School of Public Health and Community Medicine

First Yunus Social Business Centre in Australia launched at UNSW

Professor Mohammad Yunus Nobel Peace Laureate

Professor Mohammad Yunus, the Nobel Peace Laureate from Bangladesh, created the idea of ‘Social Business’ to solve the global social problems in health, education and poverty.

The Yunus Social Business Centre (YSBC) serves as a global hub for Professor Yunus’s global engagement and operates as a technology centre, research and development group that enables social businesses to grow into effective, problem-solving enterprises in health, education and renewable energy.

There are nearly twenty YSBCs in the Americas, Asia and Europe. The UNSW YSBC is located within the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at UNSW Medicine, and will have a focus on E-health and social aspects of health in the developing world.

Co-director Professor Teng Liaw is an international leader in E-health and said “I am excited to lead this initiative which brings our expertise in E-health and medicine into the concept of social business.”

Co-director Professor Richard Taylor, who heads the International Public Health Program at UNSW, said “the strengths in international health, public health and health promotion which we have at SPHCM will be used to forge a new kind of YSBC, the likes of which have not been seen before, but we will grow and learn from each other in the Yunus global network.”

“Internationalisation is part of my vision” said  the Dean of Medicine, Prof Peter Smith, “and this is a great opportunity for UNSW.”

This is the first YSBC in Australia, and aligns with the new UNSW strategy of global impact and social engagement. The centre will be launched on March 20th 2015 at the Scientia Building, UNSW.

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