UC Business School CQ Certificate

“In a world where crossing boundaries is routine, CQ becomes a vitally important aptitude and skill." -- Harvard Business Review

Te Kura Umanga | UC Business School students have many opportunities to participate in international and intercultural experiences as part of their studies; the purpose of the UC Business School CQ Certificate is to support students who participate in these experiences to maximise the benefits of this, guided by the concept of cultural intelligence (CQ).

Cultural Intelligence (CQ) is a person's capability to function effectively in culturally diverse situations. Graduates today will inevitably work in culturally diverse organisations and teams. Cultural diversity is associated with increased opportunities for innovation and other benefits, but also greater potential for misunderstanding and associated challenges; therefore, it is essential that students develop the capability to function effectively in culturally diverse situations.

  • Undertake a pre-experience CQ assessment, a globally recognised tool for assessing and improving CQ; and participate in a UC Business School CQ workshop following this, where you will be introduced to the key aspects of CQ, assisted in understanding the results of your assessment, and supported to create a CQ Development Plan that sets out the capabilities you would like to improve, and the steps you plan to take to do this, during the experience, and in the long-term.
  • Submit and receive feedback from an experienced mentor on your CQ Development Plan.
  • Complete an approved international or intercultural experience.
  • Undertake a post-experience CQ assessment and submit a final report where you critically reflect on your CQ development over the course of the experience, describe the main insights you have gained looking ahead to your future careers, and explain your top goals and plans for further development; and in doing so, demonstrate an understanding of the key aspects of CQ.
  • Receive feedback on the report from your mentor, including ideas for further development.

Approved international and intercultural experiences include but are not limited to:

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