Nurturing leaders: Ancora Imparo Program

A Monash University education challenges our students and enables them to build a successful career, as well as to equip themselves with the knowledge, abilities and insights required to change the world for the better. Leadership skills are an essential component of that mix. 

The Vice-Chancellor’s Ancora Imparo Leadership Program is the pre-eminent leadership program for Monash undergraduate students. Participants are given the opportunity to meet and hear from some of the nation’s most inspiring leaders; they’ll learn things they’ll draw upon throughout their career and life. 

Students selected for the program participate in a fully-funded three-day residential workshop that is also attended by senior University staff and key speakers drawn from across Australia. This is followed by eight evening forums held on Tuesday nights, during which students hear speakers tackle a range of contemporary leadership issues. There will be small-group presentations on a range of stimulating topics, and participants will have the opportunity to contribute through debate and discussion.

“The Ancora Imparo Leadership Program was one of the highlights of my first years at Monash University. It provided me with the opportunity to meet and learn from people with a broad range of interests and skills – something that I believe is important for developing leadership skills and establishing a career in an increasingly globalised world. The breadth of topics covered allowed me to follow my interests outside of medicine, and inspired me to continue to do so as I move forward in my career.”

Genevieve Martin, MBBS (Hons) 

“Through the Ancora Imparo Leadership Program I’ve made meaningful connections with like-minded others, been exposed to fantastic speakers, alongside being provided with amazing opportunities (such as being nominated for the National Student Leadership Forum). Being selected into this program has been incredibly meaningful in my journey and has played a part in my continual shaping as a person.” 

Daniel Xue, Engineering

Program details: 

  • Entry to the program is by application with only 40 positions available. 
  • Participants must be second-year undergraduates at a Monash University Victorian campus. Applications should come from students who will be undertaking their second year of study at Monash when the program commences. 
  • Participants must be able to commit to eight evening seminars, held monthly on Tuesdays from March to October, and a three-day residential program in February. 
  • Program members are also able to engage in a number of events usually open only to senior Monash staff, including leadership summits and lunches. 
  • Successful applicants receive a $500 stipend for their successful selection in the program.