEO / Co-Founder

    IVALO

    Lehtinen Valtteri

    Bachelor of Physiotherapy

    Physiotherapist

    Validia Kuntoutus Helsinki

    Leminen Outi

    Bachelor of Health Care

    Nurse

    City of Helsinki

    Leskinen Minna

    Bachelor of Social Services

    Career Coach

    Katja Noponen Oy

    Levo Mikko

    Master of Business Administration

    CIO

    Messukeskus

    Liesivesi Kari

    Master of Hospitality Management

    Area Director

    Huoneistokeskus Oy

    Lyden Hilkka

    Bachelor of Health Care

    Director

    Hiiden Hoito ja Taito

    Löfqvist Carita

    Bachelor of Health Care

    Clinical Nurse Specialist & Quality Manager

    HUS

    Maijala Aino

    Bachelor of Hospitality Management

    Planner

    Laurea UAS

    Mannio Miikka

    Bachelor of Hospitality Management

    Project Manager

    Superson

    Meriluoto Linda

    Bachelor of Hospitality Management

    Junior Sensory Researcher

    ISI GMBH Germany

    Metsola Jan

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    Founder, CEO

    Oasis Media Oy

    Miettinen Janne

    Master of Business Administration

    Product Manager

    Monster Oy

    Mäkelä Henna

    Bachelor of Beauty And Cosmetics

    PR Manager

    Nordic Cosmetics Ltd

    Mäkinen Antti-Eemeli

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    Director of Partnerships

    Suomen Tilaajavastuu Oy

    Nquyen Alex

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    Realtor, Entrepreneur

    REMAX Oy

    Nieminen Tuomas

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    Director

    Säästöpankki Uusimaa

    Nikula Hanna

    Bachelor of Beauty and Cosmetics

    Product Manager

    Lumene Oy

    Nyarko Frank

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    Founder & Owner

    Divine Global Consult

    Olkanen Hanna

    Bachelor of Hospitality Management

    General Manager

    Regus

    Peltonen Jere

    Master of Business Administration

    Diplomatic Security Adviser &
    Regional Security Manager

    Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

    Peltonen Riina

    Master of Business Administration

    Key Account Manager

    Gainer Oy

    Pessa Johanna

    Master of Business Administration

    Head of HR Development

    Kesko Russia at Kesko Oyj

    Pihlaja Kimmo

    Bachelor of Health Care

    Nurse

    HYKS Nuorisopsykiatria

    Piira Lasse

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    Head of Business Development

    Specsavers

    Pätäri Jenni

    Bachelor of Health Care

    Hoitotyön opettaja

    Stadin ammattiopisto

    Pääkkönen Johanna

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    Communications officer

    Kela

    Rantanen Marjo

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    CEO

    TuneMaker

    Ruotsala Annamiia

    Bachelor of Beauty and Cosmetics

    Customer Service Representative

    Hygiene and Forest Products Company

    Rusanen Eerik

    Bachelor of Hospitality Management

    Entrepreneur

    Perfect Getaway Oy

    Ryhänen Jani

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    Communications assistant

    PAM

    Niinikoski Sanna

    Master of Business Administration

    Coordinator

    Laurea University of Applied Sciences

    Sammalinen Jenny

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    Marketing and Communications Ninja

    Siili Solutions

    Sarpakunnas Tuomas

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    Security Specialist

    Osuuskauppa Hämeenmaa

    Savoilainen Sampsa

    Bachelor of Hospitality Management

    Sales Group Manager

    Nelonen Media

    Seppinen Antti

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    Customer Manager

    Danske Bank Oyj

    Seuri Jan

    Master of Business Administration

    Security Manager

    Veikkaus Oy

    Sileekangas Satu

    Bachelor of Physiotherapy

    Physiotherapist

    City of Helsinki

    Sivunen Janne

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    Marketing Producer

    Night People Group Oy

    Suomela Juha

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    Sales and Customer Relations

    Alertum Oy

    Suorsa Susanna

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    Senior Account Manager

    Speakersforum

    Suvisuo Anni

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    Executive Manager

    Tubecon Ry

    Taivassalo Ilkka

    Bachelor of Hospitality Management

    Assistant

    Ovenia

    Takanen Simo

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    Program Manager

    Nuori Yrittäjyys Ry

    Tanni Markku

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    Head of Occupational Safety

    Finavia

    Tanninen Ari

    Master of Business Administration

    Trainer & Training Director

    JCI Keski-Uudenmaan Nuorkauppakamari

    Tikander Mika

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    Director of Business Development

    TransPerfect / Translations.com

    Tuomisto Julius

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    Entrepreneur

    Delicode Ltd

    Tähtinen Salla

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    Communications Manager

    Innofactor

    Viljamaa Minna

    Bachelor of Social Services

    Housing Advisor

    Nurmijärven Vuokra-asunnot Oy

    Willberg Sami

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    Sales Manager

    NSF Oy

    Vyyryläinen Jussi

    Bachelor of Hospitality Management

    Leasing Director

    Citycon Oy

    Väinänen Terhi-Marie

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    Digital sales and marketing pharmacist

    Farenta Oy

    Väänänen Jukka

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    Director

    Vontobel Asset Management

    Ye Jianing

    Bachelor of Hospitality Management

    Branding & Transformation (Polestar)

    Volvo Car Group

    Österberg Marcus

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    Area Manager

    Defence & Law Enforcement at Sako Ltd

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