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The Global Leadership Center

Discover what leadership means to you. Forge your own understanding about what it means to be a leader -- in your own community and internationally. Through experience-based professional and cultural experiences, you can learn first-hand the skills and traits necessary to navigate global leadership. You’ll realize the inherent complexities and interconnectedness of the world and you’ll be better prepared to work in a global environment no matter your academic focus, specialty, or career path.

Global Leadership Certificate Program

Our two-year undergraduate certificate prepares students to serve as internationally-minded and skilled leaders in all walks of life (commercial, governmental and nongovernmental, educational, etc.). The GLC certificate is not a degree-granting academic discipline, but a curricular and co-curricular program that complements other disciplines. In this program, you will:

  • Learn to think critically and creatively
  • Develop skills to communicate clearly and logically
  • Practice how to be flexible, non-dogmatic, and embrace ambiguity
  • Understand the world's challenging commercial, political, religious, and cultural issues
  • Work in teams comprised of both Ohio University and foreign-based international students on real-world projects, usually with real-world clients (both in the USA and abroad), in a community-based education experience

Professional Development and Experiential Learning Opportunities

The GLC offers many rich experiences and development opportunities for our students. 

  • Professional development programming
  • Travel opportunities
  • Team-based, peer project work

Meet the Director

Dr. Matthew LeRiche

Matthew LeRiche, Ph.D., is an experienced political risk analyst and an expert analyst of Sudan, South Sudan, and East African political and security issues. He contributes to various publications, including the Huffington Post and Global Brief, and frequently comments on camera regarding African politics, development, and security issues. He also has produced and written several documentary films about Sudan and South Sudan. His coauthored book, “South Sudan: From Revolution to Independence,” published by Hurst and Co. and Oxford University Press, explains how South Sudan became the world’s newest state. He has also written about the approach of integrating armed groups after peace agreements and other aspects of post-conflict security sector reform as a part of peace building. In addition, LeRiche works as adviser on defense education supporting security sector reform programming. He earned his Ph.D. and Masters of Research Department of War Studies at King’s College London, and his B.A. in Political Science and Law & Society at the Memorial University of Newfoundland.


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