We shape a sustainable future

Aalto University is where science and art meet technology and business. Our campus is located in Espoo, Greater Helsinki, Finland.

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Key facts

The Aalto University community is made up of 12 000 students, 400 professors and close to 4 000 other faculty and staff. We have six schools.

Click here for key figures, board report and financial statements of 2020.

12 000

We have nearly 12 000 students (FTE, full-time equivalent degree students). More key figures of 2020.

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

43%

43% of our academic faculty is international. More key figures of 2020.

4200

Aalto University has around 4 200 employees (full-time equivalent), including 400 professors. More key figures of 2020.

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Aalto as an employer

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

Open positions

Careers at Aalto University

For international personnel

Tenure track career system

Strategy and values

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Board

The Aalto University Board decides on the strategy, operation and financial issues and is responsible for any far-reaching plans.

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Management

The President's Management Team (PMT) coordinates the daily work at the university and preparation of pre-decision motions. The Aalto Management Team (AMT) furthers transparency and open dialogue in decision-making regarding university development.

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Learning Centre / Photo by Tuomas Uusheimo

Organisation

Aalto University is a foundation-based university and has six schools.

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

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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Students of architecture.

History

On 1 January 2010, the Helsinki School of Economics, Helsinki University of Technology and the University of Art and Design Helsinki merged and Aalto University started operating.

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Dipoli / Photo by Tuomas Uusheimo

Otaniemi campus to develop into a lively neighbourhood

The university's campus is in Otaniemi, home of the lively community that supports innovations. The goal of the campus development is to mix valuable history and new ways of planning.

Campus

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
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Our strategy

In 2019 we prepared a new strategy together with our community. The new strategy came 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

Endowment and investment strategy
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Code of Conduct - Values into practice

The 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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Environmental Engineering. Photo: Mikko Raskinen/ Aalto University

Sustainability

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

Kuvassa eri-ikäisiä ja erimaalaisia ihmisiä työskentelemässä yhdessä. Kuva: Aleksi Poutanen

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 can fulfill their professional, educational and social aspirations fully.

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The Aalto Handbook

The Aalto Handbook is a description of the university’s shared way of managing and organising its activities—research and innovation, education, art and creative practices and services— in a way that meets high standards of excellence. In the handbook you can find information on the university’s organisation, quality system and annual management processes.

Read more about the management and decision-making at Aalto

News

Unite! student looking at a 3D printed object. Students - take part in the Unite!4Future competition.
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Student - share your vision of the university of the future and win a trip to Lisboa!

Applications are open from 20 September to 22 October. Gather a team of students from other Unite! partner universities and prepare a video with your vision of the university of the future.
AYY:n Milja Leinonen ja rehtori Ilkka Niemelä Day One -tapahtumastudiossa
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Recording of the opening ceremony published

The opening ceremony of Aalto University's academic year and the live broadcast of Aalto Party were followed by a total of almost 3,500 spectators.
Rehtori Ilkka Niemelä, AYY:n Milja Leinonen, opiskelijajuontajat ja Aalto-professori Risto Ilmoniemi Aalto Day One -tapahtumastudiossa
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Aalto recognition awards 2021 published

Aalto University personnel were awarded in the opening of the academic year for excellent work for the university's success.
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Press releases, University Published:

President Ilkka Niemelä: ‘Cuts to research are always cuts to education’

European Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen and Chair of the Aalto University Student Union Milja Leinonen also spoke at opening of the academic year. The ceremony was held online.

Events

Dissertations

Defence of dissertation in the field of Processing of Materials M.Sc (tech.) Xingbang Wan

The title of the dissertation is: Experimental investigation on time-dependent recycling behaviour of WPCBs in copper flash smelting conditions
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Dissertations

Defense of Dissertation in Organization and Management, Marja Svanberg, MSc. (Business and Economics)

The title of the dissertation is: “Business and Ethics? A Study of a Dichotomy”
Illustration of an array of gold nanoparticles, where the first plasmonic Bose-Einstein condensate was formed. Copyright: Tommi Hakala
Dissertations

Defence of doctoral thesis in the field of applied physics, M.Sc. Antti Moilanen

Title of the doctoral thesis is "Bose-Einstein condensation in plasmonic lattices"
NPHarvest pilot
Exhibitions and fairs

NPHarvest: join our Q&A session about converting wastewater into eco-friendly fertiliser

Several methods for nitrogen and phosphorous removal are utilized but none harvests the nutrients. NPHarvest is the Aalto project suggesting a feasible solution.
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