Our History

Established in August 2009, the Yunus Center at AIT (YCA) is the first collaboration of its kind by Nobel Laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus and an educational institution – the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). The charter was signed on 19 August 2009 by Prof. Yunus (Chairman), Yunus Centre - Dhaka, and Prof. Said Irandoust, then President of AIT.

Speaking after the signing ceremony, Prof. Muhammad Yunus remarked that this would be a landmark development in South-East Asia. "The Yunus Center at AIT will contribute to poverty alleviation by enabling rural people to handle and be in control of improving their own livelihoods through their own farming and agriculture-related business".

Our Vision

Establish an action-learning platform that fosters the development, implementation and valuation of sustainable social business models driven by research, technology and partnerships that effectively solve social problems, with a particular focus on gender equality.

Our Mission

Working within AIT’s development mandate, create a world free from poverty by harnessing the power of social business and effective technologies to improve the lives of the marginalized.

Our Approach

YCA has an action-learning approach with ongoing dialogue at its core towards becoming an effective, open platform with the professional capacity to process relevant information received from stakeholders and key constituencies within and outside of AIT and the social business community, and converting it into practical ideas for social business promoted and implemented through diverse partnerships and the effective use of learning outreach.