Postgraduate program

Build your skills and experiences with the postgraduate GLP and engage in the world’s most compelling global issues. As future global leaders, Macquarie’s postgraduate GLP will equip you with the skills you need to become a responsible global citizen alongside diverse leaders from a range of academic disciplines.


To complete the postgraduate GLP you will:

  • Attend six think tanks
  • Complete a Practicum
  • Have access to a range of exclusive opportunities on and off campus including our Innovative Leader Speaker Series, Foreign Affairs Speaker Series and Symposia Series

What you need to know

  • All currently enrolled Macquarie postgraduate (including HDR) students undertaking study for an award are eligible to join GLP
  • You can find out more by attending a mandatory Welcome Session at the start of Session One or Session Two
  • To begin your leadership journey, register for the postgraduate GLP on Thrive using your OneID and password

The GLP Think Tank Series will help you to gain an unparalleled insight into global challenges through a diverse range of interactive, 3-hour workshops held on Macquarie’s North Ryde campus. 

To successfully complete the GLP program you need to attend 6 Think Tanks over the course of your studies. Each Think Tank has a compulsory pre-reading that you must complete beforehand.

The GLP Think Tanks will enable you to:

  • Gain unmatched access to the knowledge and insight of industry leaders, including distinguished Macquarie academics, external consultants and NGO staff members.
  • Make informed arguments about important global issues. Discuss and debate climate change, poverty and social inequality, gender economics and Indigenous rights with like-minded GLP students.
  • Turn your passion into action. Develop innovative, entrepreneurial solutions to the some of the world’s most pressing problems.
  • Build professional skills in leadership, international business negotiations and cross-cultural communication.

Previous Think Tank topics have included:

  • The Role of Business in Delivering the UN SDGs
  • Microfinance in the context of leadership, inequality and financial exclusion
  • Believe Me When I Tell You: High Impact Public Speaking for the Modern Leader
  • International Humanitarian Law

Give yourself a competitive edge as a global leader and citizen and prepare for the future of work with the Practicum component of the GLP. Postgraduate students will engage in a practical experience that has a focus on cross-cultural or international themes, leadership, innovation, or entrepreneurship.

Whatever option you choose, you will have the opportunity to gain new skills and experiences, expand your professional networks and create positive change in your local or international community. As part of your cross-cultural experience you can:

  • attend an approved overseas Macquarie short course or study tour
  • undertake 40 hours of a cross-cultural internship or volunteering in Australia or overseas

Previous GLP students have:

  • Embarked upon a session-long cultural exchange to Hong Kong, studying international law and human rights
  • Demonstrated leadership as an International Student Ambassador
  • Inspired high school students from a refuge background as a Mentor
  • Networked at a conference on design, technology and social change and the future of work
  • Completed a unit of study on business sustainability at the Schulich School of Business, Toronto, Canada
  • Developed their entrepreneurial skills by completing the Macquarie Incubator 10-week Gou Program
  • Interned with the Climate Council of Australia, contributing to work on global coral bleaching, extreme weather, renewable energy and international action on climate change

The highly regarded annual event is held at the Macquarie University’s North Ryde Campus and hosts GLP students and members of the wider Macquarie community for a keynote address, followed by Q&A and a facilitated networking session with drinks and canapés.

Previous Innovative Leader Speakers have included:

  • Dr Nicole Kalms - Associate Professor in the Department of Design at Monash University and founding Director of the XYX Lab which leads national research in Gender and Place.
  • Nick Williams - Astrophysicist and Humanitarian Product Designer, Co-founder of Sempo which uses blockchain-based solutions for improving financial inclusion in developing countries.
  • Noelene Nabulivou - Political Adviser to Diverse Voices and Action (DIVA) for Equality, grassroots educator, feminist lesbian researcher, activist, and social organiser in Fiji and the Pacific.
  • Dominic Campbell - Founder of FutureGov which supports digital and design-led transformation for public services for the digital age.

Previous speakers have included:

  • Archie Law – Humanitarian Director of Save The Children Australia
  • Molly Harris Olson – CEO of Fairtrade, Australia
  • Dr. Fabio Spadi – Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission, European Union Delegation to Australia
  • Dr. David Hammond – Research Director, Institute for Economics and Peace
  • Mr Damien Miller – Assistant Secretary, Soft Power, Partnerships and Research Branch, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Mr Witold Waszczykowski - Minister of Foreign Affairs, Poland
  • Mr Chris Vein – Partner for Global Government Digital Transformation, PwC and Former Chief Innovation Officer, World Bank
  • H.E. Mr Abdolhossein Vahaji – Ambassador of Iran

Held in Sydney, around Australia and overseas, the GLP symposia provide a unique view into the social, political and economic workings of our communities through exclusive briefings with local leaders, engagement with community groups and historical overviews of the area.

All symposia incur participations costs. Funding support may be available for students from equity groups, please contact GLP staff to learn more.

Local Symposia

Explore Sydney’s multicultural hubs and further your understanding of their social, political and economic history. You will hear from migrant, community and religious leaders at exclusive briefings, discover exciting new flavours at local eateries, and forge friendships with like-minded GLP students.

The GLP runs cultural days to Auburn, Cabramatta and Redfern, where we work collaboratively with local councils and community organisations who are active in promoting cross-cultural initiatives and celebrating diversity in their region.

As thriving centres of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds these suburbs highlight how patterns of migration have shaped Australia and reflect how significant national decisions and events have played out on a local level.

In 2019, the GLP expanded their local symposia offerings to include Innovation Day, an introduction to Sydney’s start-up ecosystem and innovation landscape. With visits to incubators, start-ups and social enterprises, students find gain first-hand advice from entrepreneurs, develop their creativity and demystify the innovation process.

Regional Symposia

Learn integral themes of leadership, international awareness and political history at Australia’s democratic and diplomatic core, and National Capital, Canberra.

Through a suite of private briefings with diplomats, academics and professionals, you will gain a firsthand and unique insight into the political, historical and cultural identity of Australia.

International Symposia

Learn about the cultural, economic, social and political dynamics of a country and its region through the GLP International Symposium.

Through meetings with non-governmental organisations, multilateral organisations, corporates, diplomats and local and international leaders, you will have the opportunity to broaden your understanding of global issues, including cultural diplomacy, governance, international business and trade, local language and civil society. Cooking classes, walking tours and visits to historical and cultural landmarks means many bucket-list items are ticked off!

Previous International Symposia have travelled to

  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Brazil
  • China
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