The first five years were fruitful

We have succeeded in our many great reforms and our results have improved in many key areas.

Rehtori Tuula Teeri Aalto-yliopistoIn January five years had passed from the launch of the operations of Aalto University as a multidisciplinary university of science, the arts, technology, and business. We have succeeded in our many great reforms and our results have improved in many key areas.

Our university has taken shape, but a lot still remains to be done. We are halfway to achieving our demanding targets. Our operating environment has also changed in five years. As a result, this is a good time to review our strategy and consider whether it is taking us towards our targets in the best possible manner.

We want to invite the entire Aalto community and our stakeholders to participate in updating the strategy. During the autumn, we will provide our stakeholders with the opportunity to take part in commenting on our strategy proposal in the form of web-based discussion. The Aalto University Board will approve the updated strategy in December 2015.

The spearheads of our core competence

A small country has limited resources, and this is why we have consistently focused our activities on strengths that give us the best possibilities for success.

The spearheads of our core competence are ICT and digitalisation, arts and design, materials and sustainable use of natural resources, and global business dynamics.

Top-level and globally networked research in these areas helps us develop new advanced energy solutions, human-centred living environments, and technologies that enables health and wellbeing.

The well-planned work has progressed in schedule, and was recognised this spring when the Academy of Finland granted Aalto University €13.6 million euros in funding to continue the profiling work. The Academy had a total of €50 million euros available to all universities for this purpose.

The campus will be renewed The development of the Otaniemi campus continues. Our aim is to build Europe's best innovation hub, a place where researchers, students and companies come together with the rest of society.

We are preparing to welcome new business students and teachers in the autumn, we're planning the metro station environment and a new building to meet the needs of the School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Dipoli is being refurbished to serve as a completely new kind of university main building in which our entire community will be able to meet both each other and our stakeholders.

Design Factory opened in South Korea

Our Design Factory network gained another new member when we opened a new Factory in South Korea with Yonsei University. Our long-lasting collaboration with Shanghai's Tongji University was reinforced when we signed a cooperation agreement for the establishment of a new Design and Innovation Institute. Thanks to our brave strategy, good results, and speedy renewal, we are now a more interesting partner for these rapidly-developing Asian universities.

Our fundraising programme (aalto.fi/fundraising) also began in the spring, with the aim of collecting funds to strengthen teaching, research and artistic activities in our key areas, and especially for the purpose of building an innovation hub in Otaniemi.

Tuula Teeri
President