Montreal, Canada, February 3rd, 2021 – AIESEC’s biggest annual event, set to be hosted online and bring together 13 000 young members of the organization from across 110+ countries and territories. 

Adaptation and Resilience in the Face of Challenges

The biggest annual event for the members, alumni, and partners of AIESEC was set to take place this year during July in Malaysia. 

Nevertheless, after long consideration and taking into account the current world context and regulations due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the AIESEC International team has decided to host the International Congress 2021 as an online event, after having a positive experience delivering International Congress 2020 in the same fashion. 

The 73rd annual International Congress is then set to start on the 25th of July and unfold virtually over eight days until the 1st of August.  

Learnings from 2020 and Moving Forward in 2021

After hosting International Congress virtually as well as several other online initiatives in 2020, AIESEC has learned how to provide its young members with spaces as equally engaging and welcoming as their physical counterparts. 

Turning the New Normal into an opportunity, the International Congress 2020 became AIESEC’s chance to host its biggest conference to date – going from an exclusive physical event of around 800 delegates to becoming the largest, most inclusive, and accessible International Congress of AIESEC in its 72 years of history. 

Now, in 2021, the AIESEC International Team draws from these learnings and prepares to welcome 13.000 delegates from over 110+ countries and territories. 

Thanking AIESEC in Malaysia and the Organizing Committee 2021

The AIESEC International team would like to thank AIESEC in Malaysia for their hospitality and interest in hosting the event, and the Organizing Committee for their hard work and their understanding of the changes required to ensure the safety of the delegates. 

About AIESEC:

AIESEC is a global platform for young people to develop their leadership potential through international internships and volunteer opportunities. Since its founding in 1948, AIESEC has engaged and developed over 1,000,000 young people globally through international placements and membership opportunities. AIESEC is a youth-run, non-governmental, and not-for-profit organization in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), affiliated with the UN DPI, member of ICMYO, and recognized by UNESCO.

About the International Congress: 

The International Congress is the annual gathering for AIESEC members, welcoming their countries and territories. The Event offers attendees an opportunity to connect with the rest of the world and to join a network of young leaders striving to create a positive change in the world. The Congress also aims to present and reflect on the impact of AIESEC’s activities in the previous years and develop strategies and collaboration plans for upcoming years. Earlier editions of the Congress include Poland (1996), USA (1997), Sweden & Finland (1998), South Africa (1999), UK (2000), Switzerland (2001), Canada (2002), India (2015), Poland (2016), Colombia (2017), Egypt (2018), India (2019), Virtual (2020)

For more information, please contact:

Maria Claudia Grau, Communications Responsible, AIESEC International mariag@ai.aiesec.org 

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