International Relations Aalto

Summary on the internationalisation measures, international partnerships, networks and international services of Aalto University
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Internationalisation is an integral part of all activities and services at Aalto University and it is also one of its operating principles.

Internationalisation acts as a strategic enabler developing the global competence of Aalto University's staff and students apart from enriching the diversity of the science community. Internationalisation plays a significant role in enabling the university to rise towards world-class and it broadens the possibilities to contribute towards the betterment of the world and the development of Finland’s competitiveness.

We support and promote:

  • Internationalisation of teaching and learning
  • International mobility of students and staff
  • Development and coordination of strategic international academic partnerships
  • Internationalisation and integration of staff
  • Internationalisation of research and,
  • Aalto’s visibility in relevant international contexts

Contact information for International Aalto:

Key Contacts

Aalto Partner Map

Our Partners

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:

Aalto Partner Map

Our International Networks

Aalto University belongs to various international networks that support its strategy especially regarding shared research and/or education agenda. Some of those networks are university-wide and some are school/field specific.

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Aalto School of Business

Internationalisation of teaching and learning

Promoting international teaching and studying is a central element in Aalto University strategy.

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Since 2010, the proportion of international faculty, staff and students are constantly on the rise in Aalto. The percentage of international professors has risen from 9% in 2010 to 23% in 2018. 

23% International Professors

38% Research & teaching personnel

24 % Master's Degree Students

31 % Doctoral Candidates

60 % Post Doctoral Candidates

Top 5 Countries of Origin for

International Degree Students - China, Vietnam, India, Russia, Pakistan

Incoming Exchange - Germany, France, Singapore, China, Italy

Outgoing Exchange - Germany, Singapore, Japan, United States, China

Our Flagship Units

We have a number of flagship units and platforms that are very internationally oriented and offer collaboration possibilities for diverse partners in multidisciplinary education, research, entrepreneurship, sustainability and innovation.

Aalto Design Factory

Aalto Design FactoryAn interdisciplinary product design and learning hub uniting students, teachers, researchers, and industry.

Aalto Global Impact (AGI)

Aalto Global Impact (AGI)It promotes and facilitates Aalto University's research and educational programmes for societal impact globally.

Aalto Ventures Programme (AVP)

Aalto Ventures Programme (AVP)It provides students with inspiration, capability and network necessary to build new scalable businesses as startups or in established organisations.

Research Platforms

Aalto PlatformsThey facilitate multi and inter-disciplinary research and teaching in Aalto's focus areas.

News Highlights & Stories from Partnerships

EU-lippuja ison rakennuksen edessä.

UNITE! network's first dialogue event at Aalto starts to pilot joint activities

The European university alliance explores new avenues for joint actions for mobility, support services and learning.

Sustainable Space Making Across Scales.

Food for thought – rethinking Singapore’s Hawker Centres

Singapore’s traditional open-air cooked food centres or hawker centres presented a perfect case to be explored jointly by the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and Aalto University.

Starting Up Pic: Aalto University

Aalto University launches free-for-all online entrepreneurship course 'to make sure no great idea goes unpursued'

Starting Up is co-created by students and the European startup community and is a new contribution to open education by the country that brought Elements of AI to the world

Nordic AI Network

Nordic Five Tech establishes new network for artificial intelligence

The Nordic AI Network aims to make the Nordic region a global hub in AI research, education and innovation

Summer School

Aalto University and Parsons The New School pilot Fashion Studies Summer School

Summer School pilot “Fashion – Places & Spaces” held during 3-14 June 2019 in Aalto as an outcome of the developing collaboration between Aalto and Parsons School of Design.

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Aalto University becomes a “European University” together with six partners

The European Commission has granted funding to the UNITE! alliance of seven European technical universities.


Aalto University and Singapore University of Technology and Design enter broad collaboration agreement

The collaboration will increase student exchanges, boost staff and faculty mobility, and advance innovation and entrepreneurship

SECCLO/Aki Pekka Sinikoski

Nearly 3 million euro Erasmus Mundus funding for Information Security master’s programme

The European Commission has granted €2.9M funding for SECCLO – Master’s Programme in Security and Cloud Computing starting in 2018.


Key Contacts at International Aalto

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.

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