The quality management system of Aalto University supports the university’s strategic management. Our aim is to continuously improve our activities at all levels, including increasing the transparency of our operations.
The Finnish Education Evaluation Centre FINEEC (karvi.fi) conducted an audit of Aalto University's quality system in 2016. The approved FINEEC audit means that the university's quality system fulfils both the national quality management criteria set for higher education institutions and also the relevant European standards and recommendations.
The purpose of Aalto University quality system is to manage, ensure and develop the quality of the university’s research, education, artistic activities and other operations.
The quality system consists of the combination of different actors, policies and procedures as well as continuous development based on feedback. Quality management is based on the principle of continuous development, the PDCA cycle (Plan, Do, Check, Act). This principle includes planning activities in accordance with agreed objectives and acting according to the plans. The activities are also evaluated, measured and developed based on feedback. Development is thus seen as a continuous process where each cycle of development brings the organisation closer to its objectives.
Aalto Handbook is a key document for our quality system, outlining the university’s activities and its quality management. The handbook describes the university’s core activities, their principles and responsibilities, the university's governance model as well as staff and student related quality practices.