Aalto University

Aalto University is a multidisciplinary science and art community in the fields of science, economics, and art and design. The University is founded on Finnish strengths, and its goal is to develop as a unique entity to become one of the world’s top universities. Aalto University’s cornerstones are its strengths in education and research. Aalto University  comprises of  six Schools: School of Arts, Design and Architechture, The School of Business, The School of Chemical Technology, the School of Electrical Engineering, the School of Engineering and the School of Science. There are approximately 20,000 basic degree and graduate students as well as a staff of 5,000 of whom approximately 350 are professors. The amount of international students are 2,600. The first president of Aalto University is Professor Tuula Teeri (Ph.D.).

Students are important part of the Aalto community. Aalto University is focused on its student-centred culture where critical thinking and open mind are essential. The content of teaching is developed and implemented hand in hand with research. Students at Aalto University can earn a bachelor’s degree in economics, art or technology and a master’s degree in architecture, in landscape architecture, in arts, in technology and in economics and business administration. These degrees provides also a career for scientific and artistic doctoral studies.

Internationalisation is an important area in university’s strategy. Almost 3,000 international students study at Aalto University from approximately 100 nationalities. There are approximately 70 English-language degree programmes. The main objectives are the mobility of students and staff, student recruitment and the development of an international campus area.

Aalto University is benefiting from its multidisciplinary character by launching research projects, study programmes and courses that combine the expertise of technology, economics and art and design. The Schools of Aalto University jointly provide Aalto studies that are open to everyone studying at the University. Aalto studies include individual courses and broader study programmes. Design Factory, Media Factory and Service Factory are platforms for studying, teaching, research and collaboration where academic teams and projects can work together with enterprises and the public sector.

Further information about Aalto University: www.aalto.fi/en/ 

School of Engineering

There are four technical- focused Schools at Aalto University, and the School of Engineering is one of those. The school has six departments: Applied Mechanics, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Civil and Structural Engineering, Energy Technology, Engineering Design and Production and Real Estate, Planning and Geoinformatics. Also, Center for Energy Technology (CET) and Institute of Building Services Technology belong to the School of Engineering.

The School of Engineering provides top class teaching and educates experts valued by society and able to work for various industries. The school creates new information based on research and experimental activities, as well as solutions that serve the objectives of sustainable development. A strong practical approach and jointly funded research projects are characteristic of the school. The school works in close cooperation with industries and surrounding society.

The School of Engineering offers Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees. Bachelor’s studies are held only in Finnish. Master’s level studies are held mainly in Finnish but also some of them have lectures in English. The Finnish degree programmes in master’s level are

  • Energy and HVAC Technology
  • Geomatics
  • Real Estate Economics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering and Building Technology
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering

The graduates work in esteemed positions as experts and directors in the fields of science and technology. Employment opportunities are good and graduates’ knowledgement is highly respected throughout enterprises and public sector.

Master’s Degree Programmes

The School of Engineering provides also Master’s Degree Programmes in English. The programmes are

  • Master’s Programme in Creative Sustainability
  • Master’s Programme in Environomical Pathways for Sustainable Energy Engineering
  • Master’s Programme in Geoinformatics
  • Master’s Programme in Managing Spatial Change
  • Master’s Programme in Mechanical Engineering
  • Master’s Programme in Minerals and Environmental Engineering
  • Master’s Programme in Real Estate Investment and Finance
  • Master’s Programme in Structural Engineering.

In addition there are three Nordic Master’s Programmes

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Maritime Engineering
  • Innovative and Sustainable Energy Engineering

These programmes are organized by the consortium of Nordic 5TechUniversities (Chalmers, DTU, Aalto, KTH, NTNU). More information about this consortium: http://www.nordicfivetech.org/

Last spring the number of selected students for above mentioned Master’s Programmes  was 126 students.

Master’s Programmes are elaborated further in this Study Guide (chapter Master's Programmes).

Organisation and Contact Information

The School of Engineering is headed by a Dean and an Academic Committee. The dean directs the operations of the school and is the head of the academic committee. In addition, the dean’s responsibilities are, e.g.

  • to appoint and dismiss the heads and deputy head of the school’s departments and appoint the head of the doctoral programme and those of the degree programmes.
  • to admit students to the school, make the decisions relating to the maximum duration of study, award degrees etc.

From this academic year  the School of Engineering has a new dean, Professor Gary Marquis, who has started 1st of July, 2013. The vice-deans are Professor Kirsi Virrantaus and Professor Olli Varis.

The Academic Committee for Engineering consists of representatives of tenured professors, other teaching and research staff, and representatives of other staff and students. It deals with the far-reaching academic affairs of the school, such as strategy and the operation plan. In addition, the academic committee  have a decision-making power in the curriculum and degree requirements as well as admission criteria.

Other administrative organs  which have decision-making power, are the Doctoral Programme Committee, the Degree Programme Committee and the Head of Department. The departments are directed by heads of department, each with a designated deputy.

Further information: https://inside.aalto.fi/display/eneng/Organisation+and+Decision-Making

  • TABLE 1. The numbers of students and degrees
 

2011

2012

Master’s Degrees

229

324

Doctoral Degrees

14

20

Students

3000

3444

Doctoral students

300

615

 

Contact Information  
Dean

Gary Marquis, professor
tel. +358 40 7201093
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Postal address: P.O Box 14100, 00076 Aalto, Finland

Vice Deans

Kirsi Virrantaus, professor (teaching)
tel. +358 50 0463729
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Visiting address: Gentti Building, Vaisalantie 8, Espoo
Postal address: P.O Box 15600, 00076 Aalto, Finland

Olli Varis, professor (research)
tel, +358 50 5661043
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Visiting address: Rakentajanaukio 4 A, Espoo
Postal address:  P.O Box 12100, 00076 Aalto, Finland

Head of Student Affairs Marjo Immonen
tel. +358 50 5839836
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Visiting address: Rakentajanaukio 4A, Espoo, room R260
Postal address: P.O Box 12100, 00076 Aalto, Finland

 Head of International Services

Saara Sokolnicki
tel. +358 50 5934886
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Visiting address: K1 Building, Otakaari 4, Espoo
Postal address: P.O Box 14100, 00076 Aalto, Finland

International Student Services
  • Study councelling
  • Individual Study Plan (HOPS in Finnish)
  • Graduation etc.
International Student Mobility planning officer and Master’s programmes Börje Helenius,, tel. +358 50 5906388,
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Outgoing exchange students planning officer Mirka Jalonen, tel. +358 50 4090745, 
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Incoming exchange students student affairs secretary Hannele Pietola, tel. +358 50 406 6951,
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Visiting address K1 Building, Otakaari 4, Espoo
Student Services/ The OOP Service Desk
  • Annual enrolment
  • Rights to study
  • Changes of name and address
  • Student attendance certificates
Visiting address K1 Building, Otakaari 4, Espoo
(open Mon – Fri 9-11 and 12-14)
Postal address  P.O Box 14100, 00076 Aalto, Finland
Tel. +358 50 347 8230
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See also

eng.aalto.fi

into.aalto.fi/display/enmastereng/

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