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Organisational structure and organisation of services
Scientific research, artistic activities and teaching are carried out at Aalto University's six schools and their departments and units. Schools are responsible for research and education within their own fields based on university's strategy, school's annually updated strategic plans, budget and university's joint rules and principles.
Schools consist of departments and possible other units. In addition, the university may have joint units. More information on schools, departments and other units on their webpage. University organisation and governance is further described in section 'management' in this handbook.
The executive bodies of the university are the Board (AUFB), the President, and the University Academic Affairs Committee (AAC). Their roles and responsibilities are described in the Aalto University Constitution and Bylaws. The management teams and steering groups coordinate the daily work at the university and the preparation of pre-decision motions.
The Aalto University Foundation Board (AUFB) decides on the strategy, operation and financial issues and is responsible for any far-reaching plans.
The Committee is a joint, university-level administrative body serving to promote a high quality of research, teaching, and artistic activity.
The president directs the university and represents the science and art community constituted by it. At Aalto University, the president also acts as the managing director referred to in the Foundations Act.
Provost acts as deputy president, supports the president in strategic development, appointment of professors and resource management as well as leads the processes connected to teaching, research and societal impact.
The Professors' Council acts as an advisory body for the president and vice presidents and ensures that the voice of the academic science and art community is heard in essential issues related to the values of the university.
The Aalto University Tenure Track Committee gives recommendations to the president on tenure and full professor advancement decisions and on the direct recruitment of tenured professors.
The management teams and steering groups coordinate the daily work at the university and the preparation of pre-decision motions.
The President's Management Team (PMT) coordinates the daily work at the university and the preparation of pre-decision motions. The Aalto Management Team (AMT) furthers transparency and open dialogue in decision-making regarding university development.
The steering groups discuss strategic and operational issues that require a university-wide position, policy line or recommendation for the university’s leadership and decision-making. Aalto University has four steering groups: Research Steering Group (RESG), Learning Steering Group (LESG), Impact Steering Group (ISG), and Enablers Steering Group (ESG).
Aalto Design Factory, Aalto University Junior, Aalto Ventures Program, Significant Research Infrastructures.
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Other bodies that play an integral role in the administration of academic affairs at Aalto University include the Doctoral Education Working Group (DEWG), Research Ethics Committee, and Academic Appeals Board. The tasks of these bodies are vital for the healthy functioning and development of academic activities and processes at the University.
Aalto University’s academic joint units consist of Aalto University Junior, Language Centre, Aalto University Open University, OtaNano, Aalto University Design Factory, and Aalto Ventures Program.
Aalto University Group
Aalto University Foundation and its subsidiary companies and enterprises constitute the Aalto University Group.