Successful first run of short-term programme Nordic Star Master

Group picture Nordic Star Master August 2021
Group picture Nordic Star Master August 2021


The first Nordic Star programme brought MBA & Engineering students from Munich together in Tampere.


In times like these, a break from the remote studying mode may be a perfect reason to join any intensive course in another country. For the master’s degree student group from the Faculty of Engineering and Management of the Hochschule München University of Applied Sciences, a short-term study programme realised at Tampere University of Applied Sciences was more than that. It was a chance to visit Finland, to experience TAMK’s teaching methods and to get a three-week package of business and leadership education to complement their MBA & Engineering studies.


The first ever Nordic Star programme at TAMK brought a group of 15 MBA & Eng. students from Munich to Tampere in August 2021. Having studied mainly remotely in the last three semesters, this trip to Finland was the first time this group met each other live.


The hybrid studies suit the MBA & Engineering students since they are all working at the same time. Studying a master’s degree is hard work but also rewarding. Not only with credits but also with new contacts and experiences. An intensive short-term study programme in a partner university like TAMK in Finland is a bonus.


The first Nordic Star programme was initiated by Prof. Verena McIntosh from the Faculty of Engineering and Management and Tina Grangl, Degree Programme Coordinator of the MBA & Engineering. Creating such an intensive programme for HM master students was a long process and involved lots of negotiations and careful planning. It is also a great example of collaboration between HM and TAMK, bringing a strategic partnership into practice.

The courses for the three-week programme were selected from the curriculum of TAMK’s Master’s Degree Programme in International Business covering eg financial management, global operations management and leadership practices.


The students’ background is in engineering. Most of them have 3 to 5 years of work experience. Their goal for the programme was to complement their engineering studies with business studies. The Nordic Star returned 16 credits for the MBA & Eng. degree.


The pilot programme was a success, and so both TAMK and the Faculty of Engineering and Management of HM are looking forward to continuing the Nordic Star Summer School and their valuable partnership.



Text: Leena Stenman/Verena McIntosh/Tina Grangl