The Role of the International Society For Business Education The need for interuational eooperation among business educators was foreseen more than a half- century ago. In 1901, a small group of businessmen and teachers came together in Switzerland to discuss com mon problems of educating youth for business positions. It was felt at that time that business education had outgrown its infancy and was entering into "its tumul tuous adolescence." Teachers had become conscious of the variety of problems which needed to be solved by cooperative planning. The International Society for Business Education was the outgrowth of this initial group. Early meetings. Conferences, which were held pri marily for European business educators from 1901 to 1914, rendered useful professional service in that they facilitated an interchange of ideas among teachers of many countries. Then came "World War I. The organi zation obviously ceased to function and at that time seemed destined never to be reactivated. The Swiss businessmen and teachers kept alive the spirit of the international group. In 1926, twelve years after the beginning of World War I and eight years after the Armistice, a meeting in Switzerland culmi nated in a reorganization of the International Society for Business Education. This revived group encouraged not only individual membership but also included col lective members such as governmental authorities, public institutions, corporations, schools and school boards, commercial and technical organizations, and business firms. Prom 1926 to AVorld War II, the work of the International Society moved along quite smoothly. During World War II, the international headquarters in Switzerland served as a clearing house for prisoners of war and displaced persons who were members of the Society. With undaunted spirit after the sufferings in curred from World War II, a group met in Zurich, Switzerland, on September 28 and 29, 1946, to recon struct the International Society for Business Education, Its first post-war International Economics Course was held in Switzerland in 1948. Objectives. The objectives of the International Soci ety, according to its statutes, indicate that it endeavors to develop business education in all countries, especially by the following means: To group the existing national associations and other in stitutions, private or public, which are interested in the promotion of business education. To organize international meetings and congresses. To arrange for international courses for commercial expan sion and the study of language. To discuss questions of general interest bearing on business education. To institute a central information office. The year, 1932, was an important one for the International Society for Business Education. Members of the Society who were fortu nate enough to participate in the tours and discussions of the Economic Course were able to see the total economic picture of the United States in a much clearer way than can he achieved by mere ly reading the volume of lectures published at the close of the course. Some of the delegates from Egypt, Greece, Canada, Eng land, and their United States hosts are shown above while touring the International Business Machine Company's office and factory in Endicoct, New York. By DOROTHY H. VEON To issue a review and other publications on business educa tion. To distribute to newspapers and periodicals, information regarding the development of business education in various countries. To encourage educational tours and visits. To cooperate with other associations and official institutions aiming at the development of economic, technical, and linguistic education. Activities. The work of the Society is carried on primarily through its international headquarters which are currently located in St. Gall, Switzerland its publi cation, The International Review for Business Educa tion and its International Economics Course. The Review. The publication, The International Re view for Business Education, has had a long history, interspersed with inactivity during World Wars I and II. At least one Review is issued annually and during a few years two have been issued. The Review includes activities of the various chapters in the Society, as well as articles on various aspects of business education in member countries. These articles are usually written in French, German, or English. The Congress. The Congresses of the International organization have been held primarily to develop better teaching of business subjects. These Congresses were Centennial Issue 11
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