On October 10 Professor Yunus visited Kunming. He was received by Mr. Ye Liaoyan, Chairman of Yunnan Normal University, Professor Yuan Yichuan, Vice Chancellor of the University, and high officials at their campus. They gave him a ceremonial tour of the university which was established in 1938. It has moved into its 2.5 square miles new campus only 7 years back. The university has student population of 40 thousand, 65 percent of whom are girls. Thirty thousand students live on campus. There are 2,300 faculty members.
President and leading academics led Professor Yunus to a tree planting ceremony surrounded by female students of Yunnan in their colorful traditional dresses. Professor Yunus gave the Annual Lecture at the university attended by students, teachers, and elites of the city. Before the lecture, the Chairman and the Vice-Chancellor gave a tour of the gallery of photographs of the distinguished Chinese and international scholars who gave the Annual Lectures over the university’s long history.
The Vice-Chancellor announced the setting up of Yunus Social Business Centre and signed an agreement with Professor Yunus on stage for providing support to the university in building up of the Centre. In his lecture Professor Yunus emphasized how young people can change the world with their creative power.
Later in the day Professor Yunus was received by the senior staff of Fudian Bank which is setting up a Grameen microcredit branch of the Bank in collaboration with Grameen China.