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Lincoln University-Yunus Social Business Center (LU-YSBC)

The Yunus Social Business Centre at Lincoln University (YSBC-LU) was established in April 2017.

Lincoln University-Yunus Social Business Center (LU-YSBC)

The Yunus Social Business Centre at Lincoln University (YSBC-LU) was established in April 2017.

Overview

The YSCB-LU is the first Yunus Social Business Centre in New Zealand, and one of a number that have been established at universities around the world, including La Trobe University in Australia, Becker College in the USA, and Glasgow Caledonian University and King’s College London in the UK. 
 
Yunus Social Business Centres were established by Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus Professor Yunus. Professor Yunus is the founder of the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, which helps alleviate poverty, through microfinancing, and lending to the country’s poor without the need for collateral. 
 
A social business is set up to solve a specific problem to the benefit of poor or disadvantaged members of society. Unlike a charity, they generate profit and aim to be financially self-sustaining. 
 
The objectives of the Yunus Social Business Centre are to build awareness of social business, and undertake training and education, provide mentoring, and support research on social business.
 
The YSBC-LU is located within the Faculty of Agribusiness and Commerce and builds on the University’s international reputation in the field of economic development Including the Lincoln University Centre for International Development (LUCID), postgraduate supervision and the work of staff overseas.
 
The establishment of LU-YSBC will extend the University’s focus on social business and entrepreneurship.

People

Advisor – Professor Hugh Bigsby
Director - Professor Christopher Gan
Assistant Director – Associate Professor Sazali Abidin
Secretary – Sayed Ahmed
Research Advisor – Dr. Birgit Schulze-Ehlers
 
External Advisory Committee
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Research

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Professor Muhammad Yunus visited the Faculty of Agribusiness and Commerce on Monday, 10 April 2017, to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Lincoln University.