Shaping a sustainable future

Aalto University’s purpose is to shape a sustainable future. We do high-quality research, excelling and making breakthroughs in and across science, art, technology and business. We spark the game changers of tomorrow, and renew society with research-based knowledge, creativity and an entrepreneurial mindset. All our work is guided by the values of the university: responsibility, courage, and collaboration.  

We have adopted a living strategy tailored for a world in motion. Join regular events and online discussions to share your ideas about the future of our university.

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Our plan 2022-2025

Learn more about the areas of development

Our purpose and values define our long-term direction. We have selected these areas of development that best drive us towards our purpose.

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Research: Driving excellence 

We create world-class clusters of excellence and bring complementary talent together.

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Education: Future-led learning

We take greater societal responsibility in degree education and continuous learning with elevated student experience.

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Impact: Inspiring ecosystem

As a community of faculty, staff, students, alumni and partners, we build an internationally prominent ecosystem.

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Enabling our success

To enable our success, we invest in our community & people, infrastructures & campus and services & resources.

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Three approaches to everything we do

We need new lenses to look at the biggest problems facing the world. Our combination of science, art, technology and business expertise allows us to rethink challenges and solutions alike. By encouraging a radically creative and entrepreneurial culture within our community, together we can make impact and find sustainable solutions.

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Solutions for sustainability

We help solve grand challenges in and across our key areas.

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Radical creativity

We build an outstanding creative community for new thinking.

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Entrepreneurial mindset

We foster an inspiring entrepreneurial culture.

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A living strategy for a world in motion

In our living strategy approach, our purpose, values, and way of working define our long-term direction while our choices are proactively and continuously re-evaluated.

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What surprised you today? Share it with us and contribute to Aalto University’s living strategy

Aalto community and stakeholders are invited to participate in a foresight survey that is open until 15 October 2021.

Contact us

Our strategy work is coordinated by Raili Pönni, Head of Planning and Leadership Support, Antti Saaristo, Senior Advisor and Marja Niemi, Development Manager.

For any questions regarding the strategy, please contact: [email protected]

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