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University of Basel

26 March 2019

Online course on social entrepreneurship

For the ninth time, the University of Basel is now offering an online course. This spring, everything revolves around "Social Entrepreneurship" and the question of how social problems can be solved entrepreneurially. (Photo: University of Basel)
For the ninth time, the University of Basel is now offering an online course. This spring, everything revolves around "Social Entrepreneurship" and the question of how social problems can be solved entrepreneurially. (Photo: University of Basel)

Next week, the University of Basel is launching a new online course on the subject of “Entrepreneurship in Nonprofits.” The five-week course, accessible through the online platform FutureLearn, is free and conducted in English. Interested parties are invited to register.

An example of this is Welcome to my village, an award-winning migration project that is based in Latin America but traces its origins to Basel. Founder Cintia Jaime was searching for a long-term solution to the problem of rural depopulation in Argentina, where urban slums are home to ever-increasing numbers of people. She developed a program to help underprivileged families settle in rural areas – to great success. This systematic settlement of different professional groups resulted in the creation of new village structures.

“I not only gained a lot of knowledge through CEPS, I also got to exchange ideas with other social entrepreneurs and build up a network,” says founder and Managing Director Cintia Jaime, who is based in Basel. “We are now going to expand the program to other countries that are struggling with similar internal migration problems, such as Columbia and Bangladesh.”

Thousands of participants since 2015

“Entrepreneurship in Nonprofits” is one of the open online courses that the University of Basel has been offering since 2015 as a partner of FutureLearn, a British platform for social learning. So far, eight free online courses have been realized with more than 35,000 participants. Two further courses are in preparation.

The online courses are being developed jointly with the New Media Center (NMC), the competence center for new media at the University of Basel. The NMC supports teaching and learning with videos, animations, games and other multimedia solutions.

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