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.
Key figures of 2021 and reports
- 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 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals
Includes artistic publications, exhibitions and performances.
International academic faculty (%)
Quality of publications
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.
Competitive research funding (€ million)
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
Recipients of European Research Council (ERC) funding
Academy of Finland Centres of Excellence
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Academy of Finland
Academy of Finland
- At the end of 2021, the university had 395 professors, of whom 296 had been appointed since the establishment of Aalto University.
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.
Aalto University key research 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)
Global business dynamics
- ShanghaiRanking: Management 31 (2020: 27)
- ShanghaiRanking: Business administration 25 (2020: 24)
Materials and sustainable use of natural resources
- ShanghaiRanking: Mining & mineral engineering 76–100 (2020: 51–75)
- QS: Materials science 98 (2020: 101–150)
Arts and design knowledge building
- QS: Art & Design 6 (2020: 7)
Human-centred living environments
- QS: Architecture/Built Environment 42 (2020: 41)
- ShanghaiRanking: Marine/Ocean Engineering 39 (2020: 35)
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)
Health and wellbeing
- ShanghaiRanking: Medical Technology 101–150 (2020: 101–150)
- Teaching and learning have been developed on the basis of a new learning strategy, Future-led learning.
Bachelor's graduate survey
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.
Bachelor’s and master’s degree students
*Full-time equivalent degree students
- Cooperation with companies enhances the quality and impact of our academic activities.
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.
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.
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.
Personnel structure development
Number of personnel
31 Dec 2021
Facility usage (1000 sqm)
Facility costs (€ million)
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
Income (€ million)
Expenses (€ million)
Government funding from MEC
* 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
Sustainability report: multidisciplinary approach to solving sustainability challenges is Aalto’s strengthScience, 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.
Annual board reports from 2010-2020
Web materials from previous years