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.
The results of the RAE 2009 assessment helped to distinguish the seven key research areas of Aalto University today.
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Aalto University is continuously assessing the quality of its research and artistic activities, and its societal impact. The assessment is based on peer review and internationally agreed best practices.