CAS Global Social Entrepreneurship
Certificate of Advanced Studies

Towards global solutions
This CAS follows the idea of project-based learning. The participants get the opportunity to test and execute the contents of the course directly on real-time projects in social enterprises around the world. The CAS is designed for leaders of social initiatives, nonprofit organizations (NPOs), and enterprises that target global challenges of our society (e.g. child health, education, migration, etc.). The need for intercultural co-operation, innovative projects, and new thinking demands for leaders who adapt quickly to new circumstances and are able to overcome cultural differences.

What you achieve
In this course you learn and improve your skills as a leader of projects and initiatives. International academic and field experts provide you with profound knowledge on innovation management, social innovation, business development, global governance, and impact measurement. In intense team collaboration, mentored by experts, you learn and understand how social initiatives are planned, managed and implemented in a developing or emerging country. This brings new perspectives and skills into your own organization, be it a nonprofit organization, a social business or a corporate CSR unit. The in-depth theoretical training is complemented by real-world deployment, offering you insights and experiences that you can never learn from a book. This combination of theoretical education and concrete local engagement is a unique opportunity in education in social entrepreneurship on University level.

Target group
The CAS brings together participants with innovative social business ideas from developing and emerging countries and participants from developed countries:
- Pioneers are leaders of social initiatives from emerging and developing countries, working in the areas of health care or with children .
- Explorers are experienced persons from developed countries working in nonprofits, foundations, or business corporations.

Key learnings

  • think and act as a social entrepreneur,
  • business development and innovation management
  • social innovation
  • global governance and impact measurement.

The course is designed to run in sync with your professional schedule. The course starts with online courses which have to be completed individually before module 2 starts on September 21, 2020. Module 2, 3 and 5 contain eight days at the University of Basel and two remote coaching periods. A five to seven days field trip in an emerging or developing country provide the opportunity for a transforming leadership experience.

The CAS in Global Social Entrepreneurship is designed for:

  • directors, project managers, and high potentials of nonprofit organizations, foundations, and international organizations
  • CSR managers of multi-national companies, philanthropic advisors
  • philanthropic advisors
  • future social entrepreneurs

Terms of admission:
Minimum of 3 years work experience, advanced level English skills

  • Prof. Dr. Georg von Schnurbein

Center for Philanthropy Studies (CEPS)
Maria Clotilde Henzen
Universität Basel
Steinengraben 22
CH-4051 Basel

Tel. +41 61 207 23 92

Explorers: CHF 8,700 (excluding travel expenses/accomodation)
Pioneers: may apply for a scholarship. Contact us at

Kurs beginnt am:
Montag, 21.09.2020
Kurs endet am:
Dienstag, 20.04.2021

Module 1 is ongoing (online) and has to be completed indivually before module 2 starts on September 21, 2020
Freitag, 21.08.2020

Center for Philanthropy Studies (CEPS) der Universität Basel

Course 2020/2021
Module 1: ongoing (online) and has to be completed individually before module 2 starts on September 21, 2020
Module 2: September, 21 to 24, 2020, Basel, Switzerland
Module 3: November 12 to 13, 2020, Basel, Switzerland
Module 4: February 2021, 5 to 7 days, on-site
Module 5: April 19 to 20, 2021, Basel, Switzerland


University of Basel and on-site (field trip)

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