(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) AIESEC's 65th International Congress, which began on August 16 with over 800 delegates, continues with the international organisation's youth leaders discussing AIESEC's relevance today and delivering on the promises it makes to its members.
''International Congress is where AIESEC as a global organisation can analyse our performance, and determine what ways we should be seeking to improve,'' says Fayas Fazil, president of AIESEC Oman.
Founded in 1948, AIESEC aims to foster empowerment and global understanding among the world's youth about its two primary products.
The first is its Team Member and Team Leader Program, which allows university students to learn-by-doing as they work in teams to facilitate AIESEC's second product, its exchange programmes.
The Global Internship Program offers the opportunity to intern abroad in a professional setting while the Global Community Development Programs provide short-term volunteer projects centered on a theme that benefits society.
In its 65th year of operation, AIESEC has offered more than 20,000 students and graduates the opportunity to work or volunteer abroad, and AIESEC has provided its 80,000 members worldwide the ability to be either a team member or team leader.
At the International Congress on Sunday, president of AIESEC International, Rolf Schmachtenberg, addressed the plenary saying, ''The time has come where we have to ensure the quality of the experiences we are delivering. We will make sure that every single person that experiences an AIESEC programme can say I'm actually impacting the world' or I lived an internship that changed my perspective'.''
During the first three days of sessions, delegates came to understand the growth of the organisation, in addition to the feedback from AIESEC members. Through small discussion groups and presentations that explore corporations' best case practices, these young leaders were abuzz with inspiration and ideas.
The collaboration and brainstorming won't end in the first three days either.
Day four of the conference was the most anticipated event, the Global Youth to Business Forum. Commonly referred to as Y2B, the forum draws corporate leaders from some of the world's most popular companies, for conversation between the youth and businesses on issues like corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, up-and-coming technologies, and the need for skilled youth entering the world job market.
Nataly Fedchenko, AIESEC Oman's vice president communications, watching the forum through live-stream said, ''Y2B really makes young people feel like they are being heard. At this event you can see the youth influencing major decisions.''
(Christina Khouri is a young aspiring journalist from the US, of Lebanese descent, and is working as vice president of talent management at AIESEC Oman)