Towards a better world.

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We build a sustainable future by creating novel solutions to major global challenges. We value responsibility, courage, and collaboration.

By merging three leading Finnish universities in 2010, Aalto was founded to work as a societally embedded research university. In a short space of time, we have since become a forerunner in our key areas. We are renowned for our sense of community and culture of entrepreneurship and innovation.

Aalto University students at Aalto Party during the opening of the Academic Year. Photo by Aalto University / Aino Huovio

Key figures

Aalto University has six schools and its main campus Otaniemi is located in Espoo, Finland.

Click here for key figures, board report and financial statements of 2019.

Luku 11000 kuvana.

We have over 11 000 students (FTE, full-time equivalent degree students). More key figures of 2019.

Luku 9 kuvana

The QS 2021 Top 50 under 50 ranking listed Aalto University as #9 in the world among young universities. Read more about rankings.

Luku 38 % kuvana.

38% of our academic faculty is international. More key figures of 2019.

Luku 4000 kuvana

Aalto University has more than 4 000 employees, including 400 professors. More key figures of 2019.

Aalto-yliopisto/ Aki-Pekka Sinikoski

Aalto as an employer

We are an international community of 20 000 bold thinkers, working on top research, art and education. Join us in changing the world!

Open positions

Careers at Aalto University

For international staff

Tenure track career system

Strategy and values

Rankings

Aalto University has improved markedly in rankings specific to science, art, technology and business. We also place high in ranking lists comparing young universities.

Read more about rankings
A Grid Aalto University / Photo by Unto Rautio

Schools, departments and units

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

Campus

Aalto University's campus in Otaniemi is the home of an innovative community.

Get to know our campus
Dipoli Kaleva Image: Tuomas Uusheimo / Aalto University
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Our strategy

In 2019 we prepared a new strategy together with our community. The new strategy will come into effect on 1 January 2021. In our living strategy approach, our purpose, values, and way of working define our long-term direction while our choices are proactively and continuously re-evaluated.

Our strategy: Shaping a sustainable future

Strategy 2016-2020

Undergraduate centre / Photo by Tuomas Uusheimo

Organisation and governance

We are a multidisciplinary and international university comprising of six schools. The university is foundation-based, and President Ilkka Niemelä is in charge of its operations. 

Schools and departmentsOrganisationBoardManagement team

Code of conductKey figures and annual reportsStatements and commentsGovernance

Sustainability

We are committed to promoting sustainable development through research and education as well as in our campus development and other daily practices.

Read more on sustainability at Aalto
Environmental Engineering. Photo: Mikko Raskinen/ Aalto University

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Aalto

We aim to provide a non-discriminatory, gender-equal and accessible environment in which employees and students with diverse backgrounds and duties receive equal treatment and are free to participate without discrimination in university activities.

Read more about our equality, diversity and inclusion work
Kuvassa eri-ikäisiä ja erimaalaisia ihmisiä työskentelemässä yhdessä. Kuva: Aleksi Poutanen
Aalto University Undergraduate Centre Otaniemi, image: Tuomas Uusheimo

History

Aalto University was established in 2010 as three leading Finnish universities, the Helsinki School of Economics, Helsinki University of Technology and the University of Art and Design Helsinki, were merged. 

Read more about our history

News

Blue sea, golden grass and green woods in a view to Laajalahti nature reserve
Research & Art Published:

Funding for strategic research

Projects funded by the Academy of Finland study the importance of urban green spaces in carbon sequestration and the reliable utilization of social and health services data
Nuorten teknologiapalkinnon kuvassa nuori poika aurinkolaseissa
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Challenges of the Millennium Youth Prize announced

The challenges of the Millennium Youth Prize 2021 are related to genetic engineering, recycling of battery metals and food waste in stores.
Aalto Töölön juhlasali
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The renovation of the Aalto University Töölö building restored the spirit of the 1950s

The former main building of the School of Business in Runeberginkatu was renewed into a modern learning environment.
Aalto University Magazine 27 -lehden englanninkielisiä ja suomenkielisiä numeroita vierekkäin pöydällä. Kuva: Anni Kääriä.
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Leaving traces is the theme of our latest Magazine issue

The just-released Aalto University Magazine 27 looks at the traces members of the Aalto community leave around the world.

Events

Keltainen Aalto-kynä, kuvituskuva
Dissertations

Defence of dissertation in the field of Geoinformatics, Sara Alibakhshi, M.Sc.

The name of the dissertation is "Remotely sensed monitoring of land surface albedo and ecosystem dynamics"
Civil Engineering Day. Kuva Teemu Ojala
Lectures and seminars

Building Technology Master's Thesis Seminar 5/2020

Featuring presentations of master's theses from the Master's Programme in Building Technology.
Dissertations

Defence of dissertation in the field of mechanical engineering, Ville-Pekka Lilja, M.Sc. (Tech.)

Title of dissertation is: “Finite-discrete element modelling of sea ice sheet elasticity, sea ice sheet fracture, and ice-structure interaction”
Dissertations

Defence of dissertation in the field of Mechanical Engineering, Natalia Lastovets, M.Sc.

Title of the dissertation is "A nodal model for displacement ventilation in commercial buildings"
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