Global Citizen

Global citizens are able to utilise knowledge and skills related to global issues, internationalisation and multi-culturalism such that they can actively, respectfully and effectively engage with global societies and markets in their academic and professional lives.

  1. Why is this graduate attribute important?
  2. Ideas for incorporating into module or programme

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Why is this graduate attribute important?

Internationalisation and global citizenship have acquired great significance as students and graduates operate in global communities – including diverse communities at home, easily accessed communities abroad and social communities online. The skills and competences required by global citizens include cross-cultural competences and collaborative competences. Graduates with cross-cultural competences can demonstrate empathy and understanding towards others, in recognition of differences of experience and background. Graduates with collaborative competences can discuss and negotiate with others across cultural boundaries. Increasingly, technological competences represent key skills for global citizens as they connect and engage with others online.

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Ideas for incorporating into module or programme

Group work

Global citizens possess the skills and abilities to work with others in diverse groups. You may consider developing group activities and structuring the students’ learning such that they are required to actively collaborate, negotiate and communicate with others from multi-cultural backgrounds, recognising all the dimensions of social diversity.

RAFT Case Study: Group Work

Sample learning outcomes

  1. Work together with others to solve problems.
  2. Address multiple viewpoints and consider different perspectives in addressing issues.
  3. Communicate effectively with others from diverse social and cultural backgrounds.


Internationalisation projects can be considered internationalisation-at-home or internationalisation-abroad projects. Internationalisation-at-home includes projects which ask students to carry out case studies through which they are required to actively seek out opportunities to learn about a community other than their own, through research and engagement with members of the community.

RAFT Case Study: Students Learning with Communities

Sample learning outcomes

  1. Demonstrate understanding of diversity in Ireland and abroad.
  2. Relate the diverse requirements of a given community to the requirements of their own discipline.
  3. Demonstrate strong research and communication skills.

Internationalisation Abroad Experience

Internationalisation abroad involves travelling abroad for academic exchange, work placement or volunteering. There are many models for this in DIT, including Erasmus exchange with European partners, international volunteering with Non-Governmental Organisations and placement with research laboratories and companies in other countries. Often, students would undergo extensive preparation for such experience through workshops, meetings and group sessions to ensure they optimise the quality of their experience.

Sample learning outcomes

  1. Integrate effectively into a community other than their own.
  2. Adapt to a different cultural and linguistic environment.
  3. Reflect on the differences between communities experienced over a lifetime.
  4. Relate their reflections on diversity to the challenges of working as a professional in their own discipline.

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