Riga Technical University hosts one of Europe’s biggest Industrial Engineering and Management students’ conferences for the first time

Riga Technical University hosts one of Europe’s biggest Industrial Engineering and Management students’ conferences for the first time


2015, 14 - 20 April Riga will welcome 260 students from 30 European countries for the Council Meeting.
ESTIEM (European Students of Industrial Engineering and Management) is Europe’s largest Industrial Engineering and Management students’ organisation which is represented in 28 countries and brings together more than 60 000 students from 77 European universities (Local Groups). The organisation was founded in 1990. In Latvia ESTIEM operates since 2010, when Riga Technical University’s students established Local Group Riga. Aim of the organisation is to establish and foster relations between students across Europe and to support the industry students' personal and professional development. The organisation annually hosts more than 80 different events that allow students to gain international experience while studying in their homeland.
Council Meeting is the largest biannual event organised by one or several of 77 organisation’s Local Groups. It brings together more than 250 students. This Council Meeting is special. It is 50th Council Meeting of ESTIEM and marks 50th anniversary of the organisation.
There is more to it than just the number. It is also the first Council Meeting organised with joint forces of a whole region, hence the name Council Meeting Baltics. 8 Local Groups, representing best technical universities in the region from 8 different cities - Riga (RTU), Vilnius (VGTU), Kaunas (KTU), Kiev (KPI), Minsk (BSUIR), Tallinn (TUT), Moscow (BMTU) and Saint Petersburg (UNECON). Riga, located in the centre, was awarded the honour of being the event venue.

The agenda of the event consists of multiple General Assembly sessions, that cover reports from the Board, as well as, Projects, Committees and Initiatives of ESTIEM. They also include panel discussions and lectures with leading professionals and academics in the field of IEM. Another major part of the event includes various Trainings to work on participants’ professional skills such as teamwork, leadership, presentation skills and case study, as well as Working Groups that are more focused on improving organisation’s work.