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The entire programme in summer 2021 will be conducted virtually via Zoom Conference.

A virtual HKU-Common Purpose Leadership Development Programme will be launched this summer to enable you to gain insights into how businesses are run during the turbulent economic environment and to propose solutions to a community-based organization/non-profit organization/a commercial organization through project execution. You will have the opportunities to attend guest talks from industry leaders in one of the three destinations of your choice: Bangalore in India, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia or Manila in the Philippines. Participants will be issued a certificate by Common Purpose upon successful completion of the programme.

The programme will enable up to 90 HKU students to:

  • work in groups of 10 across boundaries
  • devise, plan and implement group projects
  • gain access to leading organizations in the host destinations
  • boost their cultural intelligence
  • develop their leadership skills
  • learn about the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

The programme will feature a series of thought-provoking and reflective, compulsory events running from May to September 2021:

  • Stage 1: Thursday 6 May – Global Leadership Forum (2:30pm-6:00pm HKT)
  • Stage 2: Monday 31 May – Welcome & City Introduction (afternoon session)
  • Stage 3: Tuesday 1 June – Thursday 10 June – Open Source Leadership Asynchronous Course (during students’ own time)
  • Stage 4: Friday 11 June – Collab (whole day)
  • Stage 5: Monday 14 – Friday 18 June – Organizational Raid + Looking ahead (afternoon session)
  • Stage 6: Thursday 16 September – Jamboree (4:00-5:30pm HKT)

Application period: March 22 – April 19 (noon)

Registration: please complete this online form

For enquiries, please contact us at holdp@hku.hk.


About Common Purpose (http://commonpurpose.org/)
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

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