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Students enrolled in Ohio University’s Global Leadership Center program are pictured in Cambodia this past summer.

Students enrolled in Ohio University’s Global Leadership Center program are pictured in Cambodia this past summer.

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Global Leadership Center accepting applications for 2016-17 academic year

Ohio University’s Global Leadership Center (GLC) program is now taking applications for the next academic year, offering students the opportunity to gain leadership and communication skills while taking part in real-world projects and life-changing experiences.

An undergraduate certificate program, the GLC offers students of any major the opportunity to work on different consulting projects with international organizations each semester. 

The GLC facilitates a different project with different organizations each semester, assigning a small team of GLC students to the projects. Teams spend the majority of the semester researching the organization, country and issues that each organization has put forth. At the end of each semester, the teams of students are given the opportunity to travel abroad to the organization’s headquarters. While there, the teams continue to research, learn about the country’s culture and present their proposals.

The countries the GLC teams have visited and worked in recently have included Germany, Ecuador and Cambodia. Students in the GLC say they enjoy the travel opportunities and learn a great deal from the work they do in the program.

“The GLC has instilled a confidence in me that I never previously had,” said senior Kira Remy. “I am now able to speak in a public setting with conviction, navigate ambiguity in a leadership position, and work on a team.”

“Before the Global Leadership Center,” senior Halle Bolender said, “I felt like my purpose at Ohio University was to go to class, get good grades, and graduate on time; now I feel like I can make a difference at a local and global scale with the skills the program has given me.”

“I love the GLC because you meet lifelong friends while having affordable opportunities to travel abroad,” said senior Clarinda Lyons. “The GLC encourages members to think analytically in a cross-cultural context and familiarizes members with new areas of study and professional experiences.”

Recent projects that the GLC students have worked on have included:

  • A research project with students at Leipzig University in Germany, examining the significance of the U.S.-German Transatlantic Alliance in the pre- and post-Cold War era, the role of Germany in the European Union and the socio-political transformation and integration of the former East Germany. The students presented their research findings to the U.S. Consul General in Leipzig and his diplomatic team.
  • Research projects for Harley Davidson in Vietnam, the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. Department of State, the Salzburg Global Seminar, the Edison Biotechnology Institute at Ohio University and the German Center for Research and Innovation in New York.
  • Consulting for several non-governmental organizations in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
  • Collaborating with Ohio University’s Tropical Disease Institute in Ecuador and researching how income generation can benefit community health, medical research and aid in the fight against Chagas Disease.

Ohio University students who would like to apply for the GLC program for the 2016-2017 academic year have until March 11 to do so. 

For more information on how to apply or for more information on the program, please log onto www.ohio.edu/global/glc, send an email to glc@ohio.edu, or call 740-597-2794.

The GLC offices are located in Suite 307 in the Research and Technology Center, and interested students are also encouraged to stop by during normal office hours.

This article was provided by Ohio University’s Office of Global Affairs and International Studies.