Research & Art


The research conducted at Aalto University was subjected to an international research evaluation (research assessment exercise, RAE) to evaluate the scientific quality and societal impact of the research and to identify research with world-class potential.

The first international research assessment exercise of Aalto University was carried out in 2009, on the brink of the launch of the new University. The research assessment exercise was performed by panels of international experts. The panels consisted of 62 members from 20 countries.

In addition to the panel assessments, an external expert body carried out a bibliometric analysis of Aalto University in order to determine the quality of research at Aalto on the basis of its ISI-listed publications and number of citations.

In the self-assessment phase the units expressed their views on the quality of research in their units. The self-assessment reports were part of the information pack distributed to the panels before the assessment proper.

RAE 2009 report

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Research assessments

Aalto University is continuously assessing the quality of its research and artistic activities, and its societal impact. In the RAI2018 evaluation - Research, Art and Impact Assessment - external experts praised, for instance, the enthusiastic and collaborative work atmosphere, university’s infrastructure, the tenure track career system and the student-driven entrepreneurial ecosystem. The Scientific (and Artistic) Advisory Boards, SAB/SAAB, support the development of each School.

Two women analysing the content of a test tube
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