Learn collective entrepreneurship, develop empathy, travel the world, start a business and get a degree

If it sounds too good to be true, you don’t yet know the masterminds behind the Travelling University. Graduates of Mondragon University in the Basque Country (Spain) wanted to create something truly remarkable and it’s fair to say, they have. They’ve taken the idealism of young people and paired it with the determination to do things differently — flipping the question of ‘travel or study’ on its head. They found a way to do both, while also helping young people start inspired enterprises and running the whole Travelling University as a co-operative to boot. They are helping people get connected with the world in a meaningful way, being socially and environmentally responsible, developing an appreciation for other people and taking bold steps in their own lives.

” Today the Travelling University offers two undergraduate degrees LEINN (Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation) International and LEINN Arts. Both are official European Bachelors degrees. Students don’t have classes, but open spaces. There are no teachers, but there are but Team Coaches. Learning is done through books, e-courses, LEINNers and mentors – but mainly through registering and working on real business projects students create in their teams – enriching multicultural processes of team entrepreneurship along the way.  ” (Harvey, 2021).

Ana Aguirre is one of these inspired people who started the project that has now blossomed, and she is also heavily involved in the international International Co-operative Alliance youth networks.

Read more about the interview and feature piece on Ana and the project by Rebecca Harvey of the Coop News here: https://www.thenews.coop/155026/topic/education/mondragon-and-the-travelling-university/

(photo featured from the article on thenews.coop)

February 29, 2024