Social Innovation for the Common Good @ GCU

 
 

Social Innovation for the Common Good @ GCU

Social innovation involves new strategies, ideas and organisations that meet social needs of all kinds. It flourishes when people from different backgrounds and experiences come together to produce new ideas and initiatives.

"Universities are the engines of our economies, they ignite our imagination and curiosity, produce untold ideas and some universities, like GCU, also seek to put their best ideas into practice for social benefit."
Professor Pamela Gillies CBE, Principal & Vice Chancellor of GCU

Ashoka_U SquareThe University’s commitment to social innovation is reflected in and inspired by its motto, For the Common Good, and is shared by its students and staff at all levels and not least by the University’s Chancellor and Nobel Laureate, Professor Muhammad Yunus.

‌‌GCU is the first university in Scotland to be designated a Changemaker Campus by Ashoka U, reflecting its global reputation in promoting social innovation through teaching and research. 

Find out more about GCU's Changemaker Status.

Glasgow Caledonian University’s commitment to the common good is realised in applied research. Our Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health evaluates the impact of social innovations such as microcredit and social business.

 

A world’s first, our MSc in Social Business and Microfinance offers students the opportunity to critically evaluate the power of business and to implement positive social change in global environments. Studentships are available for this course. 

 

Our scholarships enable students from all backgrounds to study at GCU. The Chancellor Yunus Scholarship, named after GCU chancellor and Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus, is currently open for applications. 

 

The Caledonian Club reflects the university mission to promote the common good. GCU students have the opportunity to be involved in mentorship programmes whilst developing leadership, communication and teamwork skills. 

 

GCCN is a Unilever International Award winning innovative social business, co-founded by GCU to support the poorest women in Bangladesh to become highly skilled nurses and leaders within their communities. 

 

UHatch is GCU’s new entrepreneurial incubator, designed to support innovative new enterprises and act as a knowledge and support hub for students, staff and alumni across the University. 

 

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