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Salient: An organ of student opinion at Victoria University, Wellington. Vol. 23, No. 5. Wednesday, June 15, 1960

14 Asian Countries

14 Asian Countries

Delegates at the seminar came from 14 Asian countries including Australia, Israel and New Zealand, which could be regarded as merely on the periphery of Asia. The main reason behind the attendance of these countries is the fact that they all have national unions of students but are isolated from any regional activities on a student level either due to political reasons, in the case of Israel, or due to location, in the case of Australia and New Zealand. New Zealand attendance at the seminar was due to the fact that the majority of the international interest of N.Z.U.S.A. has been and is focussed on the Asian region.

Mainland China, Burma. Nepal and Afganistan were also invited but did not attend, which perhaps is unfortunate, especially in the case of China, but it did mean that the basis of co-operation (a desire, unimpeded by political considerations, to help one another in the solving of our student problems) already existed before the calling of the seminar.

The aims of the seminar were twofold. Firstly to discuss specific means of co-operation on a student level in such fields as the disemination of information on student activities, extending and helping student travel in the region and student welfare schemes. Secondly to discuss and understand the problems facing the countries of Asia today—particularly in the educational field. Like Selwyn Toogood, I will return shortly to give you the results of these discussions.