Made in Aalto: Flying high with Angry Birds

Anni Harju was interested in joining a creative branch and business education. Aalto University made it possible. Now she works at Rovio, the company behind hit game Angry Birds. Her position, Product integrity manager connects business, responsibility and a creative branch.

Anni Harju was interested in joining a creative branch and business education. Aalto University made it possible. Now she works at Rovio, the company behind hit game Angry Birds. Her position, Product integrity manager connects business, responsibility and a creative branch.

– After senior high I had no clue on which direction to take, says Anni.

– I had already booked a prep course for med school, but then I realised I had never felt comfortable in a hospital environment. I was good in economics, though. And I was interested in the creative industry.

Anni was drawn to Aalto University by the freedom of choice: the opportunity to connect creative branch to business education. On Bachelor's level Anni majored in accounting, which gave her strong practical skills to corporate life. On Master's level her major was International Design Business Management, through which she got to know engineering students and designers. It opened up a whole new world.

– Studying at Aalto was a dream come true. We had a strong urge to change the world and come up with new ideas. The first years passed by in student activities and gathering basic business skills. On Master's level we had many cross-disciplinary real case business projects. Through those projects, I also got to see the world: exchange studies in Spain, business trips to France and South Korea plus studies in Stanford University. 

After graduation, Anni started at Rovio as a trainee. The last two years she has concentrated on responsibility issues. Anni's team sees to the fact that all merchandise is manufactured in ethical circumstances, and the products themselves are safe and of high-quality.

– Studies in Aalto University strenghed my ability to work with experts from different fields, my courage to step into the unknown and to create new concepts. Do I recommend Aalto? Definitely. Aalto University gives the best opportunities to build your of own path. 

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