Intercultural Competence: An Emerging Focus in International Higher Education

Intercultural competence: An emerging focus in international higher education
Darla K.Deardorff and ElspethJones

Why do postsecondary institutions engage in international education? Why is international education considered to be “essential to our future?” (Association of International Education Administrators, 2010). Numerous chapters (Chapters 1, 2, 8, 9, 11, 23) in this volume respond to these questions, with responses range from furthering research, to strengthening the institution's reputation, to launching new revenue streams. Another response to these questions is that at the core of postsecondary institutions’ missions, institutions are preparing “global-ready” graduates in the 21st century who will be able to address global challenges and live in an increasingly interconnected society (Deardorff & Hunter, 2006; Caruana, 2010). Yet, in Our Underachieving ...

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