Event programme

Event programme

Tips and inspiration for your career development: learn from the experts and international alumni!

With five higher education institutes and over 40,000 students, Turku is the city of students. But what does the Southwest Finland region has to offer for international talents after their studies?

The programme for Study and Stay in Turku 2023:

16.30-16.35 Opening remarks by the hosts

16.35-16.55 Keynote speech by Priyanka Banerjee

16.55-17.00 Introduction of the organisers (higher education institutions in Turku)

17.00-17.30 Practical advise for career planning, chat with recruitment experts and Q&A

17.30-18.20 Panel with Turku alumni

18.20-18.25 Closing words by the hosts

18.30-19.30 Networking and Snacks hour

Keynote speaker

Priyanka Banerjee is a Partner and DEI Consultant at deidei.

Priyanka has studied Engineering in Electronics and Communications in India, and did her Master’s in International Business at LAB UAS, Finland.

After working in the tech industry, she started her own company BusinessWiz to help create more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplaces in the Nordics. The company started collaborating with deidei and soon realized that they share the same passion, values, and vision to advance DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) in Europe. At the beginning of this year, they joined forces and Priyanka started full-time as a Partner and DEI consultant at deidei.

Fireside chat experts

Get ready to take some notes: we have private and public representatives eager to share their expertise and tips for finding a career in Turku! Laura Matero works as a Nordic Talent Acquisition specialist in the IT field at Avanade. Yulia Santonen works as an Education Specialist at the SIMHE teams of the University of Turku. SIMHE is short for Supporting Immigrants in Higher Education in Finland and is supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture. SIMHE helps immigrants with a higher education with various questions related to work and education.

Four alumni from four higher education institutions in Turku share their stories and lessons learned about how to build your career after studies.

Giancarlo Méndez Agreda, Formulation Scientist at DelSiTech Ltd and Doctoral Candidate at the University of Turku. Graduated from the University of Turku.

Shujun Liang, PhD researcher in Pharmaceutical Development and Medical Technology at Åbo Akademi University. Graduated from the Åbo Akademi University.

Filipe Lopes, Junior Game Developer at Rovio. Graduated from Turku University of Applied Sciences.

Saima Riaz, Graduated from Novia University of Applied Sciences.


Who would be better people to interview our guests than two internationals with experience in both studying and staying in Turku?

Hilyah Audah is a doctoral researcher at the University of Turku. Hilyah is originally from Indonesia, and moved to Finland in 2021. Hilyah completed her Master’s in Human Neuroscience at the University of Turku.

Asmaa Hinawi moved to Finland in August 2021. She studied in the Master’s Degree Programme in Governance and Digitalization at the Åbo Akademi University and majored in Business Analytics.

Watch Study and Stay in Turku 2023:

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