Global Leadership Program

2017 Heiskell Award Winner: Internationalizing the Campus

Nomination submitted by: Caroline Reid, Coordinator, Global Leadership Program; and Chloë Spackman, Manager, Global Leadership Program

Program Overview
The first of its kind in the Australian University Sector when it launched in 2005, Macquarie University’s Global Leadership Program is now the country’s flagship tertiary global leadership program. The program is a voluntary, extra-curricular program of learning and engagement activities that students design according to their own interests and complete at their own pace. It boasts more than 3,600 active participants who represent over 200 different academic degrees and disciplines, and has a track record of results in developing cross-cultural competency, leadership capability, understanding of global issues, and community responsibility and global citizenship. The program is currently the only co-curricular activity formally recognized on the official Macquarie University Academic Transcript.

Through a suite of colloquia, keynote speaker events and access to experiential opportunities such as internships and volunteer placements, Macquarie has created an unparalleled opportunity for domestic and international students to engage with international themes both on and off campus. The activities play a major role in integrating international students into the campus community and fostering participation in overseas mobility experiences.

The program is open to all enrolled undergraduate, postgraduate, international and study abroad students across all academic disciplines, as well as local high school students who are selected for the Global Leadership Entry Program during their senior year. Students can complete the program on-campus and without any cost incurred, removing barriers to participation.

The academic pillar of the program is a Colloquium and Think Tank Series of core and elective seminars, on 35 different topics focused on international or intercultural themes such as cultural taboos, gender economics, social entrepreneurship, and nuclear proliferation. Students are also required to take part in activities to earn points to complete an Experiential Credit component. Options include: semester and short-term study Abroad; volunteering with locally or internationally-based community organizations; attending international or domestic conferences; learning a new language; and attending cross-cultural or internationally focused seminars such as a Domestic Symposium in Canberra or an International Symposium in Brazil.

The GLP offers a series of engaging on-campus keynote speaker events that provide students with direct access to global leaders and innovators. The Innovative Leaders Series engages students with diverse global leaders who drive innovation in their fields, while the Foreign Affairs Series of diplomatic speakers aims to expose students to diverse perspectives on a range of current international issues and events.

According to Pro Vice Chancellor Sherman Young, “Global Leadership Program students are responsible, culturally aware, engaged and innovative individuals who approach leadership with audacity and a commitment to serving the local and global community.”

“The Global Leadership Program has broadened student understanding of some truly vital skills, including understanding of culture, leadership and global issues, and extended the learning opportunities for Global Leadership Program students far beyond the classroom.”

-Professor Sherman Young, Pro Vice Chancellor Learning and Teaching, Macquarie University

“Whether partaking in the Program as a Study Abroad or Exchange Student, or as full degree international or domestic students, Global Leadership Program Graduates are distinguished by their strong sense of global justice, acute awareness of the issues affecting the global community, and a keen awareness and enthusiasm for working together to achieve a better world for all. No matter where they go, Global Leadership Program students take with them a global mind-set that drives them to serve others, be active members of the community, and to lead by example.”

-Lindie Clark, Academic and Program Director, Professional and Community Engagement


Learn more about the nomination and program objectives