“In a world where crossing boundaries is routine, Cultural Intelligence (CQ) becomes a vitally important aptitude and skill”. The Harvard Business Review
What is Global Competence (GC)?
Put simply, to be Globally Competent (GC or Cultural Intelligence, CQ) a person will have reached an understanding of other cultures beyond their own experience and upbringing. A person who can understand the complexities of other peoples and ways of living and working and the world at large.
To be globally competent a person needs to understand global organisations and activities, be aware of and understand global events and movements and be able communicate across normal limitations of culture and language.
Globally competent people understand and appreciate that audiences differ on the basis of culture, geography, faith, ideology, wealth, and other factors and may perceive different meanings from the same information.
A GC person has knowledge of current events and can empathize with others, understands the value of things that seem foreign to them and maintain a positive attitude.
RD Lambert developed many of the concepts around GC and says, "it is the depth of knowledge on a particular corner of the globe producing a more generalized skill that causes someone to be globally competent,"
William Brustein, director of the University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, defines global competence as, “the ability to communicate effectively across cultural and linguistic boundaries and to focus on issues that transcend cultures and continents."
Being GC has become important to all those entering or moving within the workforce, to show they are a 'global citizen' with an outward focus and understanding.
Why is GC important?
In the 21st century being globally competent opens up a world of opportunity in the workplace. Where once people worked only in the country they were born in, or spent time doing bar work while on an overseas experience, now people can truly work in the global market.
Employers are looking for globally competent employees and employees are looking for opportunities to utilize their education and experience in a more global marketplace.
Why do a certificate?
Whether you want to work in an international context, or simply want to become a more global citizen the Global Competence Certificate allows you to upskill.
The course has been developed by some of the world's leading experts on cultural understanding and by becoming certified you not only have a tangible qualification for employers, but are learning at the highest levels in a structured and supported way.
What does it involve?
The certificate is part of your Go Kiwi Go experience and involves no additional costs. In order to get the certificate you must complete the entire programme.
Our Experience-Based Intercultural Learning (EBICL) framework is designed to help individuals develop more effective communication skills and improve their understanding of the unfamiliar. As the name suggests our curriculum is rooted in experiential learning theories and intercultural communication research along with 70 years of experience in the field.
Our concrete approach to competency building has been specially designed to supplement experiential learning. Through structured reflection, interpersonal growth and intercultural competence are maximized.
Participants and everyone involved, are given better insights into the perspectives of people from other cultures. The resulting empathy prepares participants to better cope with ambiguity and difference in future situations. People who take part in our programs show increased intercultural development and more global awareness.
The Certificate is assessed based on the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (DMIS), a scale that identifies varying worldviews through which people perceive cultural difference.
As part of the Go Kiwi Go programme participants receive:
• Online pre-departure training • Online training while in-country • Online readjustment training and program certificate of completion upon their return
Training begins once you have completed your Go Kiwi Go registration.
Rewarding your staff and encouraging them to be good corporate citizens is an important part of being a great employer. A volunteer experience with GKG not only rewards staff members with a unique experience, but gives them important cultural training and a more global perspective, something they bring back into the workplace. Please contact us for more information on how we can work with you to provide unique professional development opportunities for your staff.