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Operating principles

The operating principles of the university are based on Aalto University's values of responsibility, courage and cooperation.

The university's operating principles, instructions and guidelines direct the operations of all units so that the key procedures are alike throughout the university. By operating in accordance with its values and uniform operating principles, Aalto directs its operations toward our purpose of shaping a sustainable future and our quality policy on pursuing excellence in all our activities.

The Code of Conduct is one way of putting our values and way of working - the foundation of our community culture - into practice. It sets out the ethical principles and legal compliance policies that govern what we do and what we expect from each other, in all aspects of university life.

Equality, diversity and inclusion are our core values, supporting our community’s wellbeing, creativity and ability to foster world-class research, teaching and impact. As part of our strategy, Aalto University Ways of Working define our mindset to collaboration: ‘Diversity is part of who we are, and we foster an empowered community that shines by working together.'

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Code of Conduct - Values into practice

The Aalto University Code of Conduct is one way of putting our values and way of working — the foundation of our community culture — into practice

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Equality, diversity and inclusion at Aalto

We aim to be a diverse and inclusive community where all students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders feel a sense of belonging and where they can fulfill their professional, educational, and social aspirations

The plan-do-check-act cycle (PDCA) is the principle of continuous development that underpins Aalto University's quality system. The PDCA cycle is implemented in the daily operations of schools, services and university management. This is facilitated by a clear organisation of the activities that fall under each step of the cycle. The PDCA cycle also supports the external and internal evaluations carried out at Aalto University with the objective of identifying strengths, good practices and areas in need of further development. 

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PDCA cycle

The quality management of Aalto University is based on the principle of continuous development, the PDCA cycle (Plan-do-Check-ACT).

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In addition to the PDCA cycle that facilitates continuous development, Aalto's operations are guided by bylaws, codes, regulations and guidelines as well as policies and instructions. Adherence to these regulative frameworks ensures that daily operations are undertaken lawfully, responsibly and consistently.

Read more on the way we operate together according to jointly agreed on principles.


Bylaws, regulations, policies and guidelines

Aalto University bylaws, regulations, policies and guidelines

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