The University of Newcastle, Australia

Program structure

The Ma & Morley Scholarship Program will present you with a transformational staged journey to guide you on your path of becoming the socially conscious and globally aware leader you aspire to be.

CONNECT with Program values and Ma & Morley family CULTIVATE leadership skills & capabilities CREATE meaningful, impactful change CONTRIBUTE to development of new scholars Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 VALUES: • Peace, demilitarisation and cultural respect • Equity and justice for all peoples • Ethics in entrepreneurship and workers' rights • Environmental sustainability and biodiversity conservation Honouring the remarkable friendship between Mr Jack Ma and Mr Ken Morley Building lifelong bonds and friendships between Ma & Morley Scholars

Stage 1: Connect

Ma & Morley Scholars are part of a family of changemakers. You’ll start this transformative journey with a two-day welcome event where you’ll connect with fellow Scholars and develop your understanding of the values of the Program.

Throughout your journey, you’ll stay connected through regular group gatherings – ultimately leading to an immersive global experience. This experience aims to emulate the same eye-opening journey that Jack Ma had when he travelled to Newcastle from China. Over two weeks you’ll learn about other cultures and experiences that align with the Program’s values to develop your leadership skills and discover how you can change the world.

To close Stage 1 of the Program you will share your immersive global experience at the end-of-year Gala Event.


Stage 2: Cultivate

The Stage 2 welcome event offers the opportunity for you to develop and understand the leader within you, the leader you aspire to be, and who your fellow Scholars are as leaders.

During monthly meetings and activities, you’ll engage with experienced values-based leaders and gain insight into how to make an impact, create change and inspire others. As part of the end-of-year Gala Event you will connect with the Ma & Morley family and key global leaders that have made significant contributions in the areas of the Program values.


Stage 3: Create

Your Ma & Morley journey culminates within an action project where you will work in small groups under the expert guidance of mentors to design, plan and execute a project that fits with the Program’s values and creates a real and enduring change.

At the end-of-year Gala Event you will celebrate and showcase the change you have created through your project and share the stage with high profile international presenters.


Stage 4: Contribute

As a Ma & Morley Scholar, you’ve experienced firsthand and understand the importance of feeling supported and encouraged throughout your journey. Now is the time to give back. Not only to the Program, but to other Scholars who are starting out, or partway through, their own journey.

You can contribute to the Program in a number of ways – facilitating workshops at the welcome event, sharing your story with fellow Scholars, or even participating in a mentoring program to help others within the Program.