Congress Committee president Ms. Magda Sowierszenko delivering her welcome remarks
Ambassador Paez and Cultural Attache Ms. Catherine Ramintas during the AISEC’s 68th International Congress
The president of AISEC Mr. Niels Maurice Cacho
AISEC alumnus Mr. Przemysław Gacek who formed the online company specializing on job recruitment called pracuj.pl
Warming up for the outdoor parade of AISEC’s delegates
Philippine ambassador to Poland Ms. Patricia Ann V. Paez and Cultural Attache Ms. Catherine Ramintas attended the Opening Ceremony of AISEC’s 68th International Congress last 14 August, held at the Teatr Wieiki Opera Narodowa, upon the invitation of the Congress Commitee president Ms. Magda Sowierszenko.
This year’s delegates, which included those from the Philippines, numbered 1000 young people from 120 countries and territories. AISEC’s 68th International Congress hosted by Poland runs from 14 August to 23 August. Poland is hosting AISEC for the 3rd time in 10 years.
According to AISEC-Poland, the purpose of AISEC’s 6th International Congress is “to bring young leaders from around the world together to connect with different stakeholders to discuss and act upon the most important global issues. “ It added, “in gathering 1000+ millennials, AISEC strives to draw attention to Poland’s potential.”
During Ms. Sowierszenko’s welcome remarks, she highlighted the headways achieved by Poland in recent years and a short video about the country was shown to the delegates. The opening ceremony also showcased Poland’s traditional and contemporary cultures through the performances of Kameralna Harmonia duet, dancers of Cracovia Danza Ballet Group and the Audiofeels- an a cappella group which recently won the top prize in an international a cappella competition in New York.
Among the activities organized by the host country for the delegates are “study tours” to give them “travel experiences with specific learning goals.” The Congress Committee stated: “Participants will see the most beautiful Polish cities, which are really important for Poland due to their history, tradition, and culture.” They were designed to be “fun and educational” and during the study tours, participants “will enjoy local cuisine, sport activities, workshops, and make use of cultural resources of the area” that they will visit.
It is impressive to note that all members of the Congress Committee which organized the international event, elicited corporate sponsors and other entities, coordinated and partnered with several government ministries, and designed all activities during the congress are young patriotic Poles.
Officially founded in 1948, AISEC currently has 70,000 members worldwide and operates in 126 countries and territories. it is the “largest youth-run organization in the world.”The number of universities represented in AISEC totals 2,400. AISEC is a non-governmental, non-profit organization on “consulative status” with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), affiliated with the UNDP, and recognized by the UNESCO.
AISEC was “originally a French acronym for Association Internationale des studiants en sciences economiques et commerciales (English translation: International Association of Students in Economic and Commercial Sciences).’ According to AISEC, “this full name is no longer officially used because members can now come from any university background.” The international headquarters of AISEC is in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Promoting respect and understanding across cultures and faith
Foreign delegates in their native attire