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Key figures and reports

In 2017, Aalto University continued the renewal of the its research profile and advanced the digitalisation programme. Competitive research funding increased. The innovation ecosystem evolving on the campus received wide international recognition.
Aalto University / Harald Herlin Learning Centre / Tuomas Uusheimo

Research

  • Aalto University has seven key research areas, which relate to promoting competitiveness and welfare.
  • Recipients of European Research Council (ERC) funding up from 6 in 2010 to 26 in 2017.

Excellence in research

  2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Recipients of European
Research Council (ERC) funding
6 6 10 13 16 17 21 26
Academy of Finland
Centres of Excellence
9 9 7 7 7 7 7 7
Academy of Finland
Academy Professor
6 5 7 7 7 6 7 5
Academy of Finland
Research Fellows
39 38 37 34 36 34 38 40
FiDiPro Professors
and Researchers*
15 16 15 14 13 14 12 9
     * The FiDiPro funding programme has been ended.                

Professors

  • The tenure track career system is the university's most important strategic investment.
  • 63% of all professors are recruited after 2010.
  2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
All professors 230 239 293 329 369 388 386 386
International 4 % 6 % 12 % 15 % 17 % 18 % 20 % 22 %
Women 10 % 11 % 13 % 16 % 17 % 20 % 19 % 20 %
Average age 55 54 52 51 50 50 50 51
                 
New professors* 0 18 83 131 185 216 228 243
International - 28 % 29 % 31 % 29 % 28 % 30 % 31 %
Women - 17 % 19 % 23 % 24 % 27 % 25 % 26 %
Average age - 41 43 43 44 44 44 50
*New professors refer to professors appointed to the Aalto University tenure track career system that was implemented in 2010.

Education

  • Aalto University educates game changers.
  • In 2017, the university focused on programme attractiveness, online learning, success of students and professional competencies.
  • The number of doctorates has increased by 39% compared to 2010.

Degree students 2017

Degree students 2017

Art and creative practices

  • Aalto University wants to increase visibility and impact of art and creativity in the society. This will also create a basis for change and new thinking.

 

Artistic excellence

Among top 10
The QS Rankings put Aalto’s art & design to 9th place worldwide.

1% for art
Aalto is committed to the percentage for art principle as the first university in Finland.

Close cooperation
with major events: Flow Festival, Helsinki Design Week, Paris Photo, National Portrait Gallery London, Pitti Uomo, Milan Furniture Fair.

5th place
The Business of Fashion ranked Aalto’s Fashion Programme as 5th globally.

6 years
For the 6th year in a row Aalto students were finalists at the Hyères Fashion Festival.

Success for students
Aalto’s students have excelled in the annual Designer’s Nest competition for consecutive years.

Artistic outputs 2017

Artistic outputs 2017

Rankings

  • Aalto University places high among universities in rankings specific to science, technology, art and business.

  • In 2017, QS put Aalto in 7th place in the world among universities founded less than 50 years ago.

 

ICT and digitalisation
US News | Computer science
47

Arts and design
QS | art & design
9

Materials and sustainable use of natural resources
Shanghai Ranking | mining & mineral engineering
46

Global business dynamics
FT | masters in management
45

Human-centred living environments
QS | architecture/built environment
46

Advanced energy solutions
Shanghai Ranking | electrical & electronic engineering
76–100

Health and wellbeing
Shanghai Ranking | medical technology
101–150

 

CAMPUS

  • Aalto University is developing its main campus into a unique centre of cooperation that attracts partners from all around the world.
Campus roadmap

Sustainability

  • Sustainable development and responsibility are at the core of Aalto University’s strategy and shared values.

 

Publications related to sustainability 2017

Number and share of all publications

Publications, sustainability 2017
  • Sustainable development was the topic of 12% of all publications at Aalto in 2017.
  • In addition, numerous research projects are linked to sustainability via e.g. utilisation of research results.
  • See other key figures in sustainability and Aalto University's sustanability reports.

 

Personnel

  • 37% of the academic faculty is international.

Personnel structure 31 Dec 2017

Personnel structure 2017

Personnel structure 2010–2017

Personnel structure 2010-2017

Finance

  • The financial balancing plan implemented in 2016 has been successful: the amount of competitive funding has increased and the university has been able to save in faclility and personnel costs as well as purchases.

Sources and uses of funds 2017

Sources and uses of funds 2017

Income and expenses 20102017

EUR million

Income 2010–2017
Expenses 2010–2017