Becker College and Seven Hills Foundation Partner to Open Social Business Center
NEC members Becker College and the Seven Hills Foundation are teaming up to open the Yunus Social Business Center @ Becker College. Becker will be the first higher education institute in the United States to open an officially sanctioned Yunus Social Business Center.
Named for Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, Yunus Centers teach students the concept of social business, which he pioneered. In his model of social business, entrepreneurs use micro loans to help poor people around the world establish self-sustaining businesses. The center at Becker will focus on identifying social problems and creating innovative and sustainable solutions to address them. The center was announced on May 28, 2015, the sixth annual Social Business Day, after Becker College President Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D., and Professor Yunus signed a memorandum of understanding in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Also present for the signing was David Jordan, DHA, MPA, the President and CEO of the Seven Hills Foundation, who was recently named Professor of Practice in Social Innovation at Becker.
“The Yunus Social Business Center @ Becker College complements our mission and vision, and expands the global concept of education we provide. We believe in Yunus’ approach to social business because business is uniquely positioned to address need, create value, and drive profit which, in turn, can expand the reach, impact, and sustainability of the solution. Professor Yunus believes this approach of applying business to social problems is more scalable and resilient than any other strategy,” said Dr. Johnson.
The New England Council applauds Becker College and the Seven Hills Foundation for their dedication to helping students become active and responsible global citizens.