Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Greetings from London!

Business Administration students had a trip to London from 16th to 20th March. On our journey there were 22 3rd year students who had studied some of the voluntary courses related to economics such as bookkeeping, financing and financial management.

On Monday 16th of March we took a bus from Tampere to Helsinki-Vantaa airport. Everyone was expecting the trip very much and was eager to get to London. We continued our trip with an EasyJet aeroplane and arrived to London at 10.30 pm local time. After a long day we were very tired when we arrived at our hotel Norfolk Plaza which was located near Paddington underground station.

Our group in front of the hotel.

On Tuesday morning we left from our hotel quite early and headed to our first visit at Finnish Institute. We learned that the Institute promotes the export of Finnish culture in the UK. We also had a Finpro consultant who describing us how their organisation works and how they help Finnish enterprises to get to the UK’s market. It was surprising to hear how much British people appreciate Finnish knowledge and expertise. In the afternoon we went to London Metal Exchange were we saw how the brokers waved their hands oddly and almost fought with each other when they tried to get the deals done. In the evening we went shopping, sightseeing and visited some local pubs.

Tower Bridge in the evening

On Wednesday we had a school day because we visited Anglia Ruskin University. We had several lectures from different topics like the ongoing financial crises and we also played some games related to business world. It was quite a long day but it was interesting to get to know this school. We were warmly welcomed and our hosts had planned a very interesting day for us. In the evening we had spare time and we did some shopping again and wandered around the town.

On Thursday morning half of our group went to visit Bank of England Museum. There we get to know bits of the history of the Bank of England. Among other things we get to try how heavy a gold bar is and it was very heavy because the weight of it was about 13 kilos. In the afternoon the other half of us visited BBC television centre. In the evening the whole group gathered to our hotel to reminisce the highlight of our trip.

On Friday it was time to say goodbye to London and leave home. At the Gatwick airport we had

time to do some last minute shopping before our flight. We arrived at Helsinki-Vantaa at 8 pm where we continued back to Tampere. We were home just before midnight very tired but happy after a successful journey.

Text by Sonja-Maria Korhonen

1 comment:

David said...

Anglia Ruskin University (formerly Anglia Polytechnic University) is a leading new university in England, UK. It has five Faculties of study:

* Ashcroft International Business School
* Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences
* Faculty of Health and Social Care
* Faculty of Education
* Faculty of Science and Technology