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  • 1. Aalto University
  • 2. Contents • Aalto University • Project Backround • Goal • Unique Opportunity • Aalto University Foundation, Mission • Governance and Funding • Partners • Board • President, Aalto University • Transformation Organisation • Studying and Research at Aalto University • Factories • The Name • Universities • Aalto News 20 January 2009 Aalto University/Communications 1
  • 3. Aalto University Full merger between three existing universities • Three leading institutions in Finland in their fields with major impact on Finnish industry, economy and culture. • Hundreds of years of history and knowledge brought together – Helsinki School of Economics, founded 1911 – University of Art and Design Helsinki, founded 1871 – Helsinki University of Technology, founded 1849 • Aalto University starts on 1 January 2010. 20 January 2009 Aalto University/Communications 2
  • 4. Project Background • Finnish Government entered in its Programme in 2007 its aim to extensively reform higher education in Finland. – New structures in use by 2012 – Financial and administrative autonomy increased • The Government mandated the Ministry of Education in the spring of 2007 to execute the reform. • Innovation University Project one of the spear-heading projects at the Ministry of Education. 20 January 2009 Aalto University/Communications 3
  • 5. Goal The goal for Aalto University is to be one of the leading institutions in the world in terms of research and education in its own specialised disciplines by 2020. 20 January 2009 Aalto University/Communications 4
  • 6. Unique Opportunity • Significant increase in resources • Independent governance model enables the University to develop itself • Laws governing university activities are changing • Combining three disciplines in a unique way 20 January 2009 Aalto University/Communications 5
  • 7. Aalto University Foundation Mission The Aalto University Foundation’s national mission is to advance the success of Finland through education and research. The University will make a positive contribution to Finnish society, technology, economy, art, art and design and international appeal, and support the welfare of both humans and the environment. 20 January 2009 Aalto University/Communications 6
  • 8. Governance and Funding • The University is Governed by the Aalto University Foundation – The Charter of Foundation signed in June 2008 • Seven-member Board appointed in August 2008 by the Finnish Government and representatives of external funding • Contributions as per the Charter of Foundation – Finnish Government contributed EUR 500 million towards the basic capital of the University – Donations of at least EUR 200 million 20 January 2009 Aalto University/Communications 7
  • 9. Partners • Finnish Government • Federation of Finnish Technology Industries • Foundation for Economic Education • Confederation of Finnish Industry and Employers • Finnish Association of Graduate Engineers • Finnish Association of Business School Graduates 20 January 2009 Aalto University/Communications 8
  • 10. Board Aalto University Foundation • Chair, Matti Alahuhta, President & CEO of Kone Corporation • Vice Chair, Marja Makarow, Professor CEO of the European Science Foundation ESF Members • Robert A. Brown, President of Boston University • Anne Brunila, President and CEO of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation Left-right: Bengt Holmström, Anne Brunila, Marja • Bengt Holmström, Professor, MIT Makarow, Robert A. Brown, Anna Valtonen, • Saku Mantere, Professor, Saku Mantere, Matti Alahuhta Hanken School of Economics • Anna Valtonen, Senior Design Manager, Nokia Corporation All seven Board members hold a Doctoral Degree. 20 January 2009 Aalto University/Communications 9
  • 11. President • Professor, Ph.D. Tuula Teeri is the first President of Aalto University. • The Aalto University Foundation Board appointed Professor Teeri for a term of five years beginning 1 April 2009. • Professor Tuula Teeri is currently Vice President at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. Professor Teeri has worked there since 1996. • Professor Teeri completed her doctoral Photo: Aino Huovio thesis at VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland), and received her doctorate from the University of Helsinki. 20 January 2009 Aalto University/Communications 10
  • 12. Transformation Organisation (1/2) • Aalto University is being prepared by the Transformation Organisation with the support of the Aalto University Foundation Board. • President Tuula Teeri (Aalto-yliopisto) and Rectors Helena Hyvönen (TaiK), Eero Kasanen (HSE) ja Matti Pursula (TKK) form the Steering Group which the Transoformation Organisation reports to, in addition to the Board. • The preparation work on Aalto University is conducted in all three Universities. • Staff and students are represented in the working groups. • In total, 400 people are involved in this work. 20 January 2009 Aalto University/Communications 11
  • 13. Transformation Organisation Structure (2/2) • The Transformation Organisation is divided into Theme Areas, with leader. – Overall Focus, Mauri Airila – Teaching, Hannu Seristö – Research, Outi Krause – People Processes, Timo Saarinen – Societal Impact, Markku Markkula – Administration and front row l-r: Esa Ahonen, Jari Jokinen, Services, Pekka Saarela Pekka Saarela back row l-r: Timo Saarinen, Mauri Airila, – Financial Issues , Esa Ahonen Outi Krause, Hannu Seristö Missing from photo: Markku Markkula. • Theme Areas are further divided into Core Teams and Working Groups. • Jari Jokinen is Secretary to the Board. 20 January 2009 Aalto University/Communications 12
  • 14. Studying at Aalto University • Our common goal is to create a student-centred culture that encourages people to learn new things and continuously broaden their perspectives. • Students have been involved in different Theme Groups which have mapped and planned for the future from the teaching and learning point of view. 20 January 2009 Aalto University/Communications 13
  • 15. Research at Aalto University Three Research Projects Combine Expertise • In connection with the preparations for Aalto University, a call for ideas was announced to researchers and research groups regarding research projects that would draw upon the expertise of the three universities. • The selected projects are: 1. Sustainable Communities 2. Neuro Applications 3. Economics and the Internet of the Future 20 January 2009 Aalto University/Communications 14
  • 16. Factories Multi-disciplinary Opportunities • Expertise workshops, the first new plans within Aalto University: – Design Factory – Media Factory – Service Factory • Based on areas in which the three universities already co-operate. • The workshops are environments to – learn – teach – research, and – co-create. • Academic teams and projects, as well as companies or communities work together. 20 January 2009 Aalto University/Communications 15
  • 17. Aalto University – The Name • The quot;Aaltoquot; name communicates an uncompromising effort to become one of the top international universities. • Working title quot;Innovation Universityquot; – the new University named Aalto University on 29 May 2008 • Over 1,600 ideas received in a competition to name the new university • Alvar Aalto (1898–1976) – a learned Finnish humanist, diversely creative person – Diploma in Architecture from TKK – Founder of Artek 1935 – Professor MIT (1946–1948) • Aino Marsio-Aalto (1894–1949) – Architect – Artek: Industrial Design Director, Managing Director – married Alvar Aalto in 1924 • Elissa Aalto (1922–1994) – Finnish architect and author – married Alvar Aalto in 1952 Source on Alvar, Aino, and Elissa Aalto: Alvar Aalto Foundation 20 January 2009 Aalto University/Communications 16
  • 18. Helsinki School of Economics (HSE) Largest and Leading Business School in Finland • Founded 1911 • State ownership since 1974 • Certificates of Excellence – AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS (Triple-crown) – FINHEEC, The Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council • Around 4,000 students, 500 employees • Degrees: B.Sc., M.Sc., Lic.Sc., D.Sc., and PhD • HSE Executive Education Ltd, incl. MBA and EMBA • In 2007, 391 M.Sc. degrees and 39 Doctorates Source: 20 January 2009 Aalto University/Communications 17
  • 19. University of Art and Design Helsinki (TaiK) Leader in Media, Art and Design Education Pro Arte Utili – For Useful Art Important Role in the Success of Finnish Design • Founded 1871 • State ownership since 1965 • University of Art and Design since 1973 • Six Schools • Around 2,000 students, 450 employees • International forerunner in design research. • BA, MA, and Doctorate degree students • In 2007, 110 BA and 201 MA degrees, 8 Doctorates Source: 20 January 2009 Aalto University/Communications 18
  • 20. Helsinki University of Technology (TKK) University of Excellence in Education and Research • Founded 1849 • University status in 1908 • Around 15,000 students, 3,700 employees • Leading university in technology and architecture in Finland. • Annually around 1,000 MA degrees and 160 Doctorates April 2008, the 20th Ceremonial • Conferment of 402 Doctoral Degrees, a record number 20 January 2009 Aalto University/Communications 19
  • 21. Aalto News Read the latest developments and news on our journey to Aalto University in Aalto News newsletter, published fortnightly at 20 January 2009 Aalto University/Communications 20
  • 22. More information at 20 January 2009 Aalto University/Communications 21