Students gather for Common Purpose

November 13, 2016

Prof Andrew Taggart congratulated the successful students heading on the Common Purpose course in Singapore.Australian and Singaporean university students will learn from each other during a leadership program hosted by Murdoch University in December.

Twenty-five Murdoch University students will join students from La Trobe and Griffith Universities at the Common Purpose Study Abroad program held at Kaplan in Singapore.

Murdoch University Provost Professor Andrew Taggart congratulated the successful applicants and wished them well for the conference.

“This four day leadership program brings local and international students together and take them out of their comfort zone and into a new city,” he said.

“Murdoch is a truly global university and we believe international experiences are an important part of a university education.

“We will be welcoming you into Murdoch’s second home, Kaplan our Singapore partner, where nearly one-third of our students are based.”

During the Common Purpose Study Abroad program students works together investigating a complex challenge, consulting with leaders from across business, government and NGOs

Working in multidisciplinary groups with a mentor, students develop implementable projects to address the Challenge. Their ideas will be presented to city leaders and policy makers at the end of the program.

Professor Taggart said it was exciting to see the breadth of talent amongst the successful Common Purpose applicants.

“Employers are looking for leadership attributes in graduates, and in particular there is a demand for future leaders with cultural intelligence,” he said.

“Our Common Purpose scholars are undergraduates and postgraduates, studying everything from nursing, cognitive neuroscience, security and counter-terrorism and engineering.”

The Singapore program begins on Monday 4 December.

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