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 2020.

12 000

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

Luku 9 kuvana

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.

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

Schools, departments and units

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

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
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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

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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

Endowment and investment strategy

Campus

Aalto University's campus in Otaniemi is the home of an innovative community. Explore the campus virtually at virtualtour.aalto.fi.

Get to know our campus
Dipoli Kaleva Image: Tuomas Uusheimo / 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.

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

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.

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

Students with bikes on Aalto University campus
University Published:

One euro for every student—how should Aalto University spend it? Submit your ideas by 30.5.2021

This year, Aalto University is trying something new: Inviting students to decide how to use 12 000 euros of the university budget.
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Appointments Published:

Aalto University emphasises sustainable development and publishes appointments

Jussi Impiö appointed to lead sustainable development activities as Head of Sustainable Solutions and Katja Rönkkö appointed as Senior Communications Specialist.
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Appointments Published:

Riikka Mäkikoskela, Doctor of Arts, appointed as Head of Radical Creativity

Creativity is an important capability as we spark the game changers of tomorrow, and renew our society. A culture of radical creativity supports learning from exploration, experimentation and failure.
Aalto ARTS 150 years visuals
University Published:

New web magazine to celebrate multidisciplinary expertise

Inspiring contents, solutions for the future and rich visual narrative. Read our new online magazine.

Events

Dissertations

Dissertation in the field of energy technology, Bulut Tekgul, M.Sc.

The title of the thesis is "Numerical studies for diesel spray assisted methane ignition at low temperature conditions"
PdP Gala poster
Online event

Product Design Gala 2021

This year’s gala will be organised as a digital only event. 10 prototypes will be showcased by the student teams.
Dissertations

Dissertation in the field of energy technology Weixin Zhao

Name of dissertation "Indoor climate with personalized and centralized room systems"
Visualizing Democracy VK21
Conferences and workshops

Visualizing Knowledge 2021

VK21 invites you into a collective exploration of democracy and the role of knowledge visualization in democracy. Now, more than ever, the visualization of knowledge plays a vital role in the democratic process. Topics we will explore include; open data, visualizations in elections, government reports for decisionmakers, democratic journalism, the accessibility of data and information, and the visualization of global themes and concerns.

VK20 brings together visualization experts, researchers, educators, innovators, and enthusiasts to envision how we can make democracy more visual, and thereby, enabling more people to be informed participants in democracy. We will collaboratively ideate and imagine how data visualization and information design can be utilized to unleash the potential of democracy.
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