Research Assessment

During the last few years the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture has taken part in two different evaluations of research.

Evaluation of Finnish Art Universities

The evaluation carried out by the Academy of Finland in 2008 focused on research and doctoral education at all four Finnish Art Universities and the University of Lapland’s Faculty of Art and Design.

In the report it was stated that:

”The University of Art and Design Helsinki is an excellent institution with a wide range of research and research programs that touch every unit of school… There is a strong international component in the student body and among faculty, and there are many international connections. The development of this feature is a deliberate manner and pursued for many years. The strategy brings recognition to Finland and the benefit of attracting interest from many quarters. The university makes significant contribution to the social, economic, and cultural life of Finland.”

The report Research in Art and Design in Finnish Universities. Evaluation Report can be downloaded as a pdf-file on the Academy of Finland’s webpages, Publication series 4/2009 . You can also order it via e-mail: viestinta [at] aka [dot] fi.

RAE - Aalto University Research Assessment Exercise

During 2009 a research assessment was carried out jointly in all three universities forming the new Aalto University - Helsinki School of Economics (HSE), University of Art and Design Helsinki (TaiK) and Helsinki University of Technology (TKK). The aim of this exercise was to analyse quality and impact of research in the three universities, and also to map international level research potentials.

During the exercise, international and independent review panels assessed different units in three Universities. Review panel 9 wrote about the units of the University of Art and Design Helsinki:

“The University of Art and Design has wealth of research skills, competencies and knowledge grounded in the theory and practice of visual and creative arts… There is an opportunity to build a significant strategic role for Art and Design in the Aalto context. This not only brings real competitive value to Aalto but also (by virtue of its strategic potential) positions TaiK as a key partner in the development of this merger.”

The final report of the exercise Striving for Excellence - Aalto RAE 2009 and Bibliometric Analysis 2003-2007 was published in January 2010. Additionally, a Swedish expert made a separate analysis on bibliometric data called Aalto University Bibliometric Report 2003-2007.

Please see the results and all complete at the Aalto University website (

TEE - Teaching and Education Evaluation

During the academic year 2010–2011, an evaluation of the teaching and education (TEE) of the Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes was carried out at Aalto University. The aim of the evaluation was to analyse the present state of some of the practices of the degree programme management, implementation and development.

Final TEE report

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