National Central University
Yunus Social Business Centre (YSBC) at National Central University(NCU) promotes actively international exchanges between South Asian social enterprises
- hrough the international network of colleges and universities, YSBC connects with the local enterprises to promote collaboration and overseas internships.
In order to cultivate outstanding talents in the fields of business management and social sciences, and to cooperate with the new southward development, YSBC of NCU has led a total of 58 students to Bangladesh, Thailand, Nepal and other countries for internships from 2017 to 2020. Through the international network of colleges and universities, YSBC connects with the local enterprises to promote collaboration and overseas internships.
Before departure, students need to participate in training courses to gain basic knowledge, and visit local enterprises under the lead from professionals and NCU teachers. For example,students visited the Grameen Bank in the village of Bangladesh to learn about the actual operation of this organization. Also, through the interview with local residents, students learned how Grameen Bank can improve people’s lives through microloans without collateral.
Take the intership experience in 2019 in Nepal as an example, students were divided into two groups, respectively “Bihani Social Venture”, which focused on the senior issues, and “Play Nepal”, which focused on sports education for children. This internship in two enterprises took a half-month. Also, during the holidays, students visited Ms. Fulmaya, a social entrepreneur who opened the “Bhattidanda Fresh & Natural Guesthouse” in the suburb of Kathmandu.
Bihani is a social enterprise focusing on seniority issues. The students and the internship unit visited nursing institutions together, and used their body language and facial expressions to overcome language barriers. They took the elderly to experience writing Spring Festival couplets and singing, and they also participated in the operation of Bihani. NCU students filmed a video advocating the elderly should not be a group of people forgotten by the society, and helped the design of members’ birthday short videos and posters for future events.
“Play Nepal” is a new social enterprise dedicates to the promotion of sports education for children. NCU students visited schools in community to explore the physical education in Nepal. At the same time, they shot an exquisite video for the intern unit, checked the operation status of the Facebook fan page, made a health check report and designed multiple posters to promote Play Nepal’s concepts and goals.
During the two weeks, students gained valuable experience and inspiration, and brought this internship to propose the innovative proposal of social enterprise in the second semester. A master student majoring in department of BA at NCU, Ms. Guo Ting Rong who went to Bangladesh in January 2020 for internship said: “After this trip to Bangladesh, after listening to the encouragement from the doctor, I learned that I used to think that I wanted to do something, that there should be a large-scale planning, a business model that others did not expect, and a very innovative one. Ideas; but the doctor said it makes sense that nothing can be reached at a glance, and any evolution today starts with small things or just wants to get better. We should look around us. If there is anything I think can be better of be improved, these will be the priority to start. Every little thing starts from the ordinary thing. Always remind ourselves this! ”
Due to the impact of COVID-19 from mid-2020 to 2021, YSBC postponed temporarily the visits to other countries for international internship exchanges, and prepared a response policy. Currently, we have cooperated with the University of Dakka and the Daffodil International University in Bangladesh. In the second half of this year, we will match students from these two universities to form a multinational student team, combine our USR resources to implement international topics, communicate online, and hope to lead the students again to the local area to witness the project results when the epidemic slows down in the future.