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Be an innovator and gain an advantage in the job market. Add the Manchester Certificate in Innovation to any major by taking just two extra courses. Not only will your resume stand out, YOU will stand out – as an innovator, a problem solver, and as that essential person who finds the workable solution in a tough situation.

Entrepreneurship Means Implementing Innovation at Manchester University!

2012-2013 Manchester Innovator of the Year Temple Grandin visits and accepts award on March 6, 2014


Time magazine in 2010 named Grandin one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Autistic, she knows the anxiety of feeling threatened by everything in her surroundings, which motivates her work in human livestock handling. Grandin is a doctor of animal science and professor at Colorado State University. Her writings, The Way I See It, A Personal Look at Autism & Asperger’s and Thinking in Pictures. Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human made The New York Times bestseller list. She was also the subject of an award-winning biographical film, Temple Grandin. More about Temple Grandin.

MU’s Innovator of the Year, Eboo Patel brings lessons in bridging faith chasms to campus

How can a world of people with stark differences in faith and culture learn to live together peacefully? According to Eboo Patel, more experiences unite us than divide us. “Show me a religion that doesn’t care about compassion,” he says. “Show me a religion that doesn’t care about stewardship of the environment. Show me a religion that doesn’t care about hospitality.”

Interfaith cooperation is an inspiring part of the American story and collges are ideal environments to train leaders who write the next chapter, says Patel, president and founder of Interfaith Youth Core.

An India-born Muslim raised in the United States, Patel has made it his life’s work to show people how to view religion as a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division.

Patel is Manchester University’s 2013-2014 Innovator of the Year.

Watch superstar social-entrepreneur Eboo Patel as he visits Manchester University, teaches a class and rocks VIA!

“The Interfaith Youth Core brings young people of all faiths together to serve others,” says MU Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies Jim Falkiner. “Working closely with other youth from different cultures, they can realize that different traditions share a common ethic of service and love.”

That, says Falkiner, is innovation that not only is inspirational for students and society as a whole, it’s a natural for Manchester’s annual award.

Patel serves on the Department of Homeland Security's Faith-based Advisory Council and has presented at TED conferences, the Clinton Global Initiative and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum. U.S. News & World Report named him one of “America's Best Leaders” in 2006, and his book Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim has been featured on PBS, NPR and numerous blogs.

While earning a doctorate in sociology of religion as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, Patel led interfaith youth projects in India, Sri Lanka and South Africa. He founded the Interfaith Youth Core in 2002 in response to religious polarization following the September 11th attacks on the United States.

Interfaith Youth Core since has partnered with the White House in developing The President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge. Manchester is an Honor Roll leader in that challenge to schools from across the United States to make interfaith cooperation a campus priority. To learn more about Patel's Chicago-based international non-profit Interfaith Youth Core, visit www.ifyc.org.

Twelve Manchester students earned the Manchester University Certificate in Innovation in 2013. Their final projects offered solutions to problems, or opportunities, recognized by themselves in their various real work environments. Examples include -

A low cost solution to flagging ticket sales and fan spirit at a Northeast Indiana high school athletic program.

A guerrilla marketing campaign that was successfully implemented to introduce a thrift store line of clothing to cash strapped college students while increasing profit margins for a small nonprofit organization.

A recycling solution for the University that improved sustainability while reducing workload and improving campus safety that was proposed for action.

A high school tutoring program improvement that improved access to rural bus riding students while utilizing unused study hall time.

One plan proposed an innovative change to an existing company's business model. It resulted in a post graduation job offer for this senior student that he accepted. He created his own job. That's entrepreneurial!

For more information on how you might take advantage of this program email "Certificate In Innovation" at idea@manchester.edu

The Johnston Entrepreneurship Program at Manchester University is about scattering the very powerful seeds of entrepreneurship across a global society.

More than 1,400 institutions of higher education offer at least one course in entrepreneurship and many of these programs cover much the same ground. But here's the key difference. At Manchester, you can study in any major field you like and also earn our Certificate in Innovation.

We train Manchester students to set their own innovations into motion. Our young entrepreneurs will be change makers.


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