July 3, 2017

Aalto takes its mastery to China

Tongji University is among China’s 15 best universities.
Tongji University is among China’s 15 best universities.
Aalto University

Aalto University and Tongji University in China will establish a new college in Shanghai. Aalto will participate with three of its Master’s degree programmes.

The programmes from Aalto University will be part of the programmes of the Shanghai International College of Design and Innovation (Shanghai D&I). The first the two years of the Master’s degree programmes will be held in China, the second in Finland. The teaching of the will begin in Shanghai this autumn, and the programmes’ first Chinese students will arrive in Otaniemi in autumn 2018.

This is Aalto University’s first tailored educational co-operation programme, which means providing a commissioned education service to an external client. The Presidents from Aalto and Tongji signed the agreement in Beijing this week.

Shanghai D&I students can choose from three different Master’s degree programmes: International Design Business Management, Creative Sustainability, and Collaborative and Industrial Design. The contents of each programme will be based on Aalto’s current Master’s degree programmes. Shanghai D&I will also offer bachelor’s students the Aaltonaut minor studies programme on product development, developed by the Aalto University Design Factory.

‘Shanghai is of much interest to Aalto University, as it is one of China’s largest cities, a big hub for business, and a continuously developing centre for design,” says Ilkka Niemelä, the president of Aalto University. “Our close collaboration with Tongji University will provide Aalto students and staff with new opportunities for learning and research.”