AIESEC Taiwan wins bid to host 2014 Int'l Congress
By John Liu, The China Post
February 4, 2014, 8:15 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- After negotiating with its counterpart in mainland China, AIESEC Taiwan announced that it will sponsor AIESEC's 2014 International Congress, AIESEC's highest-level gathering, winning the opportunity to showcase Taiwan to the international community.
This is the first time that AIESEC's International Congress will be held in Taiwan. AIESEC leaders from 124 countries will attend the event.
Founded in 1948, AIESEC is an international not-for-profit organization that provides students with leadership training and internship opportunities at for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. AIESEC comes from the French acronym for Association Internationale des Etudiants en Sciences Economiques et Commerciales, which is translated in English as International Association of Students in Economic and Commercial Sciences.
However, modern members come from a variety of college majors not necessarily related to economic or commercial sciences
As of September 2013, the AIESEC network included over 86,000 members in 124 countries and territories. It is the largest student-run organization in the world.
When Taiwan first applied for the opportunity to sponsor the International Congress, it received support from less than one fifth of member countries. However, it won over two thirds of support from member countries in the final application and won the right of sponsorship.