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QChallenge Abroad

Become a driving force and develop the leadership skills and networks for your future.

QMUL in partnership with Common Purpose, is offering you a unique opportunity to gain an international immersive experience, challenging you to adapt and thrive in a new context. It equips you with the tools you need to lead change, now and in the future.

Join QChallenge Abroad and develop your ability to lead from a truly global perspective. Along with students from KTH Royal Institute of Technology and University of Malaya step into a different cultural setting and play a part in tackling the biggest issues facing businesses, governments and societies worldwide.

By participating, you’ll be in the first group of students to experience QChallenge Abroad as it’s trialled for the QMUL Model - QMUL’s ground-breaking cross-curricular programme.

Who can take part?

QChallenge is open to all QMUL undergraduates. Postgraduate students are not eligible to apply.

How much does it cost?

QMUL/Common Purpose will pay for a participant’s travel to the overseas location, airport transfers, and transport to venues which form part of QChallenge Abroad, and most meals during the QChallenge Abroad dates. Participants are responsible for all in country costs during days/times which fall outside of the official QChallenge Abroad dates. Participants are responsible for all personal expenses. 

When do applications open?

Applications open on Monday 16th October 2017 and will close at midnight on Sunday 19th November 2017. To apply, please submit an application online at QChallenge Abroad. (*note, if your application is successful you will be offered one location and cannot participate in both.)

* Before applying, please see key date information below.

What does QChallenge involve?

  • The pilots will run from 16-19 April 2018 in Stockholm and the 01-05 April 2018 in Kuala Lumpur.
  • During the 2018 pilot you will explore a major world challenge “How do smart cities ensure they are inclusive?” from a local perspective. You will meet visionary leaders from global businesses, governments and international not-for-profit organizations. This will help you and your fellow participants understand the challenge and find creative ideas to solve it.
  • You will build international connections and make new friends. In addition, the solutions and knowledge you build will be passed to participants on other Common Purpose programmes around the world
  • Following the programme you will complete a short reflective essay to help QMUL trial assessment format for the new QMUL Model.

 Who could you meet?

During the four days, you will direct your own learning, speaking to leaders from and visiting organizations such as:

  • SAS Scandinavian Airlines
  • OneMed Group
  • The Swedish Armed Forces
  • Swedish Environmental Protection Agency
  • Malaysian Bar Council
  • Siemens Healtcare
  • EcoKnights
  • AirAsia Foundation
  • Think Cit

Common Purpose run programmes in cities around the world. A local university in the destination city, host the programme. Students from the host university also participate, so you will meet fellow participants from across the world.

Student testimonial

Swatisha Hirani

“Loved the programme overall! Definitely an eye opener for me.. it made me realise there are actually lots of people out there who want to help! But the problem is that none of them have actionized their words.. and this is what I will start doing after leaving this programme”

Further information

Further information can be found at:

If you have any queries about QChallenge Abroad, please contact:

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