Aalto Handbook


Aalto University is a foundation-based university with six schools. On this site, you can find information on Aalto's organisation and governance model.
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Organisation of Aalto University

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. Section management in this handbook describes the organisation and governance for each school.

Schools, departments and units

Scientific research, artistic activities and teaching are carried out at Aalto's six schools and their departments and units.

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Aerial photo of Väre and A Bloc buildings / Photo by Aalto University, Mikko Raskinen


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.

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Governance structure

Other actors

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. 

Aalto University / Learning Centre / Photo by Tuomas Uusheimo

Aalto University Group

Aalto University Group owns several business enterprises. Aalto University Properties Ltd is the largest of these.

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