QS World Merit Social Leadership

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QS World Merit Social Leadership program was a 4-week online program, formed in partnership with QS World Merit. The program supported young entrepreneurs and leaders from 20 to 35 years old. They explored the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and learned how social leadership is the key to solving critical issues of the world. The 17 leaders were from Nigeria, Malaysia, Nepal, Belgium, Ghana, Brazil, Burundi, Algeria and England.

Three Main Pillars:

Social Leadership Course

One of the core online courses at iLEAP that guides participants to learn the roles in creating a sustainable future. The course helps the participants explore the 17 goals set forth by the United Nation to achieve a sustainable world.  Learn more.

Social Ecosystem Map

A new framework that can deepen a understanding of roles in the rapidly changing world.

Human Centered Design

Human-centered design is a project design approach that emphasizes designing for people over designing for problems. It helps ensure that our solutions reflect people’s needs and experiences, rather than developers’ assumptions.

Program Goals

For this QS World Merit Social Leadership program, three specific goals were set up:

  • Goal 1: Deep understanding of action in leadership and leadership in action to lead a sustainable world
  • Goal 2: Understand themselves and their call to serve by exploring the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals
  • Goal 3: Acquire the knowledge and skills that 21st century leaders need to operate professionally in equitable and inclusive ways across cultures



of the participants said they would like to recommend this course to others who seek to find ways to make a change in the world.


of the participants said they gained a basic understanding of SDGs and their meaning in a global context. 


of the participants said they have found social issues that are connected to their core values.


of the participants said they feel more confident in building partnerships for their purpose.


of the participants said this course has helped them develop their global mindset.


of the participants said they felt fully engaged throughout the course.

I must admit that I underestimated the impact that this course would have on me.  I truly believe that this course should be extended to all those who aspire to create positive change or seek some self-reflection.

– Zain Hanif, World Merit Council President, from England

I had an awesome experience with people from different parts of the world. We all struggle and our struggles are valid and similar. But amidst our struggles, we can be on the lookout for others and still make the world a better place.

–Muhammad, from Malaysia

What makes this course different is it is a good cause, it is very interactive, and it makes you questions things you have never thought about, such as why you are here and what your role is in the world.

–Innocent, from DR Congo

Social Leadership is a course of self exploration. Only when you know yourself,  can you learn about society and make a difference.

–Grishma, from Nepal

Course Details

Program Schedule

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In partnership with:

QS World Merit