Factional fighting among students exists at all levels, from a single campus or institution to international congresses. At any one university, for example, it exists in student governmental bodies; between individual student clubs, unions and societies; between enrolments in different faculties; between upper and lower year classes; between the more privileged financially and the less privileged; and between differing life-styles, religions and races. Between institutions, there are school rivalries that continually work against student cooperation. At regional and national levels when students gather, these patterns of conflict re-emerge to obstruct organization into effective federations or movements that represent the students interests and needs.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
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