Rio Tinto launches a leadership program with The University of Western Australia to prepare students for the workforce

Rio Tinto supports a global leadership program for students

Rio Tinto supports a global leadership program for students

Rio Tinto and The University of Western Australia (UWA) have joined forces to bring an innovative global leadership program for students. The program is designed to enhance students' cultural intelligence, networks, collaboration and leadership skills.

It is the first time the program has been run in Western Australia and is just one of many initiatives that the UWA and Rio Tinto partnership has delivered during the past 20 years.

Help solving a major world challenge

Hosted by the University of Western Australia (UWA) and supported by Rio Tinto, the Common Purpose Global Leader Experience enables up to 100 UWA students to play a part in tackling some of the biggest issues facing business, governments and society.

The program is focused on the major world challenge ‘how do we ensure smart cities are inclusive?’. Students explore issues from local perspectives and meet visionary leaders from global businesses, governments and not-for-profit organisations to help understand challenges and create innovative solutions.

Students get to present their solutions to city leaders, experts and the senior leaders from program partners UWA and Rio Tinto.

A great collaboration between industry and higher education

UWA was selected in 2012 as one of Rio Tinto’s inaugural partners for its Global Education Partnership Program, now known as the Talent Education Partnership. The Partnership program takes a lifecycle approach to supporting students through initiatives aimed at aligning the University’s programs with Rio Tinto’s core values.

UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Dawn Freshwater said the University was committed to developing graduates who were equipped to deal with a changing world and prepared to become future leaders. “It’s exciting to be investing in our students through this program, enabling them to reach their potential and enhance their learning and leadership skills, as well as gain new pathways to employment,” Professor Freshwater said.

Preparing students for the workforce

Rio Tinto’s global head of projects David Joyce said a collaborative approach between industry and higher education was needed to help solve the challenges brought about by the rapid pace of change and disruption in today’s business environment. 

“This demands a fundamental shift in the way we think about work. Employers like Rio Tinto are looking for graduates with broader skills and a real-world understanding. This initiative will help better prepare graduates to enter the rapidly changing workforce and we are proud to support it,” Mr Joyce said.

Join Rio Tinto to develop your career

Rio Tinto runs comprehensive graduate programs for students to smoothly transit into their professional roles. Employees at the company also flourish throughout the career with the prime employer, who has the vision and is committed to do what it takes to enhance the personal growth of each worker.

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