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Highlights of the alumni activities in 2018

Alumni and students encountered in several events this year. Networking is made easier by the new social platform, Alumni Circle. The year 2018 has been successful and full of events in the alumni engagement of Aalto University. Let's recap some of the highlights of the year.
Alumnitiimi2018, kuva:Mikko Raskinen

Students and alumni learn together

The yearly collaboration between our students and alumni creates a good basis for developing the life-long learning at Aalto University. Altogether 148 mentoring pairs started their journey in autumn in our Mentoring Program, which is organised every academic year. During the current year, there have been almost 300 mentoring pairs in our program. In addition, this autumn we started a new group mentoring experiment with our doctoral students. Next spring, it is again time to apply for the Mentoring Program 2019-2020, and we invite you to apply, too!

We at Aalto University are eager to know about you and your career after your graduation. We are sending our alumni career monitoring surveys, where we ask about your career experiences and satisfaction of the degree you have completed at Aalto. The results are important for the development of both the University and teaching.

Alumni events in campus and abroad

The alumni seminar on artificial intelligence on the International Women’s Day introduced some of our female alumni on the field of AI, and the Printempo concert invited active alumni, donors and other collaboration partners together with the City of Espoo to listen Aalto’s musical ensembles.

In Aalto’s very first Graduation Party in June, we handed out a graduation pin, designed by our alumna Inni Pärnänen, to the graduates of the academic year 2017-2018. The next Graduation Party will be organized on 12 June 2019 for the graduates of the academic year 2018-2019.

In August, the School of Business celebrated the Homecoming Day for the last time on the Töölö campus, prior to the School’s move to the Otaniemi campus in February 2019. The AlumniStudentWeekend, organised by the School of Electrical Engineering in October, gathered alumni and other interested in health and space technology, electromobility and the future of leadership.

In addition, our alumni have gathered together in several alumni meetings abroad, such as in New York, Malmö, Singapore, Palo Alto and Seoul. Several class reunions were also held on our campuses and elsewhere. Our alumni team has been involved also in many career events and has been active in launching the new Alumni Circle community for our students, by for example handing out overall badges and May Day mead and doughnuts!

You can see all events open for alumni on our event calendar.

Update your contact information in Alumni Circle

Aalto Alumni Circle is a new alumni network for keeping in touch with Aalto community. We warmly welcome all current students, former exchange students, alumni graduated from Aalto or its predecessors to the Alumni Circle! Along with your studies at Aalto, your life-long journey in our community has also started – a journey, which will last long after your graduation.

We offer our alumni the possibility to subscribe for an alumni.aalto.fi -email inbox and order an online or printed copy of the Aalto University Magazine. Follow the instructions below.

1. Sign in to Alumni Circle

2. Update your contact information

3. If you wish, subscribe an alumni.aalto.fi e-mail address

4. Subscribe to Aalto University Magazine and choose an online or printed edition.

If you don’t have a degree from Aalto, you can join our Friends of Aalto community. Whether you are a current or former employee, or just otherwise a fan of Aalto, we offer you a chance to keep up with Aalto Magazine, news and events.

Alumni Advisory Project Group was established this year to help us develop the alumni activities. As a result, we will further improve our collaboration with the alumni associations and networks, plan on the main alumni event of 2019, and take our international alumni even better into account. More information to follow – stay tuned!

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy and collaborative New Year 2019!

Aalto University’s alumni team

(Starting from left on the photo) Emilia Nevalainen, Riikka Heinonen, Elisa Kouvonen, Seppo Saastamoinen, Leena and Susanna Ritala

Photo credits: Aalto University / Mikko Raskinen

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