The idea of a merger was first presented in autumn 2005 by the then rector of the University of Art and Design, Yrjö Sotamaa, in his opening speech for the academic year. A more concrete plan for the establishment of a new university was presented in February 2007, in the memorandum of the working group led by Secretary of State Raimo Sailas.
Aalto University offers the highest level of education in business, art and design, architecture, and technology in Finland. This combination of fields brings a whole new dimension to studying: in addition to the traditional degree options, you can tailor a unique study experience to meet your interests and career goals. Aalto University encourages its students to engage in multidisciplinary projects and practice-oriented learning. Based in both Helsinki and Espoo, Aalto University students are able to take advantage of what the cities offer as well as being integrated into the biggest technology hub in the Nordic countries.
The cornerstones of Aalto University research are four fundamental competence areas:
As the work in itself – whether it is research, teaching or supporting those – that motivates the employees the most, the faculty of Aalto University focuses on university’s core tasks and academic work is supported by professional services. They offer career systems for professors (Tenure track, Professor of Practice), lecturers, for other academic employees and for staff working within services. Clear goal setting and target-oriented, long-term support for personal, academic and professional development are the core components of the career systems.
Rental housing is mainly available on the private housing market. Available housing is advertised online (various rental apartment forums), in newspapers and through agents. Finding housing can be time-consuming as advertisements are often in Finnish.A minimum rental period is usually 12 months for a private market apartment. This means that you are not allowed to terminate the rental agreement during the first year.Degree students at Aalto University are, for the most part, responsible for arranging their own accommodation. In order to apply for student housing in the Helsinki region, fill in the application forms directly on the webpage of HOAS and/or AYY.
The Aalto University Library is a scientific library open to the public, housing extensive and diverse electronic and print collections in all the disciplines taught at the university. The Aalto University Library comprises three campus libraries: Arabia (arts and design), Otaniemi (technology) and Töölö (economics).
Students have access to Aalto University email, calendar and various Wiki services, such as StudentWiki and blogs. StudentWiki is suited to collaboration, communications and other requirements of group work. Aalto University students can also publish their own blogs using the Aalto Blogs service. These and many other services can be accessed using your Aalto University username and password.
Finnish Student Health Service, FSHSFinnish Student Health Service, FSHS, provides students with preventive health care, medical care, mental health care and dental health care. FSHS covers all university students in 16 Finnish cities and services are produced at 16 health centers.
It has been decided that Aalto University will centralize its operations gradually to the Otaniemi campus area. The centralized campus supports boundary-breaking research and artistic activities by enabling versatile and active forms of interaction. The campus will be built gradually in an economically and ecologically sustainable manner. The aim is to create a vibrant and interactive research and studying environment where work, studying, recreational activities and everyday life will naturally be connected to each other.
UniSport is the provider of the Aalto University sports services. Operating on six campuses in Helsinki and Espoo, UniSport is a sports centre for the whole university community.At the sports centres, you can find a wide range of sports to choose from and facilities for training on your own as well as in a group. The best training buddy for anyone wanting to stay fit is the UniSport Training Card, which students can purchase at an affordable student price.UniSport is a joint sports service for Aalto University and the University of Helsinki.
TOKYO, the Student Association of the School of Art and Design, was established on 12 December 2008.
The Guild of Architecture is Aalto University's student association for students of architecture and landscape architecture, which operates under the Aalto University Student Union.
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