Noticias — February 18, 2003

JCI and AIESEC?Joint Activities to Attract More Members

On Monday, February 17, while in Rotterdam during an official visit to The Netherlands, President Rector met with AIESEC President Evrim Sen, from Istanbul, Turkey, who is living in Rotterdam while serving a one-year term as AIESEC President. After fruitful discussions, JCI President Rector and AIESEC President Sen decided to continue efforts to find practical and meaningful ways for JCI and AIESEC to work together. They agreed that AIESEC President Sen would attend an international JCI meeting in the next several months, while JCI President Rector would attend one of AIESEC International meetings. They both resolved to exchange leadership concepts by developing content and articles on their respective websites. They also said they would exchange lists of organizations with strong memberships and countries where they would like to be stronger to find ways to work together to increase membership in both organizations. They decided to identify the ten countries where there is already a strong relationship between JCI and AIESEC, and then experiment in those countries with joint projects. If successful, those projects would later be expanded to the international level. What is AIESEC? AIESEC, formerly a French acronym for "Association Internationale des Etudiants en Sciences Economiques et Commerciales,? 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. The world?s largest student organization, AIESEC is a global network of 50,000 members across more than 83 countries and territories at more than 800 universities worldwide. AIESEC facilitates the international exchange of thousands of students and recent graduates each year. Whether in paid internships or as volunteers for non-profit organizations, they develop key skills from their experiences abroad. Their mission is to contribute to the development of countries and their people with an overriding commitment to international understanding and cooperation. More Recognition and Members Pointing out that JCI and AIESEC can both benefit by working together, President Rector said, "The leaders of JCI at every level should be asking themselves, 'who are going to be our Members five years from now?? By making our relationship with AIESEC International more meaningful and by increasing our joint activities and projects, we can help both JCI and AIESEC attract more recognition and members." To see more pictures of President Rector in The Netherlands, please click here.
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