Research & Art


In 2009, the research conducted at the founding universities of Aalto University -- Helsinki University of Technology, Helsinki School of Economics and the University of Art and Design Helsinki -- 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. This helped to formulate the seven key research areas of the university today.

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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Research assessments

Aalto University regularly assess the quality of its research and artistic activities, and its societal impact. The assessment is based on internationally agreed best practices and peer review.

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