Higher Education and Global Awareness

By: Maria Dezenberg   Elsa Wiehe  

The internationalization of higher education is often pursued for purposes of cross-cultural exchange, new knowledge, and collaboration in response to our dynamic global society. This presentation furthers theoretical discussions on the topic by raising the question of how academic institutions throughout the globe can enhance global awareness with actionable teaching and learning initiatives that develop students’ global competencies in preparation for their professional and personal endeavors in today’s interdependent social, economic, and political environments. The dynamic, technology-enhanced nature of our society presents a challenge for educators as it is essential that we develop students to function successfully under such globalized circumstances. This signals the need for higher education institutions to engage teaching and learning initiatives that prepare students for the unique challenges that characterize our global setting. Following a brief background on research in global competency development and inclusion, this study highlights a case study taking place in a U.S. college. Findings from this research reveal actionable ways for academic institutions to engage an organic approach to developing global competencies in campus environments. Student and faculty stories are showcased to unveil practical application strategies for engaging students in learning global competencies pertinent to our increasingly interdependent world and the diverse communities we inhabit.

global awareness education
Education and Learning in a World of Difference
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Dr. Maria Dezenberg

Provost, Department of Academics & Student Development, Richard Bland College of William & Mary, United States
Virginia, United States

Elsa Wiehe

Teaching & Learning Expert Consultant, Self, United States
United States