Management of School of Science

Quality and development

An animating principle of Aalto University is the high quality of its operations, and all the researchers, students, teachers and other employees of the university are responsible for promoting quality in their everyday activities.

Aalto University maintains and develops its quality system to ensure that the quality of its operations and their transparency can be improved continuously. The quality system supports the strategic management of the university in accordance with principles outlined by the European Higher Education Area and the changing operating environment of higher education.

Quality management is part of the everyday operation of the university and based on the model of continuous improvement and the PDCA cycle (Plan, Do, Check, Act), also known as the Deming cycle (see image).

At the School of Science, the dean directs quality management and the practical quality work is coordinated by the development manager and supported by academic coordinators.

Aalto University's PDCA cycle
The Plan–Do-Check-Act cycle of Aalto University

Foundation of the quality system

The quality system is based on answering basic questions related to our activities.

  • Strategy – what are we doing?
  • Processes – how do we accomplish our goals?
  • Annual clock – when in the year do we act?
  • Roles and responsibilities – who is in charge and who should help?
  • Feedback system – how do we know and confirm that we are moving in the right direction?


Quality together – The university's quality audit is approaching

In 2022, we will jointly prepare a self-assessment report for the quality audit.

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Quality policy and system

The quality system is an entity of policies, procedures and processes.

Aalto quality system

Quality management

The quality system of Aalto University is an entity of policies, procedures and processes aimed at safeguarding and improving the quality of the university activities, its education, its research and other activities.



Aalto University performs well in international university rankings. In subject-specific rankings, we place 8th globally in art & design and are in the top 100 in several other subjects. We have gathered information on our performance in the best-known university rankings on this page.

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