As an educational and research institution, BBS is committed to knowledge-sharing, and in addition to taking responsibility for the citizens of the University, we consider it important to support the wider community with our own resources. Therefore, we have recently set up a platform to make the existing intellectual products of our internal community available to each other and to the outside world, as well as to collect voluntary personal donations. The “BBS for the Community” page includes everything we consider about ourselves: professionalism and responsibility - for our University, for our approximately 17,000 students, and for the wider community at large.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the lives of all of us and still is, both within and outside the walls of the University. The transition to distance learning also posed challenges for BBS, and we can be proud that our entire internal community has successfully overcome the obstacles. During this period, BBS faculty, colleagues, and students not only overcame countless hurdles, but also managed to create a wealth of innovative ideas and new knowledge.
At BBS during these past months, in addition to the hard work, we were also witness to the transformation of community relations, to people helping others, and many selfless actions. As a result, we decided to:
- Assess the voluntary activities of members of the BBS community in relation to the coronavirus epidemic and how they relate in general to the concept of volunteering.
- Create a platform on which we make the existing intellectual products of our internal community available to each other and to the outside world, as wll as to collect voluntary personal donations.
BBS and volunteering
We were curious about how members of our internal community helped others during the COVID-19 pandemic, so we undertook a short survey. Based on the answers of the respondents:
- more than 1/3 of them volunteered during the emergency,
- nearly 40 helped with professional volunteering and more than 100 by other means, such as shopping, dog-walking or with just a helpful, supportive conversation with those who were under official quarantine,
- most of them supported their immediate environment in an individual way, on their own initiative,
- more than half of those surveyed plan to volunteer in the future, regardless of whether they had the opportunity to volunteer in this current situation,
- and finally, they spent at least 3,000+ hours altruistically helping
About BBS for Community
On the BBS for the Community page, we publish royalty-free materials based on the work of BBS faculty, colleagues and students, which is useful in everyday life and work. We publish useful business materials and voluntary professional offers from members of our community in the hope that we will help our internal community as well as the outside world, especially in the current situation we face with all the challenges due to the coronavirus epidemic. The materials that can be used are indeed very diverse: from educational methodological aids to video teaching materials that help environmentally- conscious entrepreneurial thinking. There is countless, useful, quality content available on the site. It’s worth it to continuously keep browsing!
In addition, the site provides information on the variety of ways our colleagues and students have helped the citizens of the University, their immediate environment or the wider community, during these difficult times.