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Develop Student Competence for a Global World

Internationalisation in higher education is strongly motivated by the need to provide our graduates with the relevant competencies for the global world of the 21st century they live and work in. These competencies, known as “global competencies” are part of a family of concepts including international or intercultural competencies, global citizenship, and employability skills.

The discussion on the competencies we want the future generation to acquire is a crucial step in the planning, implementation and evaluation of our internationalisation activities. But what is global competence? And how can we introduce competence based learning (CBL)

Global competence is “the capacity to examine local, global and intercultural issues, to understand and appreciate the perspectives and world views of others, to engage in open, appropriate and effective interactions with people from different cultures, and to act for collective well-being and sustainable development" [Read more on the PISA 2018 Global Competence ]


Why do we need global competence?
• to live harmoniously in multicultural communities
• to thrive in a changing labour market
• to use media platforms effectively and responsibly


Erasmus+ Projects addressing Global Competences in different ways:

Discover how to develop and assess your students' skills and learn from Erasmus+ project  ASSET

Implement Evidence Based Practice (EBP) in teaching as was developed by project OCULUS for Optometry

Advance teaching by applying innovative arts-based and community based teaching methodologies by implementing the outputs of project DEMO

Learn for the CLEVER project how to teach creative leadership


For further information on global competencies visit these links:

Asia Society: Global Competence

European Commission: New Skills Agenda for Europe

EdSteps: Global Competence Matrices

UNESCO: Intercultural competences: conceptual and operational framework

What are intercultural competencies? (Darla Deardorff)