We take students abroad, immersing them in a major city to tackle a global challenge. Students get beneath the surface of the city and develop Cultural Intelligence in the process.
Our immersive and experiential learning techniques give participants a unique opportunity to:
“Going to China for this programme has broadened my outlook on my own life; when I came back I started noticing things that I would never usually pay attention to, I just have a different outlook on the world.”
“This journey has been incredible. Not only have I met great people but I learnt a lot about myself and different cultures.”
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 70,000 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.
"This has been wonderful overall. I have been challenged and inspired equally. I feel more prepared than ever before to launch my ideas into the world!"
Common Purpose can deliver programmes in 70 cities globally. A GLE: Abroad offers the option to bring in a university partner in the destination city. This can enhance existing partnerships or build new ones. It also enables local students to participate, creating a mixed peer group.
We can offer destinations across six continents, including:
You commission the programme for your university. This enables you freedom to choose the location, the local partner and specific dates. It also means you can engage your alumni and other stakeholders within the programme.
We also offer a consortium model where two universities will need to agree on the location, dates and host university partner.