GCU contributes to international social enterprise strategy

15 September 2016

GCU contributes to international social enterprise strategy

Internationalising Social Enterprise strategy

A new Scottish Government strategy to internationalise Social Enterprise highlights the contribution made by Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU).

Internationalising Social Enterprise cites the educational and research contribution GCU has made in developing the social enterprise sector.

Scotland is home to 5000 social enterprises, creating a combined annual income of £3.63billion and supporting 112,409 jobs.

The strategy highlights the University’s postgraduate MSc Social Business and Microfinance, the first programme of its kind in the world, exploring social problems and potential solutions. The strategy calls on supporting the programme to attract foreign students to study social entrepreneurship in Scotland.

It also praises the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health as an ‘internationally recognised research institution’ and encourages further international research collaboration to shape developments in the field.

In the Ministerial foreword, Angela Constance, Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities said: “As the world we live in continues to change and bring new challenges, with increasing global interdependence, our social entrepreneurs and social enterprises are helping to find new avenues towards social innovation and improvement. Crucially, they are ready and willing to share their knowledge and expertise – placing Scotland’s blueprint for social enterprise on the world stage.”

Last week, the GCU Yunus Centre hosted 236 delegates from 33 different countries at the International Social Innovation Research Conference.

GCU achieved Ashoka U Changemaker Campus status in 2014, joining a network of leading universities worldwide committed to promoting social innovation education.

Professor Cam Donaldson, Director of the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health said: “As the University for the Common Good, it is fitting that this strategy defines social enterprises as businesses that trade for the common good. We are passionate about supporting the growth and development of the social enterprise sector, through our research and educational programmes. We look forward to continued close partnership working with the Scottish Government to deliver this ambitious strategy.”

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