As the need for collaborative solutions to “global grand challenges” continues to grow, universities have wisely begun to focus on developing students as global citizens.
The main challenge for universities is in execution. Traditional university curriculum focuses on cognitive development, mostly through acquiring and applying knowledge, especially technical knowledge. While this is foundational to success, it is only one part of creating global citizens.
Decades of research have shown that humans learn in various ways beyond acquiring knowledge. Humans also learn through feeling (“affective” learning) and through doing (“behavioral” learning).
Study abroad and service-learning programs at universities have aimed to bridge the gap, but are often applied without the benefit of consistent pedagogy backed up by educational best practices.
Targeted intercultural leadership development can provide the key missing piece by integrating cognitive, affective and behavioral learning into a consistent and effective package.