After attending a few semesters
full time in a graduate program, one would think that a well-deserved
vacation would follow. Not so for three M.B.A. students.
Marc Burde, Audun Hansen, and Igor Tumbas are bound for Cambridge,
Mass., as in, Harvard University, for more graduate courses
Burde and Hansen enrolled in the M.B.A. program last semester,
while Tumbas started in fall 2007. Burde and Hansen met at HPU
and discussed plans to apply to Harvard after hearing about another
HPU student who attended summer school there. As part of their
summer preparation, they worked with their academic advisor to
submit their respective requests to have certain elective courses
approved for credit transfer. When Burde shared his plans with
Tumbas, he seized the opportunity to go online and apply. All
three students were accepted.
I decided to attend Harvard because it offers a wide selection
of finance courses,” said Burde. “Its reputation
and experience make it a very good place to diversify my education.
I hope to gain knowledge and skills, and to meet new people and
Burde is from a small town in southern Sweden, and majored in
finance at Vaxjo University. His family business in the Nordic
market is a focal point in his life as he continues his goal
of earning a master’s degree in finance, traveling the
world, and combining a passion for finance together with developing
the family business.
Hansen believes the experience of being a Harvard summer student
would complement his HPU studies. “I hope to demonstrate
that I can perform well in that setting,” Hansen said,
adding that he would eventually like to have “results to
place on my résumé. I am also looking forward to
enhancing my social network, which I’ve already established
with my HPU experience of students, faculty, and other professionals.”
Hansen completed his Bachelor’s in Finance in Oslo, Norway.
His decision to attend HPU was easier than he thought: “The
combination of academics, diversity of people, interests, and
activities here, as well as the great weather, compelled me to
choose HPU,” said Hansen.
Tumbas, who is from Toronto, Canada, says HPU’s location
is both ideal and unique, and he sees attending summer school
elsewhere as a way to enhance his employability and seize entrepreneurial
The warm weather climate of Hawai‘i was definitely a huge
deciding factor,” Tumbas said. “And I get to receive
a good education in paradise.”
With his Harvard plans, Tumbas plans to enrich his M.B.A. studies
and take advantage of the educational opportunities at a world-renowned
university by “networking with Harvard professors and students,” Tumbas
said. “Networking is one of the most important elements
to increase my chances of developing a successful career.”
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