A Yunus Center at Montpellier Business School to contribute to solving the major challenges in our society | The MBS Foundation

(From left to right) Dr. Anastasia Cozarenco, director of the Yunus Center at MBS and co-holder of the Social and Sustainable Finance Chair; Professor Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2006 and creator of the Yunus Center in Dhaka (Bangladesh); Dr. David Roubaud, Research Professor of Finance, Microeconomics, Cryptocurrencies and Big Data. Photo credit: MBS Foundation – Committed to making a difference

Opening the minds of the younger generation

Professor Yunus defines “ social enterprise » as a company whose economic model is intended to be sustainable, not intended to distribute dividends and with the aim of contributing to solving the major challenges in our society: poverty, unemployment, environment, health, etc. The microfinance institution Grameen Bank is the best-known example of such a company. The creation of Yunus Center for Social Business and Financial Inclusion at Montpellier Business School in the words of Professor Yunus ” is a great opportunity to continue to open the minds of the younger generation to the reality of the world and prepare them to find creative ways to solve the growing problems of the planet. »

A Yunus Center at Montpellier Business School to help solve the big challenges in our society

Why a Yunus Center at Montpellier Business School?

This center is an academic hub with the dual aim of educate and educate students to ” social enterprise »through specialized courses, diploma courses, internships, social impact projects and develop research and disseminate new knowledge on this theme.

This double aim is achieved through the centre’s various activities, such as:

  1. The development of research within social business
  2. The conveyance of lessons and specializations in microfinance, social entrepreneurship, social innovation, management of companies in the social and solidarity economy, sustainable financing, especially through the creation of a Master of Science “Sustainable and inclusive financing”creation of a specialization “Entrepreneurship and management in social and solidarity enterprises” for students in 3.e year of the Grande Ecole program
  3. Promotion of internshipsof apprenticeship contracts or work experience in social enterprises in France and abroad
  4. Accompaniment people who want to create their social enterpriseespecially MBS students, but also people who want to create their own businesses and get out of precariousness.

These activities will involve collaboration with associations as well as local, regional, national and international companies to create an ecosystem that brings together initiators of social and solidarity economic projects within the school. These activities will give rise to holding events such as workshops or some conferences on themes related to Social Business (microfinance, social entrepreneurship, social and solidarity economy, environment, corporate social responsibility, etc.)

Concrete results

Concretely, this meant, within the framework of the Yunus Centre, the continuation of DIFFICULT project, the fruit of a collaboration between six European universities and aimed at nurturing the mindset and skills of social entrepreneurship to promote active citizenship and social entrepreneurship. Ten MBS students selected to participate in this project had the opportunity to meet students selected by other European universities during a summer school in Dublin in September 2021 and during the winter school organized at MBS in April 2022.

ONE Social Business Award of a grant of 10,000 euros will also be launched at the start of the next academic year, which will reward an organizational solution for a Social Business project proposed by the students.

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