RMIT University

RMIT University / 4 min read

Developing the next generation of global leaders

Since 2017, Common Purpose has worked with RMIT University to ensure that all 100,000 students have the opportunity to undertake a global experience. We've developed a highly innovative programme portfolio of synchronous, and asynchronous experiences, delivered both online and in-person, offering the breadth and diversity required to ensure genuinely equitable access across the University. Run in Melbourne, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Singapore and online, these programmes have enabled over 20,000 students to complete one of our experiences in the past 5 years.

The partnership has also taken great strides to support RMIT's broader goals to prepare students for life and work. This includes supporting RMIT's Reconciliation Action Plan to develop a range of courses for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, along with a bespoke micro credential for the wider student population on racism and reconciliation in the Australian and global context. The partnership also aligns with student success plans to ensure RMIT are creating global citizens who are focused on taking action on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and are industry connected.

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The diversity of the contributors across all sectors allowed the students to hear different ideas, voices and perspectives so that they get the insight and knowledge they need for their futures.

Every year of the partnership, up to 140 different industry leaders engaged with students, sharing their career and leadership experiences, inviting them into their organizations to get first-hand insight into their work, working together on their current organizational challenges and mentoring and coaching them.

Some of these contributors came from:

City of MelbourneOracle
DeloitteReconciliation Australia
eBaySchneider Electric
Google AIUber


programmes delivered




micro-credentials issued by RMIT

Keynote Speakers

  • Kevin Rudd AC, 26th Prime Minister of Australia and President of the Asia Society Policy Institute
  • Julia Gillard, 27th Prime Minister of Australia and Chair of Beyond Blue, Chair of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership and Chair of Wellcome
  • Madame Assistant High Commissioner Ms. Gillian Triggs, UNHCR, Geneva Switzerland
  • Uncle Archie Roach, Gunditjmara Artist, Performer, and long-time activist for the rights of all First Nations People
  • Stan Grant, Author and International Affairs Editor for ABC
  • Pamela Melroy, Deputy Administrator of NASA
  • Dylan Alcott, Tennis Champion, Paralympian and Australian of the Year 2022

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City Challenge 2018
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RMIT Leadership Forum 2018
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Hang Nguyen
Former Student, RMIT Australia
"The programme has given me the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone, learn more about my leadership style. I learned that even though breaking the ice is hard, I am good at encouraging people to be more proactive and take the initiate. My leadership style was rather people-oriented than task-oriented, which I figured worked well during the last 2 days. I am comfortable taking the leader position and feel happy to give everyone feedback and the support they need."
Ash Metagesha
Participant, City Challenge Melbourne
"Teamwork, communication, negotiations and compromising, keeping an open mind and embracing wild ideas were some the things I'll take away from this experience."

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