The Global Leadership Programme (GLP) provides student participants with the opportunity to engage in a diverse range of co-curricular activities and events, allowing them to increase their readiness for professional success - both in recruitment interviews and in the workplace itself. Through this experiential learning and skills development experience, they grow their capacity for effective personal and organisational leadership. This is open to all UCD Smurfit MSc and MAcc students.


The Programme framework has three pillars - Student Initiative, Workplace Skills and Career Planning. Participants are asked to actively engage and invest their time in at least one co-curricular activity under each of the three pillars. They are empowered to follow a self-chosen personalised path aligning with their leadership development needs and career aspirations. It is focused on helping each participant become a self-aware and impactful leader with a global mindset.

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Victoria Browne

Victoria Browne, MSc in Digital Marketing

I have had an absolutely fantastic experience with the GLP Programme during my time in Smurfit. I didn’t think I would enjoy it as much as I would during a normal academic year due to everything being online however, I would highly recommend the GLP programme to any prospective Smurfit student in the future. I have learned so many things about myself and I have grown so much professionally and socially because of the GLP Programme. It has been a truly amazing experience and one that I will remember for many years to come.

Aaditya Nohar

Aaditya Nohar, MSc in International Business

In my previous academic experience, I did not participate in co-curricular activities. However, the GLP was a considerable eye-opener for me. During this programme I truly learned about the importance and value of co-curricular activities not only as part of academic experience but also as part of personal development. I believe that the GLP is essentially combining both elements concerning academic experience and personal development. Moreover, during the GLP I was inspired, challenged, and driven to explore various opportunities in which I developed my overall leadership and as a person.

Eric Dennis

Eric Dennis, MSc in Management (Part-Time)

I was delighted to have the opportunity to take part in the GLP; I thoroughly enjoyed the programme. It provides a framework for developing leadership skills that gives enormous scope and flexibility—allowing you to choose actions that best suit how you want to develop your leadership skills. This was certainly the case for me. It is also an excellent opportunity to engage with other students, and I found that I took part in far more co-curricular activities because of it. The GLP is a fantastic initiative and will be of great benefit to anyone who participates in it.

Sabornee Ghosh

Sabornee Ghosh, MSc Business Analytics

The GLP has helped me to develop confidence in my abilities and stretch myself beyond my comfort zone. Pursuing several activities along with my MSc and a part-time job was overwhelming at times but it has been equally rewarding as well.

Xinran Mao

Xinran Mao, MSc Marketing

The Global Leadership Programme provides a fantastic platform for me to have a better understanding of myself. It assists me in recognising my strengths and weaknesses, as well as allowing me to focus on some less evident aspects that will be extremely useful in my future careers, such as technical skills and intercultural competence.


Registration for GLP in 2024/25 will be opening in mid-August - all incoming students will be provided a link to the online registration form at that time in their onboarding communications.

Peter Conlon

Peter Conlon

Programme Leader, Global Leadership and Development

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