The university's new decade started joyously

Almost 1300 people celebrated the 10-year-old Aalto University – take a look at the photos!
Glada studerande i sina collegetröjor i Aalto-universitetets 10-årsevenemang 8.1.2020, bild Kalle Kataila

On 8 January, Aalto University marked its tenth anniversary. The day was celebrated in Dipoli in a cheerful and warm atmosphere. A large number of staff, students, emeritus and emerita professors and former members of the Aalto community were seen at the event.

Chairman of the Board of Directors of KONE, Antti Herlin, congratulated the university through a video greeting during the afternoon event. Herlin is an honorary doctor of Aalto University and he was in charge of collecting foundation capital from companies when the university was founded.

In his speech, Jussi Herlin described the ten-year history of Aalto University from his own perspective as an alumnus of Aalto University and Vice Chairman of the Board of KONE. The main themes of his speech included the constantly changing world and challenges related to the anticipation of changes. As key issues, he also highlighted internationalisation, climate change and sustainable development.

Koneen Antti Herlin pitämässä juhlapuhetta Aallon 10-vuotisjuhlissa 8.1.2020, kuva Mikko Raskinen
At the event, a speech was given by Aalto alumni Jussi Herlin, Vice Chairman of the Board of Kone.

In his speech, President Ilkka Niemelä emphasised the importance of a common direction and shared values, as well as ambitious goals both in the early stages of the university’s journey and in the future. He also presented the university's new living strategy, which will come into force at the beginning of 2021.

Rehtori Ilkka Niemelä pitää puhetta Aalto-yliopiston 10-vuotisjuhlassa 8.1.2020, kuva Mikko Raskinen
President Ilkka Niemelä gave an inspiring, future-oriented speech in the overcrowded Lumituuli.
Paneelikeskustelijat vauhdissa Aalto10-juhlassa, kuva Mikko Raskinen
Panel discussion in full swing on the future of Aalto University. In the photo, HR Specialist Anna Hynynen, student Iida Palosuo, alumnus Petteri Koponen, Lifeline Ventures and Assistant Professor Rodrigo Serna. The moderator was Professor Nina Granqvist.

The celebrations continued in line with the rest of the programme until the evening. The university's competences and innovations were presented in the form of numerous demos, ranging from research to teaching and student projects. Aalto University Student Union AYY took part in the celebrations in various ways, and presented its All to X application, which will bring together Aalto University actors and other members of the Aalto community to celebrate the AYY10 anniversary. The day culminated in an Aalto quiz, science show, music and dance: see the photos below!

Ilkka Niemelä's speechAalto University's strategy that will come into force on 1 January 2021All to X application (> Facebook)

Eero Kasanen, Yrjö Sotamaa ja Matti Pursula Aalto10-juhlassa, kuva Mikko Raskinen
The Rectors of Aalto University's founding schools: Eero Kasanen (former Helsinki School of Economics), Yrjö Sotamaa (former University of Art and Design Helsinki) and Matti Pursula (former Helsinki University of Technology).
Avaruusaiheisen tiedeshow'n Friday Night Liven esiintyjiä, kuva Mikko Raskinen
The theme of Friday Night Live was Space, and the performers included "space professors" Jaan Praks and Esa Kallio (first and third from the left), Bruce Clayhills from KitSat startup and Oona Kallela as the presenter. Polirytmi in the background.
Juhlintaa Kaleva-salissa Boston Promenaden musiikin parissa, kuva Kalle Kataila
The party continued in the evening, as Boston Promenade played in the Kaleva Hall, while the most enthusiastic dancers headed for a non-stop disco in Palaveri.

Photos Mikko Raskinen and Kalle Kataila / Aalto University

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