Aalto University Summer School

Meet the team

The Aalto Summer School team is here to help both students and faculty in building memorable academic experiences on Otaniemi campus.
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Laura Sivula

Head of Summer School

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+358 50 384 7228

Laura loves summers. She loves summers so much, that she has dedicated the sunniest days of the past years working with students at Aalto University. As the Head Honcho she wants to develop Otaniemi campus into an international destination during the summer semester. What is her favourite summer spot in Helsinki? "All the islands you can visit, just hop on a public transport ferry."

Laura can help you with: curriculum development, custom programs, company collaboration

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Laura Kitinoja

Program Manager

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+358 50 577 2755

What, another Laura? Yes, that is correct! Laura works with partner universities across the globe to provide students with exhilarating experiences while they are visiting Finland for the Digital Business Master Class. What is her favourite thing about the Finnish summer? "Everything comes to life after a long winter snooze, both the gorgeous nature which wakes up with a big green blast at the beginning of the summer and the smiling people who do not seem to have a care in the world."

Laura can help you with: Digital Business Master Class, application process, payment options, international mobility

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Johanna Fagerström

Marketing Specialist

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+358 50 310 5700

Johanna is the Marketing Specialist of Aalto University Summer School and the newest addition to the team. With a background in both the tech startup world as well as the academic scene, she has a passion for creating appealing content for any audience. She is in charge of the Summer School’s marketing activities and collaborates with partner universities and their students around the globe to make sure they don’t miss out on our unique course offering. For Johanna, Finnish summer is all about that vitamin D and spending as much time outdoors as possible. 

Johanna can help you with: custom programs, marketing materials, partner and university collaboration, application process

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Silva Saulio

Project Specialist

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+358 50 471 4423

Silva is a happy-go-lucky problem-solver who knows how to make partnerships work. She has worked closely with bringing challenge-based programs alive at Aalto University. In the Summer School team, Silva coordinates EU projects in challenge-based learning and collaboration in sustainable urban ecosystems. What does she want every international student to experience in Finland? "A dip in the sea or lake after a hot, steamy sauna in the ever-lasting summer evening sun light."

Silva can help you with: EU projects, partnerships, company collaboration, open online courses

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Samyukta Santhakumar

Program Assistant

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Samyukta is a designer who has dabbled with both graphic and interaction design. After working at the intersection of design and business for three years, she returned to studying and grew curious about the other side of learning: the teaching side. Currently, she studies in The IDBM track at Aalto University and loves to participate in problem-based learning projects. As a program assistant, she helps with all the relevant administrative duties, paperwork and on-campus activities. Coming from a tropical land, she loves the Finnish summer and uses every waking moment to soak copious amounts of vitamin D. 

Samyukta can help you with: application process, questions about the summer programmes  

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