GCU named as a Changemaker Campus

02 October 2014

GCU named as a Changemaker Campus

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) has been designated as a Changemaker Campus by Ashoka U in recognition of its global leadership role in promoting social innovation education.

GCU will join the Changemaker Campus consortium, a dynamic, global network of universities and colleges who share inspiration, connections and support.

The endorsement by Ashoka U is further recognition of GCU’s commitment to embed social innovation as a core value in each academic school, department and research institute across the University’s campuses in Glasgow, London and New York.

GCU Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE, said: “At Glasgow Caledonian University we are proud of our commitment to the common good and our pioneering work in social innovation. This is reflected in social business initiatives such as the Grameen Caledonian College of Nursing in Bangladesh, which won the Unilever International Award supported by Business Fights Poverty.

“Achieving Changemaker Campus status means we have been recognised for this work and join a network which includes some of the finest Universities in the world, such as Brown, Cornell, Duke and Johns Hopkins. This is a hugely significant milestone for our University and our work with Ashoka U will form an important part of our activity to nurture the social entrepreneurial skills of our students.”

“The educational goals of students are changing,” said Ashoka U’s co-founder and executive director, Marina Kim.

“These student demands add a new dimension to the call for innovation in higher education: How can colleges and universities foster the knowledge, skills and dispositions that equip graduates to address increasingly complex global challenges? Every student should get the chance to acquire the skills necessary to make a difference in the world.”