University Partnership Advisory Group (UPAG) supports and guides the preparation and implementation of international affairs at the scope of the university. The group discusses and prepares issues that require a university-wide position, policy line, and recommendations for the leadership and decision-making body of the university.
International academic collaboration
Internationalisation is an integral part of all activities, services, and operating principles at Aalto University and plays a significant role in enabling the university to rise further towards a world-class university.
Internationalisation strengthens the quality of research, education, innovation, artistic activities, and societal impact of the university and enriches the diversity of the science community.
Internationalisation plays a key role in Aalto University’s ability to fulfill its national, value-based, and ethical responsibilities and broadens the possibilities to contribute towards the betterment of the world.
Aalto University supports and promotes:
- Internationalisation of research and education
- International mobility of students and staff
- Development and coordination of international academic partnerships
- The enhancement of the global competence of students and staff
- Integration of international students and staff into the Aalto community and Finnish society
- The visibility of the university in relevant international contexts
Our partner universities
Aalto University has a wide range of partner universities around the globe. Have a quick look at our mobility partners by searching through the link:
Internationalisation of teaching and learning
Promoting international teaching and studying is a central element in Aalto University strategy.
Aalto University's international networks
Aalto University belongs to a wide range of international partnerships, networks and alliances with a university-wide scope. Each of the international partnerships, networks and alliances have a specific focus that supports Aalto University’s strategy, especially regarding shared research and education.
Global Engagement team
Global Engagement team is the international, collaborative, and multidisciplinary section of Aalto University that strengthens the university’s internationalisation internally and globally in the three Purpose Areas of education, research and impact.
Internationalisation in numbers
Since 2010, the number of our international faculty, staff, and students has constantly increased. The share of international professors has risen from 9% in 2010 to 28% in 2023.
- 28% international professors
- 44% research and teaching personnel
- 28% master's degree students
- 41% doctoral candidates
- 72% post-doctoral candidates
Top 5 countries of origin for
- Incoming exchange: Germany, France, Singapore, Italy, and Spain
- Outgoing exchange: Germany, France, Singapore, Sweden, and Italy
How do we operate?
We are committed to the best practices that support the long-term development of internationalisation for Aalto university.
Aalto University's future is built upon a foundation of high-quality research, education, impact and shared values – responsibility, courage, and collaboration. The purpose of the university is to shape a sustainable future.
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.
Highlights and events
As academic partnerships with the Global South continue to gain popularity, issues related to resource distribution, power dynamics, and whose voices are heard and valued often arise.
7.9.-8.9.2023 marks the commencement of the Consortium Linking Universities of Science and Technology for Education and Research (CLUSTER) Steering Committee II-2023 hosted by Aalto University.
The Spring Forum for Higher Education Institutions’ International Issues is being held on May 3-5, 2023 at the Aalto University campus in Otaniemi. Around 450 experts working on the internationalization of higher education gather to network and discuss current issues at Spring Forum’s network meetings and sessions.
Aalto University will host the Presidents' and Annual Meeting of the Nordic Five Tech (N5T) Alliance on May 23-24, 2023. The meeting aims to foster dialogue amongst the N5T alliances and address collaboration, mobility, and innovation.
Key contacts for international academic collaboration
We provide various services relevant for the internationalisation of Aalto from diverse units in the university. Please find the contacts that best suit your needs from the list below.