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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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We actively work towards providing an inclusive and accessible environment in which employees and students with diverse backgrounds are treated equally, and are free to work and study without fear of discrimination. We are committed to identifying and removing any discrimination in our structures and practices.

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, staff, partners and collaborators are opportunities to fostering an inclusive culture.

Equality, diversity and inclusion at Aalto

Equality, diversity and inclusiveness are in our core values, supporting our community’s wellbeing, creativity and ability to foster world-class research, teaching and impact. As part of our strategy, Aalto University Ways of Working define our mindset to collaboration: 'Diversity is part of who we are and we foster an empowered community that shines by working together'.

In an equal and inclusive Aalto University:

  1. All university employees have equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities for personal development and career advancement on the basis of their academic and/or professional qualifications.
  2. All have the opportunity to influence the development of teaching, research, and other University operations.
  3. Every applicant will be treated equally in job recruitment, student admissions and teaching situations, and students shall be provided with equal opportunities for study.
  4. Students’ work will be evaluated fairly on the basis clearly and openly defined learning outcomes and evaluation methods.
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Development agenda for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Aalto University Equality plan and Diversity & Inclusion strategic roadmap summarise the principles and goals of our work towards equality, diversity and inclusion.


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Everyone Included training by Sara Salmani available for Aalto community

How can inclusion build safety and belonginess in communities? What is the difference between equality and equity? What are privileges and biases and how can we recognize them? Everyone Included training by Sara Salmani available for Aalto community during December 2021.
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Aalto neighbourhood home to waterbird oasis and forest habitat for flying squirrels

The Otaniemi campus is right next to a nature conservation area. We accompanied an expert on an outing to learn what makes it unique – and what can be done about biodiversity loss.
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Color of Science: Rethinking Inclusion and Diversity

The organisers of the Color of Science initiative discuss the project, its outcomes, and what the future holds.
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Sami Itani joins the Department of Management Studies at the School of Business as Professor of Practice

His focus areas are socio-cultural sustainability, especially diversity and inclusion.


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Our purpose, values and way of working

Our purpose, values, and way of working define our long-term direction

Our 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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At Aalto, we create solutions that enable well-being within the planetary boundaries. With us, you get the opportunity to learn, research and do meaningful things in a unique environment: we combine the expertise in science, art, technology and economy to develop creative solutions to the world’s major challenges, such as the climate crisis. We are a community of thousands of students, researchers and experts with passion and expertise for both system-level solutions and the rapidly implemented new innovations.

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Incoming International Staff

On this page read more on inviting incoming international staff. The receiving department or unit HR will take care of preparing a Hosting Agreement for the incoming person.

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