Our definition of “global competence” shares much in common with global learning, but stresses the “competence” part of the definition rather than the “learning” part of the definition. “Global Competence” is here defined as the basic ability to interact responsibility and ethically in a global society. We define it as a foundational skill that should ideally be learned in pre-tertiary education, rather than a higher-order knowledge such as global learning. Global competence includes critical geography, language skills, basic intercultural communication skills, and knowledge of global history and ethics.

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