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(F)Innovation in Helsinki
May 12, 2009 | SEEDMAGAZINE.COM | by Jussi Rosendahl. The
Finnish government will merge three top universities in three diverse
fields: Helsinki University of Technology, Helsinki School of Economics,
and the University of Arts and Design in Helsinki. At first called
Innovation University—sparking some debate about its relationship to the
industrial sector—the new institution has been named Aalto University,
after the legendary Finnish architect and designer, Alvar Aalto. The
goal is for Aalto to join the exclusive ranks of top universities around
the world that approach innovation with a multidisciplinary tack:
Stanford University’s D.School, an institute that assembles experts
across the campus, integrating human, business, and technical approaches
with “design thinking,” has led the way. Design London was established
by the Imperial College of London and Royal College of Arts in 2007, and
smaller-scale projects have appeared in Germany and the Netherlands.
Finland  innovation  cross-pollination  design  Colleges_&_Universities  Finnish 
july 2009 by jerryking
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