Global Competency Certificate

The Global Competency Certificate (GCC) program is a 10-week module offered during Winter and Spring Quarters. Open to students, staff, and faculty, it is designed to provide the structure and space to explore world cultures, examine issues of global significance, and to interact with people from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Participants will tap into the rich cultural resources of Seattle and Seattle Central College through 4 or more of the following activities:

  • Attend an event about a gender or sexuality issue
  • Attend an event about a global health or sustainability issue
  • Attend an event about a social or economic issue
  • Attend an international film, theater, or book event
  • Attend a religious service or a cultural ritual
  • Participate in community service
  • Try an international cuisine
  • Visit a museum or cultural site

The 10-week program will begin with an orientation meeting during the first week of Winter Quarter and will be administered through Canvas.

During the quarter, participants will:

  1. Join small groups comprised of other students, staff and faculty
  2. Choose four or more activities to participate in
  3. Meet in a group to share observations and learning from activity
  4. Submit a reflection of your development

Participants who successfully complete the program will receive a completion certificate.

For students, the certificate will appear on the official transcript. They can note the certificate on their resume, which may boost employability, and the experiences and insights gained through the program may be helpful in job interviews.

For staff and faculty, the certificate counts toward professional development on the yearly EEPD.

What is global competence?

Global competence is defined as a combination of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values, encompassing 4 capacities, which are strongly interdependent and overlapping:

  1. the capacity to examine issues and situations of local, global, and cultural significance (e.g. poverty, economic interdependence, environmental risks, conflicts, cultural differences and stereotypes);
  2. the capacity to understand and appreciate different perspectives and the world views of others;
  3. The capacity to establish positive interactions with people of different national, ethnic, religious, social or cultural backgrounds, and gender identities;
  4. the capacity to formulate responses to promote a more equitable, sustainable, and peaceful world.

Adapted from PISA, 2018

Why do we need global competence?

Global competence is the toolkit that engaged citizens need to address and respond to the world’s social, political, economic, and environmental challenges. Much of this work is accomplished collaboratively with people from local communities and distant regions, requiring an understanding of the interdependent nature of global issues and a willingness to work across cultural differences.

Global competence can also boost employability. Effective communication and appropriate behavior within diverse teams are keys to success in many jobs, and will remain so as technology continues to make it easier for people to connect across the globe (British Council, 2013).

Learning about the issues confronting the world and building relationships with people of different backgrounds adds purpose, meaning, and joy to our lives.

Note: Successful completion of the program does not imply global competence, as it is not a fixed or finite set of skills and knowledge, but a life-long process. As such, the GCC program is designed to cultivate the capacities that are critical for life-long global learning.

To participate, complete and submit the application online by the deadline, Dec. 16, 2019. For more information, email the program administrator Takami Nieda at

Note to instructors:

Instructors can integrate the 4 activities of the GCC program into their courses, so students can earn the completion certificate as part of the class. In the past, the 4 activities were used as writing prompts in English courses, as cultural components in world language and ESL classes.

If you are interested in integrating the program into your class, please email Takami Nieda at