The second recipient is the Majakka project, which focuses on developing doctoral education at the School of Engineering, and its team members Olli Varis, Maija Taka, Lauri Ahopelto, Amy Fallon, Venla Niva, Matias Heino, Pekka Kinnunen, Matti Kummu, Marko Keskinen and Marko Kallio.
‘High-quality doctoral education is one of the tenets of the research activities of universities. The Majakka project has developed a strategy to make doctoral education more systematic, while making the guidance and supervision of doctoral dissertation projects more sustainable. The activities of the Majakka project team have brought innovation to doctoral education for example, by encouraging experts and international partners to collaborate with researchers at Aalto University. Majakka is also pioneering the development of a thriving and successful academic community’, says Professor Risto Rajala on behalf of the Award committee.