Murdoch University, in collaboration with not-for-profit organisation Common Purpose, has been selected to deliver the Westpac Young Technologists Disruptive Leaders Program, commencing in 2021.Murdoch University and Common Purpose, a leadership education agency based in the UK, will be working in partnership with Westpac Scholars Trust to deliver a new leadership program focused on inspiring and influencing some of the brightest young Australian minds who are pursuing studies in technology.
The program builds upon Murdoch’s existing partnership with the Trust’s Young Technologist Scholarship, where undergraduate students studying technology related courses receive financial support and exclusive access to internships and new networks, including the Westpac 100 Scholars Network.
Murdoch is one of five universities across Australia to offer the Westpac Young Technologists Scholarship. The current 2020 cohort of Young Tech Scholars will be the first to experience the new immersive leadership program to be held in Singapore next year, subject to travel restrictions.
Through these experiences, students will have the chance to expand their knowledge and build their interest in the future technology landscape on a national and global scale.
“Through this new program, Young Tech Scholars will engage with Singapore’s technology sector and become familiar with the way Singapore is addressing some big global challenges such as climate change,” says Professor Peter Waring, Pro Vice Chancellor Transnational Education and Singapore Dean.
Leveraging Murdoch’s and Common Purpose’s international networks, the program will provide an invaluable experience to the Scholars, incorporating industry tours, cultural experiences and opportunities to solve real world problems and issues.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Murdoch University and Common Purpose on the Disruptive Leaders Program, our inaugural bespoke leadership program for the Westpac Young Technologists Scholars,” says Susan Bannigan, Chief Executive Officer, Westpac Scholars Trust.
“Leadership development is fundamental part of each of our scholarship programs. It’s our aim to help Westpac Scholars gain the valuable technical and leadership skills, and networks they need, to help create a better future for all Australians.”
Murdoch and Common Purpose will seek to operate the Westpac Young Technologist Disruptive Leaders Program as an annual and ongoing event that will also promote the University to students from all over Australia.