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Details of briefing sessions will be announced in September. Join us and learn more about what’s the opportunities for you in LDP2019!

Programme

In 2019, HKU will once again team up with Common Purpose, a global leadership development organization that runs programmes all over the world to inspire and equip people to work across boundaries.

The HKU-Common Purpose Leadership Development Programme 2019 will launch on campus at HKU in March 2019. Most of the work will take place in Bangladesh, India; Manila, capital of the Philippines; Shanghai, China, and Yangon, Myanmar in June 2019. At HKU, the programme will be supported by the Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Centre. The programme will enable 210 HKU students to:

  • work in groups of 10 across boundaries
  • devise, plan and implement group projects (Project brief in 2017)
  • gain access to leading organizations in Manila/Yangon
  • boost their cultural intelligence
  • develop their leadership skills
  • learn about the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Period: 4 weeks in June 2019, with pre- and post-trip activities starting in March 2019 and lasting until October 2019

Please also visit: http://commonpurpose.org/leadership/programmes/students/hku-leadership-programme/


View past photo albums and videos by clicking on the links below:

Photo Album:

Coming soon

Internship in Manila – Mars Wrigley

5 minute Immersion video: https://youtu.be/V3RKbIki2Ck

Internship in Yangon – Pann Thee Foundation

5 minute Immersion video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsDtDB8RZdw&feature=youtu.be


Official Launch

March 15-16, 2019

Evening reception and full-day workshop with briefing on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and small group conversations with Hong Kong-based leaders who are from – or have extensive experience of – the Philippines/Myanmar, to prepare for the immersion experience in June.

Recap on Past Events

Joined by some 100 participants including guest speakers who are leaders from different industries and sectors, mentors who are alumni of the University and participating students from HKU, the HKU-Common Purpose Leadership Development Programme 2017 Launch Event was successfully held during March 15-16, 2017.

Event Album
Event Album
Event Article
Event Article
Photo album
Event Video

E-learning Platform and Cultural Intelligence Online Module

April – May 2019

Cultural Intelligence – the leadership approach that underpins the programme;
‘Power Dynamic’ – the Common Purpose signature technique which empowers systematic mapping out of which organizations and individuals hold power and influence over whom and how.

Immersion

June 3 – 28, 2019
Project generation, development and implementation, framed around the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Regular contact with Mentors, and engagement with senior leaders and stakeholders from Aboitiz Foundation, Civil Service Commission, Pifzer Philippines Foundation, Shell, Manila Water Foundation, Asian Development Bank, Coca Cola Foundation Philippines, AC Energy Holdings.
Details at http://commonpurpose.org/leadership/programmes/students/hku-leadership-programme/.

Jamboree at HKU

October 2019

Reflection and experience sharing.

Funding

Participants will be responsible for the airfare, insurance, visa and in-country costs. They will receive financial sponsorship (HK$4,000) from the Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Centre.

Who Can Apply?

LDP is designed primarily for undergraduate students. LDP will host 210 participants, 60 each in Manila and Myanmar, and 45 each in Bangladesh and Shanghai.

Role

You may choose to take part in the programme as a general participant or a student coordinator. Fifteen students will be selected to serve as student coordinators, one for each group, to ensure effective communication and cooperation within the group. The selected students will receive an award to support their participation in LDP. The student coordinators are expected to undertake the following roles:

  • to create a warm and welcoming learning environment by acting as a peer mentor, role model, and leader
  • to ensure that groups maintain and uphold behaviours as expected by HKU
  • to ensure that the group stay in constant communication and keep in mind safety measures while travelling outside programme hours
  • to make timely communication with the Common Purpose staff team if there are any concerns on health, stress, programme related issues etc.

Application Process

The application process is quite extended because there has to be sufficient time first to select participants, second to enable all selected participants to apply for a tourist visa in the Philippines and Myanmar, and third to allow all participants to make transportation arrangements.

Details will be announced in late September.

Apply Online

Applications for LDP2019 will open in late September 2018 and closed on December 31, 2018.

Pre-departure Information

Health-related Advice:

Participants of the HKU-Common Purpose Leadership Development Programme travelling to the Philippines and Myanmar are advised:

  1. To take note of information on Hepatitis A, Typhoid, anti-mosquito measures and food hygiene, as follows:

  2. To consider getting vaccination (please book at least 6 weeks before departure):
  3. To bring along medicines e.g. purchase travel pack and first aid kit at UHS.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. How is students’ safety in the Philippines and Myanmar ensured?
Common Purpose always conducts a Risk Assessment for the location of their programmes to ensure the safety of both students and staff during programme hours. With the help of their Global Risk and Security Advisor, Mike Martin, Common Purpose ensures that they have the necessary contacts and preparations in place to deal with any identified potential risks. After the programme hours, the University has chaperones who will support participants to/from the accommodation and venue locations in Manila and Yangon.

Q2. What’s the time commitment required from students before and after the trip?
Participants are asked to commit to the full duration of each programme day:

  • The Launch: evening of 15th and 9.00am – 5.30pm on 16th March, 2019
  • The Online Learning Platform: approx. 6 hours in total between March and June 2019
  • The Immersion and Project Implementation: approx. 9.00am – 5.30pm on 3rd – 28th June, 2019
  • The Jamboree: 9.00am – 5.30pm, 1 day during HKU Reading Week October 2019

Q3. Could students choose or decline meeting and working with any organisations?
During the Immersion between 3 and 7 June, participants will get a large number of opportunities to meet with various speakers and organisations. In many, but not all, cases, they will be able to choose where they visit.
Q4. Is there any project example to illustrate what students would do?
Participants will at the beginning of the programme be provided with examples of what has been done in the past relating to previous Challenges that Common Purpose has run. For those interested in reading more about such examples, they can find stories on what students have done following a Common Purpose programme by clicking here and here.
Q5. What kind of students is most suitable for joining the programme?
For students looking to develop your skills and cultural intelligence, to change the world and solve complex problems, to develop and grow their network, and to build their CV, then this programme is the right fit for them. The programme looks for undergraduate university students of all genders and ages, from all backgrounds, fields and levels of study.


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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