Leadership Certificate

Grounded in the Social Change Model of Leadership, the leadership certificate is an intentional and experiential multi-year sequence available to every student to learn and apply leadership skills.

The certificate aims to produce leaders who drive social change in their respective communities by developing self-awareness, engendering collaboration and committing to a common purpose.

Participants will clarify personal values, translate values into action, and generate impact through coursework, student-driven projects, public interest and community service programmes during their time at Yale-NUS.

Leadership at Yale-NUS

At Yale-NUS, leadership is seen as:

  • inclusive and accessible to everyone
  • values-based
  • collaborative
  • a process, not a position
  • encompassing community involvement/service
  • socially responsible, and impacts change on behalf of others

Anchored in the College Mission, the Leadership Certificate will equip students with skills to work collaboratively and enable social change. As students advance in the certificate, engagement will be progressively stepped up where students will deepen self-awareness, engender collaboration with other, and commit to common purpose with community.

The certificate ultimately aims to nurtures a self-transformed mind (Kegan and Lahey, 2009; more details here).


Why sign up?

As you undertake the certificate, you can expect to:

  • Gain clarity over personal values and purpose
  • Develop critical skills and perspectives
  • Practice these skills in various applied settings
  • Receive regular feedback and coaching on your development from peers and staff
  • Improve performance in individual and team roles
  • Produce positive impact on areas that you care about the most


More information:

All Yale-NUS students are eligible to enrol, and should ideally do so by their freshman year.

For more details on how the Leadership Certificate works:

Head here if you are from the Class of 2018 or 2019.

Head here if you are from the Class of 2020 or later.

Have Questions?
Tan Yock Theng
Programme Manager, Leadership & Global Citizenship

Contact with questions about leadership development, civic engagement and social impact bootcamp.