Electrical Engineering STudents’ European assoCiation is an apolitical, non-governmental and non-profit organization for EECS students at universities, institutes and schools of technology.EESTEC aims to develop international contacts and to encourage the exchange of ideas among EECS students through professional workshops, cultural student exchanges and publications. With various activities that EESTEC provides, it creates opportunities for students to develop in their academic, professional and social lives.The Association was founded in The Netherlands, in 1986. Nowadays, EESTEC is present in 27 countries and 54 cities across Europe with over 5000 members. Indirectly, EESTEC influences the students at all the faculties where it is present.

History of EESTEC

By 1984, the EESTEC idea was born. One year later, in 1985, representatives of three Dutch student guilds ETV (Delft), Thor (Eindhoven) and Scintilla (Enschede) forming the Committee for International Contacts (CIC) wrote a letter to old EURIELEC NatComs. It said, “From 1966 until 1971 there has existed a European Association of Electrical Engineering Students (EURIELEC). During this time, the student movement changed. The association died, according to the statutes. Your student association was a member of this Eurielec.”. They claimed in that letter to set up a new association with EURIELEC formers, “under the umbrella of an existing association like IEEE or ERUEL”. They said they were thinking about an annual meeting in one of the associated countries. The first EESTEC Congress was organized in 1986, in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. It was arranged for 50 participants coming from 33 different cities, in 17 different European countries. It seems there weren’t Local Committees at that time; it was introduced one year later with the old name of NatCom, which is National Committee.