Common Purpose
Global Leader Experiences: Home

We convene a diverse, multi-disciplinary, international group of students who go off campus to tackle a global challenge in the city in which they are studying.

About Common Purpose Global Leader Experiences: Home

Our immersive and experiential learning techniques give participants a unique opportunity to:

  • grow their CQ
  • collaborate with diverse groups
  • build new networks with fellow students, contributors and leading organizations in the city
  • understand the value of different perspectives and experiences
  • practice the skills required to understand and navigate complexity.


University benefits:

  • Offer students access to an international experience at home.
  • Leverage the value of the diverse student community to innovate and create a global experience at home.
  • Foster inclusivity between different and diverse student communities.
  • Support international student integration into the city.
Rachel Holthouse, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Global Development & Vice President, RMIT University

"RMIT exists to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work. As a global university, we partner with leading organizations around the world to achieve this goal and create a variety of study, learning and internship opportunities. Common Purpose brings to us a deep and established understanding of the links between leadership and cultural intelligence in the context of building the skills, experiences and networks that will benefit RMIT graduates. Through partnerships with business, industry, government, not-for-profit and social organizations we both understand what they need of RMIT graduates and provide opportunity for them to participate in their development.”

How it works

All Global Leader Experiences are structured around an annual grand challenge. The current challenge is: “How do we ensure technological innovation delivers societal as well as economic value in cities?”

Students get know each other, share insights on the challenge and begin to understand the concept of CQ.

Challenge Immersions
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.

Presenting Solutions
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 80,000 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.

Ferdinand Wu, Global Leader Experience Singapore 2015, National University of Singapore

"The GLE has enabled me to learn beyond the classroom. It helped me apply my academic discipline to the interactions and project work. It widened my perspective on tackling societal problems in different parts of the world."

Shuo Qian, Student, Peking University

“I have renewed my mind on how to be a leader and how to live a happy life. And of course I have recognized that there is still a lot for me to improve, such as my CQ.”


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*Most programmes are free of charge for students. Universities may on occasion and at their discretion choose to pass on costs to their students.

*The price includes all curriculum design, project management, contributor and visit host recruitment, programme delivery and materials, staffing, staff travel and accommodation, evaluation and post-programme alumni engagement. Please note the above costs does not include venues, catering, accessibility requirements or AV equipment.

Global Leader Experiences: Home

Join a Global Leader Experience (GLE) today to develop your leadership skills and Cultural Intelligence to help influence, as well as establish a genuinely global network.

If you have any questions or want to find out more:

Contact Andy Coxall, Chief Executive, Common Purpose Student Experiences.