Aalto Handbook

University Preview

The University Preview assesses the assumptions related to our operating environment in relation to new trends.
An autumnal aerial view of Aalto University campus from Laajalahti, autumn colours, yellow and orange, are prominent in the trees

In the fall, the University Preview assesses the assumptions related to the university's operating environment to support next year's planning process. This is an inclusive foresight process in which members of the Aalto community play a key role in identifying and analysing emerging signals and trends. The preview is carried out using, among other things, community events, workshops, surveys and the discussion tool on the aalto.fi website. A key part of the preview process is the community event held together with the university's board, where community members discuss the changes in the operative environment and institutional responses.

The outcome of the University Preview is the identification of key emerging trends and developments as well as an analysis of the ways in which these may shape our activities. Additionally, the description of the major trends shaping Aalto University—which is included in Aalto’s living strategy—may be updated if deemed necessary. The insights from the University Preview may feed into the other two annual living strategy processes called the University Review and University Dialogue.

For example, emerging signals and trends relevant to Aalto’s operations were identified in 2020 and 2021, such as the global sustainability crisis, changing landscape of higher education and shifting of global economy and security. Other development activities being undertaken based on Preview results include the exploration and development of hybrid ways of working, revision of long-term campus development programme, and the forthcoming exploration of the changes in the global context.

Check out other strategic annual processes

University Review

Aalto University evaluates the implementation of the strategy utilising the feedback and results from the previous year.

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University Dialogue

The university dialogue focuses on setting targets for the coming year and longer-term activities, implementation of the plans and resourcing.

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