How a Year 12 student from Dubbo found opportunity through the GLEP

Hi all, my name is Nick and I am in my first semester of a Bachelor of Laws with Bachelor of Media. I’d like to share my experiences about coming from a regional town and gaining entry into Macquarie University through the Global Leadership Entry Program. And then – what it’s like adapting to life in Sydney!

During my HSC year at Dubbo College Senior Campus, I was privileged to be mentored and assisted by two dedicated ladies, Cathy and Kerry, from Education and Training Out West’s Transition to University Program, who were instrumental in assisting students from regional NSW gain entry into university. Students from regional areas that are considering attending university face many obstacles due to distance, which leads to reduced family support and the stress of moving away from your home town for the first time. Even though regional NSW has many good universities, they don’t always offer the entire range of courses that the major metropolitan universities do.

Dubbo College year 12 Students with Nick and Cathy and Kerry from Education and Training Out West’s Transition to University Program, May 2017.

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The New Colombo Plan – A GLPer’s Ticket to their Dreams

Greetings GLPers,

My name’s Michael Kelly, a fellow GLPer studying a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Entrepreneurship, and a New Colombo Plan (NCP) Scholar in 2017.

I have just landed in Nepal as the NCP’s only Nepali scholar, and one of three scholars from Macquarie Uni, to embark on a year-long trip. Professionally, I’ll be mentoring social entrepreneurs fighting corruption, helping to launch a co-working space in Kathmandu for young social entrepreneurs, and studying at Kathmandu University’s School of Business. Personally, I’d like to enjoy and absorb the culture and further my Buddhist practices, learn to mountaineer, hike to Everest Base Camp and detour to India to explore and watch Australia play some cricket.

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Michael at 3-day trip to Canberra to meet with politicians and NCP scholars and alumni, 2017.

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From America’s heartland to Indigenous rights champion

When I received my acceptance letter for exchange at Macquarie University one September afternoon in Indianapolis, I honestly had no idea what to expect.

On my first day on campus I was late for the international student orientation (nice) but fortunately, just in time to hear about the GLP and all of the culturally enriching things you can do in the program.  I don’t speak another language and had never left North America before coming to Australia. Even further than this, I come from America’s heartland and have had very little cross-cultural experiences. I immediately knew that the GLP was something I needed to get involved in and it was one of the best decisions I made while in Australia.


Jaxon on the GLP Symposium to Canberra, 2016. Photo by Keyvan Dorostkar

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Meet the new kids on the GLP block

Introducing our newest blog contributors
Jessica, Roy, Elizabeth and Nadya

Over the next three years, we’ll be following four new GLP students as they progress through the Program. We’ll be there as they navigate through their studies, GLP and life on campus – when they travel to the far corners of the globe to study abroad, volunteer in their local community, learn a new language and network at a conference.

Our contributors come from Archaeology, Law, Security Studies and Social Science and all share a keen interest in discovering how culture, global awareness and social responsibility contribute to successful leadership.

Follow our contributors as they share their advice, tips and opportunities throughout the GLP. Let’s start by meeting them.

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Understanding ourselves through studying politics abroad

Hi GLPers, my name is Tony and I am in my final semester of Master of Accounting (CPA Extension). I would like to share with you my experiences of studying in a different country.

Through the GLP, I have done a 3-week program, International relations and the Middle East: a comparative European Perspective, in July 2016 in Milan, Italy and a 4-week program, GoAndes – Leadership, in Santiago, Chile earlier this year (watch this short video to find out more about GoAndes).

In a globalised world understanding different cultures is part of our everyday. Indisputably, the best way to understand a culture is to be in the culture yourself, rather than watching TV or reading travel books. Who would say no to spending some time with a local family and participating in their social activities? After all, culture is not about books, but people.

Overlooking Santiago on top of San Cristóbal Hill

On San Cristobal Hill, overlooking Santiago, Chile, Go Andes Program, 2017.

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10 tips for effective networking

The fundamental element that defines the quality of your life is the people you surround yourself with and the conversations you have with them.” – Jon Levi


Fauzan in his role as a Macquarie Careers and Employment Service Representative

Many people believe that networking only needs to be utilized when you are looking for a job, but that’s the wrong idea!

Networking is making contacts, creating and maintaining relationships, finding out about opportunities, and making friends. It is an ongoing process, it requires persistence, attention, organisation and good will. Networking is a two-way street, it is a way of getting to know someone better and finding ways they might be able to help you and how you can help them in return.

Here are my top tips for making the most of networking;


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Language Matters – A few words from a GLP alumna

I’ve always had a big heart for languages, and my participation in Macquarie University’s Global Leadership Program certainly provided an encouraging platform for my love of languages to grow and thrive.

During my time at University, I undertook a GLP-approved unit of modern language study (Spanish), and very much enjoyed seeing this study right through from Beginners to Advanced level. My on-campus study was complemented by a combined short course and volunteer experience in Olón, Ecuador, which inspired me to further use my language experience to support the Oxfam International Youth Partnerships (OIYP) program as a volunteer Spanish-English translator. Furthermore, I found great joy in co-establishing and coordinating Beyond Babel, a student-led mentoring program for first-year Language students at Macquarie University.

Prize Giving Ceremony, Languages, Macquarie University

Meeting with representatives from Embassy and Consulate General of Argentina during a Languages prize-giving event at Macquarie, 2012. Photo: Jennifer Heward.

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The International Student Leadership and Ambassador Program: Building future leaders

Imagine with all your mind
Believe with all your heart
Achieve with all your might

I came to Australia as an International student hailing from Pakistan to chase my dreams. I have finished my second Masters Degree in Electronics Engineering and am currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Engineering at Macquarie. Sydney has been home to me for more than one and a half years now, and it has been an astounding journey so far. Moving here gave me an excellent opportunity to explore not only my research interests but also take part in many other fantastic opportunities Sydney offers.

I am motivated by a strong desire for excellence, a drive to succeed and a wish to give back to the community with an open heart and a wide smile. I consider myself an ambitious and competent individual with a strong drive to improve my professional knowledge and leadership skills. When I joined the GLP, I saw it as a good opportunity to develop these skills and expose myself to critical global issues.

Deputy Lord Mayor Professor Councillor Kerryn Phelps presenting the City of Sydney Pin to Arslan Kiyani

Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Professor Kerryn Phelps presenting the City of Sydney pin to Arslan. Photo: City of Sydney.

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In conversation with GLP Convenor, Dr Sabine Krajewski

During my time as a GLP Student Representative I had the privilege of speaking with Dr Sabine Krajewski from the Macquarie department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies. She also convenes the GLP colloquia, Cross Cultural Understanding and Taboo – The Consequences of Tasting Forbidden Fruit.

Sabine’s research considers the field of intercultural communication with particular focus on taboo in intercultural contexts. Sabine was born in Salzgitter in Germany, but her heart belongs to Berlin where she moved as a student and made friends for life.

She started her academic journey at a university in the East End of London, England, where she became an interculturalist when she was working with students from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. She was confronted with her own stereotypes about what English people and their cats look like and learnt from her own mistakes.


Sabine at the Office for Learning & Teaching awards ceremony

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How to use the GLP to diversify your university experience

My GLP experience so far has been very rewarding, an immense learning experience that has helped me shape my identity and grow from my experiences. I’ve learnt valuable skills from the Innovative Leader Series and and colloquia. My Experiential Credit activities have given me new perspectives and an appreciation in considering different sides of a story.

When I first started in the Program, I heard how people undertook the GLP to complement their degree. However, I always made sure that my academic studies and GLP activities were separate. I believe that there is little benefit in doing extra-curricular activities that only focus on one experience. This is why, as a science student, I didn’t do a single science activity for my GLP (sort of…I did take an online course in climate change).


Ali on his first day at Macquarie

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