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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 25, No. 7. 1962.


When the International Student Conference Secretary, Mr Kenny Khaw visited Victoria, eight students had the pleasure of hearing him speak.

This fantastic interest in world student affairs must have surely surprised our visitor. The advance publicity was ineffective. There was one solitary notice in the main foyer of the S.U.B.

The I.S.C. was begun twelve years ago. Certain members of the International Union of Students were disillusioned; they decided to form their own group — the I.S.C. Since 1952, the I.S.C. has been steadily growing. There are now over seventy member countries.

The I.S.C. and the I.U.S. are rival organisations. But they do not conflict with each other directly. Rather, the two organisations now operate in two different spheres. Some member countries belong to both the I.U.S. and the I.S.C.

Mr Khaw however admitted that there are more communist-prone countries in the I.U.S.

The International Student Conference recognises the fact that there is a diversity of problems concerning the member countries. The Research and Information Commission was consequently set up to investigate specific problems. The problem is to deal with these problems without political bias. The Commission is now studying situations such as racial segregation in North America, political oppression in East Germany, Hungary, South Vietnam. As situations changed, some of these studies were dropped.