Social Entrepreneurship and Public Policy Specialisation

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Our specialisation in Social Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, offered as part of our Master’s programme in Public Policy and Human Development, aims to provide students with knowledge and practical experience to mobilise and manage entrepreneurial processes to tackle contemporary global challenges, as embodied in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Main Domains

How can social entrepreneurship be leveraged to tackle contemporary global challenges by public policy?

How can novel public-private partnerships, entrepreneurial ventures, social enterprises, NGOs and civil society cooperate and coordinate for economic, environmental and social sustainability?

How can you and I become impactful change makers and make a living through practising social entrepreneurship?

Master’s student Alex Lim: “Social entrepreneurship at the end of the day is not all about engaging in deep academics, it is actively improving the world through practical means. I always believe that effective policymaking, aside from requiring one foot in official policymaking bodies, requires policymakers to have another foot actively engaging in civil society.”

The specialisation in Social Entrepreneurship and Public Policy is one of the six specialisations offered within the Master of Science in Public Policy and Human Development, a one-year double-degree programme run by United Nations University-MERIT and Maastricht University in Maastricht, the Netherlands.


Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship

Leveraging Social Entrepreneurship with Science, Technology and Innovation

The Social Entrepreneurship Public Policy Nexus

Solution Design and Policy Communication to Address Societal Challenges