Yunnan Normal University in Kunming China sets up Yunus Social Business Centre

Professor Yuan Yichuan, Vice-Chancellor (third from left) with his senior colleagues and Professor Muhammad Yunus announcing the set up of Yunus Social Business Centre at Yunnan Normal University at the university gathering.

Professor Yuan Yichuan, Vice-Chancellor (third from left) with his senior colleagues and Professor Muhammad Yunus announcing the set up of Yunus Social Business Centre at Yunnan Normal University at the university gathering.

On October 10 Professor Yunus visited Kunming. He was received by Mr. Ye Liaoyan, Chairman of Yunnan Normal University, Professor Yuan Yichuan, Vice Chancellor of the University, and high officials at their campus. They gave him a ceremonial tour of the university which was established in 1938. It has moved into its 2.5 square miles new campus only 7 years back. The university has student population of 40 thousand, 65 percent of whom are girls. Thirty thousand students live on campus. There are 2,300 faculty members.

Yunus launched Yunus Social Business Week in China

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus launched Social Business week in China on October 9, 2015. Tackling unemployment is at the heart of these week-long events so that people, particularly the youth, do not hanker after jobs and rather, become inspired to be job-givers.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus launched Social Business week in China on October 9, 2015. Tackling unemployment is at the heart of these week-long events so that people, particularly the youth, do not hanker after jobs and rather, become inspired to be job-givers.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus launched Yunus Social Business Week, China, in Beijing on October 9. This is a week-long program taking Professor Yunus from Beijing, Kunming, Shanghai, Shenzen, and Hong Kong. He will be addressing government officials, business leaders, and civil society activists in each city. He will also address students at university campuses on social business and building towards sustainable world.

At the opening dinner of China Yunus Social Business Week in Beijing professors from universities, business leaders from investment companies, microfinance leaders were present. Young entrepreneur Mr. Wang Ke, CEO of Koudai.com a multi-billion dollar company, second to Alibaba in mobile phone penetration, hosted the opening dinner. He is interested in spreading microcredit through his mobile phone platform and set up social business joint ventures with Grameen China.  Professor Yunus delivered a speech, focused on social business activities around the world, particularly in China.

Yunus Social Business Japan ready to be launched

Professor Yunus attended, as Chief Guest at the YY (Yunus and Youth) Social Business Design Contest 2015 held in Roppongi, Tokyo, organized by Yunus and Shiiki Social Business Research Centre at Kyushu University

On October 8 Professor Yunusattended a meeting of the members of the board Tomoni Corporation, a social business company established by a group of young Japanese entrepreneurs. They are now setting up Yunus Social Business Japan, a company dedicated to creating social businesses in Japan and outside of Japan, as a part of global network of Yunus Social Business companies around the world. Head quarter of this network of social business companies is located in Frankfurt, Germany. After discussion with the young entrepreneurs it was decided that signing ceremony with the parent company for launching Yunus Social Business Japan will be held in Berlin at the Global Social Business Summit on Nov 4-6.

CEO and the top executives of Japan International Cooperation Foundation met Professor Yunus to work out the conceptual framework of a joint venture agricultural company with Yunus Social Business Uganda, in line with agricultural joint venture with Yunus Social Business Colombia with McCain of Canada, a giant global company specializing in processing of potato.

Yunus Addresses Innovation for Cool Earth Forum in Tokyo

From left to right Aziz Sheikh, Marketing Manager of Konica Minolta, Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and Noriharu Maruyama Senior Manager of Konica Minolta.

From left to right Aziz Sheikh, Marketing Manager of Konica Minolta, Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and Noriharu Maruyama Senior Manager of Konica Minolta.

Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe convened a global conference on October 7-8 on Innovation for Cool Earth Forum in Tokyo. The Forum assembled experts around the world in order to address climate change through innovation of energy and environmental technologies including their dissemination. Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus was invited by Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) to give a key note address at the Forum.

The two-day Forum gathered more than 1,000 participants, including  government ministers from many countries, scientists, researchers, business leaders, and policymakers from around the world to share a vision and establish partnerships for lasting global reduction in greenhouse gases through innovative low-carbon technologies. Muhammad Yunus in his key note address called for “Three Zero initiatives-Zero poverty, Zero unemployment and Zero net carbon emission -- to attain the vision of sustainable development goals that improve human lives.

Yunus Joins Ruler of Dubai in inaugurating the Global Islamic Economy Summit

(From Left to Right) Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Minister of UAE Ministry of Culture, Youth, and Social Development, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan and Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus at the launching ceremony of the Sheikh  Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives Foundation on October 4.

(From Left to Right) Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Minister of UAE Ministry of Culture, Youth, and Social Development, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan and Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus at the launching ceremony of the Sheikh  Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives Foundation on October 4.

On Monday October 5, Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus joined The UAE Prime Minister and ruler of Dubai His Highness Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to inaugurate the Global Islamic Economy Summit at Madinat Jumeirah attended by 4,000 policymakers and business leaders and finance professionals from 30 countries.

Professor Yunus also gave the opening key note speech  at the Global Islamic Economy Summit. The Prime Minister took the floor after Yunus’s speech to inaugurate the Summit.  Professor Yunus said that the economy is not about businesses, it is about people. Growth rate does not reflect the condition of the people; it reflects the condition of the businesses. He argued that in order to make the world sustainable we would have to redefine business; instead of keeping the businesses to aim at one P, the profit, it should aim at three P's with equal priority-- People, Planet, and Profit. Only then business can reflect the condition of people. He warned the audience that unless we reformulate the purpose of business we would end up with a world where almost all the wealth of the planet will be concentrated in hands of a few people.

The Summit organized by Dubai Chamber, Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC) and Thomson Reuters is intended to examine the changing dynamics of the Islamic economy.

On the previous day, October 4, Professor Muhammad Yunus was also personally invited by the UAE Prime Minister to join him in the launching ceremony of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives Foundation, as a special guest, as he would like the foundation to be inspired by the work of Professor Yunus to help poor overcome poverty.   The Prime Minister discussed with Yunus about the future programs of the Foundation and requested Professor Yunus to help him shape the agenda for the Foundation. He instructed his staff to issue resident visa to Yunus so that he can come to Dubai without any difficulty. The visa was issued on the same day.

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