Bachelor-level education is being transferred to Otaniemi


The bachelor-level education of Aalto University is gradually being transferred to the Otaniemi main campus according to the Board decision that was made last summer. The aim is to make Otakaari 1 the lively centre of bachelor-level studies and an attractive learning environment where students from various fields can meet and study together.

Otakaari 1 will house both teaching facilities and services, such as student services, a language centre, and support services for the development of teaching.

New facilities to help in creating a new operational culture

Otakaari 1, the former main building of the Helsinki University of Technology, is currently undergoing major renovations.

− Building the main campus and planning the new facilities for the bachelor-level studies will result in more than just new facilities and infrastructure. It will contribute to creating Aalto University's new operational culture: how specialists, teachers, other members of staff and students from different fields work together and create new learning environments. Working together and using our differences as a resource provide Aalto University with a unique opportunity, says Vice President Martti Raevaara.

From 2013 onwards

The bachelor-level education provided by the schools of technology will begin in the renovated facilities in autumn 2013. The aim is that the bachelor-level students of the School of Arts, Design and Architecture could begin their general studies in Otaniemi at the beginning of the autumn term 2014. All the activities of the school will be transferred to Otaniemi when the new building is completed in 2015.

The facilities needed by the bachelor’s degree programme of the School of Economics will be finished December 2014. Therefore, the bachelor-level students of the school will begin their studies in Otaniemi in autumn 2015. 

 − Offering bachelor-level studies in Economics and Business Administration at the Otaniemi Campus will generate new kinds of creative opportunities for implementing multidisciplinary Aalto cooperation. It is also important to us that the new facilities will support the education provided by the School of Economics, its special features, and the identity of its students, says Vice Dean Arto Lindblom from the School of Economics.