EuroXpro is the biggest international AIESEC conference held in the Central Eastern Europe & Western Europe & North America Region, It is a 7 days conference. EuroXpro is one of the 5th biggest annual AIESEC conferences globally, hosted by different countries every year and attracting global partners and global AIESEC executives.
This year EuroXpro took place in Izmir, Turkey from 11th to 17th April 2013. Conference managed to gather 290 youth leaders from 67 countries. The main goal of the conference was to bring together the young leaders from across the world to build new strategies for further development of AIESEC, creating a global network & partnership.
These 7 days were filed with intense training sessions were delivered by world companies and global AIESEC partners such as Microsoft, DHL, PwC, TATA Consultancy and the global Leaders of AIESEC. Acquiring new knowledge, sharing international experiences, goal setting, and constant interaction had significant impact on each delegate’s personal and professional growth.
As a result of the conference Kyrgyz Delegation managed to conduct successful negotiation with more than 20 countries and establish country cooperation agreements. These agreements guarantee high quality of internship based on the established international measures of service quality, including the free provision of food accommodation. These will allow our local Kyrgyz students to be easily accepted to the internship, receive assistance on visa and many other organizational procedures.
The conference provided a unique opportunity to share new ideas on social and economic projects across the world. Many of those ideas were taken into consideration and will be implemented in Kyrgyzstan. Therefore, the country cooperation that was signed will significantly ease the process of recruiting the interns for our local social projects. AUCA students are one of the most active in AIESEC, most of interns are coming from AUCA and the majority of leadership positions in AIESEC are taken by AUCA students. Therefore, the knowledge and connections that were gained and that will definitely be share will increase the overall performance of AUCA AIESEC members, will ease the work on projects and will make these projects more effective and more beneficial for the society.
Unfortunately, it is a common attitude that Kyrgyzstan is not well known as a country. Therefore, participation of the delegates from Kyrgyzstan on such huge conference brings it is impact on recognizability of the country. One of the main conference events was the cultural fair, called Global Village, where each country has an opportunity to present its unique culture. This year cultural fair that gathered around 1000 visitors. I can proudly that Kyrgyz delegation prepared one of the best presentations. We managed to stand out and attract a lot of curious attention. This successful performance also assisted to further country cooperation and global networking.
The participants of the conference were all leaders, current and elected vice-presidents of AISEC, people, who will lead this organization forward. I was impressed by the incredible energy the conference was filled with, this incredible passion, dedication to AIESEC and strong belief that we all can change the world. After this conference I finally saw how huge AIESEC is and how huge of an impact its brings on the whole world. I believe, that we all united across the world can provide life-changing international experiences to our interns, help them grow as leaders and be the agents of change when inters come back home.
Thank you SILC for providing me this opportunity to be a part of EuroXpro. I can’t find strong enough words to describe my gratitude. This conference had a huge impact on me. I fill so energized and motivated like I have never felt before. Now, I am ready to start my term in AIESEC as vice-president and serve my country. I will make sure that AIESEC will keep working more efficiently on developing youth leadership potential and move our country forward. “Believe, together we achieve”
International Student Festival in Trondheim, Norway
Kulumbetova Dildekan participated in International Student Festival in Trondheim,Norway, a global event, which occurs every 2 years. She has participated in the workshop ”Finance” together with 30 students from among the world. The workshop has consisted of a variety of methods to approach the theme. Work methods have been discussions, debates and game activities. The methods have been related to different themes within finance; financial crisis, trade, development, power, politics and ethics.
During these 10 days she received mass of positive emotions, was impressed by different cultures, enhanced her knowledge of economics from lecturers from all around the world, obtained information for her continuation of study and got new friends.
Over 450 international students were gathered by group of local students of Trondheim.
Each day of 10 days had its own topic. At the first day participants had an introduction to finance, made some brainstorming of financial activities and described financial situation of each country. Dildekan’s group consisted from 25 people from different countries and each of them shared with his/her opinion and possible solutions to the problems they had. Second day was devoted to financial crisis and participants had an opportunity to listen to economist David Marty, who opened to the participants the new side of participatory economics and possible ways to come to it. Next day participants discussed Trade through playing economical game in groups. Other days were devoted to Development and Power, where the participants discussed and had debate about the role of microfinance and its possible ways for improvement in each of their countries.
“After finishing this program I realized the sphere in which I would like to work and make my own contribution: energy sector. After visiting Norway and seeing their prosperity I believe that by a proper investment and management a little country can prosper and develop. I could see many similar features between Kyrgyzstan and Norway and I hope that I will be able to contribute to the economy of my country. I also found university in Norway where I would like to continue my study of Master’s degree and I hope I will be able to implement my plans. I would like to thank SILC committee for great opportunity to be part of ISFIT 2013, which changed me and my vision of the world,” Dildekan said.
Nurmukhamet Karaev, IBL 111, and Adilet Emilev, ECO 111, participated in international debate tournament “Kimep 2013” in Almaty city, Kazakhstan on March 16-17.
Since one of the main characters of tournament is that it had educational background, students have got lot of knowledge about the new strategies of winning in debates and statement of different spheres of life in Kazakhstan, by virtue of tournament and the resolutions of debates itself.
“This trip was the first time when I had been in the international event, and it gave me a lot experience and skills not only in the way of participating but also organizing debate tournaments themselves. This trip gave us a lot: new knowledge, feelings, and a fair amount of surprise,” Nurmukhamet said.
“We think that this trip has given us the opportunity to once again see how much we owed to his university and the people who study here, especially our friends from debate club and our trainers.
This trip gave us a lot of emotion, energy, and above all faith in the success of future efforts. We believe that in the near future we will return to those and other new places with the new forces and achieve victory and win the Cup,” Adilet said.
Central Asian and Caucasus Congress in Tbilisi, Georgia
Asylbek Dzhapashov was granted a chance to participate at the Central Asian and Caucasus Congress in Tbilisi, Georgia. The Congress was held during 3 days between 6th and 9th December at the Free University in Tbilisi.
The main goal of the CAC Congress 2012 was to bring together leaders from more than 5 countries such as Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Tajikistan in Georgia to share the experience of a leader and implement a new strategy to promote social and professional internships among these countries and to the world as a whole. It is the big event AIESEC has in its educational cycle, where the participants gathered together to plan joint projects in economic and social sphere, based on global internships program and according to CAC sub-region and World community requests. Mentioned goals were achieved through sharing the experience of the representatives of five countries. Since every country had its own approach of introducing their countries every delegation had learned different creative ways of representation.
As final decision it was concluded to unite the five countries under one name Central Asian and Caucasus region. The decision was taken in order to give our counties higher chances of becoming the places where the students from all over the world can come and get interned. Each country will put an effort to inform future internees of the various options to be placed in different parts CAC region. This fact will lead to a higher participation of international students in internships in CAC area and Kyrgyzstan in particular, leading to the more integrated work between Kyrgyz students and students from various foreign countries.
“The event enriched my experience and improved my skills of a leader,” Asylbek said.
Beside the general goals that were achieved, the delegates from Kyrgyzstan managed to cooperate with Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia, and created a Joint Agreement. The agreement is implemented to encourage students to get interned in agreed countries through the means of provision of free accommodation and meal. In addition, by the end of internship term students will have a chance to visit every country of Joint Agreement and share experience and time with AIESEC’ers.
Asylbek learned the Georgian customs and experienced their culture. His stay was high lightened by visiting places such as Old Town Tbilisi, Sioni Cathedral Church, Metekhi and Tsaminda Sameba cathedral.
“I was amazed by warm atmosphere and friendly environment. On the other hand I shared my culture as well. I made presentation about beautiful Kyrgyzstan. Many students were fascinated by nature and mountains of Kyrgyzstan and I expect to have many students to visit my country,” Asylbek said.
Zukhra Iakupbaeva, a student in International and Comparative Politics department, had participated in Rome Model United Nations 2013 conference, which took place in Rome, Italy. It is a role-playing game in which each pair of students has the task to carry out likely the political positions of one of the UN member states through specific proposals on the issues in the agenda.
The goal of the conference was to bring young people to the biggest conference in Italy and discuss the global issues.
Participants of the conference had core debates. Zukhra represented Greece.
Each delegation was given two minutes time to deliver its speech toward the committee. Zukhra was in General Assembly committee discussing the Millennium Development Goal # 1 – “Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.”
After that, the participants wrote a position paper. A position paper is two-page long paper saying about poverty and hunger situation in a specific country, in Zukhra’s case – in Greece. While writing a paper, there has to be a good research being done before to get to know the “country” properly.
"One of the advantages, I possessed from the conference, is that I became a specialist in economic and political problems of one of the European Union member – Greece. Before, I did not know the reasons and roots of a big economic crisis Greece is facing now,” she said.
On the fourth day of conference, Zukhra joined Eastern-European block of countries (countries of European Union and Eastern Europe), where the participants were working on their resolution paper. Each country of this block had to develop with the three ways of possible solution of how to eradicate poverty and hunger. There were three big blocks in the General Assembly of RomeMUN 2013: Eastern-European, African, and South-Eastern. By a simple majority of delegates’ votes the resolution of African block was passed successfully. Zukhra’s team work was also encouraged by the Chair of GA.
By the end of the conference delegates were given certificates as participants.
Advantage of conference was not only in the interesting speeches of other delegates about the issue in their countries, but also in interesting guest speakers, such as Staffan deMistura, a Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy, Dr. CorradoClini, Italian minister of Environment, Land, and Sea, and many others.
According to the participant, she has learned several important things from the conference:
- To deliver a speech in a diplomatic way
- To feel the atmosphere of international community
- To establish worldwide contacts with other delegates
“I thank SILC, which gave me opportunity to meet political figures of the UN, to meet with interesting and brilliant delegates, and to be together with the active youth of the world,” Zukhra said.
Nasiba Amanova, a senior student in ICP department, got SILC travel grant and visited NATO International School of Azerbaijan (NISA) in Baku as a participant of winter school and conference on “Challenges to the Security in the Caspian Region” subject.
The goal of the conference was to provide a platform for scholarly discussions of international affairs in the Caspian region. 20 Azerbaijani and 20 international scholars were the participants of this conference. Guest speakers of the event were prominent scholars, diplomats, politicians, and ambassadors. Participants also had a great opportunity to gain awareness about the historical and cultural heritage of Baku.
“For me the conferences of such international scale are explicitly important. Most of the participants, guest speakers, who came from the US, Spain or Bosnia for instance, has never met any Turkmens. I was honored to represent my country and my university; to share my culture and tradition during culture night and beyond. Also, for Turkmenistan to be isolated from outside influence, I have made my personal contribution. To fulfill the responsibility put on me as a future leader of my motherland, I thank SILC Open Doors Grant for supporting me in my lifetime goal of bringing Turkmenistan to international arena,” Nasiba said.
NISA gives different opportunities to students, young researchers and professors to visit this school as a part of sessions, conferences, studies, and essay competitions.
NISA covers half of travel costs, meal, accommodation, and city tours. To apply to NISA session applicants need to fill the application form and write a short essay on the given topic. Students, graduates, and professor can apply to this session.