How can companies play a role in BEST ?


BEST gathers 95 technical universities spread over 33 countries, where it acts as a bridge between universities, their students and the industries. Through different projects, we aim to make these actors meet each others with the firm commitment to add different knowledges to the curriculum.

BEST Louvain-La-Neuve has for goal to bring all the partners in the « students – companies – university » triangle closer. It also permits to the companies in the engineering sector to make themselves known within the campus of UCL.

How can companies contribute to our events ?

BEST’s main activity is to organise events. BEST Louvain-la-Neuve organises three main types of events, depending on their target group : Academic Courses, EBEC and Internal Events.


Academic Courses

Each summer, BEST Louvain-La-Neuve organises a summer course on a different topic. The course gathers together around 20-30 students from all over Europe. The students attend lectures, put in practice what they have learnt and discover our country and its unique culture.

Academic courses are external events, which means that all students in sciences and technologies from partner universities can participate. No need to be an active member of BEST.

Companies can for instance contribute by :

  • Holding a lecture
  • Proposing and leading a case study
  • Providing a company visit
Summer course 2017 : « ELEMENTary, my dear Laplace »

EBEC – European BEST Engineering Competition

BEST Engineering Competitions are events where teams of students use their technical, social and communicative skills to compete in different categories: Team Design, Case Studies, Negotiation and Debates. Each Local BEST Group organizes its own Local Engineering Competition. The winners will compete on the National and Regional Competition. In Louvain-la-Neuve, it takes another dimension since it is composed by 3 local rounds, reaching more or less hundred students.


The Case Study consists of a research around a theoritical theme and an oral presentation at the end of it. The proposed solution are each year very impressive by their innovation.

EBEC Louvain-la-Neuve, final round, 2018.


The Team Design is more practical as it is asked to the students to conceive and implement their solution to the problem. Basic materials are provided : pieces of cardboard, caps, bottles, planks, etc. as well as all the necessary tools. A final demonstration allows to verify whether the solution is working or not.

EBEC Louvain-la-Neuve, final round, 2018.


For this event, companies can contribute by :

  • Holding a lecture (30min.)
  • Increasing its visibility on the campus
  • Meeting engineering students of UCL.

Usually, the company chooses to propose one of the two challenges. The partner, in collaboration with our team, will then design the best challenge for the students. The partner also has the opportunity to be part of the final jury.


Internal events

The local best group of Louvain-la-Neuve is composed by around twenty active members. Our international organization encourages us to meet our collegues from other universities as regularly as possible. Upon such meetings, we have the possibility to participate to training given by professionals or workshops. Our group commonly takes part in the organization of Regional Meetings (RM) or Belgian Week-Ends (BeWE). It is a good opportunity for a company to meet european students in engineering and thus to open to the international.

For this event, companies can contribute by :

  • Holding a lecture
  • Proposing a workshop
  • Meeting european engineering students.


Interested? Contact François de Barquin, our corporate relations responsible.




The Belgian Railways proposed the Team Design the 24th of February this year. Every year, HRRail is our partner and offers an original challenge to the participants. For the final round, it was asked to conceive a way to fill an electric train with salt and then to empty it. To spice it up, we added a little constraint: the train could not stop!




Odoo submitted the Case Study last February. This  belgian company is known for its open-source ERP solution.

The task was to use their solution on a futuristic market while developping a quite complete business plan.





Automatic Systems submitted the Team Design on the 18th of November. This belgian company builds most of the metro gates, the security gates of Abu Dhabi’s airport, the boarding gates of the trains in Florida as well as the barriers of UCL’s parking lots!

To echo to the security issues in the last editions of the 24 heures vélo, the challenge was to conceive a portable safety fence capable of stopping a vehicle to protect the crowd.




CISEO came up with the Case Study of the 18th of November. This young belgian company is specialized in the design and making of medical equipments and machines. CISEO developed small devices that allows to be diagnosed in few minutes.

The challenge was to conceive a technological and innovative solution aiming to improve and facilitate homecare, both for the patient and the medical staff.





The Team Design of the 4th of November was introduced by Google Belgium. It was asked to elaborate a « Crazy Machine »: a mechanism aimed to realise a simple task in the hardest possible way (a typical belgian concept!).

In Belgium, Google is established as a Data Center in the region of Mons. In partnership with UMons, they organize a similar competition to what was proposed in this round: the Crazy Machine Challenge.





Last 4th of November, Babelway invited the participants to realise a Case Study on data treatment.

This Walloon company – known in every corner of the world – , automates document flows between partners for various file formats and transfer methods.




Summer Course

We organized our Summer Course during the first half of July. The subject was finite elements, a domain in which IBA, the worldwide leader in cancer radiation therapy, works daily. For IBA, it was the occasion to meet European students to present them their solution as well as their working environment. Our participants had the occasion to visit the company’s buildings and laboratories during an entire afternoon.