All mayor challenges we face today - from the climate crisis and energy transition to the digital revolution, public health and the need to build equitable societies, are indisputably issues that affect our whole planet and can only be dealt with effectively on a world scale. Each of these challenges goes well beyond the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines. The sum of specific skills and competencies, however important, does not suffice to tackle such issues.
If we want tomorrow’s academics to be truly globally engaged, they need to be equipped with the right mind-set and generic competencies and skills. This means to identify not as a member of a state, a tribe, or a nation, but instead as a member of the human race, looking beyond the narrow scope of national or personal interests. A globally engaged academic understands and appreciates different perspectives and world views, and interacts successfully and respectfully with others, in order to take responsible action toward sustainability and collective well-being.
Of course, such skills and competencies cannot be acquired easily and at short notice. They require many years of dedication and experience. Nevertheless, the Global Engagement Module has the ambitious goal to lay the first foundations for student’s global citizenship and careers. It aims to create awareness and show the way to succeed in an increasingly global and dynamic world. By doing so, it aspires to fill a need overlooked by most traditional academic programmes.
The Global Engagement module will fully exploit ENLIGHT’s huge diversity potential. Alongside an appreciation of diversity and strong belief in inclusion, the educational vision of this programme draws on activation of students and the provision of personalized feedback, both among students and by the teaching staff. In practice, teaching methods will include challenge-based learning, interdisciplinarity and peer learning and -assessment.
In this module you will:
acquire knowledge about the world and other cultures
- understand historic developments and contemporary concepts relating to global engagement, global citizenship, diversity and inclusiveness;
- learn about different disciplinary approaches and methodologies to solving global challenges
master skills to understand the world and take action
- apply a challenge-based approach
- collaborate effectively within a diverse team
- communicate ideas, visions, and project results to a wide range of audiences
- actively and respectfully engage with different perspectives to achieve comprehensive solutions
develop attitudes of openness & valuing human dignity and diversity
- reflect on their own learning process and give and receive constructive feedback
- recognise and critically reflect on the way their own value-system influences their perspective
- appreciate social and cultural diversity
In the development of this programme three ENLIGHT partner universities are involved: University of Groningen (NL), Ghent University (BE) and the University of Göttingen (DE). Five students from each of the nine partner universities can participate.
Coordinators: Dr. Indira van der Zande (University of Groningen), NN (Ghent University)
The 5 EC module will be piloted with a small group of students in the Spring of 2022. 45 Participating students, 5 from every ENLIGHT partner university, will be divided into three Learning Communities (LCs) of 15 students each. In the second part of the programme, these LCs will be split up in smaller teams of 5 students each. On the basis of student’s gender, home university, disciplinary background and team roles, a mixed and heterogeneous group composition will be ensured, to create a diverse learning environment.
The Global Engagement Module will consist of two phases:
- An online preparatory unit, with a welcoming activity, course introduction and a theoretical part on diversity and inclusion, change perspective, global citizenship, employability and reflection on your individual learning curve and personal development. Among other things, this part will focus on the T-shaped educational model and the UN SDG’s. It will draw on peer feedback, introspection, debating skills and video-lectures. At the start of the module, the three LC’s will take part in the same online programme. This part of the programme will be provided jointly by the universities of Groningen and Ghent. Teaching staff: Dr. Indira van der Zande (University of Groningen), XX (Ghent University).
- The greater part of the module will center around three real-world challenges, one for every LC. After an introductory workshop by an expert in the field, students will be divided into smaller teams of five. In collaboration sessions with peer-learning modalities, they will work intensively together to tackle the challenge assigned to them. These teams will work as self-steering groups, but will also be coached by two (junior) professors. The module will be concluded by a final assessment (presentation), first on the level of students’ own LC, then in a final meeting with the other two LCs through virtual exchange/mobility. The challenge-based part of the programme comprises both online sessions and – conditions permitting – a site visit of 1 week to one of the three organizing universities (by random allocation).
The following three challenges will be provided by the University of Groningen, Ghent University and the University of Göttingen:
In addition to the shared programme, you will develop a personal learning plan and portfolio. Throughout the module, this document will help you to monitor and self-regulate your own learning-process, by describing both (acquired or desired) academic contents but most of all generic skills and competencies.