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What is IWCO?

IWCO (International Week Coordinating Organization) is an organization which members are voluntary committed students from around the world. It holds a legal entity established in Rotterdam, Netherlands and is always striving for expansion. Its purpose is to create and support international exchange between students of international prestigious universities.

Every member (IW - International Week) organizes an annual local week full of activities that will help to dive into the culture and explore the country. Thanks to corporations with local student unions and external sponsors, the only financial expenses for participating students are their trips to the country itself. Each IW has to include events related to the 4 pillars of IWCO: Business, Culture, Academic and Social Exchange.

All the different IW's are coordinated and connected by the at the annual general meeting elected IWCO board:

IWCO Board

  • Rebecca Janssen

    Marketing Manager

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    Marketing Manager:

    The Marketing Manager’s duties include to strengthen the brand IWCO in all possible ways and to create marketing material for the organization. Furthermore, she updates and maintains the website and works closely with the Social Media Manager in regards of the public image of IWCO.

    Strategy Statement:

    "My goal for the upcoming year is to further strengthen the IWCO brand regarding long time IW-lovers, IW- newbies but also potential external partners such as companies, universities or hosts. Therefore, I want to improve the layout and interactiveness of the website and newsletters and also pursue special IW events such as ‘IW Day’.

    Together with the other Board members I also want to try to shorten the distance between the Board and the local IW committees so that we can work together in individual marketing problems the committees may have."

    IW Experience

    • Host in IW Cologne 2018
    • Participant in IW Uppsala 2019
    • IWCO Conference Uppsala 2019
    • Participant in IW Tel Aviv 2019
    • Organizing Committee IW Cologne 2019

    Contact:
    marketing@iw-co.org

  • Steve Strey

    Network Development Manager

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    Network Development Manager:

    The Network Development Manager carries out the important task of enlarging the IWCO network. She contacts new universities and/or student unions in order to establish new IWs and provides information to interested students from all over the world who would like to become part of IWCO.

    Strategy Statement:

    "My first goal is to get two new IWs joining the network, from which one is outside of Europe. Furthermore, I want to take on the problem of the struggling IWs and make sure that we don´t lose any of them throughout the next year."

    IW Experience

    • Participant in IW Lund 2017
    • Host in IW Lund 2018
    • IWAW Prague 2018
    • IWCO Conference Budapest 2018
    • Organizing group supervisor in IW Lund 2019
    • IWCO Conference Uppsala 2019

    Contact:
    networkdevelopment@iw-co.org

  • Sonja Höller

    Social Media Manager

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    Social Media Manager:

    The Social Media Manager of IWCO creates posts and content for all existing social media profiles of IWCO. She is responsible for the entire public social media communication and therefore an important part of keeping the network and its alumni connected.

    Strategy Statement:

    "How can an international student organization stay connected? The answer is through Social Media.

    We - as IWCO - want to create high quality content for our followers to stay connected with us, to keep the touch and also for our Alumni to be informed about our activities.

    Another aim is to increase the overall reach of our Social Media channels, to present IWCO as a corporate identity and to motivate each IW to be more active on Social Media and how to do it in a professional way."

    IW Experience

    • Participant in IW Tokyo Summer 2019
    • IWCO Conference Uppsala 2019

    Contact:
    socialmedia@iw-co.org

  • Özge Naz Ercan

    Communications Manager

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    Communications Manager:

    The Communications Manager is responsible for the internal and external communication of IWCO. She maintains and improves the connection of the network, collects feedback from IW organizers and participants and is responsible for supervising the organization of the annual International Week Alumni Weekend.

    Strategy Statement:

    "I´m responsible for the internal communication between all IWCO members, organizers and alumni.
    My aim is to emerge the alumni network and to reach more members."

    IW Experience

    • Host in IW Istanbul 2018
    • Participant in IW Prague 2018
    • Participant in IW Switzerland 2019
    • Vice Coordinator in IW Istanbul 2019
    • IWCO Conference Uppsala 2019

    Contact:
    communications@iw-co.org

  • Mia Dražilová

    President

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    President:

    The President of IWCO supervises the processes and work of the IWCO Board as well as all IW Members. The main task is to ensure the wellbeing of IWCO in many aspects including recruiting, financing, strategic planning, sponsoring, improvement & development and marketing solutions - both globally and locally.

    Strategy Statement:

    "My first goal is to supervise that everything in the network goes according to the plan and support and advise the IW network members in a way of implementing their own ideas. I want to achieve that the IWCO network and the Board work as one unit, meaning that the work of the Board is more transparent. My personal goal is also to make sustainability a more present topic, not only for the Board but also for the IWs.

    Finally, I want to finish the discussion about the GDPR in a way that every IW knows what it is and understands how to successfully use it. I wish that the network develops further, and we all stay connected."

    IW Experience

    • Participant in IW Lund 2017
    • Participant in IW Belgium 2017
    • Host in IW Vienna 2017
    • Host in IW Vienna 2018
    • IWCO Conference Uppsala 2019

    Contact:
    president@iw-co.org

  • Selen Olguner

    Fundraising Manager & Treasurer

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    Fundraising Manager & Treasurer

    The Treasurer and Fundraising Manager is responsible for the financial procedures of the IWCO as well as stakeholder management regarding corporate partners.

    Strategy Statement:

    "My main responsibility is to strengthen the financial pillar of our organisation. My goals for this year is to find a partner company that all IWs can benefit from and I want to help find solutions for IWs that have financial problems."

    IW Experience

    • Organizer in IW Istanbul 2017
    • Participant in IW West Japan 2017
    • Project Leader in IW Istanbul 2018,2019
    • Participant in IW Belgium 2018
    • Participant in IW Lund 2018
    • Participant in IW Zagreb 2018
    • IWAW Prague 2018
    • Participant in IW Warsaw 2019
    • IWAW Budapest 2019

    Contact:
    fundraising@iw-co.org

VISION MISSION VALUES

IWCO VISION

We aim to provide a platform of academic, business-related, cultural and social exchange for business students from all around the world.

IWCO MISSION

We want to raise awareness of cross-cultural understanding by encouraging students of our partner universities to join an International Week abroad.

IWCO VALUES

We believe in mutual cross-cultural respect, diversity, inclusion and international collaboration among aspiring and ambitious students. To create the feeling of unity and tolerance is vital in our changing society.

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