AEGEE (Association des États Généraux des Étudiants de l’Europe) is one of Europe’s biggest interdisciplinary student organisations. As a non-governmental, politically independent, and non-profit organisation AEGEE is open to students and young people from all faculties and disciplines. Founded in 1985 in Paris, today AEGEE has grown to a Network of 13000 friends, present in 200 cities in 40 countries all over Europe.
AEGEE puts the idea of a unified Europe into practice. Therefore AEGEE only has an European level and local level (in our case, it's Leuven). AEGEE brings 13000 students from 40 different countries directly in touch with each other.
AEGEE organises different kinds of activities. First of all, there is the distinction between local and European activities. Activities organised in Leuven are usually open for everyone and activities organised on European level are only open for AEGEE members (it doesn't matter from which local).
AEGEE organises activities such like cultural exchanges between different locals, European nights, movienights, hitchhiking competitions,...
Two times a year, there is also the Agora, which is the general assembly of AEGEE where decisions are made on European level and where the Comité Directeur - the members of AEGEE-Europe’s Board of Directors - and other official positions are elected for.
Working Groups (WGs) carry out the thematic goals of AEGEE-Europe described in the Strategic Plan of the organisation. Their goal is to ensure that thematic focuses of AEGEE have been fulfilled. According to the Focus Areas of the Strategic Plan 2014-2017 there are four WGs: Spreading Europtimism WG, Youth Employment WG, Youth Mobility WG and Civic Education WG.
AEGEE-Europe’s projects are a set of ideas which have been turned into reality by motivated members. These projects are decided and implemented by the association as a whole and can call on the resources of AEGEE-Europe for support. They deal with topics of interest for the European youth in general. These European projects are coordinated by international teams and consist of actions taken in several countries. These actions are usually varied, and creativity is crucial for developing a successful project: conferences, seminars, action days, contests, and any other way of involving young people in the topic can contribute to a project.
Find more information on the aegee website!