SGT Programme

SGT - Programme Structure

Join in! SGT Programme offers three optional courses each academic year totaling 17 study credits (ECTS) finishing with SGT Studio course with real-life challenges in different parts of the world.
SGT Programme Structure
SGT Programme Structure

SGT invites Master's and doctoral-level students from all Aalto schools to learn to work in groups with highly diverse cultures and disciplines throughout the entire program. If you are interested in a minor focused on global sustainability and humanitarian development, please see World in Transition (WiT) Minor.

SGT19 Nepali_Carles Martínez_field interviews about social cohesion/photo by ALFAS
Field interviews about social cohesion. Photo: Carles Martínez

State of the World and Development (2 ECTS)


This lecture series gives an introduction to the state of the world and development. It highlights the environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainable development and explores the dilemma of development from different perspectives. This series of 10 guest lectures is open for all during Period I (Autumn).

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SGT19 Nepali participants brainstorming interview profiles/photo by ALFAS
Students brainstorming field interviews. Photo: Carles Martínez

Sustainable Built Environment (5 ECTS)


This course covers fundamentals of basic infrastructures focusing on sustainable technologies, infrastructures and policies aiming for environmentally, culturally and economically more sustainable built environments globally. The key content covers water, energy, waste management, housing, land use, climate change, vulnerability and resilient communities. This course prepares students for the SGT studio and fieldwork. Set of 12 guest lectures & participatory workshops, Period II (Autumn).

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SGT 2018 Tanzania Workshop/photo by Tanzania team
Workshop in Tanzania. Photo: Nanami Sakai

Sustainable Global Technologies Studio (10 ECTS)


The highlight of the SGT courses. SGT Studio is a co-learning studio course for Master’s and Doctoral students at the Aalto University. During the course students form multidisciplinary teams to carry out projects linked to global development challenges. Assignments are implemented with partners from academia, industries, governmental and civil society organizations and communities in developing and transition countries. Each project team will be mentored by Aalto researchers and practicing professionals. Project-based team work, Periods III-V (Spring).

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Contact us

  • Email: [email protected]
  • Visiting address: Water Building; Tietotie 1 E, 02150 Espoo 
  • Mailing address: SGT ProgrammeP.O. BOX 15200, 00076 AALTO FINLAND
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