Helena Torkkeli combines business know-how with academic competence. Her specialisms are business courses in the genetics, biotechnology and biosciences field in which her students have networked with the biotechnology sector in the Pirkanmaa region and learned the ropes of business life with the help of experts.
Biopsi, the student association of biotechnology students, proposed Torkkeli for the award. The students say that Torkkeli is a prime example of a lecturer who takes into account the students’ needs and promotes working life skills in the degree programme. What makes ‘Hellu’ special in the students’ opinion is how she is always willing to hear what the students have to say.