Melbourne City Challenge

Your city needs you to tackle one of its most pressing challenges

Join the City Challenge and tackle a major challenge set by the senior leaders of your city. At the same time, develop your ability to thrive in complex situations and lead diverse groups to innovative solutions. 

Over two days, with 500 of your peers, you will visit organizations on the frontline and hear from experts as you get to grips with the challenge. Working in diverse groups of peers, you will devise innovative solutions and present your idea to experts and senior city leaders, who could make it a reality. This is your chance to make an impact and leave your mark on your city. 

When: 28- 29 June

Delivery: Face-to-face in Melbourne

Online Learning Module - Get CQ Ready

Develop Cultural Intelligence online with peers from around the world

CQ for Students is an interactive online programme that allows you to develop Cultural Intelligence (CQ). Drawing on the rich diversity that exists across all the RMIT campuses globally, you will come together to learn with and from each other through a dynamic, interactive online programme. You will benefit from insight and learnings from senior leaders from organizations such as Google, Amazon, Ernst and Young as well as your peers from universities across the globe.

The programme takes four hours to complete, and is spread across two weeks. As a result you will:

  • Become equipped with the leadership skills to build relationships and deliver results across cultural boundaries
  • Develop deeper self-awareness through uncovering cultural influences and their impact on behaviour
  • Be better able to inspire and motivate diverse groups with different perspectives

When: 7 May 2018

Delivery: Online 

Leadership Forum

Disruptor or innovator, campaigner or catalyst, revolution or evolution: how will you change the world?

We all have the capacity to make a difference, but how will you find your unique way of changing the world? With all the complex challenges that we in the 21st Century face, how will you discover where and how to make your mark?

For one day, discover inspiration and debate with 1,000 peers committed to standing up as the next generation of global leaders. Engage with visionary leaders representing massive international brands, as well as unsung heroes who make change happen in their communities. Get to grips with the real issues faced by Melbourne and the global challenges faced by leaders around the world. Reflect on what’s next for you in work and life with peers who share your passions (and a few who don’t).

This is your chance to stand up and take ownership of the leadership that will define you, your generation and the impact you will have on the world. 

When: 27 August

Delivery: Face-to-face in Melbourne

Global Leader Experience

What if the world’s greatest challenges were in your hands?

Join a Global Leader Experience (GLE) and develop your leadership skills and Cultural Intelligence (CQ), while establishing a genuinely global network. Along with 200 fellow participants, you will play a part in tackling the biggest issues facing business, governments and society today;  ‘how do we ensure smart cities are inclusive?’ and join a network of thousands of students across the world tackling the same challenge from their city’s perspective. 

A GLE gives you real and practical experiences, instills in you a global perspective 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.

You will also have the opportunity to gain recognition for your new skills through RMIT Creds with the following badges: 

  • Working in Diverse Teams
  • Tackling Global Challenges
  • Resonating with Others
  • Global Leader Experience

When: 13 - 16 November

Delivery: Face-to-face in Melbourne

Who is eligible

All students currently enrolled in an RMIT program; including RMIT Online programs,  Exchange and Study Abroad students and RMIT programs delivered through Open Universities Australia.

There is no minimum grade point average, age, study level or subject requirement.

How much will it cost?

All Global Leadership programs are free.

How to apply

Students are asked to apply via the Common Purpose website, during the application window. Links to the applications forms can found in the relevant program above. 

Interested in a program outside of the application window? 

Who are Common Purpose?

Common Purpose is a leadership development organisation that specialises in cross-boundary leadership.

Their programs bring leaders together from a range of backgrounds providing you with a unique opportunity to build a global network – without leaving your campus.

Founded in 1989 in the UK, there are now 65,000 Common Purpose alumni worldwide with an exceptionally diverse range of skills, interests and leadership experiences.