QChallenge Abroad at KTH

What if the world’s greatest challenges were in your hands? KTH in partnership with Common Purpose and Queen Mary University of London, is offering you a unique opportunity to gain an international immersive experience, challenging you to adapt and thrive in a new context. It equips you with the tools you need to lead change, now and in the future. Application deadline for this programme was 4 March.

KTH offers all students the opportunity to apply for an unique four day leadership programme 16-19 April provided by Common Purpose and partnered by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). Join QChallenge Abroad at KTH and develop your ability to lead from a truly global perspective. Along with students from QMUL, step into a different cultural setting and play a part in tackling the biggest issues facing businesses, governments and societies worldwide.

Students finishing the programme will receive a certificate and access to the Common Purpose 360 network, a global community of alumni with exceptional diversity and a huge range of skills, interests and leadership experiences. The programme is free for nominated students and lunches are included.

“When students from diverse backgrounds work and learn together, it provides a huge boost to their Cultural Intelligence, preparing them to become the leaders of the future.”

Shuvo Saha
Director, Google Digital Academy

What happens?

You will explore a major world challenge “How do smart cities ensure they are inclusive?” from a local perspective. You will meet visionary leaders from global businesses, governments and international not-for-profit organizations. This will help you and your fellow participants understand the challenge, before developing and fin-tuning creative ideas to solve it. You will build international connections and make new friends. In addition, the solutions and knowledge you build will be passed to participants on other Common Purpose programmes around the world.

Why should you take part?

  • To be a global leader now - develop your skills and Cultural Intelligence (the ability to cross boundaries and thrive in multiple cultures)
  • To experience Stockholm from a new perspective and get under the surface of different cultures.
  • To change the world - bring fresh solutions to complex problems
  • To develop networks - with the breadth of relationships needed for success today

Who could you meet?

During the four days, you will direct your own learning, speaking to leaders from and visiting organizations such as:

  • SAS Scandinavian Airlines
  • OneMed Group
  • The Swedish Armed Forces
  • Swedish Environmental Protection Agency

Application closed

The application for this programme closed 4 March. Applicants will be contacted as soon as the applications have been assessed.


If you have any questions about the programme, contact Common Purpose Project Manager Poppy Sanders or KTH International Advisor Katie Zmijewski.

Common Purpose

Common Purpose is a not-for-profit leadership development organization that specializes in cross-boundary leadership. Founded in 1989, they run programmes in over 70 cities worldwide, and have more than 65,000 alumni.

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