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Aims and personal benefits

The overall goal of the programme is to challenge, stretch and stimulate current and future leaders both to achieve academic excellence and to build their capacity to bring about positive change for sustainability.

In particular, the programme aims to: 

  • Provide current and future leaders with an essential understanding of the most urgent and critical social, environmental, ethical and economic challenges facing the world, and to equip them to respond more effectively. 

  • Expose participants to a range of best-practice cases of how business, government and civil society are future-proofing themselves and responding to these complex challenges. 

  • Help participants make a compelling business case for sustainability in their sector and/or institutional context, and understand how best to put sustainability policies into practice. 

  • Give our sustainability Master's students insights into the leading-edge interdisciplinary thinking and research on sustainability, including some of the key scientific and technological issues, from leading Cambridge academics and other thought leaders.

  • Provide sustainable business training to participants from the private sector and to serve as a forum for gaining exposure to sustainable business practices for participants from the not-for-profit or public sectors.

  • Develop students' skills to think critically and to undertake relevant, business-focused research.

  • Link participants into our alumni network, including over 6,500 Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership alumni, faculty and contributors from around the world, who are leading the way in turning sustainability thinking into practice.
  • Develop leadership knowledge, theory and practice at a system, organisation and individual level, through a combination of taught content, skills sessions, masterclasses with those in leadership positions, and personal leadership reflection.

Additional benefits include: gaining full access to the University Library, including borrowing rights and electronic resources; membership of a Cambridge College; and membership of the University Centre, which continues after completion of the course.