Higher Education

Cultural Competency in Higher Education

One of our key objectives is to help students at all levels develop a global mindset. We work with universities, business schools, and executive education programs to prepare and support students for success in global business environments.

We offer a number of online resources & assessments for students to improve their cultural competency in education:

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Higher education institutions utilize GlobeSmart, an online cultural inventory, to help their students:

  • Develop a global mindset
  • Enhance the success of study abroad programs
  • Work effectively with counterparts from different countries
  • Improve multicultural team collaboration & performance

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Self-Guided Courses

Encourage students to learn about a variety of topics at their own pace. The “Cultural Foundations” and “Introduction to Country X” learning paths are included in our university-wide GlobeSmart licenses. These courses can also be customized for your class or institution.

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Intercultural Effectiveness Scale

Assess students’ competencies critical for effective interaction with people from different cultures and demographic backgrounds.

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Global Competencies Inventory

Examine an individual’s beliefs, values, and practices in sixteen different areas related to leading and working effectively with people from different cultures.
Note: You must attend a GCI Qualifying Seminar to use the GCI.

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Read our thoughts on Developing global competencies at the MBA level

What Our Clients Are Saying

Many of my students admitted they looked up other countries than the ones we studied in class. Not only was GlobeSmart a useful resource for the class, it also inspired my students to look beyond the course work.

- University Faculty Member & GlobeSmart User