Aalto University integrates all core activities at the main campus in Otaniemi
The national mission and mandate of Aalto University are to contribute toward an innovative society by first class research, art and education, and by multidisciplinary collaboration across its fields of expertise. To provide the best possible conditions for the success of Aalto University and to support and leverage the success of Aalto University School of Business, the Aalto University Board has decided to take the final step toward creating a fully integrated campus in Otaniemi with its centre to be completed by 2021.
Upon earlier decisions, the Bachelor education of the School of Business moved to Otaniemi in the autumn 2015 and the School of Arts, Design and Architecture will move to the main campus in 2018. In the final step, the Business School faculty and students that are still in the Töölö campus will locate to the integrated main campus in Otaniemi in a new building to be designed for the Business School purposes.
The Business School community will take a key role in the process of planning the new building to provide a state of the art learning and research environment and to reinforce the status of the Aalto School of Business as one of the internationally leading business schools. The decision of the location of the new Business School building in Otaniemi will be made in June 2016.
The international Bachelor program of the Aalto Business School will continue in Mikkeli. The future uses of the historical Business School main building in Töölö will be defined for the good of the Aalto University as a whole and planned as a part of the campus program.
– An integrated campus supports the national mandate of Aalto University to strengthen the innovative capacity of Finland by enhancing multidisciplinary collaboration and interactions between students, faculty and external stakeholders. An integrated campus strengthens the indispensable contribution of the Business School to the Aalto University mission: Shaping the future – science and art together with technology and business, says Anne Brunila, the Chair of the Aalto University Board.
The new Business School building will be financed by leasing out and sales of non-core real estate owned by the university. In addition, the new building with modern, efficient design and the ability to share services within the central campus will generate long term cost savings.
Before making this decision the Board carefully considered various alternatives taking into account surveys conducted by the Business School community. These inputs will be most helpful in developing an integrated campus in Otaniemi.
For more information, please contact:
President of Aalto University
tel. +358 50 452 4690 (Personal Assistant Hely Kilpeläinen)