The university was established in 2010 in the merger of the Helsinki University of Technology, the Helsinki School of Economics, and the University of Art and Design Helsinki.
It comprises six schools with over 19,000 students and 5,000 staff members, thus being Finland’s third-largest university. The main campus of Aalto University is located in Otaniemi, Espoo, where the engineering schools operate, with two schools currently headquartered in Helsinki: the School of Business in Töölö and the School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Arabianranta (set to be relocated to Otaniemi in 2016). In addition, the university operates several units outside Greater Helsinki in Mikkeli, Pori and Vaasa.
The university is named in honour of Alvar Aalto, a prominent Finnish architect and designer and alumnus of the former Helsinki University of Technology, who has also designed a large part of the university’s Otaniemi campus.
Aalto University research articles from Innovation Toronto
- German-Finnish research team succeeds in organizing programmed nanoparticles into highly complex nanostructures
- Magnets make droplets dance
- Nanostructures improve the efficiency of solar cells
- New Medical Diagnostics Film
- One-Pound Boat That Could Float 1,000 Pounds
- Chemicals and Biofuel from Wood Biomass
- Wireless Display on a Contact Lens
- Researchers halve machines’ fuel consumption, by turning them into hybrids