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BEST, Board of European Students of Technology, is a non-governmental, apolitical and non-profit organization in constant growth. It currently consists of 95 Local BEST Groups in 33 countries who work and strive to maintain a well-organized, young, innovative and increasingly influential student association. More than an association that promotes and carries out activities for students, BEST has as objective the strengthening of links between the BEST triangle: universities, students and businesses.

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BEST Lisbon

One of the 13 founding members of BEST

Our original goal was to give technology students the opportunity to engage internationally through an European students organization.
Our dynamics allows us to be in frequent contact with students, universities and companies.
Our activity is developed for the benefit of technology students, and the responsiveness given by them encourages us to accept ambitious challenges and motivates us to innovate. Because we are constantly evolving, we seek to grow with companies and universities in order to be able to develop projects that meet the interests of students.

European BEST Engineering Competition

The EBEC, European BEST Engineering Competition is one of Europe's biggest engineering competitions. This event is known for its continuous 24-hour format, in which participants are tested in one of the two existing categories: Team Design and Case Study. In the category of Team Design, each team must solve a technical challenge by constructing a prototype with limited time and resources. At the end of the competition, the team with the best solution for and portotype is declared the winner. The category of Case Study consists of the presentation of creative and innovative solutions to technical or management problems in limited time.

The winners of the local phase of each country, in our case the EBEC Lisbon, go on to the 2nd phase - the national competition(Portugal). Finally, the winners of this phase will meet in a European city for the final, which will decide the ultimate winners.

BEST Inside View

BEST Inside View is a pioneer initiative organised by BEST Lisbon, in collaboration with Instituto Superior Técnico and Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon. The project, inspired by the job shadowing concept, allows students to join a professional from their area throughout a work day, watching their daily routine closely. This project shows the students what they might do when they enter the job market.

BEST Training Days

The BEST Training Days (BTDS) aim to provide students of the University of Lisbon additional training in order to improve soft skills in their fields of study. The aim of this event is to develop the soft skills of our students in order to help them distinguish themselves in the labor market. The BTDS extend between one to two weeks full of workshops mostly given by representatives of companies, with further networking opportunities. The event has already potentiated skills of hundreds of students since its inception in 2011.

Local BEST Engineering Competition

The Lisbon BEST Engineering Competition (LBEC) is a pioneering initiative of BEST Lisbon. Inspired by the success of the European Best Engineering Competition (EBEC), the LBEC applies the same format to a smaller scale competition, which counts with the collaboration of a single company that decides the format, the date and the theme of competition. The company can also choose its target audience, thus making LBEC a highly personalized service which allows students to involve themselves in an event where they take on challenges in their areas of interest, while developing solutions to real world problems and strengthening the relations between students and the company.

The competition format may be similar to the EBEC, ie, consisting of a Case Study, Team Design or any other format that the company proposes. In Case Study, teams of students are tested on their theoretical knowledge to find solutions to a proposed problem. In Team Design, teams are challenged to build a prototype to solve a problem of a technical nature, with a budget and limited resources. In both cases the duration of the competition is variable, usually taking either a morning or an afternoon.

Season Courses

In addition to the diversity of local events, BEST seasonally organizes short courses throughout Europe. Looking for an opportunity to visit the European city of your dreams? BEST has 33 member countries, 95 Local BEST Groups and thousands of students who, like you, have their sights set on Europe. The 4 seasons accompany the 4 opportunities, per year, that you have to live this experience:

  • Autumn Season
  • Winter Season
  • Spring Season
  • Summer Season

All courses have an academic component, but also recreational activities that allow you to meet and interact with different cultures.

Regarding costs, your participation involves the payment of a fee (variable, with a maximum value of €45) which guarantees your accommodation, meals and transportation during the realization of events.