Benefits of a global learning environment

In today’s globalized world companies are becoming more international, and there is also a higher need for people who know how to act in a multicultural environment. Training people to work in a multicultural environment is both timely, costly, and many times does not bring the expected results. But what if young people could develop the needed cross-cultural skills already before entering the workforce? Studying abroad is becoming more common and university classes are full of people from different nationalities and cultures. So, what are the competencies you can expect to find in graduates who have studied in a global environment?

  1. Effective communication skills

By learning in a global environment, students don’t only learn to work with a foreign language, but to effectively communicate through cultural differences. When you are around people from different cultures, you can no longer assume that they have the same background knowledge. Students will need to put special effort into being understood and find ways to communicate that don’t require prior understanding or knowledge. In addition, coming from different realities means that people will react differently in different situations, so situational understanding will also be developed in a global learning environment. By having an experience like this, young people will also be able to communicate effectively in their working life – be it multicultural or not. They will be able to bring out their opinions effectively and communicate with different kinds of people.

  1. Appreciating different points of view

A global learning environment will mold more open minded young individuals, but more than that, people who take into consideration different points of view and embrace the diversity of different opinions. A global learning environment creates tolerance, so that young people learn to appreciate different kinds of people, beliefs and cultures. This further on advances cooperation and innovation, as they will be able to implement ideas from different people and cultures.

  1. Flexibility and independence

For many young people, the moment they study abroad is the first time they are on their own, without a network of familiar people. This will make young people resolve the challenges they face by themselves, making them more confident in front of challenges. On the other hand, being in a new environment will also teach students to adapt to different situations. It will develop young people who are not afraid to take initiative and can easily adapt to the changes happening at the workplace.

  1. Critical thinking

A global learning environment gives new perspectives to things. Young people are able to see how things are done in different cultures and this will make them question the norms that they are used to. They will gain understanding of global issues, not only by hearing about them from the news, but by listening to personal experiences. This molds their way of thinking, making them able to make decisions based on their own thinking and knowledge.

  1. Ability to see the bigger picture

When young people go outside of the community they have lived in for their whole life, they are able to see things from a bigger perspective. Learning about the global perspective gives the ability to connect the dots and, as mentioned before, take different points of view into consideration. This gives them experience that will later help to see the bigger picture for example in different projects that they are working on and even to understand how different functions of the firm link together.

Young people who have experience learning in a global environment, seem to possess many of the soft skills needed to work in a professional environment. Thanks to this experience in a challenging environment, where they need to learn how to solve problems in a different language and with people from different backgrounds, it also makes them more ready to face different scenarios at work. By hiring more young people who have already experience from a global environment, you will not only save resources from having to train people on cross-cultural skills but find strong and independent individuals who will strive in any multicultural environment.

Written by: Alexandra Byskata

Youth 4 Global Goals Day 2017

Building the Young Person’s Guideline to Saving the World

The Netherlands, Venlo:  On February 13th, 2017, AIESEC will host Youth4GlobalGoals Day, a one-day event that will bring together top young leaders from 120 countries and territories together with experts from 20 organizations to create inputs for the Young Person’s Guideline to Saving the World. The Guideline will consist of the actions young people can do to advance the Sustainable Development Goals.

The event is organized by AIESEC, the world’s largest youth-led organization, as a part of the Youth4GlobalGoals initiative. The initiative aims to promote and stimulate meaningful youth participation in the implementation of the SDGs.

In 2016 the United Nations released the “Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World”, a great initiative to encourage people to take small steps towards the Global Goals. The Future We Want outcome document of Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development refers to young people as “custodians of the future” – highlighting youth as important stakeholders with the critical role of creating a sustainable future for themselves and future generations.  

Therefore, AIESEC aims to create the second guide that will be adapted towards a young audience and include diverse geographical and social perspectives, giving an opportunity to millions of young people to make a positive impact on their communities.

The Guideline will be created with a support of the representatives from Asian Development Bank, Electrolux, PwC, TCS, UNICEF, UNV, UN-Habitat, UNIDO, PVBLIC Foundation, Teach for All, World Vision, Plan International, Water Youth Network. The release date is set for the end of April 2017. The Guideline will be published at youth4globalgoals.org.

The event is open for the participation of media representatives. For further inquiries and media participation, please contact PR Specialist of AIESEC International.

Media contact:

Tanya Landysheva

PR Specialist of AIESEC International

tanyal@ai.aiesec.org

 

AIESEC and IE partner to enable leadership development for Millennials

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Niels Caszo – President of AIESEC International, Kim Goddard – Director of B2C IE Business School and Anna Otalora – Global Partnership Development Team of AIESEC.

Advocating Sustainable Development Goal #17 Partnerships for the goals, AIESEC has been creating strategic partnerships with organizations and companies to offer more opportunities for Millennials and its development.

That is how AIESEC and IE Business School have been working together for more than 8 years now.

The main purpose of this collaboration is to promote opportunities to develop young leaders with values for the world, so we can find engaging content delivered by both around world trends, webinars for Millennials and opportunities offer.

“IE and AIESEC have been partners now for over 8 years, both aiming to bring out the very best of the future generations.  Both firmly believe in the importance of creating sustainable excellence though celebrating all aspects of diversity and innovation. At IE, we have approximately 4.000 students from 131 countries undertaking degree programs each year. Through educating young talent in a strong values-based environment, we both aim to create entrepreneurial and responsible leaders who will in turn have a positive impact on the world through their decisions. Based on such strongly-aligned values, a partnership with AIESEC is fundamental to IE”.

Kim Goddard

Director of B2C, International Development department

IE Business School

What we have been doing?

  •  Take a look to the last Webinar we delivered together: “Technology Leadership in Times of Disruption”. 

Professor Paris de l’Etraz talked about innovation, disruption, leadership in organizations and gave some extra tips about it.

 

 

  •  Thinking about leadership development, IE offers with AIESEC  5 scholarships of 25% discount every year on the following Master programs:
  • Master in Management Master in Finance
  • LLM in International Business Law
  • Master in Market Research and Consumer Behaviour
  • Master in Architectural Management and Design
  • Master in Design for work retail and learning environments
  • Master in Visual and Digital Media
  • Master in Corporate Communication
  • Master in Business Analytics and Big Data
  • Master in International Relations Global MBA
  • Master in Customer Experience and Innovation
  • Master in Talent Development and Human Resources
  • Master in Cybersecurity
  • Master in Real Estate Development
  • Master in Global Corporate Compliance (LLM)
  • Master in Global Taxation (LLM)

Apply here for a scholarship & let’s open together the door of your future!

What is coming?

According to Youth Speak, the global millennial insight survey, 3% of the Millennials that answered selected “Housing and Urban Development as the sector that need technology the most. With this context Smart cities is the topic that will connect AIESEC and IE for the next months.

During March of this year, we will invite you to be part of our webinar hosted by the Dean of the Architecture Faculty, Martha Thorne.

Stay tuned with our social media channels to be up to date with the news, content and opportunities we are bringing with IE.

Also, take a look…

If you are considering the next steps in your career, take a look to IE´s Master programs, an offer with online, part-time or even full-time studies. Click here to know more.

AIESEC and the United Nations: Partnerships for Peace.


“National flags are a mark of pride and patriotism in every country around the world.  But there is only one flag that belongs to all of us. That blue flag of the United Nations was a banner of hope for me growing up in wartime Korea. Seven decades after its founding, the United Nations remains a beacon for all humanity.”

–  Secretary-General  of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon


 

For the 71st anniversary of the United Nations, AIESEC celebrates Sustainable Development Goal #17: Partnerships for the goals. AIESEC and the United Nations have a rich relationship of mutual belief and passion towards achieving peace in the world.

AIESEC  firmly believes that young people need to be at the center of the global development process. And so AIESEC and the United Nations have been working together to ensure that the world that we create tomorrow is aligned with the needs of youth today.

 

Here are 5 partnerships with the UN that matter.

        1. Consultative status with ECOSOC

AIESEC has a consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. This means that we formally represent the  youth within the UN system and thus can attend various meetings and discussions related to our organization’s competence.

        2. UNDP and UNV Common Projects

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AIESEC have common projects with UNDP in Asia Pacific, and UN Volunteers in West and East Africa to advance youth contribution to SDGs. In the latter, AIESEC and the United Nations Volunteer Programme have fostered the development of youth across Africa to develop a youth-friendly framework on how to implement the Sustainable Development Goals at National and Regional levels. A workshop was organized early September in Senegal that gave a practical interpretation to the underlying principle of the United Nations’ ‘Leave No One Behind’ SDG Campaign.

Video: UNV and AIESEC harness Africa’s youth potential

  3. UN Industrial Development Organizations

The UN specialized agency that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability, together with AIESEC, work on the launching of competitions and the creation of a common Summit for the Presidents of AIESEC in Europe that will be happening during UNIDO’s 50th anniversary in Vienna next month.

        4. Sustainable Development Goals Declaration

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The AIESEC Youth Action Summit was held last December in the UN headquarters in New York where more than 120 AIESEC country directors and volunteers attended to ensure the support of the organization towards the Sustainable Development goals.

Speakers included the UN Deputy-Secretary General Jan Eliasson and Envoy on Youth, Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi who highlighted the central role of young people to the achievement of the SDGs.

AIESEC launched its commitment and contribution towards the Sustainable Development Goals, a commitment for young people to make the global goals happen.

The declaration can be found here.


 

“Youth leadership and ownership is critical for the successful delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals…United Nations had long recognized the efforts of AIESEC in promoting peace and development through professional and cultural exchange.”

– Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, during International Congress 2015


 

        5. Memorandum with UN Habitat 

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This month (October), world leaders and representatives of member states gathered in Quito, Ecuador to adopt the New Urban Agenda, a brand new road map to deal with urban issues and a guide to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals particularly in the urban context.
The UN Habitat were one of the founding partners of Youth4GlobalGoals together with the Asian Development Bank and Pvblic Foundation.
As young people are recognized for the first time as stakeholders, a partnership between the UN Habitat (Human Settlements Programme), AIESEC, and YoutHab marks the beginning of youth “Urban Action”, a global campaign to encourage young people all over the world to take actions in their cities to advance the SDGs and support the New Urban Agenda. The UrbanAction campaign was launched with aforementioned partnerships this month.

Here’s to the fervent youth of an ambitious future for peace. 

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Sustainable Leadership for Sustainable Development

It’s not often that we consider one of the most important traits of a leader to be “sustainable”. However, the question of sustainability is a growing concern in leadership. It is not enough to have just one good leader—but rather, a generation of good leaders. This is how change happens.

AIESEC is an organization dedicated to developing young leaders to enact this sort of change by offering international volunteer and internship opportunities, and providing experiential learning experiences for youth. One of the most important traits of good and effective leadership is fostering it in others.

According to the Brundtland Report in 1987, the official definition of sustainable development reads as follows: “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

Casting this vision forward to the future, what will the world look like by 2020? As individuals, we must realize that we have the power to influence with each purposeful action. So, what can we do, collectively, in 2015, to make the world a better place?

One of the largest organizations in the world, Unilever is leading the way by having taken a commitment to put sustainability at the core of its operations. Through the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, the organization aims to achieve three big goals by 2020:

  1. Help more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being
  2. Source 100% of agricultural raw materials sustainably;
  3. Halve the environmental footprint of its products across the value chain.
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Source: Unilever Project Sunlight

 

The Guardian quotes Unilever’s CEO Paul Polman on challenging the corporate status quo, “I don’t think our fiduciary duty is to put shareholders first. I say the opposite. What we firmly believe is that if we focus our company on improving the lives of the world’s citizens and come up with genuine sustainable solutions, we are more in synch with consumers and society and ultimately this will result in good shareholder returns.”

The root of Polman’s focus for Unilever is sustainable development in order to make the world a better place. Indeed, the goal is to act and carry out operations in such a way that allows the future as much potential as the present. As a result, leaders–youth or otherwise–can both take and create opportunities for their peers.

As AIESECers, we believe in changing the world for the better by working together and developing leaders — an initiative that lends itself quite easily to the sustainable initiatives of organizations such as Unilever. Through collaboration and synergy, the phrase “making the world a better place” might not seem so frivolous.

At the end of this month, AIESEC will be holding two important international, regional leadership conferences in Europe and Africa–both of at which representatives from Unilever will be present.

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EuroXPro is the largest gathering of AIESECers for the Central Eastern Europe, Western Europe, and North America regions. It is to be hosted this year in Portugal for the first time with approximately 350 expected delegates, and will have the honour of the participation of António Casanova, the current CEO of Unilever Jerónimo Martins. On a similar scale for the African region, AfroXLDS will be hosted by Kenya for the first time and Marc Engel, current EVP East Africa & Emerging Markets, will be present.

Conferences are excellent opportunities for collaboration amongst different entities and external organizations. What’s more, both conferences will serve to bring together a multitude of young people in the name of fostering effective and sustainable leadership–in order to create sustainable development in their own communities.

In order to truly create change in the world, as Unilever has demonstrated, it is essential to create and nurture sustainable development. And sustainable development is only made possible through the empowerment of sustainable leadership.

AIESEC and Unilever are united in this mission: to bring these key messages regarding sustainability and leadership to young people. It is the first of many steps in order to changing this world, and to make it a better place.