About Professor Yunus :: Education

Yunus studied at his village school in the early years. When his family moved to Chittagong, he enrolled in the Lamabazar Primary School. Later, he studied at Chittagong Collegiate School and passed the matriculation examination, in which he secured the 16th position among 39,000 students in East Pakistan During his school years, he was active in the Boy Scouts, and travelled to West Pakistan and India in 1952. In 1955, he attended the World Scouts Jamboree in Canada as part of the Pakistan contingent. On the way back, he travelled through Europe and Asia by road. Next, Yunus enrolled into Chittagong College where he was active in cultural activies and got awards for acting in dramas.

About Professor Yunus :: Vision

Muhammad Yunus's vision is the total eradication of poverty from the world. 'Grameen', he claims, 'is a message of hope, a programme for putting homelessness and destitution in a museum so that one day our children will visit it and ask how we could have allowed such a terrible thing to go on for so long'.
This work is a fundamental rethink on the economic relationship between the rich and the poor, their rights and their obligations. The World Bank recently acknowledged that 'this business approach to the alleviation of poverty has allowed millions of individuals to work their way out of poverty with dignity'.
Credit is the last hope left to those faced with absolute poverty. That is why Muhammad Yunus believes that the right to credit should be recognized as a fundamental human right. It is this struggle and the unique and extraordinary methods he invented to combat human despair that Muhammad Yunus recounts here with humility and conviction. It is also the view of a man familiar with both Eastern and Western cultures on the failures and potential for good of industrial countries. It is an appeal for action: we must concentrate on promoting the will to survive and the courage to build in the first and most essential element of the economic cycle Man.

Professor Yunus's Wish List

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  • There will be a global government to resolve issues of conflict between nations, and regions; to see that all parts of the world enjoy the similar quality of life; to pay attention to global human issues; to protect the planet, and the interest of all living beings on the planet.
  • Income inequality will become an irrelevant issue everybody will get everything he/she needs.
  • There will be only one currency. Coins and papers currency will be gone.
  • The sun, water, wind will be the main sources of power.
  • No need of paper. No need to cut trees. There will be synthetic re-usable papers, in case paper is absolutely needed.
  • Social businesses will become a substantial part of the business world.
  • Information on all bank accounts anywhere in the world will be in the public domain.
  • Basic connectivity will be wireless and costless.
  • Cures and preventions will be available to each person for all known diseases.
  • All cultures, cultural groups, and religions flourish to their full beauty and creativity, all contributing to the magnificent unified orchestra of human living.
  • No war. No war preparations. No military establishment to fight wars.
  • No passport, no visa for anybody any where in the world. All people will be truly global citizens of equal status.
  • People from all nations and backgrounds have a fair chance in participating in the great adventures of human being expanding the horizons of human knowledge and creativity.
  • Man will have the capability to forecast earthquake, cyclone, Tsunami, and other natural disasters, precisely and well ahead of time.
  • Everybody will read and hear everything in his language. Technology will make it possible for a person to speak, read, and write in his own language while listener will listen and reader will read the message in his own language.  Softwares and gadgets will interpret, translate simultaneously as one speaks or downloads any text. One can watch any TV channel from any where but will listen the voice in his language.
  • Anybody can get connected to anybody else any where in the world without first looking for the telephone number or email address. Some minimum information (such as, a picture) will be enough to get him connected by voice or text.
  • Vaccines will be available for all communicable diseases (HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria, etc.).
  • Every baby will be born in perfect health. No infant mortality. No maternal mortality.