2008 Fall Congregation Honorary Degree Recipients
2008 Spring Congregation Honorary Degree Recipients
Special Honorary Degree Conferral – Professor Muhammad Yunus
As part of UBC’s Centenary celebrations, the degree Doctor of Laws was conferred upon Professor Muhammad Yunus at a special ceremony that was held on Friday, March 14, 2008.
BIO OF PROFESSOR MUHAMMAD YUNUS
Dr. Muhammad Yunus is a renowned economist praised for conceptualizing and building the field of “micro-credit,” which has created financial independence for thousands of people in the world’s poorest countries.
As Founder and Director of the Grameen Bank Project (Village Banks), Dr. Yunus provides small loans to support sustainable businesses, contributing particularly to the empowerment of women and families.
His fundamental shift in how banks and lending organizations operate has revolutionized the rural landscape in Bangladesh. His ideas and programs have had a profound impact on agriculture, clean water, economic self-reliance, health, community well being and human rights – achievements recognized by over 50 prestigious awards presented internationally over the last 30 years. In 2006, the Noble Peace Prize was awarded to Professor Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank for their efforts to create economic and social development.