International Union of Students (IUS)

Union internationale des étudiants (UIE)
Unión Internacional de Estudiantes (UIE)
Internationaler Studentenbund (ISB)
Mezdunarodnyj Sojuz Studentov (MSS)
Mezinarodni Svaz Studentstva (MSS)

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27 Aug 1946, Prague (Czechoslovakia), at 1st World Student Congress, arising out of World Council of Students (WCS), formed at the end of 1941, London (UK), followed by International Students' Assembly, created in 1942, Washington DC (USA). Cooperated within World Student Relief (WRS) until its dissolution in 1950. Constitution amended: 1953, Warsaw (Poland); 1956, Prague; 1960, Baghdad (Iraq); 1971, Bratislava (Yugoslavia); 1977, Havana (Cuba); 7-10 Apr 1991, Prague; 20-24 Jan 1992, Larnaca (Cyprus).


Defend the rights and interests of students to promote improvement in their welfare and standard of education and to prepare them for their tasks as democratic citizens.

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Major campaign: 'Education, a Right - Not a Privilege'. Organizes general and specialized international student meetings, conferences and seminars, either directly or in cooperation with other student organizations. Scholarship scheme distributes a number of scholarships annually to student organizations. Organizes/supports student sport activities. With ISTC, set up 'International Student Identity Card (ISIC)', which became independent as ISIC Association on signature of a convention by IUS and ISTC, 21 Apr 1989.


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Consultative Status

United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (Special); United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (Consultative Status).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 4 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 22 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 113 countries
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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 4: Quality Education



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