Microfinance education is an opportunity to broaden the understanding of major development issues and to investigate sustainable approaches to improve living conditions in developing countries and in Europe.
The main pillar of UMM microfinance education is in the form of seminars, which are delivered in partnership with European universities. UMM seminars vary in content and length, in function of the specific needs of universities. In 2013, UMM delivered 17 seminars at universities around Europe on a variety of microfinance and financial inclusion related topics.
UMM lecturers are academics from Freie Universität Berlin, other UMM partner universities and microfinance practitioners. If you are interested in integrating an existing UMM seminar at your university or exchanging education materials please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
While originally designed for economics and business administration students, the seminar also aims to broaden the understanding of poverty, poverty alleviation, international development cooperation, development finance and its links to microfinance. The seminar is also adapted to the needs and interests of other disciplines (e.g. international politics, sociology).
Click here to download an example course outline from a recent UMM Seminar.
UMM is in the process of developing a microfinance eLearning course based on several of the existing UMM Seminar modules. The aim of the eLearning module is to reach more university students throughout Europe and from around the world. The eLearning course will be tested in the fall and will be available to University students. Contact UMM for more information.
UMM eLearning Seminar, LH Forum, Le Havre 2014
Training of Trainers (ToT)
UMM leads an annual "Training of Trainers (ToT)" program to help prepare academic staff and practitioners to deliver microfinance courses in the frame of the University Meets Microfinance program. This ensures the sustainability of the UMM initiative by building the microfinance teaching capacities of academics, practitioners and even students who are at an advanced stage of their microfinance or financial inclusion studies.
UMM Training of Trainers, Luxembourg November 11th, 2014