Aalto University goes to the Shanghai World Expo with a private train
Aalto on Tracks takes one hundred (100) students, teachers and guests of Aalto University from Helsinki to the Shanghai World Expo in May 2010. The group departs from Helsinki with a private train on May 14th and will reach Shanghai by the opening of the Aalto-Tongji Design Factory.
The aim of Aalto on Tracks is to take Aalto University, Finland, and Finnish education to the world, and to provide an unforgettable learning experience for the participants. Project is organised by the students of Aalto University in close collaboration with the university, Aalto
University Student Union, Aalto-Tongji Design Factory and Aalto Entrepreneurship Society.
– We want to illustrate the cross-disciplinary concept of Aalto University and promote the university in China in an unforgettable, student-run way, explains Mikko Ikola, the Chief Organiser of Aalto on Tracks.
The train displays the fundamentals of Aalto University in a miniature form: the participants, selected through a rigorous application process, represent the fields of technology, business, and art. Furthermore, cross-disciplinary courses are run by participating professors. Finally,
every participant will organise program of their own: workshops, trainings, entrepreneurial activities, and learning about the Chinese culture. In Shanghai, added to visiting the Aalto-Tongji Design Factory opening ceremony and the Shanghai Expo Finland Day, the participants will meet with Finnish companies operating in China.
– Aalto on Tracks is a showcase of crossing borders in a new, innovative way. The importance of Asia and China is rising dramatically – you should see it with your own eyes, encourages Hannu Seristö, Vice President of Aalto University.
Aalto on Tracks is the first major international project organised by Aalto students. The students hope that the project will open new opportunities and provide a strong basis for further collaboration between Finland and China.
The project is endorsed by Mr. Alexander Stubb, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland.
The web pages of Aalto on Tracks can be found at: http://www.aaltoontracks.com/
+358 50 411 7282
mikko.ikola [at] aaltoontracks [dot] com