T·I·M·E European Summer School:
Sustainability and the Global Economy


[T.I.M.E. European Summer School (TESS) is a two-week summer programme. The aim is to give the students a deeper knowledge of the relationship between sustainable development and the economic/financial conditions globally, encouraging them to propose creative solutions for real problems in a global context. [Source: T.I.M.E. TESS Reportz]

The students will have also an Industry insight with company visits and Leisure time, when students have a great opportunity to explore the cultural heritage of Paris, Madrid or Budapest.

Lasting two weeks in July, students will have the opportunity to obtain 5 ECTS credits through an intensive learning programme at TESS consortium member universities, whilst collaborating with the rest of the campuses through ICT.].

Projects to work on during the course:

• Make a middle-sized city sustainable!
• Stand-alone energy system for clinic power supply in developing country.

The projects will always take into account the human factors and will be referred, for example, to the topics:

- The global economic system.
- Sustainable development.
- Limited natural resources.
- Climate change.
- Clean tech.
- Energy in a global context.

Nowadays we are living a global crisis affecting the international context. Two important concerns regarding this situation are sustainable development and the economic and financial conditions. This course will allow students to have a deeper knowledge of the current situation on these matters and will sensitize them to the current context positioning themselves as professionals.

The TESS course is operated with the support of the T.I.M.E. (Top Industrial Managers for Europe) Association.

How is TESS organised?

• The students are in constant communication with the lecturers, independent upon where they are, and with their fellow students at the other campuses.

• Seminars will be held during the morning referred to the topics of the course. Materials will be available for students to work on them before the course.

• One study tour and one factory visit will be organized at each site. They are also followed by local group discussions and presentations on video link in the afternoons.

• During the final two days, students present their work in front of a jury.

Project-based learning

Team international working during the rest of the day. Our projects:

• Make a middle-sized city sustainable!

• Stand-alone energy system for clinic power supply in developing country.

• District-heating solutions for rural areas.

Working on competences

• Critical thinking

• Problem solving

• Collaboration

• Communication

What are the rules?

Criteria for admission

• At least 150 ECTS credits in engineering, natural science, architecture, economics or business administration.

• Statement/proof of English proficiency, e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge/Oxford certificates or grade in English from Upper Secondary (High) School and/or from University.

Course regulations

• Participation in and approval of all course items (lectures, group discussions, assignments and study tours).

• Written individual mid-term reflections of the course.

• Examination: 5 ECTS credits

Student's commitment

• Admitted students have to sign a Student's Commitment document, to be allowed to participate in the programme.

• Students are expected to be on time, attend class, do what is required from them and complete assignments.

Teaching materials

Lecture material and documents being not included elsewhere will be found in an electronic platform.

Grades and T·I·M·E certificate

ECTS grades (A – F) will be received by September 2018, mainly based on the work developed during the course and on group presentations at the end of the course. Upon satisfactory completion of the course, students will receive a certificate from T·I·M·E.

How can I apply?


Opening date for application:

February 1, 2018

Deadline date of application:

June 15, 2018

Applications are to be submitted through this page.

Up-to-date information and additional details are provided on the course's website: www.time-tess.eu.

Students must send information enough to prove that they fulfil the criteria for admission. They must also choose in which campus they would like to be during the course (it will be respected pending on the availability and trying to have students from different countries at all campuses to keep the sense of the international spirit).

The order in which applications are received will be taken into account.


A 200 euro scholarship is available (under certain conditions) to students from T.I.M.E. Partner Universities – Click here to see the list of T.I.M.E. Universities.

Tuition fees

Students from the T.I.M.E. Association member universities are exempt from tuition fees. Students from of all other institutions are required to pay a tuition fee of 1000 euro.

If you require additional information concerning registration and admissions, please contact us at gwenaelle.guillerme@time-association.org.


Week 1

Monday, July 2nd

Course kickoff

Tuesday, July 3rd

Urban sustainability: air quality and climate change (UPM)

Wednesday, July 4th

Sustainable best practices in the print industry (OUSL)

Thursday, July 5th

The economic implications of sustainable development (BME)

Friday, July 6th

Company visit. Local arrangements at each campus.

Week 2

Monday, July 9th

Ethics (CS)

Tuesday, July 10th

Sustainability efforts in international law (BME)

Wednesday, July 11th


Thursday, July 12th

Working group session

Friday, July 13th

Working group session and final presentations

Note: the order of the presentations may change without prior notice.
Accepted students MUST be present at all times. Students need to arrive at their chosen campuses no later than July 1, 2018

Contact us

If you need further information about the course, which may not be available on this website, please contact the local coordinator at your partner university.


Gwenaëlle Guillerme

Secretary-General of the T.I.M.E. Association


Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Prof. Isabel Ortiz Marcos

BME (Budapest)

George Horváth

Bdg. Q, room A-235


Xavière Marcy


If you have any questions about the programme, please contact Mrs Gwenaëlle Guillerme – gwenaelle.guillerme@time-association.org