(Aalto-yliopisto, formerly Aalto-korkeakoulu
, Aalto-universitetet, formerly Aalto-högskolan
) is a Finnish university
to be established on August 1
, when the Helsinki University of Technology
, Helsinki School of Economics
and University of Art and Design Helsinki
are officially merged. The former universities do, however, continue to exist subunits ("Schools") of the university. It is named in honor of the Finnish architect Alvar Aalto
. The goal of the university is to become one of the leading institutions in the world in terms of research and education in its own focus areas by 2020.
The Finnish Minister of Education, Ms. Sari Sarkomaa, and representatives of the other founders, signed the charter on June 25, 2008 in Helsinki. A seven member board was announced on August 15, 2008: Dr. Matti Alahuhta (CEO, Kone Oyj), Robert A. Brown (President, Boston University ), Anne Brunila (President and CEO), Prof. Bengt Holmström (MIT), Prof. Marja Makarow (Univ. Helsinki, ERC), Prof. Saku Mantere (Hanken School of Economics) and Senior Design Manager Anna Valtonen (Nokia Oyj).