What is BEST?

On 20 October 2014, LBG Brussels started a new challenging year with its 22th board, full of motivated members who are ready to work hard to achieve again a very successful year! LBG Brussels, one of the 95 Local BEST groups around Europe (for more information: see below: BEST International), is situated at the campus of the “Vrije Universiteit Brussel” (VUB - http://www.vub.ac.be) where we every year welcome our participants and cooperate with the engineering and science departments to prepare our Summer Course. Besides organising our yearly Summer Course, we try to broaden our minds by organising every year different and even more events! Besides the international events we host, we also organise some local activities to have a closer contact with our fellow students at the VUB. Being a member of LBG Brussels brings not only taking responsibilities along, but it also contains having a lot of fun with friends and meeting many European students, that pass by spontaneously in our beautiful city.

History of LBG Brussels

Summer 1993: a group of students at the faculty of Applied Sciences wanted to organise a cultural exchange. Browsing trough the net they discovered BEST and from that point BEST Brussels was founded. Already during the summer of 1994 the first Summer Course was organised, entitled “Management for Engineers”. Due to the success of this course, BEST Brussels became officially accepted as “Baby-member” in November 1994 at the General Assembly in Timisoara. During the summer of 1995 we organised our second summer course with the subject “Electric and Hybrid Vehicles in Cities”. Shortly after, we received the “Full-member”-status during the Presidents Meeting of November 1995 in Trondheim (Norway). This allowed us to fully co-operate and take part in decisions inside BEST. From that day on, BEST Brussels has organised yearly a succesful Summer Course, touching diverse technological topics in cooperation with many departments of the VUB. Not only organising public events, our members and students of our university have had the chance to experience new cultures during many cultural exchanges. BEST Brussels has also largely contributed to the international action of BEST. Hosting internal BEST events (like board meetings, committee meetings, training events,...) our biggest challenge was organising the General Assembly in 1997, in cooperation with the four Belgian BEST groups at that moment (Brussels, Liege, Louvain-la-Neuve and Ghent). Besides organising internal events, many of our members have been or are international active in several committees.

Situating the VUB – our university

The VUB is the Flemish university in Brussels that grew out of the French-speaking ‘Université Libre de Bruxelles’ (ULB) in 1970. In this 30 years the VUB has become a well-respected player in the Belgian and European academical world. Characterized by its very open approach the university has a very international orientation, with a wide variety of classes taught in English for students of all nationalities. Both in fundamental and applied research the VUB pushes the frontiers of research. This environment forms the ideal base for the self-development, which is so important for every student. Brussels, Capital of Belgium/Europe!

Brussels – capital of Belgium & Europe!

Brussels, a city full of life during the day, but its monuments, it habitants and its young and divers students make the city shine even during the night. This capital is not only different from all other Belgian cities because of its bilangual language, it is also the capital of the continent: all languages & cultures and commerce, meet here in a cosmopolitan atmosphere of business and relaxation. It is a city, which takes everyone from the international businessman to the unobtrusive tourist to its heart. We’re sure that you will love the city as well!

BEST International

For more information on the international structure of BEST you can visit the international website: http://www.best.eu.org/.