BEST (Board of European Students of Technology) is a non-profit, non-political, non-representative students’ organisation aiming to provide communication, cooperation and exchange possibilities for students of technology since 1989.
BEST is present in 95 technical universities from 33 countries making it a creative, dynamic, innovative, constantly growing and well-organised network of students. We strive to help students become more internationally minded and provide a platform for mutual understanding between different cultures and societies. Our activities support the personal development of students and facilitate interactions between students, universities and companies.
We do this by providing career support and organising academic courses, engineering competitions, educational symposia and leisure events. BEST enables students to develop their professional careers by connecting them to leading companies and universities. Every year we organise hundreds of career fairs all over Europe. Additionally, we have developed an online career centre where students can submit their CVs and receive newsletters with information about special career or study programmes.
BEST has been organising engineering competitions since 2003 as a way to develop competences of future engineers. During these events teams of students are challenged to use their creativity, knowledge, social and communication skills to solve a given problem in a limited amount of time. Every year BEST organises the biggest European wide engineering competition, EBEC - European BEST Engineering Competition.
We offer our partners at EBEC events the opportunity to come in touch with best engineering students and see them in action solving technical tasks. The participants will be competing in two categories – Team Design and Case Study. They will be working in teams, using their technical and soft skills, cultural awareness and creativity to find a solution for a given problem.
This year, 5000 participants will join local engineering competition at their home universities. The winners of these local rounds advance to the national (or regional) level. These competition will determine the best of the best, who will then participate in the European final. The EBEC Alpe-Adria event is going to be on a regional level. Our region consist of Zagreb (Croatia), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Maribor (Slovenia), Graz (Austria) and Erlangen (Germany). In total 40 students will compete in the following categories:
The Case Study competition consists in solving a theoretical technical or a management problem and giving a presentation in the end about the solutions they came up with.
The Team Design competition consists in building a device as a solution to solve a technical problem in a limited time and a limited availability of materials.
We offer cooperating companies to co-design the topics of both categories, Case Study and the Team Design. Thereby, not only interesting solution approaches for recent challenges in the economy could be found by participating students, also junior employees can be discovered. This engineering completion can also been seen as an informal assessment centre.