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Leadership in the Community
Today’s business leaders have to take into account a broader range of issues than ever before, including their responsibility to stakeholders and society at large. Therefore effective business leadership increasingly requires the ability to exercise leadership in the wider community.
UQ Business School plays an active role in community organisations and encourages students to do the same. Initiatives such as the Social Economic Engagement Program (SEEP) allow students to apply their classroom learning while gaining practical experience. They also provide an opportunity to give something back to the community, and find out about the challenges facing the ‘not for profit’ sector.
How we have helped
- The annual Yalari Horizons leadership camp brings together indigenous high school students with celebrities and business leaders to share success stories. The camp is hosted by UQ Business School and organised by MBA students.
- MBA students helped to launch Australia’s first social franchise business. Buffed, set up by the Wise Foundation and BOQ, gives marginalised young men the opportunity to run their own shoeshine operation.
- Students on a social entrepreneurship course donated household goods worth up to $3,000 for the Brisbane Common Ground initiative, a new scheme for homeless people. The class of 50 were given two weeks to collect or raise money - a challenge designed to prepare them for bigger projects further into the course.
- MBA students provided consultancy advice to help a disability organisation find ways to expand its electronic waste recycling business. Endeavour Foundation manages recycling facilities for computers and televisions on behalf of local authorities, generating income to fund other services.