Aalto University

Key figures of 2021 and reports

Aalto University’s new strategy entered into force at the start of 2021, and with it, the university is setting its sights firmly on building a sustainable future. Our academic results developed favourably last year, despite the pandemic. On this page also the Annual Board Report and Financial Statements.
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Research

  • We have been highly successful in taking a determined approach to focusing on our strengths.
  • The number of refereed articles in scientific journals increased from last year.
International articles 2021

International peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals

2012–2021

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Artistic outputs

2012–2021

Includes artistic publications, exhibitions and performances.

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International academic faculty (%)

2012–2021

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Quality of publications

2015–2021

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.

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Competitive research funding (€ million)

2012–2021

International funding includes competitive EU funding and funding from foreign funds and foundations. Other funding includes funding from the Academy of Finland, Business Finland and companies.

 Excellence in research

 

  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021

Recipients of European Research Council (ERC) funding

10 13 16 17 21 26 26 24 27 28

Academy of Finland Centres of Excellence

7 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 3 3
Academy of Finland
Flagships
- - - - - - - 3 4 4

Academy of Finland
Academy Professors

7 7 7 6 7 5 5 5 4 2

Academy of Finland
Research Fellows

37 34 36 34 38 40 41 44 44 49

 

Professors

  • At the end of 2021, the university had 395 professors, of whom 296 had been appointed since the establishment of Aalto University.

 

  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021

Professors

293 329 369 388 386 386 389 390 393 395
International 12% 15% 17% 18% 20% 22% 24% 24% 26% 27%

Women

13% 16% 17% 20% 19% 20% 20% 21% 20% 22%

 

Rankings in key research areas

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

  • In 2021, QS placed Aalto 9th in the world among universities founded less than 50 years ago.

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Aalto University key research areas

Click on the arrows to see examples of rankings attached to these areas.

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ICT and digitalisation​

  • ShanghaiRanking: Telecommunication engineering 40 (2020: 34)
  • ShanghaiRanking: Computer science & engineering 51–75 (2020: 51–75)
  • US News: Computer science 68 (2020: 56)
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Global business dynamics​

  • ShanghaiRanking:​ Management 31 (2020: 27)
  • ShanghaiRanking:​ Business administration 25 (2020: 24)
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Materials and sustainable​ use of natural resources​

  • ShanghaiRanking: Mining & mineral engineering 76–100 (2020: 51–75)
  • QS: Materials science 98 (2020: 101–150)
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Arts and design ​knowledge building​

  • QS: Art & Design 6 (2020: 7)
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Human-centred living environments​

  • QS: Architecture/Built Environment 42 (2020: 41)​
  • ShanghaiRanking: Marine/Ocean Engineering 39 (2020: 35)
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Advanced energy solutions​

  • ShanghaiRanking: Electrical & electronic engineering 101–150 (2020: 76–100)
  • QS: Electrical & electronic engineering 79 (2020: 101–150)
  • US News: Electrical & electronic engineering 92 (2020: 81)
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Health and wellbeing​

  • ShanghaiRanking: Medical Technology​ 101–150 (2020: 101–150)

Education

  • Teaching and learning have been developed on the basis of a new learning strategy, Future-led learning.
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Bachelor's degrees

2012–2021

 

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Bachelor's graduate survey

2013–2021

Average score given by Aalto University bachelor's graduates in the national feedback survey on a scale of 1 to 5. This indicator has been used since 2013.

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Master's degrees

2012–2021

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Doctoral degrees

2012–2021

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Bachelor’s and master’s degree students

2021

*Full-time equivalent degree students

Impact

  • Cooperation with companies enhances the quality and impact of our academic activities.
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Corporate collaboration volume (€ million)

The total amount of corporate income in Aalto University Group. The figure excludes all IPR commercialisation income. The indicator has been calculated since 2015.

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Income relating to technology transfers (€ million)

Includes income relating to IPR commercialisation, technology transfers and valuation increases.

Enabling our success

  • The wellbeing of the Aalto community was supported in many ways.
  • Our most important resource and success factor is the multidisciplinary Aalto community which generates new ways of thinking.
  • The long-term campus development programme progressed according to plan.
  • The pro forma operative income totalled EUR 370 million with government funding the main source of income.
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Personnel wellbeing survey

Average of all answers received in the survey on a scale of 1 to 5. The survey is carried out every two years.

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Personnel structure development

2012–2021

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Number of personnel

31 Dec 2021

Developing campus

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Facility usage (1000 sqm)

2012–2021

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Facility costs (€ million)

2012–2021

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CO2 emissions (tCO2-ekv/y)

Amount of CO2 emissions from energy consumption in university buildings. This indicator has been used since 2019.

Sources and uses of funds 2021

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Income (€ million)

2012–2021

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Expenses (€ million)

2012–2021

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Government funding from MEC

2010–2021

* Finnish university inflation index comprising of 64% of Finland’s wage and salary earnings index, 21% of Finland’s consumer price index and 15% of Finland’s producer price index.

Sustainability report 2021

An Aalto pen lying on the page of a study book, students working in the background / photo by Aalto University, Aino Huovio

Sustainability reports

Science, technology and arts play an important role in solving global sustainability problems. Aalto University’s strength is its strong multidisciplinary approach to humanity’s greatest challenges, such as environmental crises.

Sustainability

News

Students in Aalto Design Factory
University Published:

Sustainability report: multidisciplinary approach to solving sustainability challenges is Aalto’s strength

Science, technology and arts play an important role in solving global sustainability problems. Aalto University’s strength is its strong multidisciplinary approach to humanity’s greatest challenges, such as environmental crises. Aalto’s new sustainability report highlights some of the key sustainability actions taken by Aalto University in 2021.
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University Published:

Aalto University endowment provided EUR 31 million in 2021 to fund education and research

Progress towards carbon neutral endowment portfolio continued in 2021
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University Published:

Aalto University has set its sights firmly on building a sustainable future

Board approved the Annual Board Report and Financial Statements for 2021
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University Published:

Aalto University endowment provided EUR 36 million to fund education and research

The university takes steps towards carbon-neutral endowment portfolio.
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