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Global Leadership Education

Global Leadership Education (GLE) is a program devoted to building the leadership capacity of community members, community leaders and professionals in a number of sectors—government, education, civic and business, religious, non-profits and others.  Since 1990, the University of Missouri has collaborated with the Community Development Department (CDD) of the Royal Thai Government to carry out an exchange program that builds mutual understanding and contributes to collaborative learning between the people of Missouri and Thailand.   This program has connections that extend back to the 1960’s when numerous graduate students studied community development and related disciplines at the University of Missouri.  In the decades that followed, professors and administrators from the University participated in exchanges and shared training programs for educators and community development professionals in Thailand. 

Current Study Program Opportunity   

21 Days, January 3-23, 2010

                Emerging Young Professionals from 22 to 35

A small group of  12-13 young professionals from Missouri, aged 22 to 35, who work in community development, youth leadership development, service organizations or serve as volunteers in these areas in their  communities will be selected for a study program to Thailand.   The focus of the exchange will be to increase the Missouri delegate's awareness and understanding of how these areas contribute to civic engagement and community sustainability in Thailand.  Participants will learn how Thai communities identify their needs, how service organizations find their niches, how service projects are funded and how they are organized and the role of volunteers in communities.


Mary Simon Leuci, Community Development Program Director

Updated 02/05/15