AIESEC

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AIESEC is an organisation that works to place new graduates from one country into short term traineeship positions in another country. It aims to help young people to discover and develop their potential to have a positive impact on society. Present in over 800 universities in 92 countries and territories, AIESEC provides young people the opportunity to work abroad, develop leadership, build a personal network, and explore the direction and ambition of their future. As of 2004, the network has 18000 members and places over 3500 graduates annually.Template:Inote

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AIESEC’s official logo since 1991
AIESEC’s official logo since 1991

After World War II, in 1946, students from 9 universities in six countries met in Liège, Belgium, with the aim to build up a new form of cooperation. They created the ‘‘Association Internationale des Etudiants en Sciences Economiques et Commerciales’’ (AIESEC). Its mission was to create relations between student organisations and so provide exchange opportunities.

Jaroslav Zich, a young Czech, was elected president. The new association was first headquartered in Prague, Czechoslovakia but had to leave the country within a year in order to stay politically neutral after the communists gained power. Its headquarters moved to Rotterdam, the Netherlands, where they remain.

In 1949 a second congress was hold in Stockholm. Seven countries attended it: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, The Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden. The representatives signed the association's foundation document.

The name ‘‘Association Internationale des Etudiants en Sciences Economiques et Commerciales’’ was supplanted by the acronym AIESEC because its members belonged to other studies as well.

AIESEC Today

AIESEC is an international, non-political, non-profit, student-run, independent, educational foundation. It is comprised of students and recent graduates of institutions of higher education who are interested in economics and management. AIESEC does not discriminate on the basis of race, colours, sex, sexual orientation, creed, Religion, national or ethnic origin. It aims to realise its vision of peace and the fulfilment of humankind's potential.

To fulfill its mission, AIESEC focuses on facilitating international traineeship exchanges and supporting activities that provide practical learning experiences for their trainees and that facilitate the learning of the members and other stakeholders.

The AIESEC Values are:

  • Activating Leadership
  • Demonstrating Integrity
  • Enjoying Participation
  • Living Diversity
  • Striving for Excellence
  • Acting Sustainably

External Links and AIESEC Countries

Africa

America

Asia-Pacific

Europe

References

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