Connecting Our Community with the World
Beyond our town borders, Babson and members of our community are sharing our ideas and partnering our talents with people and places around the world.
National and international volunteer efforts from students, staff, and faculty during the 2013–2014 fiscal year included:
- Babson in Africa: In 2014, 100 Babson students, staff, faculty, and friends worked with the Babson Entrepreneurial Leadership Academies (BELA) and more than 1,500 students in Ghana, Rwanda, and Tanzania to teach Entrepreneurial Thought and Action®, providing students with the tools and skills needed to create sustainable ventures that addressed problems they identified in their communities. The Babson Rwanda Entrepreneurship Center (BREC) rounded out its fourth year connecting entrepreneurs with resources across the country to promote an ongoing culture of innovation. Also, the Babson Rwanda Entrepreneurship Educators Network was created in 2014 to support the efforts of BREC moving forward.
- Each year during winter break, students, staff, and faculty travel to the Gulf Coast to help displaced families in need of affordable housing.
- More than 100 Babson alumni came together in six cities to be part of our inaugural Day of Service event. From Boston to San Diego, they packed school supplies to be sent with our students to Africa.
Babson students, staff, and faculty volunteers traveled twice to El Salvador to work with Habitat for Humanity, building and refurbishing homes. Babson also has started a program in a small village in Ahuachapán where volunteers teach entrepreneurial leadership skills.
Bringing Entrepreneurial Solutions to the World
Here are some of the ways that Babson is taking on global challenges:
- President Kerry Healey and several Babson thought leaders were featured by the U.S. Department of State at the fifth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Morocco in November. This year’s theme was the impact of technology on modern entrepreneurship. At the summit, the Moroccan government announced it had selected Babson Global, a wholly owned subsidiary of Babson College, to advise on the development of an “Enterprise City” focused on economic growth and entrepreneurship.
- Babson and Tokyo University of Science (TUS) partnered to offer Babson’s renowned Symposium for Entrepreneurship Educators (SEE) in Japan in November. More than 3,000 educators and entrepreneurs from more than 650 institutions worldwide have attended SEE since it was launched, but this year’s SEE at TUS was the first time the program was offered in Asia.
- Beginning in the fall of 2014, a small, highly talented group of international students was awarded need-based scholarships as part of our Global Scholars Program. Students selected for the program receive four-year, full-tuition scholarships and will benefit from special programming and support.
- A member of the Clinton Global Initiative’s (CGI) University Network, Babson selected and sent 12 students to CGI’s 2014 annual meeting at Arizona State University. There, they learned from some of the world’s preeminent innovators, thought leaders, and civically engaged celebrities, developing action plans to address the most pressing challenges facing our campus and communities.
- Babson supports Made by Survivors—an organization that helps survivors of human trafficking—in a variety of ways, including providing student teams to address business challenges. Babson’s work with Made by Survivors enables entrepreneurs and artisans in developing countries to fully participate in the global marketplace.
- The Affordable Design and Entrepreneurship course, sponsored by the Three College Collaborative (Babson, Olin, and Wellesley), is designed to help undergraduate students develop sustainable businesses that solve economic and social issues in communities in countries including India, Ghana, Morocco, and the United States.
- Babson hosted 65 young women from around the world for a day of immersion in Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® as part of Empower Peace’s Women2Women International Leadership Conference. This event provided promising young women (ages 15–19) from around the world with the tools they need to advance peace and development in their countries.