Maintaining ICGC in Higher Education through Virtual Exchanges

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As a member of the ICC Virtual Working Group, I would like to share how Intercultural & Global Competence (ICGC) maintained traction as a learning outcome in higher education during the pandemic. In the past two decades, U.S.-based institutions have placed more importance on international institutional partnerships between U.S. institutions and foreign counterparts, but the 2020 global pandemic unleashed restrictions which hampered physical mobility between nation states. In response to this and other challenges to ICGC in curricula, institutions adopted innovative solutions in the form of Virtual Exchanges and Collaborative Online Intercultural Learning (VE/COIL) to maintain global partnerships and serve […]

Applicability of the Global Competency and Intercultural Sensitivity Indices in the Japanese Educational Environment: Comparative Assessment of Validity and Reliability Testing

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Abstract Translating survey instruments from one language to another poses unique challenges and requires careful consideration of multiple issues. This paper examines the translation and application of instruments known as the Global Competence Index and Intercultural Sensitivity Index from their original English to Japanese. A thorough discussion of translation issues is included, and the paper presents detailed results from a pilot study of the version that has been translated to Japanese. The reliability and validity of Japanese translated instruments are tested and compared with outcomes from the original English-language instruments. The results indicated that the translated instruments are equally valid […]