Over 30 alumni and friends of Aalto gathered in London for an alumni meet-and-greet
Over 30 alumni and friends of Aalto gathered at the Zabludowicz Collection Art Gallery in London on December 7th for an alumni event hosted by the Dean of the School of Business Timo Korkeamäki. The participants were first given an introduction to the All Crescendo, No Reward exhibition at the gallery, focusing especially on the moving image installations by Matt Copson, Oliver Laric and Frances Stark.
After the visit to the exhibition, Dean Korkeamäki shared some of the latest news and developments of Aalto University. He explained how Aalto is among the leading institutions in Europe in producing technology-based spinouts and shared a couple of highly successful examples: Iceye (radar satellites) and IQM (quantum computing).
He also presented battery technologies as an example of a current research area that Aalto is particularly experienced in. Finland is in 4th place after China, Canada and the US in the global Li-ion battery supply chain ranking by BloombergNEF (2022). The ranking takes into account several dimensions, and in “Industry, innovation and infrastructure”, Finland is number 1 in the world. The Finland-based Circular Ecosystem of Battery Metals consortium (BATCircle2.0) is one of the initiatives contributing to this success. The consortium that is managed by Aalto includes many academic, corporate, and other institutions as collaborators.
Dean Korkeamäki continued by highlighting the importance of corporate collaboration also from the point-of-view of the School of Business.
“Corporate collaboration plays a vital role in ensuring practical relevance in research and teaching, and the School’s corporate partnership program helps in building close, long-term relationships – also across Aalto University”, he explained. “The partner companies appreciate, among other things, access to fresh ideas and talent provided by the partnership. One of the main elements of the partnerships are the Customized Student Business Projects, a concept that is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.”
Dean Korkeamäki also expressed his gratitude to the School’s donors: “As less than 60 % of our funding nowadays comes from the government, Aalto, as all universities in Finland, has to rely on financial support from our stakeholders – foundations, companies and other organizations as well as individuals. A warm thank you to all our supporters!”.
Hannu Seristö, Professor of International Business and Associate Vice President of Aalto, followed by a very topical talk on ‘Global business environment in turmoil’. Professor Seristö explained how companies have to cope with the extremely volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous environment they nowadays operate in, pointing out some of the global developments in recent years as examples. He also presented steps that companies can take to mitigate the risks of doing business globally.
The event at the gallery continued with lively discussions as the participants mingled and shared experiences with fellow alumni and friends of Aalto over delicious food and wine.
“The best part about the event for me was to have numerous interesting discussions with our wonderful alumni and to see how they enjoyed meeting each other”, Dean Korkeamäki summed up the evening. “It was great to get so much positive feedback – I even had to promise that we would come back soon!”
Aalto’s aim is to actively enhance its alumni community globally. The university management has in recent years met Aalto alumni in New York, Los Angeles and Palo Alto. During the past eight years, the School of Business Dean has hosted alumni events in Brussels, Singapore, Seoul, Palo Alto, New York, London, Stockholm and the Stanford University campus (multiple times in some of the locations).
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