Changes to everyday choices at team GLP

At our inaugural Innovative Leaders Series event last year, modern day wizard-rogue and leadership adviser, Dr Jason Fox gave GLPers some advice – choose a word to guide your year, a ‘fuzzy beacon to pull you back on track and stay true to your intention’.

Our word for 2016 was catalyst, this year we decided on;

vision / ˈvɪʒn
the ability to think about or plan the future with great imagination and intelligence
the act or power of seeing

Oxford Dictionary & Merriam-Webster Dictionary

 We want GLP to give you new ways of seeing, and the imagination and knowledge to dream up a vision for your future and the future of our global planet. It is our hope the Program will provide you with the skills, knowledge and tools to act on that vision.

When choosing our word of the year we were mindful that, in the words of Dr. Fox, ‘It might be tempting to default to something convenient. Words like success, love, and growth. Now, these words are nice — but nice ain’t going to cut it. Your One Word needs to live with you through the year. It needs to be distinct.’

We agree nice won’t cut it. So whether its ethical fashion, access to clean water or sustainable design, we have each chosen a vision for the year and we will make sure we act on it.


Team GLP!

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Making the most of studying abroad

A big welcome to Macquarie for all our new students from abroad! 

Last year, Ashley traveled from her snowy home in Minnesota in America to spend a Session studying abroad at Macquarie. She was selected as a Macquarie Study Abroad Ambassador and blogged about her time in Australia. 

Hi GLPers, I’m from Green Bay, Wisconsin in the US. I am currently a second year Mathematics Education student at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. I spent the last half of 2016 studying abroad nearly 10,000 miles from home at Macquarie Uni. I came to uni unsure of what clubs and activities I was going to get involved with. I almost did not join the GLP because I was not sure what it entailed, so I hope this post can give you a feel for what to expect when you participate in the Global Leadership Program! My participation in the Spirituality and Social Transformation, Me Inc., Beyond Borders, and Indigeneity: unlocking the value of traditional knowledge and culture colloquia were unlike anything I have experienced in a classroom. The discussions were deep and meaningful, challenging you to think about topics in ways you have not before. As long as you go into the program with an open mind, you will learn to see the world from a new and improved lens, a skill I have found to be invaluable. Now I am back to school in the cold (-15 degrees Celsius on average) Minnesota winter, continuing my studies to graduate licensed to teach middle and high school math, spending an occasional weekend in the mountains snowboarding! I’ve included an extract of one of my posts in Australia below.


Ashley exploring the Great Barrier Reef, 2016

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Five minutes with GLP Representative Ali Asgher Ali

Hey guys!! Ali here!

I am in my third and final year of my Bachelor in Medical Sciences. I aim to pursue higher degree education and (hopefully) study the bio-molecular properties of terminal illnesses. I’ve been a GLPer since my first year and somewhat saddened that this is my last year, but will be leaving with pleasant memories and even more skills.

If you see me around give me a “Sup!” and I’ll me more than happy to talk about my GLP experiences. Hopefully we can all learn from our exchanging ideas 🙂


Ali on a bushwalk with the Buddy Program, 2016

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Five minutes with GLP Representative Moses Qionbaravi

Hi GLPers! My name is Moses and I am in my 4th and final year of a Bachelor of Arts with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Politics and Accounting respectively. I enjoy the GLP because it challenges me to put into practice theories that I have learnt in the classroom while honing soft skills that are necessary in our globalised world. I look forward to meeting and completing the program alongside you through the year.


A trip to Dong Hua Men Night Markets in Beijing isn’t complete without a taste of the unusual, deep fried star-fish! Moses traveled to China last year with the MGMT340 study tour.

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Journalists, diplomats & lions in Australia’s capital

Last year, GLPer Karina participated in the GLP Symposium to Canberra, a four day study tour to explore the ideas and debates that shape the country’s national and international agendas. Considering applying for this Session’s Symposium? Keep reading for the lowdown on what we get up to in Australia’s capital. 

In short, we had briefings with journalists, diplomats, attachés, activists and a lion. We visited places which are of great importance to Australian history, culture, and society. The Symposium to Canberra was all about how to be a leader within your community and do good. Here, I do not necessarily refer to any stereotypical political or economic leader of some sort. It is not about that; you do not need to reinvent the wheel, nor be the world’s saviour. It is the small things that make the impact.


Karina at the news desk at the ABC Parliamentary Bureau, Canberra, 2016


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Practical advice for completing your Cross Cultural Practicum

Like many of you I’m sure, I find it is very challenging to find and apply for internships and volunteering positions. However, in completing the Cross Cultural Practicum component of the GLP, I learnt some valuable tips that I would like to share with you.

At the beginning of the GLP, I joined a number of student societies to gain volunteering experience. For example, I worked as an Ambassador for TEDxMacquarieUniversity and I worked as an intern for Enactus Macquarie’s Mini Money Matters (MMM) project. Unfortunately, my volunteering couldn’t count towards my Practicum as the positions did not have a significant cross-cultural focus, a requirement of the Practicum. My first tip: it is very important to read the GLP guidebook carefully before you start your program. It is also sensible to make an appointment with a GLP Advisor once you have planned your program. They can help you save time and make the right decisions about which activity to undertake. After talking with an Advisor, I’m sure you will be more confident with your plan and more successful in completing the Program.


Amanda volunteering with Enactus Macquarie

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Breaking new ground at the UN: Sustainable development in practice

Last year, 8 Macquarie students had the opportunity to participate in a short term exchange program in New York City that focused primarily on the inner workings of the United Nations (UN). The United Nations Summer Study Program was a three-week intensive course where we tackled global issues through the lens of UN policy and with the advice of expert speakers from Rutgers University, NGOs, UN agencies and professional industry.


Luke, Denise and Perri with the 2016 United Nations Summer Program cohort, United Nations Headquarters, New York, 2016

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Happy Holidays from the GLP!

Joyeux Noël! Gesëende Kersfees! Feliz Navidad! Sung Tan Chuk Ha! Chuc Mung Giang Sinh! Bada Din Mubarak Ho! God Jul! Buone Feste Natalizie! Sawadee Pee Mai! Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal and a very Happy Holidays to you!



What a year 2016 has been!

At the inaugural Innovative Leaders Series  Dr Jason Fox encouraged everyone to think of a word that would inform their approach to everyday life and define their year. GLP Staff decided on catalyst. It was our hope that the GLP would be a catalyst for you, as students. That it would inspire and equip you to learn, take action, and create positive change in your world through your experiences.

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Reviving the ‘Golden Rule’: Advice from our 2016 Excellence Award Winner

Let me start by telling a short story.

When I was 5, I was caught picking flowers from my elderly neighbour’s front garden.  They weren’t hanging over the fence and available for picking like my mother had advised.

“How would you like it if you woke up to find that someone had picked all our mangoes?” My mother scolded. I remember thinking “how on earth I will I put the flowers back on the trees so that there would be enough frozen mangoes to last the sweltering wet season. The point my mother was making was that I wouldn’t like it, so why would I do it to someone else? This seemingly innocent experience, taught me a very important life lesson, which I carry with me today as a global leader.

The golden rule, is, to treat others how you wish to be treated. It has been written about extensively, referenced in personal and professional conversations and is widely seen as a universal principle to live by. I believe this is the foundation for a positive, nourishing and prosperous world. The behaviours incidental in the golden rule begin in our homes (stealing the neighbours flowers), travel out into our community and have a domino effect that floods the world around us.  The golden rule is instrumental in being a good global leader, and can help to shape popular leadership around the globe.

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