Industrial Engineering and Management – that's a real engineering degree where you learn to translate new technologies into practical solutions, like sustainable production processes or new products.
In this English-taught Bachelor’s degree programme in Industrial Engineering and Management, students learn to analyze problems and develop, design and apply solutions. A technical solution is only useable if you have thoroughly tested its feasibility. What is that new product going to cost? Will it fit in the production line? What do the company’s employees think of it? And the customers?
The degree programme is offered by the Faculty of Science and Engineering so you can be sure of lots of course units in mathematics, physics and chemistry. In addition you will follow course units in business studies, management and logistics. Your technical know-how and your management insights will prepare you for jobs where technology and management meet. Embedding in business and society is a key element of this degree programme.
The business world and the profession are becoming increasingly internationally oriented. Multinationals are introducing new products to the global market or want to open a factory abroad. These are all good reasons for offering this degree programme in English. Your fellow students and lecturers come from the Netherlands and abroad.
Study and board experience in an enthusiastic environment
'What I like most about IEM is the combination of engineering and management. This makes for a very varied programme, so it's good preparation for the varied labour market! The people at IEM are very enthusiastic and the students and lecturers enjoy working together.
The same enthusiasm can be felt at Lugus, our study association, which I chaired last year. Lugus organizes all kinds of activities for its members, from discounted books to company visits and trips abroad. You can get as involved as you want; some students drop in occasionally for a coffee, others join every get-together and excursion. I learned a lot during my year of board work. It’s demanding and you need to structure the work effectively. But it’s very rewarding to be part of a large group working to make the study association a success! I also play water polo and I travel abroad regularly as part of ESTIEM, the international partnership of IEM programmes. I get to attend guest lectures at partner universities and also see some of the cities. After exams I’m going to Budapest for five days!’
Perfect balance between basic business administration and technical detail
After my graduation I started as a consultant at the Strategy & Operations practice of Deloitte Consulting. I focus on large scale transformations like designing and implementing new operating models, large scale cost reductions and mergers and acquisitions.
Currently I’m working on a M&A project where I work in the team that designs the global to-be organization structure of two merging international clients in Consumer Business. My role typically includes facilitating client sessions, doing data analysis and making client documentation.
During my years in Groningen I became a broad allround engineer with a strong analytical background. The combination of analytical and numerical skills and knowledge of business administration is crucial for a good consultant in my opinion. IEM Groningen offered me the perfect balance between basic business administration and technical detail.
The study also allowed me to learn about my own strengths and interests. I think it’s important to do the things that you are passionate about and IEM will provide you with the right toolset to pursue any type of career after your graduation