26 January 2022 at 9:30 am
New Zealand Global Competence Certificate
Students and teachers in New Zealand and offshore are embracing the opportunity to connect online and learn from each other through our New Zealand Global Competence Certificate (NZGCC) programme. Close to 900 participants in 14 countries across the globe took part in 2021.
The cultural exchange programme started as a pilot partnership between Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao, AFS Intercultural Programs Inc. and Massey University in 2020. Initially set up to support international students remaining in New Zealand due to COVID-19, the programme has expanded rapidly, enabling us to maintain and grow relationships with key international partners. With limited travel opportunities, we can still build global citizenship by connecting students and teachers with peers across the world.
The NZGCC, delivered by Massey University, develops cultural self-awareness, emotional resilience, and builds bridges across cultures. It also piques people’s interest in visiting each other in better times. Participants in the programme have described it as ‘life-changing’.
The programme delivers animated videos, quizzes, assignments, and weekly live sessions for learners to talk with each other online in a virtual classroom in real time and learn about life from perspectives other than their own.
Watch a short video clip about the GCC in 2021.