It all began after the Second World War, when a French boy found himself giving a ride to a German hitchhiker. On this occasion, the two realized that all the hatred that had existed until then between the two countries was unmotivated and that it would have been enough to "make known the different" to each one to avoid a further war in the future.
In 1948, the two friends invited some students from 6 countries to meet in Liege, Belgium, with the intention of promoting a new form of international cooperation. On that occasion they founded the Association Internationale des Etudiants en Sciences Economiques et commerciales (AIESEC). The purpose of the association was to re-establish, among students from all over the world, those relationships worn out by the war.
Jaroslav Zich, a student from the Czech Republic, was elected first president. The headquarters of the association was located in the city of Prague, in old Czechoslovakia; once the Communists took power, the need to change headquarters emerged to remain politically neutral between the two opposing blocs.
Therefore, Brussels in Belgium was chosen and later, towards the end of the nineties, Rotterdam, in the Netherlands. In 2018, the headquarters was moved to Montreal, Canada, where it is still located today.
Today only the acronym AIESEC remains of the name, as many of the student members no longer come from the faculty of Economics and Commerce.
AIESEC wants to contribute to the development of the countries in which it operates with the ultimate commitment to international cooperation and understanding. The key programme is international exchanges (eXchanges) which give students the opportunity to live abroad, working in companies and organisations that collaborate with the association.
To members, the association offers a structured learning path through which everyone can acquire skills such as teamwork, time management, leadership development, event organization, accounting management.
Furthermore, AIESEC, with its attention to issues of local and global importance (such as corporate social responsibility, entrepreneurship, sustainability), wants to connect the world of students to the business reality and to the community. In 2016, for example, numerous initiatives were carried out on the theme of entrepreneurship and emerging markets.
AIESEC is organized according to a three-level structure.
1. Headquarters, based in Montreal.
2. National Committee (Member Committee, MC), in each of the countries in which AIESEC is present.
3. Local Committee (LC), which relies on a university for its activities.
AIESEC is present today in 123 countries with more than 20,000 local committees.
Established in 1952, but officially entered the AIESEC international network in 1954, AIESEC Italia now has 26 local committees in the main universities and a national committee based in Milan.
The organization is present in the following universities: Ancona, Bari, Brescia, Bologna, Catania, Ferrara, Genoa, Milan, Naples Federico II, Naples Parthenope, Padua, Palermo, Pavia, PoliTO, Rome Sapienza, Rome Tre, Rome Tor Vergata, Turin, Trento, Trieste and Venice. The preparation of the new local committees in Cagliari, Parma, Perugia, Urbino, Rome Tor Vergata and Verona is also underway.
Paolo and AIESEC
Paolo became a member of the association from the first year of university and immediately became President of the Local Committee "Milan Catholic University".
In the second year, Paolo joined the national committee of AIESEC Italia with the position of National Exchange Controller (the head of international exchanges) held for two years.
Subsequently, Paolo became President of the AIESEC Italy National Committee, a position he held for two years until his transfer to the Netherlands.
In 1976, Paolo and the President of AIESEC Netherlands were sent to Sierra Leone as part of the Executive Envoy Program to assist the national committee in expanding its activities.
Paolo had five traineeships
Skill Power Tools, Breda, Netherlands
November 1977 - September 1978 (4 months)
Product Manager accessories.
Skol Breweries, Breda, Netherlands
November 1976 - February 1977 (4 months)
The Chase Manhattan Bank, Milan, Italy
July 1976 - October 1976 (4 months)
The Toronto-Dominion Bank, Vancouver , Canada
June 1975 - October 1975 (5 months)
Internal audit, branch network development.
Postipankki, Helsinki, Finland
June 1974 - August 1974 (3 months)
Money market, dealing room.
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