Common Purpose
Global Leader Experience

This programme is open to students studying at Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It will run from 17 to 20 January 2017 during Harvard Wintersession.

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 is open to students in Higher Education studying at Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology and will be hosted by our University Partner, Harvard University.

This programme is made possible through the kind support of the Weir Group, our Corporate Partner.

Who could you meet

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

• Google
• Microsoft
• Boston Police Department
• Pfizer
• The Weir Group
• The Boston Globe
• Boston Foundation
• Cambridge Innovation Center
• Red Cross
• A Better City
• Charles River Conservancy

Participants on the programme share what they have learnt

Mary-Jean Nleya, Student, Harvard University, Participant in Boston 2016

"The program was incredibly reflective. It was particularly interesting to see how freshman, sophomore, PhD and graduate students could mix so well and have something positive come out through the solutions we came up with!"

How to apply

When and where?

17 - 20 January 2017 - This programme is open to students at Harvard, and MIT, it will take place at Harvard during Harvard Wintersession.

Each day will run from 8:30am - 5:30pm and participants are expected to attend all sessions over the four days.

How much? FREE

More information

To apply for the programme complete an online application form before the deadline:

Friday 23 December 2016.

For further information contact

Rakesh Khurana, Dean, Harvard College

"In our ever more complex and interconnected world which has no obvious historical parallel, Common Purpose has developed a breakthrough idea about the importance of cultural intelligence (CQ) in order to navigate both this new world and its contradictions. It has important implications and raises questions about our current systems for those of us involved in educating and developing our future global citizens."

This programme is made possible through the kind support of The Weir Group as our Corporate Partner.

We are grateful for the support of Harvard College as our University partner.

Dominic Akandwanaho, Student, Harvard University, Participant, GLE Boston 2014

"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!"