In today's evolving world, you need more than the tools of a trade or knowledge that comes from a book. You need a broad view of the world—the ability to adapt, to accept new ideas, and to embrace, even lead, change. At UAlbany, you'll find the resources and experiences you need to prepare for an unpredictable future. And you'll study and learn with a diverse group of students from around the globe—enriching your experience and opening you up to endless new ideas.
Students from the University of Central Lancashire, from any academic discipline, will have an opportunity to work with a cohort of students from the the University at Albany in an effort to advance learning and to contribute local knowledge to bridge cultural understanding.
This course will introduce you to the leadership pedagogy of cultural intelligence. Using immersive and experiential learning techniques, you will develop:
- Cultural intelligence (ability to cross boundaries and thrive in multiple cultures)
- Leadership skills required to lead in situations where you have no formal authority
- Networks, locally and globally, with fellow students, contributors and regional employers
- Skills required to quickly understand and address complex issues
A Cultural Intelligence (CQ) online module will be utilized to provide a deeper awareness of CQ and its relevance for modern leadership, as well as providing students with the opportunity to reflect on and uncover the cultural influences that make them think and act the way they do. The online curriculum combines new methods of content delivery and interactive learning using visual media, articles, facilitated discussions, leadership exercises and anecdotes to facilitate structured reflection and group engagement.
Emphasis will be on development of leadership skills in an international context, diversity, innovation with regard to social change, and the development of collaborative relationships. Application of foundational knowledge and integrated learning will be demonstrated in written assignments, oral presentations, and performance.
Experiential learning plays a critical role in your program experience. Both the overall program and individual courses include a number of cultural and historical excursions* to important and influential sites, so you will have the opportunity to experience the country and culture of the U.S. to its fullest.
As part of the program, you will participate in immersion visits to local private, public and non-profit organizations. Potential site visits include:
- The American Red Cross
- Sequence Development
- NY BIZLab Accelerator
- The City of Albany Office of Recreation
- Youth and Workforce Services
- Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation
- United Way of the Greater Capital Region
- Women Igniting Change
- Schenectady County Human Rights Commission
- Habitat for Humanity of the Capital District
*Excursions are a mandatory part of the program and specific destinations vary by program and availability.
**Schedule is tentative and subject to change
On-Site in Albany*
Through a series of highly participatory sessions, you will reflect on your strengths, blind spots, and how you need to develop as a leader. You will be introduced to InnoVenture, a technique that asks you to explore a challenge (such as, “how do smart cities ensure they are inclusive?"), and provides a framework for your leadership learning.
You will be immersed into your new city through a series of visits to organizations representing different sectors. You will explore the challenge and practice the leadership skills required to quickly understand and address complex issues. You will also explore the culture of the host organizations, as well as reflect on what your are learning about yourself and the way you operate in unfamiliar environments.
You will continue to connect with senior leaders during further immersion visits and organizations across the city. During this time, you will consider your default positions and challenge yourself to operate in different ways. In groups, you will begin to innovate potential solutions to the challenge. At this point, you will be joined by mentors and external consultants who provide a further opportunity to observe and reflect on different leadership styles, different approaches to problem solving and different ways to work with diverse groups.
You will receive a masterclass on pitching in preparation for your final presentation, which is delivered to a panel of experts and city leaders. You will present your project ideas as well as your external perspectives on the city and the challenge, receiving immediate feedback on the idea, the group presentation, and how your team has worked as a collective group. After the pitch, you will reflect on the leadership skills and cultural intelligence you have developed and how you can use these to create change at your University, in your community, and in your future career.
*You will have lunch together with all program participants, as well as mandatory group excursions and activities. Each day will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m.
You will complete a qualitative and quantitative evaluation using methodology built on the Kirkpatrick Model and focus on your behavior changes after the program, also repeated three months later, to evaluate how that change created an impact in your organizations, cities and communities.