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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Aalto University

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.
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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

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 devleopment. 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 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
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    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.

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

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

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