School of Business

Kauppis 110 years

Join us in celebrating the 110-year-old School of Business! By donating you help us ensure that the School is vital for another hundred years.
Kauppakorkeakoulun entinen päärakennus Töölössä Kauppis 110 -logolla
The former main building of the School of Business in Töölö, Helsinki.

Our School - Our Future

Aalto University School of Business was established on January 16th 1911, and has thereby educated business students for the benefit of our society for already 110 years. Although both the name and the location of the School have changed a couple of times during the years, our goal to offer high-quality education and research for a better society has remained the same.

During the School’s 110th anniversary year, we are launching a fundraising campaign. 'The School plans to grow considerably in the 2020s to meet our society’s need to increase the share of higher education graduates' says Timo Korkeamäki, the Dean of the School of Business. With the help of the campaign, the School intends to meet the goals without sacrificing the quality of our research and education.

All individuals who have donated a minimum of 850 euros to the School of Business during its anniversary year of 2021, will be invited to a donor appreciation event, which will be held on Saturday April 2, 2022, in the former main building of the School of Business in Töölö. Please note that due to the current corona situation, we had to postpone our event to this later date instead of the one previously announced (January 15, 2022). In the event, we will celebrate the 110-year-old School of Business - its history and its future - together with the donors.  If you wish, you can pay the sum in instalments during 2021. 

Join us in supporting our School, its students and their future success!

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Kauppis – warm, creative and ethical

In the video below, School of Business Alumni of the Year Salla Vainio and Riku Asikainen recall their study times, reflect on alumnihood and what inspired them to donate.

Read greetings from School of Business donors

Below you can find donor's greetings for the 110-year-old School of Business! You can read the greetings by clicking the arrow on the left or right. 

Kauppakorkeakoulun entinen päärakennus Töölössä Kauppis 110 -logolla

Alumna Kirsti Tamminen fondly remembers the lovely autumn day back in 1962, when she first arrived at the School of Economics. ‘I vividly remember the beautiful building with the magnificent reliefs that adorned the brick walls; the school was located in the Helsinki district of Töölö at the time. ‘“This must be the School of Economics; I’m definitely going to enjoy my studies here!” I thought as I walked inside. Since I have used the school’s chairs over the duration of two degrees, I consider it only fair to donate one chair to the younger generations’, says Tamminen.

Kauppakorkeakoulun lahjoittajien nimikkotuoleja.

Markku Talvio wanted to recognise his wife with a named seat to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary last year. The couple got to know each other at the School of Economics where Talvio began his studies in 1965. ‘We have returned to the School of Economics twice after having completed the first degree. I’m currently working on my doctoral dissertation. A named seat means a lot to the entire family, as many of us have been educated at the school’, Talvio explains.

Tuoleja, joissa on lahjoittajan nimilaatta.

Outi Syvänperä, who started her studies at the School of Economics in 1966, vividly remembers the humorous Mursujaiset ceremony organised for new students. She would go on to make life-long friendships with a number of her fellow students, and her studies ensured a great start to her career. ‘If my grandchild ever studies in Otaniemi, Grandma’s named seat will be there waiting’, Syvänperä says.

Kauppakorkeakoulun Cafe Kylterin edusta.

'My father was studying in Kauppis, when he and my mother met at KY's singing night in the late 60's. So I wouldn’t exist without Kauppis. My study time was extended to 6 years as I was actively involved in the student union activities, and each year was valuable. From both my studies and my student life, I got great opportunities for life, numerous friends (and several godchildren), and a huge amount of memories. Thank you and congratulations Kauppis!'

Salla Vainio

School of Business alumna, class year 1988


'Kauppis has given me so much: educaion, joy, friends, attitude and a wife, too. Donating was an obvious way of giving back a little!'

Mika Suortti

School of Business alumnus, class year 1984

Kauppakorkeakoulun portaat

'1911 - 2021 - 2130,
Everyone can see the history,
the history of the future,
the best thoughts and actions are made today.

Marko Parkkinen

entrepreneur, thinker and doer

Kauppakorkeakoulu ulkopäin kuvattuna lumisissa maisemissa. Kuva: Mikko Raskinen / Aalto-yliopisto

'Congratulations to the 110-year-old Kauppis! You are forever young. I notice how diligently you keep up to date and adapt the content of the services you provide to meet the current needs. However, you maintain a strong foundation and tradition on which to build something new. Your versatility and broadness will increase in value as the rapid changes in the world make it difficult to predict the future. Keep up the good work!'

Päivi Heikinheimo

M.Sc. Econ, School of Business alumna, class year 1970

Kauppakorkeakoulun lahjoittajaseinä

'The School of Business has been building Finland through booms, recessions, wars, reconstruction, crises and internationalization. Now our School is a creator of the future as we lift Finland from the corona crisis to new success!'

Satu Toivonen

Communications professional, School of Business alumna, class year 1988

Kauppakorkeakoulu, sisäkuva ylhäältä alaspäin. Kuva: Unto Rautio / Aalto-yliopisto

'I would like to thank the School of Business for giving me an an excellent foundation for working life and enabling me to have a tremendous and constantly evolving career at the top of Finnish economic life. Without Kauppis, this would not have been possible. Thank you!'

Mikko Nieminen

CEO, School of Business alumnus, class year 1993

Kauppakorkeakoulun portaat ensimmäisestä kerroksesta toiseen kerrokseen. Kuva: Mikko Raskinen / Aalto-yliopisto

'I first started with an eMBA course in 1989. Encouraged by Professor Veikko Jääskeläinen, I continued to my MBA studies, and after studying a period abroad at Michigan State University, I graduated in 1991, just at the time of recession. Without completing my MBA studies as an adult, I would not have been able to get a new, good job during a difficult time of high unemployment in Finland. The importance of the School of Business was absolutely essential for my career development.'

Jorma Piippo

pensioner, School of Business alumnus, MBA

Opiskelijoita istumassa Kauppakorkeakoulun pohjakerroksessa

'I noticed the professorship in ownership being established at the School of Business / Aalto University. This feels important in my common sense. In addition, ownership is an important fundamental right, already noted by Enlightenment philosophers. In these circumstances, I wish all Aalto University students to have ideological and philosophical thinking and the best of success.'

Pekka Räty

M.Sc. (Tech.)

Väre ja Kauppakorkeakoulu iltavalaistuksessa. Kuva: Mika Huisman / Aalto-yliopisto

'International student exchange is an essential part of studying, especially in business studies. Almost all jobs at least benefit from an international perspective, unless it is downright a prerequisite for their success. Student exchange also grows oneself to a broad-minded person.'

Sari Suomalainen

EU officer (retired), School of Business alumna, class year 1976

Kauppakorkeakoulun Homecoming Day -alumnitapahtuma elokuussa 2018, paneelikeskustelu

'It is great that the School of Business educates the Finnish society from one generation to the next. I hope to see my grandchildren in the School hallways some day.'

Mikael Stelander

CEO, School of Business alumnus, class year 1990

Deloitten nimikkosali Kauppakorkeakoulun U-siivessä (Otakaari 1). Kuva: Roope Kiviranta / Aalto-yliopisto

'Helsinki School of Economics has given me the opportunity to return to my postgraduate studies three times after my first degree in correspondence (1956). After graduating with an academic degree (M.Sc. Econ, 1978), I studied the basics of Chinese, and completed the very demanding French for Business diploma of the Paris Chamber of Commerce and industry (2009). A deep bow of respect and gratitude to my alma mater.'

Irmeli Kaario

M.Sc. Econ, School of Business alumna, class year 1953

Kuva Kauppakorkeakoulun promootioaktista 2016 Juhlasalissa. Kuvassa yleisöä ja sinfoniaorkesteri kukitetulla lavalla

'For me, Kauppis meant a student community, academic freedom, moments of success and hope for the future. I gained a solid professional foundation that guaranteed an upward career for me for decades to come.'

Maarit Seppelin

M.Sc. Econ, School of Business alumna, class year 1982

Proceccion in Töölö

'May civilization flourish, and that of heart, too!'

Aino-Mari Kiianmies

Portaat ja käytävä Kauppakorkeakoulussa.

'The professorhip in ownership established at the School of Business is a valuable step in promoting ownership and the awareness of its significance in Finland. I support it with joy!'

Reima Linnanvirta

Aalto Töölö julkisivu Kuva: Terhi Ollikainen

'Warm greetings and a very happy birthday to Aalto University School of Business. I have very fond memories of my time at Runeberginkatu and will forever be grateful for the generosity and support extended to me by the school and the Finnish people who helped me not only to get where I am today but, more importantly, who I am.'

Sören Seitz

School of Business alumnus, class year 1999

Kauppakorkeakoulu, Learning Hub. Kuva: Roope Kiviranta / Aalto-yliopisto

'Kauppis is the best place to study! Happy birthday to the 110-year-old!'

School of Business alumna

class year 2008 eMBA

MUstavalkoinen kuva portaikosta Töölön rakennuksessa.

'I got a good basic education, a joyful student life and a lot of friends from Kauppis. I also met my husband there. Our son is now the 4th generation in my family studying at the School of Business. I was the 3rd generation. I am particularly proud that my aunt and great-aunt graduated from Kauppis at that time period, when the higher education of women was not that self-evident, in the 1930s and 1960s.'

Emma Aer

School of Business alumna, class year 1990

Töölö päärakennus patsas

'The School of Business was an excellent knowledge giver, a learning environment, and a community for me. Completing 'Kuppilacumu' with talented and inspiring fellow students was the icing on the cake. I wanted to show my gratitude through donation. Thank you and I wish you all success and good luck also in the future!'

Juha Kustaa Poutiainen

Chairman of the Board, School of Business alumnus, class year 1975

Töölö lamput

'The School of Business gave me a great education and a bold way of thinking. In the recession of the 1990s, I boldly moved to the proposed job in the company’s IT department and stayed in the IT industry. I got to be building the IT systems of large Finnish companies – what an amazing journey! My work in the late 1970s included a calculator, typewriter, telex and telefax; 40 years later automation, robotics and artificial intelligence. Congratulations to School of Business and Thank you!'

Soila Höijer

M.Sc. Econ., School of Business alumna, class year 1974

Aalto Töölö yläkerroksen toimistotila

'During my career, I have been able to work in interesting and rewarding positions, and I am very grateful for the good foundation I received at the School of Business. The donation was a natural and nice way to concretize the thank you and thus be part of enabling the learning path for current and future students as well. My own children are in the university application phase at the moment and studies in business are a strong option for them as well.'

Minna Laakso

CFO, School of Business alumna, class year 1989

Read donor stories and news about donations

Lahjoittajien seinäteos /  Donors Wall at Aalto BIZ. Photo: Mikko Raskinen
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Former economics student Soila Höijer ended up in IT and enjoyed her work

‘I want to encourage girls to partake in the diverse IT sector’
Kovasen vesipullot auton istuinten käsinojine päässä
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‘Zero two hundred, six zero, six zero.’ Kovanen speaking.

CEO Eeva Kovanen has led a family business from personal transportation services into an investment company
School of business students sitting in front of the campus and laughing
Cooperation Published:

OP Financial Group donates 120 000 euros to Aalto University

The donation will be targeted to the field of business and economics.
Kauppakorkeakoulun alumni Martti Johansson
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‘Every day I felt happy to go to work. It never felt unpleasant.’

Martti Johansson, 80, is one of the happy members of Seiskan Veljet, the Brothers on the 7th floor

Read news about the School of Business and its history

Kiitosjuhla lahjoittajille, #kauppis110. Kuva: Heli Sorjonen
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Many thanks to supporters of the School of Business

Donations help build a strong future for the School of Business
Dekaani Timo Korkeamäki lahjoittajaseinäteoksen edessä. Kuva Roope Kiviranta
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A warm thank you to all our Kauppis 110 donors!

‘It is rewarding to work in an institution with such strong and extensive support of its community,’ says Dean Timo Korkeamäki.
Kuvassa näkyvät Kauppatieteiden Kandidaattiyhdistys ry:n puheenjohtaja Vuokko Skyttä ja sihteeri Kristiina Linnoinen. Kuvan otti Helena Salminen.
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Business and economics alumni association donates to the School of Business

The donators want to support the internationalization of the School of Business' students and to help them create international networks.
Kauppis-muisto, Annamari Vahvaselkä ja Kaarina Väkimies
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Our Kauppis Memory: Reunions are always happy and often emotional

‘Mikkeli Spirit glues the whole group together.’

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People and public artwork Donors' Wall at the School of Business.

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In donations of 10 000 euros and more to the School of Business, please contact our Head of External Relations Jonna Söderholm ([email protected]) or our Donor Engagement Manager Helena Salminen ([email protected]). A deed of donation will be always drafted for donations of 10 000 euros or more. 

Read more about donor recognition (e.g. named seats, Kauppis 110 donor appreciation event and Donors' Wall) here. The online donations are monitored on a weekly basis, and we will contact all those eligible for the different forms of recognition.

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Jonna Söderholm

Head of External Relations, School of Business
Helena Salminen

Helena Salminen

Asiantuntija, lahjoittajasuhteet
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