Common Purpose
Global Leader Experiences

This programme is open to students in Higher Education. It will run from 16 - 19 May 2017.

Join a Global Leader Experience

Join a Global Leader Experience (GLE) for university students and develop your leadership skills to help influence the future of the world, as well as establish a genuinely global network.


Along with your fellow participants, you will play a part in tackling the biggest issues facing business, governments and society today. A GLE gives you real and practical experiences, broadens your horizons and challenges you to adapt and thrive in diverse situations. It equips you with the tools you need to lead change, now and in the future.

This programme will be hosted by the University of Abuja and is made possible through the kind support of the MacArthur Foundation.

Who you could meet

Some of the organisations students could hear from and visit include:

  • Box Office Incubator
  • National Broadcasting Corporation
  • Nigerian Police Force
  • PwC
  • The British Council
  • World Health Organisation
  • Nigeria Women’s Trust Fund
  • Voices for Change


Olajumoke Alli, student, University of Lagos

“I was able to have a rich experience through the mapped out activities in project engagement, critical thinking and access to mentorship.”


Participants on the programme share what they have learnt

How to apply

When and where?

16 - 19 May 2017, University of Abuja

Each day will run from 8.30am - 5.30pm and participants are expected to attend all sessions over the four days.

How much? FREE

To apply for the programme complete an online application form.

For further information contact

Application deadline:
2 May 2017


Sunday Agbonika, student, Ahmadu Bello University

“Common purpose has demonstrated outstanding capacity to engage students and collaborate with exceptional organisations through fun learning, creative twists, precise leadership and interactive engagements; I wouldn't miss this for the world.”


This programme is made possible through the kind support of the MacArthur Foundation.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people, effective institutions, and influential networks building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. MacArthur has been making grants in Nigeria since 1989, opening an office in Abuja in 1994 with a staff of Nigerians who know and love their country. MacArthur is committed to helping strengthen Nigeria's intellectual, scientific, and civil society communities as a means of helping to facilitate the consolidation of democracy and encouraging entrenching a culture of accountability.

This programme is hosted by the University of Abuja. 

Located in a vibrant and easily-accessible suburb of the Nigerian Federal Capital, the University offers a conducive academic environment for students and scholars alike. Established to provide sound scholarship in a unifying environment, the University has become a centre of attraction for students and academics from all over the Nigerian Federation.From humble beginnings in 1990, the University has grown to encompass ten faculties, with a total undergraduate population of well over 14,000.