Helsinki Doctoral Education Network in Information and Communications Technology (HICT)

Aalto University, Otaniemi CampusHelsinkiUniversity of Helsinki, Kumpula Science Campus

The Helsinki Doctoral Education Network in Information and Communications Technology (HICT) is a collaborative doctoral education network hosted jointly by Aalto University and the University of Helsinki, the two leading universities within this area in Finland. The network serves as a collaboration platform for doctoral education combining all the relevant subfields of computer science and information technology at Aalto University and the University of Helsinki. It involves at present 54 professors and over 200 doctoral students, and the participating units graduate altogether more than 40 new doctors each year.

The quality of research and education in both HICT universities is world-class, but the education is still practically free as there are no tuition fees in the Finnish university system. Helsinki has been ranked as the World's Most Livable City (Monocle, 2011), and is the capital city of Finland, which is in the top 10 of the most highly educated nations in the world (OECD, 2013), and has been selected as the world’s best country to live in (Newsweek, 2010).

The activities of HICT are structured along six research area specific tracks:

  • Algorithms and machine learning
  • Creative technologies
  • Life science informatics
  • Networks, networked systems and services
  • Software and service engineering and systems
  • User centered information technology.

The activities of HICT are coordinated by the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology, a joint research institute of Aalto and University of Helsinki, and the participating university departments are:

News

  • Strong international interest in the Helsinki ICT doctoral student call in September 2014. The Helsinki Doctoral Education Network in Information and Communications Technology (HICT) received a total of 226 applications in its recent doctoral student call. Almost 90% of the applicants were of non-Finnish origin representing over 35 nationalities. The largest interest arose from applicants who had studied at a university in Finland (23% of all applications), Pakistan (9%), Iran (8%), United Kingdom (7%) and Sweden (6%).

Aalto UniversityUniversity of Helsinki