3rd Social Business Design Lab Held at Yunus Centre

Professor Muhammad Yunus has opened the 3rd Social Business Design Lab with his introductory speech at the Yunus Centre on 23rd March 2013. Participants from different organizations at first reviewed the update of previous social business ideas and then they have presented six new social business plans like- rickshaw project for unemployed young people, NGF social business project, nirvana social business project, ID group & texeurop social business project, salt cultivation social business project and NTFP social business project. After the presentation, there was question and answering session, group discussion to include necessary recommendations and finally the participants came up with an action time frame.

My Story of Growing up with Grameen Bank

Fahmida Zaman

I was born in a village named Bahadurpur in Rajbari where very few people value education, let alone educating girls. I was fortunate enough that my family is one of those few who value education more than anything. My mother, the first of several strong women who have been influencing my life, always told me “education is the best thing we can give you.”  My father, another great influence, planted in my head from childhood that “never forget your responsibility to your people, do something for your society and country.”

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University honors Muhammad Yunus with Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award

albert awardQuinnipiac University presented its Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award to Muhammad Yunus, who founded the practice of microcredit as a means to combat global poverty before his March 6 lecture at the university. Yunus, who was awarded Quinnipiac's most prestigious humanitarian award, also accepted an invitation to join the Albert Schweitzer Institute's honorary board.

"Dr. Yunus has demonstrated a life-long commitment to finding creative solutions to some of life's most challenging problems," said Mark Thompson, senior vice president for academic and student affairs.

"Dr. Yunus has made significant contributions in the area of international business. In addition to microloans, his innovative idea of social business has also attracted a lot of attention in international forums, including the World Economic Forum in Davos," said Mohammad Elahee, professor and chair of international business in the School of Business. "Many global firms, especially those based in Europe, are now setting up social businesses. For example, Danone has set up a yogurt factory in Bangladesh to provide nutrient fortified yogurt for malnourished children in Bangladesh. The concepts of microloans and social business have no boundary."

রাষ্ট্রপতি মোঃ জিল্লুর রহমান এর মৃত্যুতে শোকবার্তা

zillur rahmanসারা জাতি আজ মহামান্য রাষ্ট্রপতি মোঃ জিল্লুর রহমানের জীবনাবসানের সংবাদ পেয়ে অত্যন্ত শোকাহত। দেশ আজ এক মহান অভিভাবককে হারালো হারালো মুক্তিযুদ্ধের এক বিশিষ্ট সংগঠক ও যোদ্ধাকে।

বাংলাদেশের রাজনীতির ইতিহাসে মোঃ জিল্লুর রহমান ছিলেন এক উজ্জ্বল নক্ষত্র। বায়ান্নর ভাষা আন্দোলন থেকে শুরু করে আজ অবধি এদেশের প্রতিটি ক্রান্তিকালে তিনি ছিলেন সদা জাগ্রত। দেশের সংকটকালে তাঁর মৃত্যুতে যে শূন্যস্থান তৈরি হলো, সেটি নিঃসন্দেহে অপূরণীয়।

Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus visits Quinnipiac University

yunus quinnipiacNobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, who founded the practice of microcredit as a means to combat global poverty, visited Quinnipiac on March 6 to deliver a free community lecture, "Microcredit and Social Business for Poverty Reduction." Yunus also participated in two panel discussions on campus the same day.

The event was sponsored by Quinnipiac's School of Business and Albert Schweitzer Institute.

Yunus, a Bangladeshi economist driven by his belief that credit is a fundamental human right, established the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh in 1983. He hoped to help impoverished people escape poverty by providing loans and teaching them sound financial principles.

From Yunus' personal loan of small amounts of money to destitute basket weavers in Bangladesh in the mid-70s, the Grameen Bank has advanced to the forefront of a burgeoning world movement toward eradicating poverty through microlending. Replicas of the Grameen Bank model operate in more than 100 countries worldwide.

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