European Students of Industrial Engineering and Management

ESTIEM is the organisation for European Students of Industrial Engineering and Management, who combine technological understanding with management skills. ESTIEM’s goal is to establish and foster relations between students across Europe and to support them in their personal and professional development. The ESTIEM network consists of 72 Local Groups in 28 countries, reaching out to 50 000 IEM students.

What does ESTIEM mean to a single student?

At the local level, the greatest benefit of ESTIEM is its arsenal of events, or projects. The local groups organize yearly dozens of events, in which the content varies from 100% fun activities to almost completely academic and self-improving work. For example, LG Tampere (Indecs and Man@ger) has had a tradition of organizing a Vision-event jointly with LG Helsinki (Prodeko) every February. Vision events include roughly 50-50 % fun and academic content. ESTIEM means that Indecs and Man@ger is a part of a Europe-wide network of IEM students, just like all the finnish IEM students keep together on the national level.

Why should I participate?

  • Meet cultures from Turkey and Russia to Portugal – always without the cultural and social barriers
  • Make international friends and connections
  • The academic content of the events is appreciated and looks good in your CV
  • Travel cheap: the participation fee to the events ranges from 20-70 € (incl. accommodation, trips within the event, all the food, programme). So, including the travel costs to the event, the complete costs usually amount to only around 200-300 € per event!
  • The contents of the events range from 100% fun and culture to almost completely academic content. Just check the projects and see what fits you!
  • “The ESTIEM spirit” – there’s just something to it when you feel like a big family, even if you’re the only participant representing your country! This is something you need to go out and try for yourself.

How do I participate?

The events have a limited amount of participants. Applications take place in the ESTIEM portal. Once you log in, you click the EVENTS-link to see all the upcoming events, application periods, participation fees and event descriptions. Every event has its own Apply for Event-button, which takes you to the application form. The most important thing while filling the form is to show how enthusiastic and interested you are. Former experience with ESTIEM or an extensive study record is rarely needed!

For more information you can always contact the international team or go to the ESTIEM portal:

  • International Officer Aleksi Linna (Man@ger)
  • International Officer Tommi Valkonen (Indecs) tommi.valkonen(at)


The projects of ESTIEM

ACADEMIC DAYS – Fun 3/5, Academic 5/5, Culture 2/5

Academic Days events are designed for students willing to complete their curriculum by getting deeper knowledge about an IEM related topic and applying this knowledge to real situations with a personal and professional development purpose in mind. Unlike other ESTIEM academic events, each Academic Days event focuses on one specific topic in which the organizing Local Group’s university has a high expertise. Moreover, this topic is deeply covered, and combines theoretical knowledge with practical applications, both completed by continuous reflection. Learning outcomes characterising an event are aimed to be achieved by each participant. This is permitted by the coordination of the content and the guiding through the learning process by a mentoring professor.


ACTIVITY WEEK – Fun 5/5, Academic 0/5, Culture 4/5

An Activity Week is an event meant solely for having fun with the hosts and enjoying their culture. The event could include for example water skiing, mountain climbing, local sports and student culture. It’s a great way to relax: just follow the programme, let the organizers take care of everything and have fun with other IEM students from all over Europe!


BRAINTRAINER – Fun 2/5, Academic 3/5, Culture 3/5, Personal Development 4/5

BrainTrainer is a project designed to develop leadership, presentation, business and human skills of the participants through professional trainings lasting one or two days. Its aim is to coach and develop the participants to become more professional and successful in their organisation as well as in their own future career.

The trainings are either led by professional trainers or members of the ESTIEM, who might be trainers and/or highly experienced alumni from the business field. Apart from the theoretical knowledge another focus lies on the learning by doing principle, which is facilitated in implementation hours, where the participants can represent the appropriacy of their engaged knowledge by adapting it to a real life business situation.


EUROPE3D – Fun 3/5, Academic 2/5, Culture 5/5

Within a 5-day seminar series the participants get a deep insight about the hosting country. A special focus thereby lays on national characteristics in politics and economy. An environment with a blend of different cultures helps the participants get a better understanding of basic local parameters existing in the European states. Lectures given by experts from politics, science and economy, combined with trainings about intercultural awareness provide participants a theoretical insight as well. With a high level of interactive participation, Europe3D is a unique opportunity to start changing your world.


SUMMER ACADEMY – Fun 2/5, Academic 3/5, Culture 2/5, Personal Development 5/5

The ESTIEM Summer Academy was set up to bring international students together during summer holidays to engage in open discussion, group work, debate and private study under a senior Academic Leader. By talking, studying and mixing with students from all over the world all participants gain new ideas and perspectives, not just on their profession but also on other cultures. The event is highly appreciated among professionals and takes place somewhere outside the distractions of modern society, giving the participants and the Academic Leader a chance to really engage and reach deep levels of understanding about the topics at hand.

Through the Summer Academy project, ESTIEM recognises the importance of and takes responsibility for providing knowledge of ethics and sound leadership among future leaders of Europe.


TIMES (Tournament In Management and Engineering Skills)

The Tournament In Management and Engineering Skills (TIMES) is the largest pan-European case study competition for Industrial Engineering and Management students. This prestigious, highly acclaimed event has successfully been organised since 1994 and attracts around 250 top teams of 3-4 persons each year. Two qualification rounds are required to be selected for the TIMES Final, which takes place in an annually changing venue in Europe. Before reaching this final stage, all the participants take part in a Local Qualification at their home university. The winning team is then allowed to participate in one of the seven Semi Finals, which are organised throughout Europe. The final week eventually brings together the winning teams from each Semi Final to determine Europe’s “IEM Students of the Year”. Tampere also organizes local qualifications in November! Follow announcements during autumn!


VISION – Fun 3/5, Academic 4/5, Culture 3/5

The Vision Project is a Europe-wide series of seminars which study a new topic each year. It explores innovative approaches and useful tools to understand the current trends and emerging issues, and encourages communication between students and business world. Individual seminars can be attended separately. They are organised by different Local Groups throughout Europe,  each of them having a unique approach to the general theme.

LG Tampere traditionally organizes a Vision event jointly with LG Helsinki every February. You have a chance to participate in the organizing process and acquire experience from project work! If interested, please contact the International Responsible of guild(s).