Our strategy

Shaping a sustainable future

Aalto’s future is built upon a foundation of high-quality research, education, impact and shared values: responsibility, courage and collaboration. We have adopted a living strategy tailored for a world in motion. Our purpose, values, and way of working define our long-term direction. We choose development areas and actions that best drive us towards our purpose. As a community, we proactively and continuously re-evaluate these choices.  

During spring 2020 we will start preparing strategic action plans and roadmaps in the schools and other units. The new living strategy will come into effect on 1 January 2021.


A living strategy for a world in motion

In our living strategy approach, our purpose, values, and way of working define our long-term direction while our choices are proactively and continuously re-evaluated.

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Our purpose, values and way of working

Our purpose, values, and way of working define our long-term direction.

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Areas of development

Our purpose is to shape a sustainable future. We have selected specific areas of development that best drive us towards our purpose. 

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Research: Driving excellence 

We create world-class clusters of excellence and bring complementary talent together.

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Education: Future-led learning

We take greater societal responsibility in degree education and continuous learning with elevated student experience.

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Impact: Inspiring ecosystem

As a community of faculty, staff, students, alumni and partners, we build an internationally prominent ecosystem.

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Our three cross-cutting approaches

We have chosen three cross-cutting approaches in our living strategy. We apply sustainability, creativity and an entrepreneurial mindset in all of our actions.

Bacterial cellulose, photo by Aleksi Poutanen

Solutions for sustainability

We help solve grand challenges in and across our key areas.

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Aalto innovations present at Flow Festival, photo by Samuli Pentti

Radical creativity

We build an outstanding creative community for new thinking.

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Atmosphere at Slush event, photo by Mikko Raskinen

Entrepreneurial mindset

We foster an inspiring entrepreneurial culture.

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Enabling our success

To enable our success, we invest in our community & people, infrastructures & campus and services & resources.

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Strategy materials

Here you can find the digital brochure, videos and presentation materials related to our strategy. The new living strategy will come into effect on 1 January 2021.

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Students studying at the Harald Herlin Learning Centre

Your views are valued

We appreciate the expertise and vision of both our community and our stakeholders, and therefore you are always welcome to contribute to our living strategy.

As a stakeholder, you can participate by answering a short questionnaire. Thank you for your contribution!

Aalto University - Towards a better world, video

Link to the questionnaire (for Aalto stakeholders)Member of Aalto community, please share your insight by email (see the contact details below). Thank you for your participation!

This is how we created our living strategy

See how we created Aalto University's living strategy together!

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Banner for Aalto University strategy kick off

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Contact us

Our strategy work is coordinated by Raili Pönni, Head of Planning and Leadership Support, Antti Saaristo, Senior Advisor and Marja Niemi, Development Manager.

For any questions regarding the strategy, please contact: [email protected]

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