Tallinn University of Technology

You can never be too international.

Markku Räsanen

We have interviewed our alumni to get insight into how they have applied the acquired skills and what type of work they do now. Markku Räsanen from Finland holds a bachelor's degree in law from the Tallinn University of Technology´s School of Business and Governance.

What do you do today and what/which event attracted you to your current job?

I am an entrepreneur and an advisor to various start-ups. I advise, among others, IQM Quantum Computers, which is one of the leading quantum computer start-ups in Europe and Black Semiconductor, which is one of the leading graphene photonics companies in Europe.  I decided to become an entrepreneur, because I had worked with successful entrepreneurs and it seemed like something I wanted to do.

Why did you decide in favour of studying in Estonia?

I wanted to study somewhere outside of Finland and Estonia seemed like it would be a good destination for me.

Which study programme did you study, and why did you pick this one?

Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences (Law). I wanted to study law because I was interested in how the society works.

What do you think is the strength of this field in today's labour market?

It never hurts to know how the world works. Also, law is a generic field that has many sub-fields such as intellectual property, which are really big these days.

Could you recall any sweet memories or funny situations from your university time?

I remember spending a lot of time in the bars in Tallinn. In some sense that was almost like the second university for me. I learned a lot about people, how to talk to them, and how to spend time with them. These are skills that are crucial in business.

Looking back at your studies, what would you ask the university to do differently to become even better?

Answering this question in really difficult, because it has been so long since I studied there, and I also do not know what improvements have been done so far. One thing is for sure, you can never be too international.