MISSION: The World Council on Intercultural and Global Competence connects researchers, practitioners, educational institutions, and organizations across disciplines, languages, and countries to advance knowledge, research, and praxis of intercultural competence globally.

VISION: To foster a foundation for intercultural understanding across individual and societal differences in pursuit of a more peaceful world.

The World Council is grounded in four principles:

  1. Global Collaboration –brings together schools, researchers and practitioners from around
    the world on issues related to intercultural competence development and assessment,
    forming a global collaborative network
  2. Interdisciplinarity –promotes cross-fertilization of disciplinary insights, a great need in
    intercultural competence research
  3. Praxis –encourages links between research, reflection, and practice/action
  4. Engagement –engages a wide variety of stakeholders, beyond researchers, through
    outreach and technology


  • Network of educational institutional network connecting schools and universities committed to intercultural competence development and assessment
  • UNESCO Intercultural Trainers Network (trained in UNESCO intercultural methodology)
  • ICC Global Researchers’ Network
  • ICC Teachers’ Network
  • Online platform that serves as a clearinghouse on intercultural and global competence resources in different languages and disciplines
  • Regional think tanks on intercultural competence, bringing together thought leaders,practitioners, policy makers and other stakeholders
  • Academic newsletter


  • Seals of Excellence
  • Intercultural Audit for Organizations
  • Intercultural Competence External Assessment

Advisory Board members:

  • Mohamed Abdel-Kader (Stevens Initiative, Aspen Institute, USA);
  • Shingo Ashizawa (Toyo University, Japan);
  • Duane Deardorff (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, USA);
  • Margot Gill (Harvard University, USA);
  • Julia Gonzalez Ferreras (University of Deusto, Spain);
  • Jeanine Gregersen-Hermans (Glasgow Caledonian University, UK);
  • Mark Harris (Berlitz emeritus, USA);
  • Francisco Marmolejo (World Bank, India).

Note: Other members from Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East are in process of being selected.

Strategy Team:

  • Dr. Darla K. Deardorff (founder and CEO)
  • Dr. Iryna Dzhuryak
  • Ms. Kelly Pengelly

Non-profit organization incorporated North Carolina, USA.