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Future leaders gain experience in Vietnam

City students develop leadership skills in Vietnam as part of the Common Purpose Global Leader Experience (GLE) Programme.

by City Press Office (General enquiries)

The GLE Programme takes students off campus and challenges them to tackle the global issues facing different cities across the world.

The cohort of 25 students from all of City’s five Schools, made the exciting journey to RMIT University’s campus in Ho Chi Minh, where they worked with 130 fellow students from universities across South-East Asia.

With help from local business experts, the students focused their work on how technological advancements can deliver social and economic benefits to cities, creating a one-minute video showcasing their ideas.

All of City’s students who travelled to Vietnam for the trip are part of City’s Widening Participation programme – a scheme which helps underrepresented groups of people access Higher Education.

Sairah Yaqub, (BSc Children’s Nursing), said: “This experience challenged me a lot and put me in many situations where I was way out of my comfort zone but I worked hard to overcome those challenges.

“After coming back from Vietnam and having the experience of leading a group, I am now a lot more open now. I’m no longer afraid to speak to people I’ve never met before and I am more confident than ever.

“This experience has been vital as I now talk to patients and their families with more confidence at my placement – even my mentor was shocked!

“I will now use all of these skills in my nursing career as it is crucial in becoming a nurse as patients need someone confident, talkative and understanding.”

For more information on the GLE 2020 programme contact Aliya Sorgen, International Partnership Manager, at

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