Corporate collaboration

Teaching collaboration

Teaching collaboration offers companies visibility among students and the opportunity to reach the future game-changers at an early stage. For the university, company involvement in teaching and real-life case-work raises the significance of learning and the motivation of the students. The range of teaching collaboration spans from guest lectures or real-life cases included in a course contents to multidisciplinary semester-long study projects and thesis assignments.

Study Projects

Project collaboration offers an opportunity to

  • have student groups work on real-life cases and come up with unexpected concepts and new insights
  • benefit from the up-to-date academic know-how and innovative ways of applying it to real business challenges
  • work with future professionals and potential employees and facilitate the development of their work-life skills

Explore our Study Project options


Thesis assignments

Master’s level thesis is an opportunity for an academic student to use the knowledge gained through studies in resolving specific issues, e.g. in design, development or research initiatives.

By offering thesis assignments, companies can

  • assign a student to focus on a particular challenge for a fixed period
  • integrate industry or business practice with the theory and latest practices
  • receive outcomes that are of practical relevance to them

A designated academic supervisor at Aalto University is responsible for ensuring that the project fulfils academic requirements. Different funding models are available.


Guest lectures and case work

Guest lectures and case works are necessary in reinforcing the work life skills of our students. By conducting lectures at the university companies gain visibility among students, means to receive direct feedback from the students and the opportunity to meet the future game-changers at an early stage.

Explore our study options and course portfolio.

Corporate Relations

Examples of teaching collaboration

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ABB has faith in future product developers: Fast prototyping makes product development more efficient

When future product developers solve challenges provided by companies, bold ideas and even crazy experiments can lead to genuinely new approaches. The collaboration between ABB and Aalto Design Factory bears fruit and brings genuine out-of-the-box thinking to ABB's product development.

Corporate collaboration
Photo: Unto Rautio

Aalto students helped Nokia evaluate its virtual expert network and artificial intelligence projects

In the Designing Adaptive and Creative Organizations course, the students also worked together with Wärtsilä, Osuuspankki, Tieto and Fortum.

Hand-picked blueberries and a slogan "Avaa aamusi metsäpolulla" ("Begin your mornings on forrest trails").

Project Sipoo - Digital Service Design to Support Employment

Read more here about the Aalto Thesis Project for the municipality of Sipoo: Digital Service Design to Support Employment.

Teaching Lab
Illustration on beige background of three people holding big puzzle pieces.

Aalto Thesis: Boosting multidisciplinary collaboration and work-life relevance

Aalto Thesis is a newly launched model for an integrated project-based and work-life oriented master’s thesis, executed as a part of a multidisciplinary Student Team.

Aalto experimental glass pattern. Glass bubbles form a map / photo by Eeva Suorlahti

Fiskars partners in design exploration with Aalto University

The cooperation between Fiskars and Aalto University started in 2017 by defining shared interest areas in the long term, and first concrete projects started in 2018.

Kuvassa Stora Ensolle tehdyn opiskelijaprojektin työryhmä.

Significant optimization potential found for Stora Enso in a student project

A tool was developed as a customised student project to optimize material flows in a network.

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