Inisol is the Initiative Group Solvay. Our association consists of masterstudents in commercial engineering and is attached to the Solvay Business School of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Inisol’s activities are categorized in three domains.

Practical experience

As a business engineer student, it is becoming increasingly important to enter the labour market with a complete set of skills. Inisol contributes to this by organising practical activities complementary to theoretical subjects.

Firstly, there is the trade mission, a full-fledged course unit at the faculty. This year we have reached the 31th edition with destination Russia, Hongary and Greece. During this three week missions, a group of about forty graduating students will individually carry out a specific assignment for the participating companies under direct academic supervision. These three trade missions can be interesting for companies for many reasons, such as market research, marketing mix analysis, identifying potential suppliers and customers, exploring strategic opportunities, site engineering and investigating the impact of COVID-19 on the international activities. For more information concerning our trade missions, you can click here.

The second way in which we help students gain practical experience is by organising our annual Job- & Internship Fair. This year, the Job- & Internship Fair will take place on the 28th of October 2021. Students come into contact with both large and smaller companies from many different sectors and in this way we facilitate their search for an internship or a first job.

Finally, this year Inisol has entered into a partnership with the Solvay Consulting Club. This means that the VUB students can now participate in the consultancy projects that SCC carries out for various large companies such as Microsoft and Umicore. In addition, they can also participate in the many workshops that are organized to further develop all kinds of soft & hard skills.

Corporate relations

Inisol supports the professional relationships between commercial engineering students on the one hand and the business world on the other. Every week we organise the Bedrijvenforum, the campus recruitment activity at the VUB. This forum is the ideal opportunity for students to get to know different companies, with positive effects for both parties. Of course, our Job and Internship scholarship is also a perfect opportunity to establish contact between students and companies. In addition, we partially close the gap between the academic and the business world by organising company visits, alumni and other network events.

Guidance

Our main stakeholders remain the students. Before, during and after their studies, we share information through newsletters, brochures and events. Before studying commercial engineering, you can get to know Inisol through our Solvay Promotion Group (SPG), which informs prospective students on Info Days and SID-ins. There is also the Solvay Scholarship Cup, which is in its 5th edition this year. The aim of this competition is to encourage students in their final year of secondary education to study commercial engineering. The first prize is therefore not less than the registration fee to study commercial engineering for 3 years at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. In addition, they also come into contact with current commercial engineering students and professors to whom they can ask all their questions. Finally, students receive information from young professionals through special alumni events and we keep in touch with graduate students.

The board of Inisol 2021-2022 wishes all commercial engineering students and our partners a productive year and a successful professional career.

Sam Van der Donckt
President of Inisol 2021-2022
Nancy De Groodt
Vice President of Inisol 2021-2022