Sri Lanka, officially theDemocratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, is an island country in the northern Indian Ocean off the southern coast of the Indian subcontinent in South Asia. Known until 1972 as Ceylon (/sɨˈlɒn/, /seɪˈlɒn/, or /siːˈlɒn/), Sri Lanka has maritime borders with India to the northwest and the Maldives to the southwest.
Sri Lanka has a documented history that spans over 3000 years. Its geographic location and deep harbours made it of great strategic importance from the time of the ancient Silk Road through to World War II. Sri Lanka is a diverse country home to many religions, ethnicities and languages. It is the land of the Sinhalese, Sri Lankan Tamils, Moors, Indian Tamils, Burghers, Malays, Kaffirs and the aboriginal Vedda. Sri Lanka has a rich Buddhist heritage, and the first known Buddhist writings were composed on the island. The country’s recent history has been marred by a thirty-year civil war which decisively but controversially ended in a military victory in 2009.
Sri Lanka :
Sri Lanka is the only country to have hosted an International Congress of AIESEC without having been a member of the network. It is only at the AIESEC’s Internaitonal Congress of 1995 that held in Colombo, Sri Lanka that AIESEC in Sri Lanka joined the global network. Dinoshi Goonewardene was the first National Committee President of AIESEC in Sri Lanka.
After hosting the IC 1995, Sri Lanka went on to host several more regional and global conferences including APLDS 1996, APLDS 1999 and IPM 2004.
In 2001, AIESEC in Sri Lanka had its first Internaitonal MC Member with Dasa Alexyova from Slovakia and since then there has been international members from Russia, Poland, Colombia, Nigeria, Bulgaria, China, Morocco, India and New Zealand in the MC team.
In 2003, AIESEC in Sri Lanka won global and regional recognition with a stream awards…
– Global Award for Progressive Country,IPM 2003 in Estonia
– Global Award for Excellence in Trainee Satisfaction , IPM 2003 in Estonia
– Global and Regional Award for Relative Growth in the Number of Exchanges in 2002, APXLDS 2003 in Indonesia.
– Regional Award for Absolute Growth in Exchanges in 2002, APXLDS 2003 in Indonesia.
– Regional Award for the 1st in Country Ranking Index(XDAQ),APXLDS 2003 in Indonesia.
In 2004, these were then followed up with two more awards at the IPM 2004 hosted here in Sri Lanka.
– Innovation and Creativity Award, IPM 2004 in Sri Lanka
– Excellence in Organisational Satisfaction Award, IPM 2004 in Sri Lanka
Today, AIESEC in Sri Lanka has grown with its presence and peformance achieving an all time high of passing 400 exhcanges and 1000 AIESEC (Exchange + Team Member + Team Leader) experiences during the 2012/13 term.
AIESEC Alumni Sri Lanka:
First discussions of having an AIESEC Alumni Assication were held in 2007 and a initial drive team was set up to take things forward. But it was only in 2011 that the Alumni Assocation was formalized through an Innaugral General Meeting on the 15th of October, 2011 and took on the name ‘AIESEC Alumni Sri Lanka. AIESEC Alumni Sri Lanka is yet to be legally incorporated and registered.
AIESEC Alumni Sri Lanka has a formal website and a facebook group with almost 400 members. The Leaders List is around 90 % complete at national level and over 60 % complete at local level.
In 2012, AIESEC Alumni Sri Lanka had a series of Alumni events once a month with opportunity for Alumni to meet and interact with differnet themes and different alumni coming forward to host and organize the events.
Currently, rather than being a single community Alumni are engaged in informal groups around their social interests, volunteering and charity, common projects and business ventures. AIESEC Alumni are actively engaged with AIESEC in Sri Lanka.including by taking AIESEC interns, providing training, sitting on BoA, being mentors to AIESECers and providing business leads.