Twenty-five Widening Participation students from City, University of London headed to Vietnam this Summer to take part in the Common Purpose Global Leader Experience (GLE) programme, alongside 75 students from RMIT’s Asian campuses.
The programme took place at the Hanoi campus of RMIT, which joined WC2 earlier this year. RMIT students travelled from its other Asian campuses including Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Cambodia, Singapore, and Vietnam to attend the week-long programme.
The programme focused on developing leadership skills and cultural intelligence. In small groups students explored solutions to the challenge: ‘How do smart cities ensure they are inclusive?’
At the end of the week they presented their ideas to an expert panel. This format encouraged students to collaborate with others from different backgrounds and to learn from each other’s life experiences.
Participants had this to say about their time in Vietnam:
“From this experience I found a career path that has peaked my interest and I am drawn to the idea of working abroad around Southeast Asia. Common Purpose 2018 Hanoi was life changing. An unforgettable journey which has made me more culturally intelligent and surrounded me with gifted individuals from around the world.” – Hanifa Miah, BSc Maths
“I feel more prepared for life after university, and for the prospect of working abroad with a wide range of people from different backgrounds. I am confident in my ability to travel to new places, to discover new things, to try new foods and experience different cultures first hand, rather than read all about it online. I will expand my comfort zone. I am ready to be a leader and be an ambassador for positive change in the world.” –Carolina Oliveira de Freitas, BSc Speech and Language Therapy
The week included visits to local employers, including the Australian Embassy, Aviva, and the Vietnam Farmer’s Union to give students the chance to learn more about the difficulties faced by business in working toward greater inclusion.
For more information, including plans for future GLEs, please contact Aliya Sorgen at City, University of London.