Aalto University

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Aalto

Aalto University is committed to promoting diversity, equality and non-discrimination in all its activities.

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

We all contribute to our community equality, inclusion and diversity in our everyday life working and studying at Aalto. All of our daily encounters with colleagues, students, faculty, partners and collaborators build are opportunities to build an inclusive culture.

We want to promote equality, inclusion and diversity because of our values and because they strengthen our wellbeing, innovative capabilities and our ability to foster top research, education and societal impact.

Equality, Inclusion and Diversity at Aalto

At Aalto, we are committed to working for an equal, diverse and inclusive community. Equality, diversity and inclusiveness are in our core values, supporting our community’s wellbeing, creativity and performance. In addition to equality and inclusion being aligned with our values, they enable creativity, performance, innovation and attractivity to and retention of diverse talent. This all leading to better research, education and impact – better us.

We promote equality and inclusivity for a diverse community based on our Equality Plan, while driving a living and active development agenda within these themes in addition to the agreed Equality plan goals. In our work, we aim at:

  • Improving gender balance across fields
  • Developing student, staff and faculty recruitment processes and practices, including recruitment marketing, to better support equality and diversity
  • Strengthening multicultural competences of faculty and staff, and an inclusive community to study and work in for all
  • Improving accessibility of the evolving campus area, both physical and digital
  • Building awareness of unconscious biases affecting inclusion and equality of our community
  • Developing mentoring, coaching and integration of international faculty
  • Strenghtening review and follow-up of Equality KPI’s
Practical tips for fostering diversity
Shakin up Tech, biomimeettinen silkki. Kuva: Mikko Raskinen.

Shaking up Tech brings hundreds of female students together to explore technology

Showcasing technologies ranging from spider silk stretching to VR trips through space and talks from inspiring speakers, the event made it clear that technology is for everyone.

    Aalto University Equality Plan

    We are committed to further developing our community into an equal, diverse and inclusive place to study, work and collaborate. The University Equality Plan (EQU plan) 2019–2021, approved by the president, outlines our current state and future goals for development. You will find the new plan in Finnish, Swedish and English below in the attachments.

      The Equality Plan defines the general equality principles of the University and sets goals and measures for a three-year planning period at a time. The current state of gender balance and diversity issues is described and past goals and actions are evaluated in EQU plan. In addition, the plan describes how equality advocacy work is organised at Aalto and provides instructions for supporting the promotion of the University's values.

      Aalto University's three-year equality plan is supported with school-specific action plans, which are updated on a yearly basis. The schools' action plans are published annually on the school's website. In addition to the Aalto University Equality Plan, equality is promoted by a variety of actors across the University.

      Aalto diversity logo

      In a gender-equal and non-discriminatory Aalto University:

      • All university staff shall have equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities for personal development and career advancement on the basis of their academic and/or professional qualifications.
      • All shall have the opportunity to influence the development of teaching and research, as well as other operational planning.
      • Every applicant shall be treated equally in job recruitment, student admissions and teaching situations, and students shall be provided with equal opportunities for study.
      • Students’ work shall be evaluated fairly on the basis clearly and openly defined learning outcomes and evaluation methods.
      Aalto University / Kristiina Mäkelä / Photo: Jaakko Kahilaniemi
      Aalto-yliopiston provosti Kristiina Mäkelä

      Aalto University Equality Committee

      Aalto University Equality (EQU)  Committee for the years 2019-2021 is lead by Provost Kristiina Mäkelä. Besides the chair and secretary, the Committee includes six (6) quality officers (one from each school), representatives of student union, staff, teaching and research and of different services. 

      In all questions regarding equality and inclusion at Aalto you may contact the EQU coordinator and University Diversity Officer Anna Hynynen ([email protected]) or your school's equality contact persons who are:

      • ARTS, Iina Ekholm, Specialist
      • BIZ, Perttu Kähäri, Development Manager
      • CHEM, Marjo Kettunen, Development Manager
      • ELEC, Outi-Elina Kansanen, Development Manager
      • ENG, Soile Koukkari, Development Manager
      • SCI, Marja Niemi, Development Manager
      Undergraduate Centre Stairs Exterior


      How are equality issues managed at the School of Science?

      School of Science: governance
      Aalto University strategy/ image: Aleksi Poutanen

      Equality and diversity at the School of Electrical Engineering

      Aalto University aims to offer everyone an equal operating environment in which employees and students representing different genders, positions and backgrounds are treated equally.

      School of Electrical Engineering: governance
      ARTS studio with a close-up on colourful yarns on a loom, image by Mikko Raskinen

      SCI Diversity and Inclusivity Fund

      The School of Science is funding projects that foster and encourage diversity, inclusivity and equality

      School of Science
      Aalto students and campus_photo: Unto Rautio

      Equality and diversity at the School of Chemical Engineering

      Aalto University aims to offer everyone an equal operating environment in which employees and students representing different genders, positions and backgrounds are treated equally.

      School of Chemical Engineering

      News and events

      Women of Aalto -verkoston kokoontuminen

      Women of Aalto network seeks to promote equality in society

      Proceeds from the Pink Ribbon Gala event in October will be used to support Finnish cancer research.

      Kuvassa professori Risto Sarvas, etualalla näkyy kaksi Otaniemen lukion opiskelijaa

      Upper secondary school students become professors on Day of the Girl

      An initiative between Aalto University and Otaniemi Upper Secondary School gives students the possibility to draw attention to technology- and society-related topics that they see as important.

      Aerial picture of Otaniemi during the summer

      School of Science Diversity and Equality Plan for 2020 published

      Equality plan available on our governance page follow-on from discussions from the end of last year


      Attachments (Aalto's EQU Committee 2019-2021, EQU-plan 2019-2021, statistics (2018, 2017) and Accessible Aalto 2019-2021)

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