Of all the Magnet Cities (a city where over 100 nationalities convene to study) London's diversity is among the highest. And every year, students from an array of nationalities and cultures come together to study in the capital of the UK. But with such a fantastic opportunity to learn from those around them, are students taking advantage of this?
Well for participants on our recent Global Leader Experiences programme in London, the answer is a resounding yes. Over 200 students from 46 universities and 56 countries applied for the 100 places on the programme and those who were successful were privileged to experience 4 days of innovative leadership development with Common Purpose.
CSCLeaders for Students in London was sponsored by BP and hosted at UCL (our Host University Partner) and at BP's flagship premises.
Students explored the idea of Cultural Intelligence with Julia Middleton and also investigated the Challenge - 'What makes a city smart?' with help from various experts in the 'smart city' field. On hand to give insight were BP's Head of Sports Partnerships - Joseph Merlini, Siemen's lead consultant on the subject - Tacis Gavoyannis and the Director of Innovation from the Government's newly funded Future Cities Catapult - Peter Reynolds.
The students' learning was also supported by a rich variety of behind the scenes visits to the House of Commons, Department of Energy and Climate Change, Southbank Centre and St Martin in the Fields.
Eventually, the students were tasked with delivering real, achievable solutions to the Challenge, 'What makes a city smart?' to which they came up with several innovative new projects including:
Opening Doors - collecting young people in local communities and developing projects on improving the environment
The I-Youth app - tackling the disengagement of young people from politics
Smart Cities Don't Waste Food! - a voluntary collection service delivering waste food from restaurants and supermarkets to food banks and soup kitchens
The students left feeling inspired about leadership and Cultural Intelligence, energised by the innovation they experienced on the programme. We are excited to see them take their ideas forward.
Common Purpose is running Global Leader Experiences in the 50 Magnet Cities of the world. A Magnet City has students from over 100 countries studying in it. So that students don't just graduate as Economists and Engineers. They are also networked, responsible, global leaders with Cultural Intelligence.