Students tackle a global challenge in their current city as part of a diverse, multi-disciplinary, international group. The programme takes them off campus to tackle a global challenge in their own city.
Our immersive and experiential learning techniques give participants a unique opportunity to:
RMIT exists to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work. As a global university, we partner with leading organisations around the world to achieve this goal and create a variety of study and internship opportunities. Common Purpose brings to us a deep and established understanding of the links between leadership and cultural intelligence in the context of building the skills, experiences and networks that will benefit RMIT graduates . Through engagement with the Common Purpose programs, networks and partners, the staff and students of RMIT will have greater access to life-changing experiences and opportunities to learn more about working across boundaries and becoming global leaders.
All Global Leader Experiences are structured around an annual grand challenge. The current challenge is: “How do smart cities ensure they are inclusive?”
Students get know each other, share insights on the challenge and begin to understand the concept of CQ.
Students are immersed beneath the surface of the city and meet visionary leaders from different sectors and organizations—whether that’s organizations like GE, Google, Arup, Habitat for Humanity, Red Cross or Pfizer. This allows the students to gain a deeper understanding of the city and explore the challenge through the lens of different organizations.
Innovation & Prototyping
Students are taken through an innovation process, with senior leaders who act as mentors. They develop innovative solutions in response to the challenge which they then test on local stakeholders and sector specialists. This presents the opportunity to observe, practise and reflect on different leadership styles, different approaches to problem solving and different ways to work within diverse groups.
Students present their ideas to a panel of experts and city leaders who are specialists within their field. They receive on-the-spot feedback on their idea, their presentation and how they have worked as a group.
Students join an alumni network of over 75,000 leaders worldwide. Our online platform provides the opportunity of life-long learning through networking and connecting with other Common Purpose Alumni through our global connect events.
"The GLE has enabled me to learn beyond the classroom. It helped me apply my academic discipline to the interactions and project work. It widened my perspective on tackling societal problems in different parts of the world."
“I have renewed my mind on how to be a leader and how to live a happy life. And of course I have recognized that there is still a lot for me to improve, such as my CQ.”
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Join a Global Leader Experience (GLE) today to develop your leadership skills and Cultural Intelligence to help influence, as well as establish a genuinely global network.