Global Leadership Challenge project shortlisted for a Vice Chancellor's Award

DPIR is delighted to announce that the Global Leadership Challenge, an initiative of DPIR's Programme for Global Leadership, has been shortlisted for a Vice Chancellor's Award in the Community Partnership Award category, which recognises partnerships with others to make a positive difference locally, nationally or globally. 

This week the University announced the shortlists for the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards 2024. There were 250 award entries across the 11 categories this year, with 1,500 individuals included in the nominations. The Department was thrilled to discover that the Global Leadership Challenge project – led by Anjali Sarker – has been shortlisted in the Community Partnership Award category. 

The winners and highly commended nominees will be announced at a special ceremony hosted by the Vice-Chancellor at the Sheldonian Theatre on Wednesday 8 May, followed by a reception at the Examination Schools.  

In response to the nomination, Programme Director Anjali Sarker commented:

"The Global Leadership Challenge connects hundreds of high-potential young leaders to the academic community in Oxford and has built a global network to champion the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We are honoured to be shortlisted for this prestigious award and immensely grateful to our partners for making such an impact possible."

About the Project: Global Leadership Challenge – Empowering the next generation of responsible leaders

The global challenges of the 21st century, summed up in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), call for a new generation of leaders across contexts to lead for people and the planet. However, the majority of youth living in LMICs have limited access to global networks and few opportunities for leadership education that will help them initiate meaningful collaborative action related to the SDGs. 

The Global Leadership Challenge (GLC), developed and delivered in partnership with the St Gallen Symposium, has been able to create a unique academia-industry partnership and brought together a network of young leaders, senior academics and high-profile global leaders to exchange knowledge, ideas, and resources. It aims to equip future leaders and develop creative collaborations for impact in communities around the world.

Funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation (TWCF), the annual programme convenes 100 emerging leaders at a 5-day virtual conference to co-create SDG action projects. The leaders are selected through a highly competitive, open application process which receives close to 2000 applications/year from over 150 countries. Throughout the 5-day programme, participants learn from senior Oxford academics as well as public and private sector leaders. In addition to engaging with senior leaders, participants design actionable impact projects that directly address the advancement of SDGs. The best projects receive special awards, though all participants receive further leadership development and venture development support to continue their SDG leadership journey. Since 2020, GLC has directly impacted 400 students from over 70 countries and helped them develop the qualities needed to become good leaders.