Unique international experiences for students in Scotland
Building on the Scottish Government’s internationalisation of Higher Education agenda and following discussions with the Scottish Government and our existing University and Corporate Partners across Scotland, Common Purpose are running an annual series of leadership development programmes- the Scotland Student Project - for students studying across Scotland.
This project is designed to bring together a consortium of stakeholders who all have a passion for, and a stake in, internationalising young leaders in Scotland – with an additional emphasis on students from Widening Access backgrounds.
Collectively the partners want to turn this into a signature project which outlines their commitment to internationalising the next generation of leaders in Scotland and injects further momentum into this Government initiative and agenda.
“When students from diverse backgrounds work and learn together, it provides a huge boost to their Cultural Intelligence, preparing them to become the leaders of the future”
The consortium, led by Common Purpose, is made up of Scottish Universities, Scottish Government and large private sector organizations.
Universities will send their students on the programmes, committing to a set number of places per programme. The other partner organisations will be providing additional opportunities for student development such as internships, work placements, mentoring and awards.
"This has been nothing less than absolutely life changing and within four days changed my views of the problems our world is facing."
There will be eight programmes each year for a total of 800 university students from across Scotland. The programmes are a mixture of:
The first programme is a Study Abroad Experience in Kuala Lumpur in December 2016 at the end of term. Destinations for Study Abroad Experiences may include Berlin, Budapest, Dubai, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Singapore or Toronto.
"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 in order to navigate both this new world and its contradictions. This has important implications and raises questions about our current systems for those of us involved in educating and developing our future global citizens.”
The leadership development programmes are complemented by a series of Awards sponsored by corporate partners.
The awards will be open to any student who has participated in a programme during the academic year. Prizes include paid internships in the UK and internationally, and mentoring opportunities. The awards will be presented at the end of the academic year in an annual awards ceremony.
What are the outcomes?
Project assessment and feedback will analyse information which can be used by Universities in marketing and promotion, including:
Each university can book places for the programmes at £220+VAT per student. Universities are also responsible for funding students’ flights, accommodation, visas and insurance where applicable.
Universities choose how they would like to recruit students, either by targeted or open application processes. Students can come from any academic background and level of study (including undergraduate and postgraduate) however Study Abroad Experiences are solely for Scots whereas Global Leader Experiences and 33Sixty will have mixed participant groups of Scottish and International students.
Partners can register their interest for involvement in a number of ways. Varying levels of sponsorship exist and can include (but are not limited to) headline sponsorship, award sponsorship, paid or voluntary internship and work shadowing opportunities or contribution towards the costs of one or all of the programmes.