SWC Business Students Gain Social Innovation Insights at Youth Philanthropy Summit

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A group of HCT-Sharjah Women’s College (SWC) Business students gained valuable insights into socially responsible innovations when they participated in the Emirates Foundation Youth Philanthropy Summit 2014 in Abu Dhabi last month.

The conference set out to foster innovative and socially responsible thinking among young entrepreneurs, as well as enabling them to interact with role models from the industry sector.

The students attended the sessions on ‘What Can Youth Do to Sustain the Environment’ and ‘Crowd-Funding: Does It Work’, gaining valuable insights into how real world enterprises are implementing innovative and socially responsible initiatives to achieve greater sustainable outcomes and impacts.

At the end of the event, the students reported how enthusiastic and inspired they felt by the summit and expressed their interest in participating in future, similar conferences. They shared how they could connect the topics of the event with their conceptual understanding of social responsibility and innovation, learned in the classroom.

The field trip was organized by Business faculty members Abdul Ghafar and Sadaf Tauqir in an effort to enable students to engage with the industry on matters of social innovation.

The SWC Faculty of Business’s strategic goal for 2014-2015 is to increase innovation and social entrepreneurship projects with the community and industry. Attendance at industry-relevant conferences is part of the activities undertaken by the Faculty in preparation for the 7th Business Conference on Social Entrepreneurship, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability in 2015, which will be led by Business faculty members.

For more information about the 7th Business Conference on Social Entrepreneurship, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability contact Abdul Ghafar at aghafar@hct.ac.ae

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