In the aftermath of World War II, a new spirit pervaded the world: a desire for International understanding and co-operation. It was this spirit that brought forth both the United Nations (UN) and IAESTE, organisations dedicated to promoting these objectives.  You can learn more about this initiaitive here:  https://iaeste.org/news_items/a-look-back-at-our-founder-mr-james-newby

The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience, Association sans but lucratif (non-profit association), commonly known as IAESTE A.s.b.l. is an association of national committees representing academic, industrial and student interests.

The IAESTE Association was founded in January 1948 at the Imperial College, London, on the initiative of the Imperial College Vacation Work Committee. Ten European countries attended this meeting to become the Founding Members who elected Mr. James Newby as the General Secretary. The geographical coverage soon spread to most of Europe and beyond, as new countries were granted membership.

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