John Curtin Leadership Academy Malaysia

John Curtin Leadership Academy (JCLA) Malaysia is a leadership program offered in Curtin Malaysia since 2008. JCLA serves as a platform for you to challenge yourself further. Build skills such as leadership and communication along the way, while at the same time, work with surrounding communities to bring about positive change.

“My name is Caroline and I am from Harare, Zimbabwe. I'm proud to say that I am now part of Curtin Malaysia's alumni. I am also a graduate of the John Curtin Leadership Academy. The challenges we went through as a team during my time in JCLA brought a huge difference to my life as a student AND as an aspiring project manager. I learnt that hard work leads to experience, and with experience comes knowledge and wisdom. Now as I face the big world, I still use the concepts that I learned from JCLA as points of reference. All thanks to my team and UniLife support.”

Caroline Muramba, JCLA Graduate of Batch 11 2017

JCLA Malaysia – Lite Version

Starting this 2019, JCLA Malaysia – Lite will be offered to students who wish to start their leadership journey with their own peers. JCLA Lite is an introductory leadership academy based on the original JCLA, and serves as a platform for students to explore the foundations of leadership.

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Please note that there are no fees for joining the programme.

Leadership Workshop

Kick-start your JCLA Lite journey by joining this two-day introductory workshop. Learn the foundations of leadership through activities such as teambuilding games, group activities, sharing sessions, and leadership-related content in between. Network with new friends and learn from JCLA students mentors along the way!

Supplementary Modules

Students are expected 

Basic Project

Academy Completion


JCLA Lite is beneficial for the following students:

  • Students who wish to start their leadership journey
  • Students with passion/interest in community service
  • Students who are new committee members or projects leader in their respective clubs and organisations
  • Students who want to do a project with friends

Students who complete JCLA Lite can apply to be student mentors in the future. They will, in turn, guide  subsequent intakes of JCLA Lite.

The programme is open to all students who are:

  • Currently enrolled in Curtin University Malaysia
  • Not in the final semester of study at the time of application

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