Aalto University is a multidisciplinary university established in 2010 as a merger of three leading Finnish higher education institutions: Helsinki School of Economics, University of Art and Design Helsinki and Helsinki University of Technology. The combination of three universities opens up new possibilities for strong multi-disciplinary education and research. Aalto university’s ambitious goal is to be one of the leading institutions in the world in terms of research and education in its own specialized disciplines.
The Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture was established in 1871. It is the largest of its kind in the Nordic countries and one of the most prestigious in the whole world. The School researches design, digital media, audiovisual presentation, art education and visual culture. The viewpoint of usefulness forms the foundation of artistic activity.
The Aalto University School of Business was established in 1904 by the business community and it received University standing in 1911. The School of Business is one of the leading business schools in Europe and globally recognized for its management research and education in particular. It is the first Nordic business school to receive all three of the field’s international accreditations (AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS). The research at the School of Business focuses on business expertise, which is based on multidisciplinary international research and intensive cooperation with society and industry. Its research focus areas are globalization and competitiveness, financial markets and services, information economy and business networks research.
Helsinki University of Technology was founded in 1849 and it received university status in 1908. It was divided into four new schools of technology as of 1 January 2011. The Schools of Technology are highly committed to high-quality scientific research, which covers all the main fields of architecture and technology. Areas of emphasis for the School of Chemical Technology include environment-friendly and energy-efficient processes, the diverse utilisation of wood and other biomaterials, new materials and their application, new engine fuels, the shaping of micro-organisms and enzymes as well as novel pharmaceuticals and biomaterials. Important research areas at theSchool of Electrical Engineering include traditional electronics, electrotechnology and telecommunications technology. Micro- and nanotechnology have also been emphasised by researchers in recent years. There are almost two dozen research units, which focus on subjects ranging from acoustics to intelligent power electronics. TheSchool of Engineering researches and teaches fields that encompass all aspects of our built environment. Climate warming, energy conservation and the sustainable utilization of natural resources form the focal areas of both research and education. The School of Science engages in world-class fundamental research, the results of which it uses to develop scientific and technological applications. The fields of computation and modelling, materials research as well as ICT and media account for a large share of the research performed at the School.
Aalto University has taken part in NDI via the activities of the Center for Markets in Transition/Aalto University School of Business and the School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Aalto University/Center for Markets in Transition is the lead coordinator of NDI from 2013.
Riitta Kosonen, Prof., Director, Aalto University, School of Business, Center for Markets in Transition (CEMAT)
Piia Heliste, NDI Coordinator, Aalto University, School of Business, Center for Markets in Transition (CEMAT)
Eija Salmi, Director, International Affairs, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Aalto University