Students from a school cooperative in Malaysia

Cooperatives in educational institutions, like other economic enterprises, have been impacted severely by the COVID-19 pandemic. The disruption of normal educational activities affected the business and jobs of students and staff involved, along with other challenges such as lack of in-person networking, isolation, insecurity about self, career, and future. The emerging ‘new normal,’ calls for innovative ways of doing business and serving members.

ICEI organized a two-part webinar series to discuss opportunities that have opened for campus cooperatives during the pandemic.

Part 1 featured Dr. C. Pitchai, Professor and Head of Department of Cooperation, School of Management Studies, the Gandhigram Rural Institute (Deemed to be University), from India; Ms. Anahita Eslahpazir, CEO, Rah-e- Roshd Cooperative Education Complex (RCEC) from Iran; Mr. Ichiro Nakamori, MD and CEO, National Federation of University Co-operative Associations (NFUCA) from Japan; and Prof. Dr. Wan Mohtar Wan Yusoff Chair, Koperasi UNIKEB Berhad Malaysia.

Part 2 featured Mr. Ichiro Nakamori (NFUCA) Dr. Burhanuddin Abdullah, Rector, Institute of Cooperative of Indonesia (IKOPIN); Dr. Milagros Lim-Borabo, Former Program Director, Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) of Centro Escolar University from Philippines; and Ms. Son Ye-Lim, University Cooperative Student Committee Member, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies’ and Student Committee Core Member, Korea Federation of University Cooperatives (KFUC) from South Korea.

Through digitization, diversification of business activities, and continuous engagement and collaboration, the student and faculty members of cooperatives are making their best efforts to rebuild a better future for themselves and others in educational institutions.

A glimpse from the webinar on Opportunities for Cooperatives
in Educational Institutions post-COVID