The President of Finland has granted Professor Colin Whitehouse the decoration of Knight, First Class, of the Order of the White Rose of Finland for services to Finland in his capacity as a member of the Aalto University Board. Professor Whitehouse has been member of the Aalto University Board since 2013 and his term ends on 31 December 2019.
The Order of the White Rose of Finland is one of three official orders in Finland, along with the Order of the Cross of Liberty, and the Order of the Lion of Finland. The Order of the White Rose is the highest honour that can be bestowed on a non-Finnish recipient. Decorations are granted by the President of Finland for distinguished service to a Finnish National Institution. Awarding decorations on the Independence Day for merits benefiting the country is an important national tradition in Finland.