What is Global Learning?

In our interconnected, interdependent world, it is critical that we develop the capacity for global learning so that we can live, work and continue to learn ethically and effectively with others. Developing such capacities is equally important for those who imagine their future abroad, or in the increasingly pluralist societies of their home country.

After considering a range of definitions of ‘global learning’ (cf Andreotti & Souza, 2008; Kahn & Agnew, 2015), the following definition was adopted as a way of framing the Fellowship;

Global learning is the critical analysis of and an engagement with complex, interdependent global systems and legacies (such as natural, physical, social, cultural, economic, and political) and their implications for people’s lives and the earth’s sustainability. Through global learning, students should


become informed, open-minded, and responsible people who are attentive to diversity across the spectrum of differences,


seek to understand how their actions affect both local and global communities,


address the world’s most pressing and enduring issues collaboratively and equitably.

(Association of American Colleges & Universities [AACU] 2015)