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HKU-Common Purpose Becoming Future Ready programme will be offered in Jakarta, Indonesia this winter to enable students to get a head start on and a boost to their employability. This 3-week programme will allow students to engage with each other and leaders from organisations in different countries, to better understand and develop the skills and mindsets to become ready for the future world of work. Students will delve into the five key skills – problem solving, agility, collaboration, communication and resilience, that employers today are looking from new graduates and through working on a real-life project with an organisation, have the chance to put these skills to practice. 

Through choosing an industrial area of interest from 2 rapidly-growing ones of FinTech and e-Commerce, students will work in smaller groups with their peers to come up with ideas in response to an organisational challenge set by their chosen organisation. Leaders joining us from these industries will come from a diverse range of sectors including community-based/non-profit, global corporates and commercial organisations to share how these skills play out in real-life scenarios through their personal stories and experiences

The programme will enable up to 40 HKU students to

  • explore organisational practices related to online marketing, social media management, Fin Tech and e-Commerce
  • learn 5 critical skills that will set them on the right path for their future success
  • develop the growth mind-set that will help them thrive in their careers
  • unlock their competitive edge to set them apart from the crowd
  • develop their ability to work in cross-cultural teams and environments
  • gain access to leading organisations across the world through project execution

Programme schedule

  • Thursday October 27, 2022 | Stage 1: Global Leadership Forum (via Zoom – 4.5 hours)
  • Friday October 28, 2022 | Stage 2: Understanding 21st Century Employability Skills – Online Asynchronous Course (up to 5 hours at students’ own time)
  • Thursday, December 22, 2022 | Stage 3: Welcome and introduction in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Friday, December 23, 2022 | Stage 4: Collab in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Monday, December 26, 2022 to Wednesday, January 11, 2023 | Stage 5: Micro-internship in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Thursday, January 12, 2023 | Stage 6: Final Pitch to hosts in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Thursday, March 16, 2023 | Stage 7: Jamboree (via Zoom)

Programme agenda (will be available by mid-October)


Participants will be responsible for the airfare, insurance, visa and in-country costs. They will receive financial sponsorship (HK$5,000) to cover part of the expenses incurred from the trip.


Applications are now open until October 4 (11:59pm). Participants will be issued a certificate by Common Purpose upon successful completion of the programme. Click here to apply now.

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About Common Purpose (
Founded in 1989, Common Purpose is a leadership development organization that specializes in cross-boundary leadership. It is runs programmes in over 70 cities worldwide, with over 4,000 participants becoming Common Purpose Alumni every year. Common Purpose leadership development programmes aim to inspire and equip participants to work across boundaries, enabling them to solve complex problems in organizations and in society.
Common Purpose’s extensive alumni network across the Asia Pacific region enables access at senior levels of organizations, large and small, across the public, private and NGO sectors.

Common Purpose partners with world-class universities and runs leadership programmes for their students, including the top 30 universities globally:
Harvard | Oxford | National University of Singapore | University of Nairobi | University of the Witwatersrand | University College London | IIT Bombay | New York University | King’s College London | Edinburgh | University of Chicago | IIM Bangalore | University of Johannesburg

Common Purpose partners with organizations in the field of student leadership, including:

Fulbright | AIESEC | National Youth Council of Singapore | All-China Youth Federation | China Youth Daily | Commonwealth Youth New Zealand