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"Most problems spread across boundaries,
yet most leaders stay within them. We run Global Leader Experiences
across the world to ensure that the next generation of leaders are
better at crossing boundaries, be they geographical, sectoral,
generational or between beliefs."
Julia Middleton founder and CEO common
purpose charitable trust
"Given the global challenges we face,
universities have a responsibility to produce leaders with the
values and skills to chart new paths. Common Purpose is helping
universities to grow the exciting new leaders society needs."
Eric Thomas, Vice Chancellor, University of
Bristol and President of Universities UK
"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. It has important implications and
raises questions about our current systems for those of us involved
in educating and developing our future global citizens."
Rakesh Khurana, dean-designate of
The Magnet Cities provide the context for the learning. The
leaders of the Magnet Cities generously share their time, knowledge
and experience. And the city provides the backdrop for the
Challenge which the students will address while on the GLE.
Heart surgery at $1,000 (USD) - what has to change in how
society operates and innovates to make this a reality?
How can we produce a step change in the interface between
the private, public and not-for-profit sectors?
As water becomes increasingly scarce the importance of how
it is managed grows exponentially. What innovative solutions can be
developed to create a balanced ecosystem within cities?
In each Magnet City we work with a University Partner. The
University hosts the programme, identifies the students from across
the Magnet City. And often provides speakers and contributors who
know the city or the issues surrounding the Challenge.
"We provide an excellent education
for our students but it is challenging to prepare them fully for
life beyond the university. Common Purpose gave our students
incredible exposure to the challenges of broader society, and
helped our students to begin learning from their international
peers on campus"
Professor Rob Moore, Deputy
Vice-Chancellor, University of the Witwatersrand, South
The third key partner is the sponsor. They provide funding for the
Global Leader Experience, give the students access to employers and
provide Group Mentors and speakers. This last - far from being
a burden - is one if the most powerful benefits for the sponsor
because their own leaders develop Cultural Intelligence
through the experience.
"All of our leaders enjoyed the
opportunity to work with the students and we were very proud to
sponsor and host it. What began for many as 'yet another item in
the calendar' soon became so compelling that Group Advisors gave up
additional time from their busy days to continue coaching their
Hayden Majajas, D&I Director, BP,
Magnet cities benefit because more students engage as citizens
while they are there. The Magnet City also develops international
links when students complete their studies. City Leaders also find
the feedback and findings from students on the Challenge - which
has been chosen because it is important to the city - practical,
innovative and insightful.
"I feel I was on the right track but
didn't know how to bring it all together. This course has helped me
do that and organise myself. I've also learned to lift self-imposed
Mome Gul Hussain, Student, Effat
University, Saudi Arabia
Today Universities are competing in a global market in which
they must stand out. They are determined to be more international
and hosting a GLE is a very practical way of getting learning
across student groups from many countries. They are also committed
to making their students ever more employable as future leaders.
For these reasons they are enthusiastic and committed GLE
"We attach huge importance to the
development of a broad range of skills and competences which will
help students develop fully as global citizens. In the context of
this aspiration, Common Purpose's courses offered an exciting,
different and insightful experience to our students"
Professor Christine Ennew, Pro Vice
Chancellor, University of Nottingham
Sponsors are generous in their support because it gives them
access to this new - culturally aware - global talent. It
associates the sponsor with cutting edge leadership
development and, with this, identifies them as an employer of
choice. And it provides a unique opportunity to develop their own
"Too often university students almost
behave like armies of occupation in a city. They leave after years
of study knowing as little about the city as when they arrived. And
they miss the opportunity to learn from studying alongside students
from many other countries."
Andy Coxall, Director, Common Purpose
Andy CoxallDirector, Common Purpose Student Experiences
Genevieve BarrCourse Manager, Global Student Team
Kirsten JohnsonCourse Manager, Global Student Team
Sophie CampbellCourse Project Manager, Global Student Team
Dr Elsbeth DixonChief Executive, Common Purpose South Africa
Archana BhaskarCourse Manager, Common Purpose Bangalore
Ann DonnerPrincipal, Ann Donner Consulting
Cultural Intelligence (CQ) is the ability to cross divides and thrive in multiple cultures.
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