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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1946-08-27 Prague Czechoslovakia


Founded 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 U-XJ7351 - 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). No activities reported since 2010.


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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Congress (every 4 years), comprising one or more more Full or Associate members per country. Council (meets annually) composed of representatives of the Executive Bodies: 'Executive Secretariat' consisting of President, Secretary General, Treasurer and Secretaries of the 5 Regional Consultative Platforms and the 5 IUS Divisions; 'Constitutional Committee' comprising one member from each of the 5 IUS regions; 'Regional Consultative Platforms (RCPs)' grouping all members in the same IUS region (Africa - Asia and Pacific - European, North American and other industrialized countries - Latin America and the Caribbean - Middle East and Arab region); 'Thematic Platforms' (Standing Campaigns, Task Forces, Groups, Minority Platforms); 'Auditing Committee' composed of 1 member from each of the 5 regions.

Departments: Department on Student Actions for Peace and Disarmament (DSAPD); Department on Education and Student Rights (DESR); Department on Student Actions on Global Problems and Issues of Development (DSAGD); Department on Student Solidarity Actions (DSSA); Department on Contacts with International Organizations (DCIO); Press and Information Department (PID); Department on Secondary-School Students (DESESS); Department on the Festival Movement (DFM); Department on Student Cultural Activities (DSCA); Department on Student Tourism and Exchanges (DSTE); Sub-Department on Women's Rights (SDWR). Regional Commissions: African Commission (AFCOM); Asian and Pacific Commission (ASPACOM); Commission on European, North American and other Industrially Developed Countries (CENAD); Latin American and Caribbean Commission (LACC); Middle East and Arab Commission (MEAC). Permanent headquarters in Prague (Czech Rep) hosts the Secretariat, IUS departments and regional commissions, the documentation centre, ISRC and ISTB.


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GOAL 4: Quality Education



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