Intercultural competence development in higher education

Jeanine Gregersen-Hermans

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    41 Citations (Scopus)


    The changing global environment has prompted the awareness in higher education institutions that they must respond to the arising societal need and deliver graduates who can function both as global professionals and responsible citizens. The number of studies on the impact of internationalisation on the development of intercultural competence or related constructs has increased as a result. This chapter provides some insights on four of the key issues to consider that help transform international education experiences into meaningful intercultural learning and development. These issues have been organised according to the following questions: How to create meaningful intercultural learning for all students, how to define intercultural competence as a learning outcome, and how to facilitate and embed intercultural competence in the curriculum. It also includes what is the link between educating interculturally competent graduates and global citizens and what are the implications for the professional qualifications of staff.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationIntercultural Competence in Higher Education : International Approaches, Assessment and Application
    EditorsDarla K. Deardorff, Lily A. Arasaratnam-Smith
    Number of pages16
    ISBN (Electronic)9781315529257
    ISBN (Print)9781138693845, 9781138693852
    Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2017

    Publication series

    NameInternationalisation in Higher Education Series


    • intercultural competence
    • Internationalisation of the Curriculum
    • Internationalisation at Home
    • Higher Education
    • Staff development

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Social Sciences


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