Madeline: Diversity Abroad Global Inclusive Leadership Certificate (June 2021)

I have been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to be apart of the 2021 cohort for the Diversity Abroad Global Inclusive Leadership virtual programme. The world around us as well as the people within it are constantly changing and the ways in which we can identify and express ourselves are evolving ever so rapidly. I decided to participate in this programme as I knew there was so much about the world that I was unaware of.

This course provides you with the opportunity to not only meet and become friends with fellow students from around the world, but it also teaches you how to best understand, utilise and embrace one’s differences. This course teaches you that there is no set and “correct” way of being a leader, but that everyone has the potential to become a leader. We are all given a different set of weaknesses that put us at certain disadvantages, but we are also all given a set of strengths that if utilised can take us to places we never thought possible.

Throughout the duration of this course, I was able to identify the leadership style which I have, my own weaknesses which I was able to improve and turn into strengths as well as always remembering to look at things from a different perspective. My personal journey throughout this course taught me that for one to be an effective leader, they must be able to take a step back and look at situations in someone else’s shoes. An effective leader should have the ability to display empathy and avoid personal bias within the workspace. An effective leader should be able to notice when there is an opportunity to push those around them to reach their full potential and when to allow individuals to take a step back and breathe. An effective leader tries their best to be fully aware of the culture and atmosphere set in the workplace and should always aim to find ways for improvement in all things.

Thanks to the valuable content I was able to learn through this course, I am confident that I am on my way to taking the necessary steps to ensuring that one day I am able to become an effective leader. For any future students who are considering this course, I highly recommend it. It is not overly time consuming where it puts your studies and current commitments at risk, but it is also not a course which does not provide enough engaging content and material. Diversity and inclusion of it in all aspects of life is the future. Diversity and inclusion is the only way to success.

Fiza: Diversity Abroad Global Inclusive Leadership Certificate – The 360  International Blog

Carter Huang – My UNNC Experience (English version)

In April 2021, shortly after I entered the second semester of my freshman year, I had been taking online courses in Jiangyin campus of Nanjing University of technology (NJUST) for nearly a year. The life there was also very good and the students were very familiar with each other. By chance, I found an opportunity to do an exchange offline in my home country on the 360 International website. Without any hesitation, I chose to apply for an exchange study at University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC). This choice may change my later life.

I also applied for PwC internship after this semester, and got an offer, with an internship period from June to August 2021. As Auckland is in winter at this time, the holiday is only one month. I must get the exchange opportunity to achieve both these two things. To this end, I also spent a lot of time on the selection and approval of these exchange courses. When everything was completed, I also had a great sense of achievement in my heart.

Mooncake from the school

When the time came to the beginning of September, finally I can enter the campus of UNNC. Everything here is very fresh to me. There are helpful volunteers, spacious and comfortable rooms and a clean and tidy campus. The most important thing is the enthusiastic people around here. We don’t have classes in the first week of school. The first week here is called i-week (introduction-week) in UNNC, two junior students will take us to register and be familiar with the campus. They will also take us to eat, drink and have fun around the school, which makes us very familiar with the life here. At the end of i-week, there will be a special Gala Show for freshmen, which you can regard as the show of many clubs and community.

As the first week goes by, we should focus on our studies. I found that my living habits have become better here. Because the lecture of online class from UoA is recorded, I can watch it at any time. But in UNNC, I have two classes at 9 a.m., which means I have to get up at 8 o’clock, which makes my daily work and rest more regular. We can have more participation in offline classes, and we also have more opportunities to talk face to face with professors. We will also be divided into different groups to complete the tasks, and there will be the same tutorial or office time as the UoA to help students solve their learning problems. However, it should be noted that the score ratio of courses here is different from that of UoA. In most courses, the final score will account for 70% – 80%, while the usual score is not very prominent.

IWeek walking around the campus

In addition to learning, the campus life here are also can’t be missed. The Global Engagement Office organizes various activities for international students to help them better integrate into or learn local culture, such as going to the cinema to watch movies, going to downtown to learn traditional culture, etc. Club activities are also one of the highlights here. There are variety of clubs and organizations for students join freely. For example, I joined SCDA (Student Career Development Association), in which I acted as a consultant. Through my previous experience and my international vision, I can help young people who are studying here find their own career development direction. On Monday and Thursday nights, I also signed up for the zero to hero 5km challenge, that can help ourselves achieve the goal of 5km running through continuous training. There are many similar activities, which are voluntarily organized by teachers. Among these activities, what interests me most is the  enterprise school recruitment activities. Every year, various large and medium-sized enterprises come to UNNC to carry out recruitment publicity, such as PwC, Byte-Dance, Ctrip, etc., which will be of great opportunity to students of all grades and enable them to understand and prepare for their career life in the near future.

Being able to do an exchange in my home country is an experience I have never thought of, it’s might be a choice of fate. This is also one of the few universities in China that can experience full English teaching, which is very helpful for students studying abroad. At UNNC, I met students from all over the world. Some of them are Chinese exchange students from other universities like me, such as the University of Melbourne and the University of Connecticut. There are also international students from other countries, such as Korea, Tajikistan, Burundi and so on. I like such a diversified and inclusive environment very much. Most importantly, you don’t have to worry about no Chinese food here! There is no curfew in this school. You can come in and out of the university campus freely for 24 hours. When you are hungry, go out for a barbecue or Hotpot. Go out for a driving tour with friends on holidays. In UNNC, you are the main character!

For my future career development, I still aspire to be an entrepreneur or business man. However, in this process, I will choose to work in different industries to help me better understand this society. At present, while studying, I also work as an intern in an international consulting company, so my daily life is very full. In the future, I also plan to take the conjoint-program of BCom/BArts, because I have always had a goal in my heart, which is to do something that can change the current social situation, such as helping the Chinese government improve the popularization rate of higher education, so that more children from poor areas or rural areas can contact the outside world and learn more skills. Therefore, I need to do more research and make more contacts to help me practice my goals. In UNNC, there are several special career planning teachers to help us plan for our future career. There are also some students with the same goals as me. This is one of the reasons why I think UNNC is very suitable for me.

In the future, if there are any students from UoA who want to do an exchange in China. I will recommend you take UNNC as a host university. It is not only the culture and philosophy here, but also the open and inclusive attitude towards all people here. Each student will have a personal tutor from the same school. They will provide you with solutions to difficulties in life or study. Although there are still many things not mentioned, if you come here, you will not regret it.

At present, there are five students from UoA studying here. I hope that more our students will choose to come to UNNC to start a brand-new journey and a different life experience.

~ Carter

With other UNNC students

Carter Huang – My UNNC Experience (Mandarin version)

在2021年的4月份,也就是我刚刚进入大一的第二个学期不久,当时的我在南京理工大学江阴校区已经上了快一年的网课,虽然那里的生活也很不错,同学之间非常熟悉,但是线上课程对我而言还是缺少了很多的机会,。没有任何的犹豫,我选择了申请去往宁波诺丁汉大学交换学习,这样一个机遇也许改变了我之后的人生。

由于今年的暑假,我还同时申请了普华永道的实习并拿到了offer。实习期限是2021年6月到8月,由于奥克兰这时候是处于冬季,假期非常短,只有一个月。所以我一定要拿到交换的名额才能够实现我两全齐美的想法。为此,我也花费了很多时间在课程的选择及审批上,当所有事情完成后,我的心里也有了很大的成就感。

时间来到9月初,我也如愿以偿步入UNNC的校园。这里的一切对我而言都十分新鲜,乐于助人的志愿者,宽敞且舒适的房间,干净整洁的校园。最重要的,还是那人间烟火气。在入学的第一周,我们不会上课,这一周在UNNC叫做i-week(新生入学周),会由本校的两名学生带着我们办理注册登记并了解校园,他们也会带着我们去学校周边吃喝玩乐,这让我们非常迅速地熟悉了这里的生活。在i-week的末尾,还会有一场专门开放给新生的演出,你可以将其视为很多个社团的表演秀。

随着第一周的过去,我们也要开始将心态调整到学习的方向上。在这里,我发现我的生活习惯变得更好了。因为之前上网课的讲座都是录像的,我可以在任意时间观看。而在UNNC,我有两门课的讲座是在早上九点,这意味着我八点钟就要起床,这让我每天的作息变得更加规律了。此外,在线下上课,我们能更加有参与感,我们也有更多的机会和教授面对面交谈。在这里,我们也会分成不同的小组来完成任务,也会有和奥克兰大学一样的tutorial或office time来帮助学生也解决学习上的问题。不过需要注意的是,这里课程的分数比例和奥克兰大学不太一样。大多数课程,Final的分数会占到70%-80%,而平时成绩则显得不太突出。

除了学习,这里的校园生活也是不可错过的。Global Engagement Office会为国际生组织多样的活动来帮助大家更好的融入或学习当地文化,例如去电影院观影,去宁波市区学习传统文化等。社团活动也是这里的一大亮点之一,各种各样的社团和组织令人挑花了眼,学生可以自由选择。例如我加入的SCDA(学生职业发展协会),我在其中担任着类似于顾问的角色,通过我之前所学习到的经验以及我所具有的国际化视野来帮助在这里的学习的年轻人更好地找到自己的职业发展方向。在每周一和周四的晚上,我还报名了Zero to hero 5km challenge活动,我们会通过不断地跑步训练,来帮助自己达到5km跑步的目标。这样类似的活动还有很多,都是由老师自愿组织的。在这些活动里,让我最有兴趣的还是企业校招活动。每年各种各样的大中型企业都会来到UNNC开展招聘宣讲,例如普华永道,字节跳动,携程等等,这对各年级的同学都会有很大的帮助,能够让他们尽早的了解职场生活并为之做出准备。

能够在自己的祖国交换,本身就是一种我从来没有想过的体验,这也就是命运的选择。这也是在中国,为数不多能体验到全英文教学的大学,这对在海外学习的学生非常有帮助。在UNNC,我结识了来自世界各地的同学。他们有的是和我一样来自其他大学的中国交换生,例如墨尔本大学,康涅狄格大学。也有来自其他国家的国际学生,韩国,塔吉克斯坦,布隆迪等等。这样一种多元化且包容的环境是我非常喜欢的。最重要的是,你不用担心在这里吃不到中国的美食!这所学校没有宵禁,24小时你可以自由出入大学校园。深夜学习饿了的时候去外面吃一顿烧烤或者海底捞,节假日与朋友一同出门自驾游,在这里你可以主导自己的生活。

对于未来的职业发展,我仍然是向往成为一名企业家。然而在这个过程中,我会选择先在不同的行业中打拼来帮助更好的了解这个社会。目前我在学习的同时也在一家国际咨询公司担任实习生,所以我每天的生活非常充实,偶尔也会有些疲惫。未来我还打算就读双学位课程,因为在我心中一直有一个目标,就是做一些能够改变社会现状的事情,例如帮助中国政府提高高等教育的普及率,让更多来自贫困地区或乡村的孩子去接触外面的世界并学会更多的技能。因此,我需要做更多的调查并结识更广泛的人脉来帮助我实现我的目标。在UNNC,这里有专门的职业生涯规划老师来为我们答疑解惑,也有怀着同样目标的同学与我共同进步,这是我为什么觉得UNNC是非常适合我的原因之一。

在未来,如果有奥克兰大学的学生想要到中国来交换。我会第一个推荐UNNC作为交换学校。不仅是这所学校的文化和理念,更是因为这里对所有人开放包容的态度。每位学生都会拥有一位来自相同学院的个人导师,不管是生活还是学习上的困难,他们都会为你提供解决的途径或方案。虽然还有很多地方没有提到,但如果来到这里,大家一定不会后悔。

目前,我们奥克兰大学一共有五门学生在这里学习。希望日后会有更多的奥大学子选择来到UNNC开启一段不一样的旅程,收获不一样的人生。

John: Campus B Indigenous Rights & History in Brazil (June 2021)

My experience during the Campus B Indigenous Rights has been nothing short of amazing, I had some expectations on what to expect these expectations were based on my own experiences regarding indigenous rights here in New Zealand and what we had been taught through the New Zealand education system. I also had my own view on issues regarding Indigenous rights and the topic of Indigenous rights.

The Campus B Indigenous Rights program educated me on the issues and harsh realities that the indigenous people of Brazil face every day, the program included guest lecturers from Brazil who are both experts in their academic fields but also activists for the Brazilian Indigenous Rights movement. These lecturers and guest speakers were not your typical mundane lecturer, these were people passionate about the fight for Indigenous rights, these were people speaking to us mid protest, these were people who wanted to make a positive change.

All speakers and lecturers provided us with a full insight into the multiple fronts of the fight/movement for Indigenous Rights. This ranged from the preservation of Indigenous Art and Culture, Land, Indigenous Women, Indigenous Influencers, Politics, The Education System and many more. All speakers provided us with great insight into all topics and challenged my existing views on indigenous rights and corrected my assumption that the time of colonisation ended. This was very moving for me as I assumed that all countries had implemented a base level of legal rights and protections for Indigenous people that are equal to non-indigenous people. I was wrong, the speakers educated us on how Indigenous people in Brazil had limited Rights and little to no protections, this raised many concerns.

One of the best things about the Campus B Indigenous Rights program is that I was not alone, I was part of a larger group of students from both Brazil and New Zealand. Having people from all different backgrounds, opinions, assumptions and views made this program that much better because we all supported each other, We learned together, we worked together, and we laughed together. This program is an opportunity to see not just how we can improve Indigenous Rights in Brazil but also an opportunity to see how we can improve the world, working with all these amazing people both staff and students from both Brazil and New Zealand was an experience that I will cherish. Special thanks to Gabriela, Sara and Talita for being there for us every step of the way.

Fall Virtual Internship 2021 -

Jae Min: “You are now at Stop 1, Melbourne University. The doors will open on the right side of the tram”

The three troublemakers, and the compulsory box of monopoly deal

Since you guys probably didn’t get to see much of Melbourne University this year (neither did we 👀), Tim, Sasa and I (the three troublemakers 😪) had a photoshoot on campus for the funsies. Here’s how we did 😉

Some people just love the camera 🤦🏻‍♂️
Hide and go seek (…?)
Accidentally recreated a cliché K-drama scene (no, not the Squid Game kind 🦑🎮)

The campus is so incredibly beautiful! I kept thinking to myself what it would’ve been like if lectures were actually on campus this year. It would’ve been so amazing! There are so many buildings across the main campus, and it stretches for ages – just when you think you’re out of it there’s another couple blocks! 🚗 🚗 🚗 🚗 💨

I like how this picture turned out hehe
My attempt at nature photography
What I would have seen every day, if lectures were in-person.

Tim and I decided to make the big jump from tram track to bike lanes, and went on a couple of bike rides to spice up our Melbourne experience. We went on the Capital City Trail and the Brighton Beach Track, exploring places like Brighton Beach, St. Kilda, the Yarra River, and a great handful of places in the Melbourne metropolitan area. I must say, the Capital City Trail was such an eye opener! Who knew there were so many hidden beauties behind the wall of skyscrapers; Cycling by natural rivers, beautiful bridges, and seeing Costco for the first time are things I’ll remember for a long, long time.

Albert Park! But not the one in Auckland ;-P
$17 for 24 hours of biking – not bad!
Capital City trail – how fun!

I have to say, just when I thought there wasn’t anything else to explore in Melbourne, I was hit with a gust of new surprises! The bikes got us to places that were previously unreachable, and we managed to see another dimension to Melbourne that we couldn’t see before! Hidden parks, alleyways, attractions, and many more places that can’t be found on any ‘Top 25 must-visit places in Melbourne!’ websites – I felt like a real local 😎

Sasa really likes Pho
Mid bike-ride selfies!
Mask and you shall receive

Anything (even lockdown) is better with friends! Having friends to catch up with every now and then has made the lockdowns a lot more bearable (and dare I say, enjoyable?). We went around visiting all of the niche and local restaurants around Central Melbourne, and went and walked through a maze of alleyways and buildings. What I found fascinating is that to this day there hasn’t been a single alleyway without an interesting cafe, restaurant, or a beautiful artistic display/instalment!

Mandatory Brighton Beach Photo

First time seeing a ferris wheel!
Every alleyway in Melbourne has something special 😉 Found a nice bingsoo place in this one!

To conclude…

The past few months here has been awesome, but it also felt like a demo version of the true Melbourne experience. Too often I found myself thinking ‘what if?’, and imagining how much better this experience would have been without the pandemic-that-shall-not-be-named. But despite this, I did enjoy this exchange! There aren’t many people who can say that they’ve been on an exchange during a pandemic, and Melbourne has had a great bunch of activities that could still be permitted with social distancing. Do I recommend people to go on an exchange to Melbourne? Absolutely! Melbourne boasts being one of the southern hemisphere’s most culturally diverse cities, and you can feel that everywhere you go. It feels like a world-best coffee, pizza or croissant (or anything really) is always just an alleyway away.

Thank you all for reading my blogs!
Hopefully your exchange experiences are pandemic-free.


Kia kaha,
Jae Min 🙂

Tim : My Faves

Yet another month of lockdown, Youtube, and face masks. Even though we haven’t seen Melbourne in its full glory, it’s definitely a great place to be in lockdown. Despite all the restrictions, we’ve been trying to make the most of being in this beautiful city. Here are some of my favourite things I’ve done so far.

Biking 

The discovery of Lime eBikes has changed the game for us. A day pass is $17 which is a great deal if you want to see the city. However, maybe read up on how the pass works because I got charged $40 for doing it wrong. These electric bikes make riding effortless. Not to mention, it’s fun to go fast effortlessly. We rode along the capital city trail, to Albert Park, St Kilda beach, and Brighton beach. I highly recommend the capital city trail as you get to experience the scenic views of the city as well as the lush nature along the Yarra River. 

Beaches

Melbourne has stunning beaches whether you’re looking for a cute stroll across the sand, have a calm picnic, or catch covid from the crowds of unmasked people. All the beaches are connected so I enjoyed biking along the coastline from one beach to the next.

Food 

Most of the food places have been underwhelming. I don’t know if it’s because we picked bad places or the takeaway containers make the food taste much worse. However, I have really enjoyed a couple of dessert places. My favourites have been a gelato place called Pidapipo and the Instagram worthy desserts served at Scoopy. 

Melbourne is such a vibrant place and I would love to come back very soon. Hopefully, the restrictions ease up a bit so I can see more of what the city has to offer and maybe even a bit more of Australia 👀👀. 

Bye. 

Rameen: HEX Great Global Challenge (July 2021)

The Great Global Challenge was a great opportunity to showcase the skills I have developed throughout my university life and to also learn new skills that will help me in the future. We got to attend workshops that helped me to complete the project. The main goal of the week-long project was to ‘Protect Human Rights in the Post-Truth World’. We had to work with an international team to brainstorm solutions to an identified problem, make a prototype and pitch the idea to experienced founders.

The programme helped me learn how to navigate time zones as I had team members in the USA, UK and Australia, build my network by providing opportunities to meet students and mentors from around the world and use technology like Miro, Wix, Slack and Mural. It was a great way to learn about market research and product validation which helped me in developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset. We had two checkpoints due everyday but due to the global team, we were able to submit everything on time.

One of the most important skills that I developed was how to work in a team. I have learned that there are times when not all the people in a team are as dedicated as you are or their goals and motivation levels are completely different to yours. There can be different issues that might arise when the team is not working properly, for example, missing checkpoints. This is where I learned that sometimes you need to step up, take the role of a leader, discuss the issues with your teammates and see how you can fix them. These experiences will surely help me in my professional life as the field I aspire to work in is very team oriented. There were times when I would have to stay up for a 1am workshop or wake up at 4am to make sure that everything was completed and submitted but I know that every experience during those 6 days was a lesson.

I would definitely encourage students from all faculties and stages to take part in various virtual activities as they might end up learning a new skill, make a connection that might help them land their next job or simply make a new friend on the other side of the world. I am very grateful for this opportunity and would like to see more programmes like the Great Global Challenge offered to aspiring students.

Great Global Challenge — HEX

Sasa: My favourite things in Melbourne

I thought it would be fitting to dedicate my 3rd and last blog to all my favourite things to do in Melbourne, lockdown edition. I feel quite at home here by now and I have a lot of love for this beautiful city 🙂

-The following is in no particular order-

FOOD

Anyone who knows me knows how excited I get about food. Melbourne truly is multicultural and any kind of food you want that exists in the world will probably also be found in Melbourne.

Sadly, I haven’t eaten out as much as I wanted to because of lockdown (takeaways don’t hit the same) but regardless, here we go

  1. Getting the famous hot jam donuts and some coffee from Queen Victoria Market and having a picnic at Flagstaff Gardens. You get to watch people making the donuts from scratch in the food truck and it is like no other donut I have known. I have literally gone to bed thinking about these donuts and been so excited to wake up so I can get more donuts that I can’t go to sleep. Plus they’re only $1.50 a donut
  1. Queen Vic market itself is worth a mention for the amazing produce it sells – if you go ~an hour before closing you can get some really cheap deals (once got a whole tray of strawberries there for $2)
  2. Lune – Sells amazing croissants and other pastries. Worth the hype and the cost I reckon, but definitely wouldn’t go regularly.
  3. Gelateria Primavera – Shout out to Prina for taking me here <3, their gelato isn’t heavy and rich like most gelatos, more balanced and light and ideal to eat on a sunny day in Carlton Gardens
  4. Max Brenner hot chocolate – don’t make my mistake and get the milk chocolate instead of the dark chocolate and then proceed to keep hounding your friend for one more sip of their dark chocolate drink (thank you Troy)
  5. Big Bang Yoghurt – this place sells the best yoghurt smoothie drinks I have ever had in my life. They also make yoghurt slices from this metal plate (like that rolled ice cream place on K rd)

Damn I really do have a sweet tooth

PLACES /ACTIVITIES

  1. Going for a run around the Carlton Gardens or Fitzroy gardens with Troy. The running part is straight up unenjoyable but you do feel pretty good and accomplished after and I might as well get fitter in lockdown cos there isn’t that much else to do. Plus these gardens are so beautiful on a nice day and also very ideal for picnics.
  2. Renting out an electric bike (lime) for $17 for 24 hours and taking cruisy low effort bike rides around Melbourne – a group of us went to Albert Park and then to St Kilda’s and biked along the path to Brighton Beach. It was so fun, I felt like we were part of a biker squad
Somewhere along the Yarra river
  1. Port Melbourne, St Kilda’s and Brighton Beach as per the above. I swear St Kilda’s has this ethereal magical feeling to it and the pier is so nice, and Brighton Beach has those cute bath boxes that we had a photoshoot in front of.
Port Melbourne on a sunny day
St Kilda’s on a less sunny day
*magic*
  1. Studying at State Victoria Library – this place has Hogwarts vibes, please up your game @Auckland Library and UOA General Library

Lastly, this doesn’t exactly qualify as a thing to do but it’s worth a mention because it’s so damn good – the public transport. The Melbourne’s tram system is soooo nice and convenient and essentially free if you live in the city. It’s so much easier to figure out since it basically just runs in straight lines and the free tram zone eliminates having to lug all your groceries home (likely up a hill when you live in Auckland) to save money on bus fares.

Geoffrey: ROAD LESS TRAVELLED BY

Hello Everyone!

This is my final blog post for this exchange! Unfortunately, this entire exchange has been online, and I won’t get to share my post-lockdown life on here. But you can follow me on Instagram @gywchen for future updates! I will share some thoughts I’ve had about this exchange and life and some advice to future exchange students.

Robert Frost said

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference”.

Ever since starting university, I always wanted to go on exchange. I had planned meticulously two years in advance what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go. But those plans were all cancelled when COVID hit the beginning of last year. When I got notice from the university this year that a possible exchange for Australia was on the cards, I got a little excited as going somewhere is better than not going anywhere at all.

However, as soon as I arrived in Australia, lockdown was imposed for both Sydney and Melbourne. Life always throws surprises at us, and the most important skills one can have during this unprecedented time are adaptation and resilience. We cannot change things external to us, but we can make the most of what we have. Although I am unlucky, I am still grateful that I’m here and able to experience everything that I have experienced and going to experience. Life is short and unpredictable. COVID has taken the lives of some but changed the direction of many.

My only advice to future exchange students going to Australia or anywhere in the world is to be grateful that you get to go on exchange and make the most of what you can. Do everything you can because lockdown could be just around the corner. Although it seems the world is finally transitioning out of lockdowns, you never know what the future holds. Just like COVID in 2020 and Delta in 2021 was unexpected, we don’t know what 2022 holds.

So go out, explore, be silly and take the road less travelled!

off to explore!
had a lot of pistachio gelato in Melbourne
more pistachio gelato…
sunsets and palm trees
croffles at Bakemono
on one of my regular walks at Southbank. Found a nice spot and just started to read.

Madeline: Diversity Abroad Global Inclusive Leadership Certificate (June 2021)

I have been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to be apart of the 2021 cohort for the Diversity Abroad Global Inclusive Leadership virtual programme. The world around us as well as the people within it are constantly changing and the ways in which we can identify and express ourselves are evolving ever so rapidly. I decided to participate in this programme as I knew there was so much about the world that I was unaware of.

This course provides you with the opportunity to not only meet and become friends with fellow students from around the world, but it also teaches you how to best understand, utilise and embrace one’s differences. This course teaches you that there is no set and “correct” way of being a leader, but that everyone has the potential to become a leader. We are all given a different set of weaknesses that put us at certain disadvantages, but we are also all given a set of strengths that if utilised can take us to places we never thought possible.

Throughout the duration of this course, I was able to identify the leadership style which I have, my own weaknesses which I was able to improve and turn into strengths as well as always remembering to look at things from a different perspective. My personal journey throughout this course taught me that for one to be an effective leader, they must be able to take a step back and look at situations in someone else’s shoes. An effective leader should have the ability to display empathy and avoid personal bias within the workspace. An effective leader should be able to notice when there is an opportunity to push those around them to reach their full potential and when to allow individuals to take a step back and breathe. An effective leader tries their best to be fully aware of the culture and atmosphere set in the workplace and should always aim to find ways for improvement in all things.

Thanks to the valuable content I was able to learn through this course, I am confident that I am on my way to taking the necessary steps to ensuring that one day I am able to become an effective leader. For any future students who are considering this course, I highly recommend it. It is not overly time consuming where it puts your studies and current commitments at risk, but it is also not a course which does not provide enough engaging content and material. Diversity and inclusion of it in all aspects of life is the future. Diversity and inclusion is the only way to success.

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