BEST (Board of European Students of Technology) is a constantly growing non-profit and non-political organisation, which aims to provide communication, co-operation and exchange possibilities for students all over Europe since 1989.
Currently, 94 Local BEST Groups (LBGs) in 32 countries are creating a growing, well organised, powerful, young and innovative student network. BEST strives to help European students of technology to become more international minded, by reaching a better understanding of European cultures. It manages to bring all the partners in the “student – company – university” triangle closer, by organising different events. Every year, BEST Local Groups organise hundreds of job fairs all around Europe. Additionally, there is an online platform of BEST, on which students can save their CVs and gain information regarding special career offers and job opportunities.
Since 1991, BEST organises Academic BEST Courses. More than 2000 students get the chance to attend more than 90 courses around Europe, on topics of technology, career related skills and engineering. During the courses, university academicians, researchers and professionals on different fields provide case studies, workshops and field trips to participant students. At the end of each course, participants have an examination and a certification, which they can use at their home universities to earn ECTS credits.
BEST strives to listen to the students’ ideas on what can be changed in their universities, study programmes or curricula. BEST is eager to be in close collaboration with thematic networks (ERABEE, EUGENE, EU-VIP, PRO-VIP ve StartPro), the stakeholders of higher education (ALE, EAN, EUCEN, EUROPACE, IFEES, IGIP, UNESCO ve SEFI), letting them know about innovative solutions, coming from the main receivers of education – students. Students can take part in symposia on education to learn the trending methods of engineering education.
Since 2003, BEST organises Engineering Competitions, which are the events where teams of students are required to use their technical, social and communication skills to fulfill a specific task or case in a limited time. These competitions are the perfect opportunities to develop the engineers of tomorrow. Every year, local and national/regional competition rounds are organised under Europe’s biggest engineering competition EBEC – European BEST Engineering Competition.