The commitment to Global and Cultural Competencies as part of the transformative learning process at UCO demonstrates the importance of preparing students to communicate effectively in a complex world, to function in multiple and diverse environments, and to adapt to the continuously changing global society. Globally competent students are lifelong learners who are aware of the world around them.
The growth of an environment that produces Globally Competent students serves as an impetus for the evolution of something greater than the purpose for which it was originally intended.
While students engage in new ideas and experience new cultures, they also bolster essential skills and abilities, including flexibility, adaptability, creativity, the ability to deal with success and failure, a sense of humor, and self reliance. These polished traits not only prepare the student to become a community leader who can participate in foreign contracts, delegations, and diplomatic contingents, but also equip the student for corporate citizenship - becoming an individual who contributes actively to the community and the state.
Cultural competence is based on the four principles of awareness, attitude, knowledge, and skills. Awareness refers to the consciousness of multiculturalism; attitude is the perspective of an individual toward cultural differences; and knowledge is being erudite of cultural views and practices. The practice of the first three principles while working with others results in skill. The acquirement of the foundational principles of awareness, attitude, knowledge and skills aids in the ability to interact in meaningful and productive ways with those of different cultures.