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Helsinki University of Technology

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The Helsinki University of Technology TKK; Finnish: Teknillinen korkeakoulu; Swedish: Tekniska högskolan was a technical university in Finland It was located in Otaniemi, Espoo in the metropolitan area of Greater Helsinki The university was founded in 1849 by Grand Duke Nicholas I and received university status in 1908 It moved from Helsinki to Otaniemi campus area in 1966 It was merged into Aalto University in 2010 and briefly had the name Aalto University School of Science and Technology before being split into four schools in 2011

Much of the university's Otaniemi campus was designed by Alvar Aalto

Alvar Aalto's landmark auditorium of the main building The amphitheatre-like structure contains the main auditoriums, while its exterior can be used for plays and other activities The main library of the university, designed by Alvar Aalto and built in 1970


  • 1 History
  • 2 Research and teaching
    • 21 Studies
    • 22 Faculties and research
    • 23 Campus
  • 3 Culture and student life
    • 31 Student Union
    • 32 Student Nation
    • 33 Student housing
    • 34 Associations
      • 341 List of student associations of the Helsinki University of Technology
  • 4 Notable people and alumni
  • 5 Related links
  • 6 Notes and references
  • 7 External links


In 1849, TKK was established in Helsinki by the decree of the Russian Emperor Nicholas I, Grand Duke of Finland as a "manufacture and handicraft school", with the name Helsingin teknillinen reaalikoulu/Helsingfors tekniska realskola, along with two other similar schools, situated in Vaasa and Turku In 1872, the school's name was changed to Polyteknillinen koulu/Polytekniska skolan "Polytechnical School" and in 1878, to Polyteknillinen opisto/Polytekniska institutet "Polytechnical Institute", while the two other manufacture and handiwork schools were demoted to institutions of lower level As the proportion of matriculation diploma holders in the student intake gradually increased, the school gained more social respectability In 1908, TKK was given university status along with its present name, thus becoming the second university to be founded in Finland In 1955, building of the new campus area started with the housing village In 1966, TKK moved from Helsinki to the new campus in Otaniemi, Espoo

In the past, the university was also known by the abbreviations HUT and TH, from its English language and Swedish language names, but in 2005 a decision was made to officially solely use the abbreviation TKK for branding reasons

Logo used in 2010

In 2010, TKK was merged with Helsinki School of Economics and University of Art and Design Helsinki into Aalto University After brief existence in the new university as own institution, Aalto University School of Science and Technology, it was split into four schools, corresponding to four old faculties, School of Engineering, School of Science, School of Electrical Engineering, and Aalto University School of Chemical Technology In 2012, the Department of Architecture of the School of Engineering, formerly of Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, was merged with Aalto University School of Art and Design into Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture

Research and teachingedit


All engineering programmes offered by TKK led to the degree of diplomi-insinööri "engineer with university diploma", a five-year master's degree The only exceptions to this were the architecture programmes that lead to the master's degrees of architecture and landscape architecture From 2005, according to the Bologna process, all students might also complete an intermediate degree tekniikan kandidaatti, TkK before the DI or architect's degree This degree is considered a bachelor's degree and enables enrollment in foreign universities where a bachelor's degree is required TKK did not offer programs terminating in a bachelor's degree; a student might only be accepted to study for the Master's level degree TKK required a bachelor's degree from foreign students studying in English, because only Master's studies were offered completely in English

Apart from numerous programs in Finnish language, various international Master's programs were offered exclusively for studies in English

A lecture of mathematics for undergraduates inside the main building

Faculties and researchedit

The university was organized in four faculties, each consisting of departments and separate laboratories, and separate units not operating under any faculty

  • Faculty of Chemistry and Materials Sciences, currently Aalto University School of Chemical Technology Aalto CHEM
    • Department of Biotechnology and Chemical Technology1
    • Department of Chemistry2
    • Department of Materials Science and Engineering3
    • Department of Forest Products Technology4
  • Faculty of Electronics, Communications and Automation, currently Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering Aalto ELEC
    • Department of Automation and Systems Technology5
    • Department of Electronics6
    • Department of Micro and Nanosciences7
    • Department of Radio Science and Engineering8
    • Department of Signal Processing and Acoustics9
    • Department of Electrical Engineering10
    • Department of Communications and Networking11
    • Metsähovi Radio Observatory12
  • Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, currently split between Aalto University School of Engineering Aalto ENG and Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture Aalto ARTS
    • Department of Architecture13
    • Department of Energy Technology14
    • Department of Engineering Design and Production15
    • Department of Surveying16
    • Department of Structural Engineering and Building Technology17
    • Department of Applied Mechanics18
    • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering19
    • TKK Lahti Center20
    • Centre for Urban and Regional Studies YTK21
  • Faculty of Information and Natural Sciences, currently Aalto University School of Science Aalto SCI
    • Department of Biomedical Engineering and Computational Science22
    • Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis23
    • Department of Media Technology24
    • Department of Applied Physics25
    • Department of Information and Computer Science26
    • Department of Computer Science and Engineering27
    • Department of Industrial Engineering and Management28
    • BIT Research Centre29
    • Language Centre30
  • TKK Main Library31
  • Lifelong Learning Institute Dipoli32
  • Low Temperature Laboratory33

Additionally, TKK participated in various joint units with other Finnish universities and the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland:

  • Helsinki Institute of Physics with University of Helsinki34
  • Helsinki Institute for Information Technology with University of Helsinki35
  • Micronova Center of Micro and Nanotechnology with VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland36

TKK participated in 12 Centres of Excellence huippuyksikkö, selected by the Academy of Finland to represent the top research in the country and receiving separate, fixed-period funding from the Academy

Researchers at TKK have achieved notability in, among other things, low temperature physics holding the current world record for the lowest temperature achieved, the development of devices and methods for magnetoencephalography, mobile communications, wood processing, and neural networks, with professor Teuvo Kohonen initiating research in self-organizing maps Additionally, the first commercialised total synthesis, the synthesis of camphor, was invented by Gustaf Komppa, the first professor of chemistry at TKK37 and the Nobel laureate chemistry, 1945 Artturi Virtanen held a professorship in biochemistry at TKK More recently, the university has notably invested in the research of nanotechnology, operating the largest cleanroom facility in Northern Europe38 and of the largest microscopy clusters in Europe39

The Nokia Research Center has operated a "lablet" on university premises since 2008, in order to establish joint research programs and daily interaction between Nokia and university researchers, who would share the same facilities


TKK was located in Otaniemi, Espoo Several high-tech companies, the Finnish forest industry's joint experimental laboratory KCL, and business incubators Innopoli and Technopolis are also situated there It is also directly adjacent to Keilaniemi, with Life Science Center and the headquarters of several notable Finnish companies, such as Nokia and Fortum The area is connected by a 15-minute bus ride to the center of Helsinki

Culture and student lifeedit

A traditional Finnish technology student's hat teekkarilakki, the TKKTF type, photographed on top of a mirror

TKK was known for its active student community and technology students teekkaris are highly noticeable, as they wear a distinctive hat and often brightly colored overalls to many of their public events The community has also organised important charity events tempaus in local language TKK students are also famous for, and Finland's leading practitioners of, student pranks, similar in principle to MIT hacks Their most widely publicised stunt took place in 1961, when a team of students smuggled a statue of Paavo Nurmi onto the 300-year-old wreck of Regalskeppet Vasa just days before its lifting from the bottom of the sea40

Student Unionedit

The Student Union of Helsinki University of Technology TKY, Finnish: Teknillisen korkeakoulun ylioppilaskunta, Swedish: Tekniska högskolans studentkår was the interest group for the students of the university In 2006 it had 11,187 members,41 which included all the students of the university, as is stipulated by Finnish law42 It was founded in 1872

Student Nationedit

TKK was also one of the two universities in Finland to host one or more nations, a Finnish type of student corporation The only nation at TKK was Teknologföreningen TF and its goal was to unite Swedish-speaking students at TKK Teknologföreningen was founded in 1872, that is, prior to the student union Teknologföreningen also has its own building opposite to Dipoli called Urdsgjallar, completed in 1966 The Finnish-speaking student nation Tekniikan Ylioppilaat was disbanded in 1972 and its functions given to the university student union, since a separate Finnish-speaking nation in a university with an overwhelming Finnish-speaking majority was considered unnecessary The regional Finnish-speaking nations at the University of Helsinki also accepted TKK students as members4344

Student housingedit

The housing area of Otaniemi campus, known as Teekkarikylä technology student village, was owned mostly by the student union and partly by HOAS Helsinki Student Housing Fund The housing was characterised by the presence of foreign students of many nationalities As of 2005, the village offered housing for approximately 2,600 students45

Construction of the Otaniemi campus was started in 1950, in order for the first buildings to host the athletes of the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki Some of the building material originally used for the campus was acquired from the former Soviet Union embassy, which had been destroyed during World War II,46 as a result of bombings by Soviet Union itself Later the student housing has been used for housing athletes again in a number of athletics events, sometimes to the dismay of the students that have to move out during the events The quality of the Otaniemi student housing holds a high standard in international comparison

The campus contains the former student union building and convention centre Dipoli, named as the second Poli, the second building of the polytechnic students The original first building being located formerly in the Helsinki centre Dipoli was designed by Reima and Raili Pietilä and was completed in 1966 However, in 1993 the building was transformed into a training centre of the university The ownership of the property was later transferred from the student union to the university itself, due to high maintenance costs It is regularly used for conventions, congresses and student parties


In addition to the student union TKK students have formed numerous associations for studies, cultural activity and sports In 2007, there were some 150 associations maintained by university students In 2006, two-thirds of the student union members were members of "the guilds",41 which are student associations uniting students inside their department, eg the Guild of Electrical Engineers

List of student associations of the Helsinki University of Technologyedit

Currently this list includes only the associations known to have English Wikipedia articles

  • The Polytech Choir
  • Polyteknikkojen Ilmailukerho

Notable people and alumniedit

  • Hjalmar Mellin, professor of mathematics, rector 1904 - 1907
  • Gunnar Nordström, professor of physics
  • Gustaf Komppa, professor of chemistry
  • Artturi Virtanen, professor of biochemistry, Nobel laureate Chemistry, 1945
  • Olli Lounasmaa, professor of physics
  • Teuvo Kohonen, professor emeritus of computer science, neural networks pioneer
  • Kaisa Nyberg, professor of computer science, cryptologist
  • Raimo P Hämäläinen, professor of applied mathematics and operations research
  • Esa Saarinen, professor of applied philosophy
  • Alvar Aalto 1898 - 1976, architect MSc 1921
  • Eliel Saarinen 1873 - 1950, architect, father of Eero Saarinen
  • Jorma Rissanen, information theorist DSc
  • Risto Siilasmaa, founder and Chairman of F-Secure MSc
  • Jorma Ollila, Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell and Nokia, Restructurer of Nokia as CEO MSc
  • Matti Alahuhta, CEO of Kone DSc
  • Mårten Mickos, former CEO of MySQL MSc
  • Jyrki Kasvi, MP DSc
  • Satu Hassi, MEP, former MP and minister LicSc
  • Antti Tuuri, writer, MSc
  • Marjo Matikainen-Kallström, MP and olympic gold medalist, MSc

Related linksedit

Aalto University

Notes and referencesedit

  1. ^ http://chemtechtkkfi/en/
  2. ^ Department of Chemistry - Aalto University
  3. ^ Department of Materials Science and Engineering - aalto-yliopisto
  4. ^ 1 Archived January 16, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Home - AS Department - Aalto University
  6. ^ Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation - Aalto University
  7. ^ Aalto-yliopistosta saat enemmän kuin tutkinnon - Aalto-yliopisto
  8. ^ Department of Radio Science and Engineering - Aalto University
  9. ^ Department of Signal Processing and acoustics - Aalto University
  10. ^ Research - Aalto University
  11. ^ Research - Aalto University
  12. ^ Metsähovi Radio Observatory - Aalto University
  13. ^ http://arkkitehtuuritkkfi/engl/
  14. ^ Energy Efficiency and environmentally friendly processes - Aalto University
  15. ^ Scientific research and solid know-how - Aalto University
  16. ^ Department of Real Estate, Planning and Geoinformatics - Aalto University
  17. ^ Department of Civil and Structural Engineering - Aalto University
  18. ^ Department of Applied Mechanics - Aalto University
  19. ^ Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering - Aalto University
  20. ^ Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering - Aalto University
  21. ^ YTK Land Use Planning and Urban Studies Group - Aalto University
  22. ^ BECS, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Computational Science
  23. ^ Aalto SCI MS
  24. ^ Department of Media Technology | Helsinki University of Technology
  25. ^ TKK - Department of Applied Physics
  26. ^ Department of Information and Computer Science - Department of Information and Computer Science - Aalto University
  27. ^ TKK - Department of Computer Science and Engineering
  28. ^ Department of Industrial Engineering and Management - Aalto University
  29. ^ BIT Research Platform - Aalto University
  30. ^ 2 Archived January 8, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  31. ^ Kirjasto - Library - Biblioteket - Aalto University
  32. ^ 3 Archived December 30, 2005, at the Wayback Machine
  33. ^ OV Lounasmaa Laboratory - Aalto University
  34. ^ Helsinki Institute of Physics
  35. ^ Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT | HIIT
  36. ^ Micronova - Micronova
  37. ^ Kemia-lehti http://wwwkemia-lehtifi/pdf/gustafkomppapdf
  38. ^ "VTT inaugurated Microelectronics and Nanotechnology Centre 'Micronova'" Retrieved 2009-10-08 
  39. ^ "TKK Nanomicroscopy Center" Archived from the original on July 17, 2009 Retrieved 2009-10-08 
  40. ^ Ilta-Sanomat 5 July 1961 "Vasan veijarit", scan available at archiveorg dump of ttkyfi
  41. ^ a b "Student Union of Helsinki University of Technology annual report 2006" PDF Archived from the original PDF on March 7, 2008 Retrieved 2007-07-21 
  42. ^ "Yliopistolaki Finnish law of universities, 40 §" Retrieved 2007-07-21 
  43. ^ Osakunnat - Nationerna Osakuntien yhteistyövaliokunta ry Retrieved 1-12-2008 Finnish Archived May 2, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  44. ^ Suomalainen, M 2007 Tunnetko jo osakunnandead link Polyteekkari 12/2007 Retrieved 1-12-2008 Finnish
  45. ^ "Student Union web pages for the student village" Archived from the original on July 6, 2007 Retrieved 2007-07-21 
  46. ^ "History of Teekkarikylä" Archived from the original on November 29, 2009 Retrieved 2007-07-21 

External linksedit

  • Helsinki University of Technology TKK at Aalto University website
  • Helsinki University of Technology building map
  • Helsinki University of Technology at Google Maps
  • The TKK's Study Programme ECTS Guide book

Coordinates: 60°11′9″N 024°49′40″E / 6018583°N 2482778°E / 6018583; 2482778

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