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IEM Education Forum

6th & 7th October, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

“Skills integration in IEM education”

Which skills are required from an IEM (Industrial Engineering and Management) student? The first IEM Education Forum in Karlsruhe brought some light in the dark by providing a platform for students, professors, alumni and company representatives from all over Europe to exchange and discuss their experiences and best practices. The aim was to deepen the understanding and the awareness of IEM education of all stakeholders. This enabled improving and shaping IEM education for the future.

The event took place in Karlsruhe Institute of Technology on 6th and 7th of October. The participants are invited to bring their thoughts and experiences to Karlsruhe to share them with the other participants. In return they will go home with a bunch of new ideas and insights about their own studies and future.

Detailed agenda with exact times of the sessions:

Bring together students, alumni, professors, universities and company representatives, and provide them a productive environment for discussions. 

The different universities present were (students and/or professors or other staff): 

  • Karslruhe Institute of Technology
  • Eindhoven University of Technology
  • RWTH Aachen University
  • Lappeenranta University of Technology
  • TU Dortmund University
  • University of Paderborn
  • Istanbul Technical University
  • Grenoble Institute of Technology
  • University of Aveiro
  • Technical University of Berlin

The IEM Education Forum enabled the participants to share their experiences, best practices and thoughts about education of IEM students. Since this was a forum of equal participants, all participants are expected to be involved in the discussions. Besides this, some of the participants gave speeches or presentations about a specific topic to share their opinion and best practices.

In presentations, discussions and working sessions the students as well as the professors and universities can benefited from each other. Alumni and companies were supposed to contribute what skills are required for the future. This learning experience helped the participants to shape the understanding of their own studies and thereby encouraged improvement of IEM studies on a local level.


How to join or contribute

Since the event took place already, it is not possible to join anymore. However, a second edition is under discussion. Updates about this can be found at this page. In the meanwhile, all questions of input can be sent to iemforum.education@estiem.org.

[Do you also want to know how other universities are organising their IEM studies? Or do you want to influence IEM Education in Europe? There is a possibility to join the event or to contribute to the content of the event. To register for the event, please simply fill in this form. To contribute to the content, please follow this link.]

Video conference


A video conference offered the possibility to join the discussions for those who could not come to Karlsruhe personally.

[If you would like to join individual of all sessions but cannot attend the event in Karlsruhe, then you are welcome to join us by video conference. A streaming link will be provided here soon. Next to following the presentations and discussions, you will be able to contribute via written or spoken comments.]


Primary information on the 1st edition





Support and participation from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology


Prof. Dr. Marc Wouters, Chair of Management Accounting (Participant)

Dipl. rer. pol. techn. Tobias Jordan, Research Associate (Participant)

Prof. Dr. Clemens Puppe, Chair of Economic Theory

Prof. Dr. Frank Schultmann, Dean Industrial Engineering and Management Faculty

Prof. Dr. Alexander Wanner, vice-president for education and academic affairs KIT



Supporters and participants of the IEM Education Forum, among others


Prof. Frédéric Noel, Professor at Grenoble-INP (Institute of Technology) (Participant)

Prof. Carina Pimentel, Assistant Professor at the University of Aveiro (Participant)

Prof. Rui Lima, Professor at the University of Minho

Dr. Gülgül Alpan-Gaujal, Associate Professor at Grenoble-INP (Institute of Technology)

Dr. Marie-Anne le Dain, Associate Professor at Grenoble-INP (Institute of Technology)

Dr. Anne-Laure Ladier, Assistant Professor at INSA Lyon (Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon)