Thesis Fair 2023
What: Thesis Fair is a free networking event for international Master's students and companies looking for thesis workers
Where: Maarintie 8, Aalto University Otaniemi campus, Espoo
When: Tuesday 31 October 2023 from 14:00 to 18:00
For whom: The event is looking for participants who can discuss the company's possible thesis topics with the students. In addition, there may be participants from HR or recruitment, for example. One company can have more than one participant in the event.
How: Companies can register to the event until 20.10.2023 through the following link: Thesis Fair registration. Student registration takes place in Aalto JobTeaser portal.
For many international students, Master's thesis is the gateway to Finnish working life. International students who do their thesis in cooperation with a company or research organization are more likely to stay working in Finland after graduation. It is in the interest of both Aalto University and companies that our international students utilize the education and research knowledge acquired at Aalto for the benefit of Finnish working life.
Thesis Fair brings together international Master's students as well as companies and organizations that value the research information produced by international students, and can offer thesis positions in English. At the event, companies get to meet Master's students from different fields and hear their ideas for thesis topics. For international students, Thesis Fair gives an opportunity to present their potential research topics and to network with representatives of companies in various fields.
Through university students, companies get access to the latest knowledge and expertise in the field. By conducting a thesis project, companies can also test potential new employees. Master's thesis project is one of the most effective means of recruiting graduating students. Thesis Fair is an excellent opportunity for companies to create a positive employer image and become profiled among students as an organization that promotes diversity.
The Thesis Fair is aimed at all companies and organizations that are interested in utilizing the skills and research knowledge of an international student. At Aalto University, there are international students studying in all Master's programmes, and most students are interested in doing their thesis in cooperation with a Finnish company. In these cases, the language of the thesis is usually English.
Master's level theses are conducted in the fields of technology, business, and art and design. In a Master's thesis, the student utilizes the knowledge and skills acquired during their studies in order to solve a specific problem. Various design, development or research projects related to the organization's industry are suitable topics for thesis projects.
A company participating in the Thesis Fair may already have a topic or theme in mind for a possible thesis project, but it is also possible to come to the event without a preliminary topic. Professors and academic supervisors from different fields will also be present at the event, from whom companies can get information about the practices related to the assignment of a thesis, such as supervision, salary, and copyright issues.
Thesis Fair is a side event of the Aalto Talent Expo recruitment event, which is held the same week on November 2, 2023. In Aalto Talent Expo, companies can meet all Aalto students for recruitment purposes. The Thesis Fair, on the other hand, is specifically aimed at finding students for thesis projects, and the event's target group is international Master's students.
Thesis Fair is a free event for companies. Companies that participate in both Thesis Fair and Aalto Talent Expo are entitled to a 5 % discount on the price of their chosen Aalto Talent Expo stand (excluding already discounted prices, e.g. partnership packages). The discount will be checked during the invoicing phase of Talent Expo.
Company registration for Thesis Fair is open until 20 October 2023 through this registration link. We are looking for participants who can discuss the company's possible thesis topics with the students. In addition, there may be participants from HR or recruitment, for example. One company can have more than one participant in the event.
The Thesis Fair is aimed at international degree students studying in one of Aalto University's Master's programmes (including international double degree programs). The event is open for students of all Aalto schools, and the event also aims to involve companies from a wide range of industries to cater the needs of different study fields.
It is recommended that students participating in the event will be at such a stage in their master's studies that writing a thesis is relevant during the current academic year. The topic of the thesis does not have to be decided yet, but the further the ideation of the topic is, the easier it is for the student to have thesis discussions with company representatives.
A pitching training is offered for the participating students in the autumn before the event, to prepare the students to meet company representatives and to talk about their skills and preliminary thesis ideas.
Student registration for the Thesis Fair is open on Aalto JobTeaser portal. The registration form, detailed event schedule and list of the participating companies will be updated on the Aalto JobTeaser event (requires logging in with Aalto credentials): https://aalto.jobteaser.com
14:00–16:00 Companies can bring a roll-up to the lobby area
14:00–15:00 Information session for companies, where Aalto's academic personnel present practices related to thesis projects. This part is especially aimed at companies that have not done thesis collaboration with Aalto before, or that otherwise need additional information and support for conducting a thesis.
15:00–15:30 Coffee break
15:30–16:00 Short pitches from companies to students
16:00–18:00 Open networking session where students go around companies' tables discussing thesis topics
Changes to the schedule are possible.
For more information, please contact:
Niina Malkamäki, Talent Boost Specialist, niina.malkamaki(at)aalto.fi