Board of European Students of Technology, is a non-profit and non-political organisation for students, by students. BEST was founded in March 1989 in Berlin as an answer to the need for an association to promote communication, cooperation and exchange between students of technology throughout Europe. Since then BEST has developed rapidly, both in number of members as well as in number of projects.
BEST connects students from 64 technical universities in 25 countries in a network which is held together by common projects, common interests and friendship. The official language of BEST is English.
From the perspective of our (approx. 1600 ) members BEST can be seen as an innovative factory, where students already before graduation have the opportunity to accomplish large European-level projects that serve their fellow students. Roughly half a million engineering students all over Europe have the opportunity to take part in our activities.
BEST strives to help European students of technology to become more internationally minded, by reaching a better understanding of European cultures and developing capacities to work on an international basis. This can only be fulfilled by giving students of technology all over Europe the opportunity to meet and learn from each other.
In order to achieve our goals, we organise a variety of academic events such as 1-2 weeks courses and international seminars, and other events such as cultural exchanges, ski weeks, sailing meetings, internal meetings.
In summary the public projects of BEST can be collected into three main areas of interest: COMPLEMENTARY EDUCATION: the collection of all the learning and leisure courses organised by BEST. It's the oldest and largest continuous project of BEST. In 2003 approx. 6000 students applied to participate in about 70 different (almost) free events arranged by BEST.
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