Sino-Finnish Center

Sino-Finnish Centre aims to create a strategic paradigm in innovative education, research and practice. Sino-Finnish Centre is a joint effort of Tongji University in China and Aalto University in Finland. It is a hotspot for people who want to make their ideas into reality.

We believe that bringing students, companies and researchers together can create extraordinary outcomes. Sino-Finnish Centre supports the mutual goal of Aalto and Tongji to become world-class universities.

Sino-Finnish Centre offers new learning experiences through international and interdisciplinary activities. Courses, workshops and lectures range from product design, innovation and sustainability to business management etc.

Sino-Finnish Centre and Aalto-Tongji Design Factory welcome leading scholars and future talents from Aalto, Tongji and our key partner universities. Co-operation with leading companies, organizations and researchers is also key to our ecosystem. Join us!



Year 2010

May 25th

On the opening day of Aalto-Tongji Design Factory (the first concrete step towards a broader cooperation between the two universities), the President of Aalto University TuulaTeeri and the President of Tongji University Pei Gang signed the agreement of realising the Sino-Finnish Centre, a dynamic platform for Sino-Finnish cooperation. The speeches by both Presidents demonstrated well the strong will to have a long lasting and strategic partnership between the universities, and also the uniqueness of the forthcoming SFC. President Pei described the SFC as “one small step for two universities, and one giant leap for both humankind and kind humans. The mission of the cooperation is to build a better world to live in.”

Both Presidents stated the desire to “change the world”. “The 21st century will undoubtedly be a century of design and innovation. The new era needs new approaches of human centred innovation. To achieve this and go even further, international, transcultural and interdisciplinary collaboration is of utmost importance”. The SFC aims to gradually widen the activities to cover Design and Innovation, Architecture and Urban Planning, ICT, Economics and Business Management, Transport, Mechanical Engineering and other major areas of Aalto and Tongji Universities.


October 20th

Tongji University officially announced the Sino-Finnish Centre.

Year 2018


The year 2018 is the 8th anniversary of the Sino-Finnish Centre — the widely known “design-driven” international interdisciplinary and open innovation platform — at Tongji University. On this basis, founding partners Tongji University and Aalto University of Finland with the support of the city of Espoo will make joint efforts to develop together a higher level culture and science innovation ecosystem in China for cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, industry-university-research cooperation.


We invite excellent experts from all over the world to discuss the opportunities and challenges that the whole human community are encountered with, and explore how to realise the combination of culture, technology and innovation through design, and to promote a new paradigm of sustainable development, of which the connotation is: new model, new life, new industry and new economy.


Tel: +86 21 65987507

Fax: +86 21 65987510

Add: 4F, Shixun Building, 100 Zhangwu Road, Yangpu District, Shanghai, China

Zip: 200092

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