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The Becker College Presidential Speaker Series invites prominent speakers to engage in substantive discourse about the future of the world as it pertains to education, health, sustainability, globalization, and the economy. Social business pioneer Muhammad Yunus was the keynote speaker at the 2016 Becker College Presidential Speaker Series at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Mass. Read about the 2016 Presidential Speaker Series.
About the Yunus Social Business Centre @ Becker College On May 28, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Becker College signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Professor Muhammad Yunus to establish the Yunus Social Business Centre @ Becker College. Becker College is the 15th higher education institution in the world—and the first in the United States—to establish an officially sanctioned Yunus Social Business Centre. The College’s Centre focuses on identifying real-world social problems, creating innovative, self-sustaining business solutions to transform lives and communities.
Internationally renowned, Nobel Laureate, pioneered the concept of social business, utilizing microfinance to help develop self-sustainable businesses. Professor Yunus established the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh in 1983, fueled by the belief that credit is a fundamental human right.
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Professor Yunus has been recognized with more than 100 awards from 26 countries, including the Nobel Peace Prize, the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal. Most recently, Professor Yunus was ranked number three in Salt magazine’s Top 100 Compassionate Business Leaders. In 2012, Fortune magazine named him one of the 12 greatest entrepreneurs of all time. In 2008, in an open online poll, he was voted the second most intellectual person in the world on the list of Top 100 Public Intellectuals by Prospect magazine (UK). In 2006, Time magazine listed him under “60 years of Asian Heroes” as one of the top 12 business leaders. He attended Dhaka University in Bangladesh, then received a Fulbright scholarship to study economics at Vanderbilt University. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Vanderbilt in 1969 and became an assistant professor of economics at Middle Tennessee State University. He returned to Bangladesh to head the economics department at Chittagong University.