We are in a time in history when it is increasingly urgent to focus on innovation, resilience and the ability to safeguard and enhance human capital.

Cooperatives, as enterprises focused on people’s needs, the centrality of work, attention to the territory and the social fabric of reference, can be considered a key partner for the transition towards sustainable development.

Social, economic and environmental sustainability has always been at the basis of the cooperative enterprise model. Equity, social justice, legality, mutuality, positive externalities, attention to the environment, safeguarding supply chains, these and many others are the key words that move 3 million cooperatives worldwide, with over a billion members in 145 countries in all regions of the world. They guarantee employment to 280 million people on the planet, in other words 10% of the world’s employed population. If we compare it to that of a state, we could say that that cooperative is the fifth economic power in the world.

If you are interested in getting to know this form of enterprise more closely, if you would like to work in the world of cooperation or if you already work there and want to explore specific issues, the Master Degree in Economics of Cooperation (MUEC) at the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna is just the thing for you!

You have until 9 December to register for the admission interview.


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