For a university and the certified program:
- Internationalization and better global recognition
- More meaningful education: deeper fulfilment of the so-called Third Mission
- Cultural shift: change in the way students work, change of the learning outcomes
- Inclusion in a global network of like-minded universities, organizations and individuals
- Cooperation with external business partners
- Fitter response to the challenges of the employment market by better equipping students for their future
- New research and study fields as an additional attraction factor for potential students
- Development opportunities for faculty and staff
- Strengthening of their agency and leadership
- Developing empathy and entrepreneurial skills desired by the employers and needed to thrive in the new markets
- Vision for one’s work as a way to create common good: discovering that it is possible to work with a meaning
- First-hand experience of collaborating in teams and networks
- Higher employability
J2CC program is operated by an international team of Ashoka staff coordinated by Ashoka Poland. A big role is played by the country office of the candidate university.
Ashoka Fellow in Residence and certification experts come from the global network of Ashoka.
Training is provided by the staff of the University of Northampton – one of three European Changemaker Campuses.
The main effort, however, is made by the Change Team of the candidate university program – by you! The Change Team is made of representatives of academic staff, administration and students of the university who are working together towards creating an educational experience that will help students acquire and develop transversal competencies that we call changemaker skills.
Through Ashoka U Changemaker Campuses program (currently on a strategic pause) some fifty universities from around the world have committed to bringing up new generations of changemakers.
In 2017, this process was reinforced by the newly established program called Journey to Changemaker Certificate. By 2019, two programs at two universities have received the J2CC (SWPS and Collegium Civitas). Currently, several more universities have started the journey and will join the global network of education changemakers.
Both processes are part of Ashoka’s mission to build a world where everyone can become a changemaker. And thus, both of those processes reach the young generations through higher education institutions. Both focus on universities and university programs that are interested in bringing up young social entrepreneurs and social innovators who get first-hand experience and knowledge of what empathy and agency mean.
Yet, there is a lot of differences between the Changemaker Campus process and J2CC. The former is rather a selection of universities that have already undergone a transformation process as a whole institution and fulfil certain criteria, while the latter is, in fact, helping the chosen department/program at the university to embark on this journey and introduce the necessary changes. One is accreditation as an appreciation of the university’s achievements, while the other one includes empowering the university and giving it a boost that then might lead towards the accreditation of the program that was selected as the catalyzation point.
Different scopes of the two programs explain the difference in their prices and duration.
Among other things J2CC includes:
- a Learning Design training for the 10-person Change Team from the candidate university at the University of Northampton, UK, with travel and accommodation expenses covered (a lower-cost version is also available but not recommended);
- an audit of the program documentation and syllabi from the perspective of incorporation of changemaker skills as learning outcomes of the program courses;
- a month-long residence of an Ashoka Fellow at the candidate university to supervise the process of creation of Self Development Report (along with the updates to the program syllabi);
- a certification visit of three education experts from the global Ashoka network to share the extensive expertise and vision of Ashoka with the university and assess the progress of the university on the Journey to Changemaker.
Overall, the program lasts up to nine months and is divided into six steps (see more here).
The Journey to Changemaker Certificate program does more than just assess what has been achieved by the candidate university. Before that, Ashoka helps it to set out on this journey and introduce the necessary changes so that the university years become an amazing educational experience for the students helping them to become changemakers.
Therefore, even though a previous familiarity with the notions of changemaking and social entrepreneurship and respective courses in the curriculum can help the university in the process, it is not required. We come to those higher education institutions where there is a desire to move forward within the framework of a concrete department/program and a contact person (an ‘intrapreneur’) who will coordinate the journey on the university’s side.
The working language of J2CC is English.
Yes, the certificate is awarded for a year’s time. Then it has to be renewed after 1 and 3 years. The renewal process is much shorter than the initial certification, as it involves steps 1, 3 and 6 only and costs 5’200 euro.