Prof. Muhammad Yunus was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the European University of Tirana in Albania on 22nd January 2013, for his outstanding contribution to poverty reduction in the world through his development and implementation of microfinance as well as for his pioneering work in the field of social business. By accepting the award, Prof. Yunus urged the young people to imagine the seemingly impossible and never think that a problem cannot be solved, since only by imagining that omething can be done, does one even begin to attempt to achieve it. “That’s the human spirit!”said Prof. Yunus.
Professor Muhammad Yunus visited Denmark in January 2013 where he attended in a day-long conference as a chief guest on 'Social Business' in Copenhagen. Denmark's Foreign Ministry in cooperation with the Confederation of Danish Industries arranged the conference. The main focus of the conference was to find answers to some of the problems the Scandinavian country faces. Christian Friis Bach, Denmark's Minister for Development Cooperation, was the host of the conference and Crown Princess Mary, who remains engaged with development issues, was also present on the occasion.
Professor Muhammad Yunus launched Grameen Shikkha-CISD Vocational Training Centre in Savar on 8 January 2012. Grameen Shikkha with the financial assistance from Netherland-based C&A Europe, has been conducting a vocational training program since 2008 for the country's poor and the school dropouts, said Nurjahan Begum, managing director of Grameen Shikkha. While speaking in the inauguration ceremony Muhammad Yunus, the chair of the program said that “the Bangladeshi youth are very creative and are quick learners. We should explore new opportunities for themselves. We are not teaching in the academic sense, rather we are creating skilled manpower”, Muhammad Yunus added. Gerben De Jong, the ambassador of Netherlands to Bangladesh gave importance to the need for skill development among the youth in Bangladesh. In her speech Ms. Nurjahan Begum said that the training centre has trained more than 2,300 peoples on electrical, electronics, industrial sewing, mobile phone servicing, garment machine mechanics, computer, solar home system management, computer applications etc. Most of the graduates find employment within a couple of months after graduation. “The objective of the program is to develop the human resource of Bangladesh with a view to expanding the country's economic development,”said C&A's Director Chris Brenninkmeyer. Some other national and international distinguished guests also attended in the program.
While speaking in the session on â€œPoverty: A Great Terror?â€ Professor Muhammad Yunus extended greetings from Bangladesh, particularly from the youth of Bangladesh. He urged the Indian youth to create their own politics with a new vision for new generation by saying that â€ donâ€™t remain under the spell of traditional politics, look to the future, world is changing very fast and the youth have to redesign the institutions to face the new challenge.â€
He also said that â€œthe Indian youth should not think only about India, they should think about all the youth of SAARC countries and urged the Student Parliament organizers to invite students of SAARC countries from next year. This interaction will help us to solve many problems of the SAARC countries and the world.â€ â€œNot knowing something is not always bad. It may be possible that since your mind has not been biased by the established knowledge, it gives you the freedom to think of fresh ideas,â€ he added in his speech. Read More >>>