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Apply Now for the Global Leadership challenge 2022 for Young Leaders (Fully Funded to St. Gallen Symposium)



Host organization

 University of Oxford and the St Gallen Symposium

Target audience


Application Deadline : 24 October 2022

The Global Leadership Challenge (GLC) aims to help emerging leaders to grow in the wisdom and character required for responsible leadership that makes a difference in the world — leadership that doesn’t simply seek to fulfil personal ambition but furthers societies’ sustainable development. GLC is a joint initiative of the University of Oxford (Social Sciences Division and the Oxford Character Project) and the St. Gallen Symposium, supported by our partners – the Lemann Foundation, the Templeton World Charity FoundationHCL Technologies , EDGE Strategy and EWOR.

​From 8 – 12 December, GLC 2022 will focus on “A New Generational Contract” as its core theme. The idea of a generational contract captures the principle that different generations depend on each other to provide mutual support across different stages of their lives. It can be most simply described as “what generations owe each other” – in area such as education, environmental protection, and health – and reminds us we have a responsibility to be good descendants and ancestors, and to consider the impacts of our actions on all generations.

In light of environmental crises, rapid technological change and global demographic shifts, this generational contract and underlying ideas of intergenerational equity have been challenged. How can cross-generational dialogue and mentoring help us become more responsible leaders? And how can our actions enable greater intergenerational fairness and collaboration?

To tackle these questions, GLC 2022 will convene 100 promising young leaders and 20 Senior Advisors to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time by integrating responsible leadership and practical actions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Using character education and design thinking, the five-day challenge will equip young leaders with the values and skills needed to build a sustainable future.

Evaluated by our Award Jury, the group with the most outstanding project idea will be able to attend the 51st St. Gallen Symposium as Leaders of Tomorrow. After GLC, participants can apply for further mentoring in two tracks: “entrepreneurship” (with EWOR Education) to learn skills and competencies towards building their own ventures, and grow as future leaders (with the Oxford Character Project at the University of Oxford) to reflect on their own purpose and grow as a future leader. All active participants will receive a Certificate of Achievement from the University of Oxford and the St. Gallen Symposium.

What’s in it for you?

  • Become part of a diverse global community of young, responsible leaders 
  • Engage with world-renowned academics and senior business and policy leaders
  • Develop action projects that address some of the most pressing global challenges using design thinking principles
  • Learn to lead in a way that not only advances personal ambition but actively seeks the wider good of society
  • Earn an official Certificate of Achievement
  • Possibility to receive bespoke leadership training and mentorship offered by the Oxford Character Project
  • Possibility to receive Entrepreneurship Coaching with EWOR Academy to build your venture
  • As the first winning group, possibility to attend the 52nd St. Gallen Symposium in May 2023 as Leaders of Tomorrow

Eligibility criteria

  • You are a student (currently enrolled in a Masters or a PhD programme) or a young professional (aged between 21-30 years).
  • You have finished your undergraduate studies.
  • You have already demonstrated your commitment to responsible leadership through extra-curricular activities and/or work experience.
  • You are committed to investing around five half-days from 8-12 December 2022 in GLC.
  • Active participation in GLC sessions is mandatory to receive a Certificate of Achievement.

​ We welcome applications from around the world and from all academic disciplines.


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