Aalto University

Key figures of 2019 and reports

Year 2019 was Aalto University's tenth year of operations. Academic results have developed strongly in the university's key areas.
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Research

  • We direct our research towards seven key areas: ICT and digitalisation, materials, art and design, business, energy solutions, living environments, and health and wellbeing.
  • The number of refereed articles in scientific journals has increased by 61% since 2010.
Competitive research funding 2019

Competitive research funding (€ million)

2010–2019

The number includes e.g. research funding from the Academy of Finland, Business Finland and companies, as well as competitive EU funding.

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International peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals

2010–2019

Quality of publications 2019

Quality of publications

2015–2019

Share of Aalto University publications that belong to the top 10% most highly cited publications in the world in the same subject area. This indicator has been used since 2015.

International faculty 2019

International academic faculty (%)

2010–2019

Excellence in research

  2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019

Recipients of European Research Council (ERC) funding

6 6 10 13 16 17 21 26 26 24

Academy of Finland Centres of Excellence

9 9 7 7 7 7 7 7 6 6

Academy of Finland
Academy Professors

6 5 7 7 7 6 7 5 5 5

Academy of Finland
Research Fellows

39 38 37 34 36 34 38 40 41 44

 

Professors

  2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019

All professors

230 239 293 329 369 388 386 386 389 390
International 4% 6% 12% 15% 17% 18% 20% 22% 24% 24%

Women

10% 11% 13% 16% 17% 20% 19% 20% 20% 21%
New professors * 0 18 83 131 185 216 228 243 268 278
International - 28% 29% 31% 29% 28% 30% 31% 33% 32%
Women - 17% 19% 23% 24% 27% 25% 26% 26% 26%

* New professors refer to professors appointed to the Aalto University tenure track career system, implemented in 2010.

  • The tenure track career system is the university's most important strategic investment.
  • 71% of all professors in 2019 are recruited after 2010.

Education

  • The strategic development of teaching and learning continued, as well as the long-term work to streamline study paths.

  • The numbers of master’s and doctoral degrees exceeded the targets set by the Ministry of Education and Culture.

Degree students 2019

Bachelor’s and master’s degree students

2019

*Full-time equivalent degree students

Bachelors degree 2019

Bachelor's degrees

2010–2019

 

Master Degrees 2019

Master's degrees

2010–2019

Degree reforms and their transition periods have affected the number of master’s degrees in 2010, 2011 and 2018.

Doctoral degrees 2019

Doctoral degrees

2010–2019

Students with a minimum of 55 ECTS

Students with a minimum of 55 ECTS credits per year (%)

2010–2019

Art and creative practices

  • International prominence in the fields of art, design and architecture continued, with the university participating in several major events.
  • Art and creative practices offer fresh insights for all lines of research and studies.
     

Artistic excellence

Art and design 7th in the world
The QS Rankings put Aalto’s art & design to 7th place and architecture to 41st place worldwide.

29 university-wide art courses
Over 400 participants from all Aalto schools attended the UWAS courses.

Artworks in important events
Paris Photo, Pitti Uomo, Ars Electronica, Venice Biennale, Triennale di Milano, Dutch Design Week, Helsinki Design Week, Cannes Film Festival, Buenos Aires Biennale of Architecture, Bozar.

Significant awards
Red Dot, Jussi and Venla awards, Young Designer of the Year, International Sound Award, Designer's Nest, Hyères, Suomi-palkinto award.

University's art collection grew
The Human Approach art concept at the School of Business contains works by nine artists, such as Pilvi Takala's video series of Slush.

Helsinki Design Week on campus
Our campus was one of the main venues for the festival in September showcasing over 40 transdisciplinary projects from Aalto University.

Significant artistic outputs 2019

Significant artistic outputs in 2019

Artistic outputs 2019 most famous fora

Significant outputs in world's most important artistic forums.

Other artistic outputs 2019

Other significant artistic outputs.

Rankings in key research areas

  • In field-specific rankings Aalto ranks among the best in the world.

  • In 2019, QS placed Aalto 9th in the world among universities founded less than 50 years ago.

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Aalto University key research areas

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ICT and digitalisation

  • ShanghaiRanking: Telecommunication Engineering 22 (2018: 28)
  • US News: Computer Science 33 (2018: 43)
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Global business dynamics

  • ShanghaiRanking: Management 29 (2018: 34)
  • ShanghaiRanking: Business Administration 32 (2018: 36)
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Materials and sustainable use of natural resources

  • ShanghaiRanking: Mining and Mineral Engineering 76–100 (2018: 51–75)
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Arts and design knowledge building

  • QS: Art & Design 2020: 7 (2019: 7)
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Advanced energy solutions

  • ShanghaiRanking: Electrical & Electronic Engineering 76-100 (2018: 51–75)
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Human-centred living environments

  • QS: Architecture/Built Environment 2020: 41 (2019: 42)
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Health and wellbeing

  • ShanghaiRanking: Medical Technology 101–150 (2018: 101–150)

Campus

  • The long-term campus development programme progressed as planned.

  • In February 2019, the School of Business moved to a new building in Otaniemi.

Campus 2018-2024
Facility usage 2019

Facility usage (1000 sqm)

2010–2019

Facility costs 2019

Facility costs (€ million)

2010–2019

Sustainability

  • Sustainable development and responsibility are central factors in our strategy and shared values.

  • The university takes sustainable development and responsibility into account in teaching, research and other operations.

  • Sustainability reports

Sustainable publications 2019

Publications related to sustainability 2019

Number and share of all publications

  • Sustainable development was the topic of 11% of all publications at Aalto in 2019.
  • In addition, numerous research projects are indirectly linked to sustainability via e.g. utilisation of research results.

 

 

Personnel

  • 38% of the academic faculty is international.
Personnel structure 2019

Personnel

2019

The number of full-time equivalent personnel was 4 125.

Personnel structure through 2010-2019

Personnel structure

2010–2019

Finance

  • In 2019, the pro forma operative income totalled €339 million.

  • Main sources of income were government funding, €212 million, and grant income from Academy of Finland, EU and Business Finland, €83 million.

Income 2010-2019

Income (€ million)

2010–2019

Expenses 2010-2019

Expenses (€ million)

2010–2019

Sources and uses of funds 2019

Sources and uses of funds 2019

Annual reports, financial statements and other materials

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