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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

  • Julia Pettersson

    President

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    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 aim this year is to set up measurable goals for us as a board and help my team members to reach theirs, to improve the way we collect and analyse feedback by making IWCO more metric driven, and to organise the first ever green conference in the history of IWCO.

    IW Experience

    • Host in IW Uppsala 2015
    • Participant in IW Barcelona 2015
    • Project Manager in UIW 2016-2017
    • IWAW Slovenia 2016
    • IWCO Conference Rotterdam 2016
    • Advisor of the Board 2016-2017
    • IWAW Cologne 2017
    • IWCO Conference Warsaw 2017
    • Participant in IW Tel Aviv 2017
    • Fundraising Manager and Treasurer of IWCO 2017-2018
    • IWAW (1 day!) Prague 2018
    • IWCO Conference Budapest 2018
    • Participant in IW Beijing 2018

    Contact:
    president@iw-co.org

  • Veronika Stránská

    Communications Manager

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    The Communications Manager is responsible for the internal and external communication of IWCO. He 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:
    My goal is to create a first version of an IWAW cookbook, to improve the communication between the
    Board and the IWCO network and to maintain and improve the Buddy-function

    IW Experience:

    • Participant in IW Holland 2016
    • Organizer of IW Prague 2016
    • Participant in IW Tel Aviv 2017
    • Communications Manager of IWAW Prague 2018
    • IWCO Conference Budapest 2018

    Contact:
    communications@iw-co.org

  • Alyssa Gunnemann

    Marketing Manager

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    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 is to promote IWCO as a brand by creating more marketing material and by supporting the IW organizers and the other board members in achieving their goals.

    IW Experience:

    • Participant in Barcelona 2018
    • Organizing Committee IW Cologne 2018

    Contact:
    marketing@iw-co.org

  • Jens Lin

    Fundraising Manager

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

    Strategy Statement:
    The goal for the IWCO in the year of 2018/2019 is to further pursue the strategy of professionalism by creating collaborations with corporate partners.

    IW Experience:

      • Organizing Committee IW Cologne 2014, 2015
      • IWCO Marketing Manager 2015-2017
      • Participant in IWAW Warsaw 2015
      • Participant in IW Belgium 2015
      • Participant in IW Uppsala 2015
      • Participant in IW Zagreb 2015
      • Participant in IW Prague 2015
      • Project Leader IW Cologne 2016, 2017
      • Participant in IWAW Slovenia 2016
      • Participant in IW Warsaw 2016
      • Participant in IW Istanbul 2016
      • Participant in IW Tel Aviv 2016
      • Participant in IW Slovenia 2016
      • Organizing Committee IWAW Cologne 2017
      • Participant in IW Lviv 2017
      • Participant in IW Vietnam 2018
      • Participant in IWAW Prague 2018
      • Treasurer IW Cologne 2018
      • IWCO Treasurer/Fundraising Manager 2018-2019

    Contact:
    fundraising@iw-co.org

  • Urša Plevel

    Network Development Manager

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    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 main goal is to develop network furthermore, that means getting at least one new association into IWCO family and develop already existing contacts. Moreover, I want to make sure that current IWCO members are secure in their position and know that Board is there to support them.

    IW Experience:

    • Participant in IW Warsaw 2017
    • Organising Team IW Slovenia 2017
    • IWCO Conference Warsaw 2017
    • IW Slovenia Representative 2017,2018
    • Participant in IW Uppsala 2018
    • Project Leader of IW Slovenia 2018
    • IW Alumni Weekend Prague 2018
    • IWCO Conference Budapest 2018

    Contact:
    networkdevelopment@iw-co.org

  • Anna Churaieva

    Social Media Manager

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    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.

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    IW Experience:

    Contact:
    socialmedia@iw-co.org

VISION MISSION VALUES

IWCO VISION

Allow business students around the world to experience cross cultural exchange.

IWCO MISSION

We want to encourage international exchange for partner universities’ students by joining an International Week abroad which is organized, hosted and guided by local Students, in order to raise awareness of acceptance and understanding.

IWCO VALUES

We cherish the most important values and want to act accordingly to them. We believe that nowadays mutual cross-cultural respect, diversity, inclusion and international collaboration among young and ambitious students, who are creating the feeling of unity and tolerance, is what really matters.

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