Preparing Global Leaders Academy, November 21 - 27, 2016, Amman, Jordan

Publish Date: Oct 14, 2016

Deadline: Nov 01, 2016

About the program

The Preparing Global Leaders Academy (PGLA) is a premiere international educational program for the best young professionals in the world. The program seeks to prepare aspiring global scholar-leaders with the tools that are necessary for effective leadership in an increasingly complex world. PGLA is a component school of Preparing Global Leaders Foundation (PGLF), an educational non-profit dedicated to changing the paradigm of leadership through intensive institutes, seminars, and summits. PGLF operates programs currently in Russia, Macedonia, Croatia, and Jordan and its program alumni hail from over a hundred countries.

Students and young professionals take short courses from internationally recognized faculty and participate in a range of leadership simulations. Specifically, participants will learn how to develop an opposable, interdisciplinary mind with an ability to work with and across ideological, national, religious, class and racial differences. They will learn how to communicate effectively, think both critically and creatively with a particular emphasis on how to advance the global public good.

PGLA 2016 curricula and simulations will cover the following topics: negotiation, strategic thinking, public speaking, networking, persuasion, branding, and public policy.


Course Lectures

Leadership and Communication

What skills will students need to become leaders in an increasingly global world? How can students prepare themselves for global leadership opportunities? These lectures will introduce students to the study of effective leadership practices through issues of psychology, sociology, politics, philosophy and entrepreneurship. This course will highlight the supreme importance, artistry and impact of words in leadership. Students will explore the cognitive biases that drive persuasion, political advertising, communication messages and public approval, interest group strategy, and the impact of new communication technologies.

Individual lectures will include the both academic and practical explorations of

  • Effective Negotiation
  • Charisma and Public Speaking
  • Strategic and Creative Thinking
  • Persuasive Presentations
  • Speechwriting
  • Marketing/Branding/Advertising

What is Expertise? Facts That Function

How do global leaders make decisions, and on whom do they rely? In this talk, we will draw on experiences advising policymakers to draw lessons on the nature of expertise, and how to deliver information to stakeholders that they can use to make crucial decisions.

Leadership Communications: Lessons From the Theater

How do global leaders communicate their ideas and how are they able to persuade their audience? This workshop, led by a former professional actor, will offer some techniques and practical exercises aimed to reinforce the use of voice in public spaces. Moreover, through an interactive methodology, the workshop will suggest some strategies for preparing an oral presentation or reading a speech, communicating his/her own key ideas, while enforcing the external projections of the most relevant information that audience is expected to grasp.

Learning How To Learn: How to Build Your Knowledge Base Quickly

Leaders are called upon to have a strong, working background in diverse topics, including economics, politics, international affairs, health, sociology, history, geography, agriculture, finance, and the list continues. This requires leaders to assimilate information quickly, efficiently, and critically. Here, we will discuss key strategies toward navigating information, learning quickly, and asking the right questions of experts.

Leadership Development

Leadership requires that we know our limitations. However, it often attracts those with little recognition of their limitations. But humility is developed. In this lecture, we discuss the importance of humility through various vignettes and examples, and discuss ways of developing our humility as we emerge into positions of prominence.

The Foundation of Leadership

Mentors can be some of the most powerful resources you have–they guide you, defend you, nurture you, and advise you through obstacles on the path. Finding a good one isn’t just about luck, but about strategy, patience, perseverance, and a willingness to take risks. Further, keeping and benefitting from mentors requires and understanding of how and when to approach a mentor, and how to filter and process advice. Here we discuss the nuances of mentorship from the perspective of the mentee.


Simulation—Rock Your Interview

Interviews are one of the most challenging barriers to entry for universities, scholarships, internships, and jobs. The skills to keep poise and presence during an interview are rare–but they can be learned. Here, we will explore what makes a great interview, and how to present one’s self in various interview formats.

Competitive Simulation (Part I)—Parliamentary Simulation

Summit delegates will be responsible for drafting legislation for a newly formed country. Delegates will be divided into opposing teams of ten and will write legislation on selected issues. The opposing teams will debate over the bills and the summit delegates will vote to on the debated legislation.

Competitive Simulation (Part II)—Speechwriting

Summit delegates will be given an issue prompt to write and present a speech that the leader of the country must deliver on the world stage.


Admissions for November 2016 PGLA is no open. Applications are considered and decisions rendered on a rolling basis. Although November 1, 2016 is the final deadline to apply, we encourage students to apply as early as possible as many spaces will be filled prior to the November 1, 2016 deadline. Students seeking financial aid to offset a portion of their tuition should apply by October 15, 2016. Applying early will also allow students to book flights earlier and will allow more time to obtain a visa if necessary.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition for PGLA 2016 is $1000 (USD).

How to Apply

Download the PGLA application form: Word Doc | PDF (See in the "Further official infiormation" link below this article.)
Fill out the application. Save it along with a copy of your resume and letter of recommendation (optional) in a single Zip file.
Attach the Zip file to an email sent to

You will receive a reply with our decision within 2 weeks of your application submission. Once you receive your admissions decision, you will have three weeks to confirm enrollment in the academy.


October 15, 2016 – priority deadline & scholarship application deadline

November 1, 2016 – regular application deadline

Please note, PGLF is not responsible for visa procurement and does not handle country-specific details. You are, therefore, expected to research the details and deadlines for the visa application yourself prior to applying for PGLA to ensure you receive the visa in time, should you be admitted.

Should you have any further questions, please contact us at or join one of our online Facebook chats. The dates and time for the online chats will be announced on our webpage and social media. Be sure to like us on Facebook, connect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter.

To APPLY click "Further official information" below and fill the application form .

This opportunity has expired. It was originally published here:

Similar Opportunities



Public Policy

Opportunity Types


Eligible Countries


Host Countries