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Global People

Welcome to the Global People website and resource bank. This site is for people who wish to become more effective at working across cultures. It provides access to new research, current thinking and practical resources to help achieve this.

The Global People initiative grew out of a major collaboration between UK and Chinese universities, the eChina-UK Programme, but the scope of its work goes beyond the UK and China to address issues that affect all intercultural partnerships. We are continuing to update the site as we explore other aspects of intercultural interaction.

For more intercultural resources, please visit our sister site, Global PAD:
- For e-courses and tools, click here
- For additional documentary resources and tools, click here

Using this Global People site

There are six main sections:

foursq Life Cycle Model: a guide for those planning, managing or reviewing a project or partnership. A more detailed version of the model - including case studies, activities, tips and tools - is available in the Toolbook, which can be downloaded from the Resource Bank.
foursq Competency Framework: a presentation of the competencies underpinning intercultural effectiveness (with case study examples and practical tips) - of especial interest to those researching and teaching in this field;
foursq Learning Process Model: a simple model for those wishing to build more effective learning into their intercultural team or partnership (including a discussion on key phases, planning and management) - links learning stages to life cycle stages;

foursq The Global Student: Insights from our recent research into developing intercultural competencies in university students. Papers from the research are available in the Resource Bank.
foursq Campus Integration: Reflections on what it means to achieve intercultural integration in universities and colleges.
bullet Resource Bank: a set of more detailed reports, reviews and research papers written by the Global People team - including the Life Cycle Model, the Competency Framework and the Learning Process Model, as well as a number of additional resources. They are available to download free of charge.

We hope you enjoy visiting this site, find useful resources to help you build intercultural effectiveness personally and/or in your international team, and that you will thereby take a step towards Global People competence!

How useful are these resources? Please let us know - Click here 


The Global People project was funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and supported by the Centre for Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick.


Study Opportunity
Masters in Intercultural Communication for Business and the Professions

The Global People team at the Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, UK, offer a specialist degree, MSc Intercultural Communication for Business and the Professions. The course provides in-depth training in intercultural communication, with a focus on its relevance to people working in business or in other professions (e.g. education, medicine, PR).

For more information, click here.
If you might be interested in studying this course and would like to know more, please email us at:






All materials on this website are the copyright of the Global People team. All rights reserved. No part of this website and its resources may be published without the prior written consent of the copyright holders. Any materials used for presentation or teaching purposes must give full acknowledgement to the copyright holders.



Warwick University’s “Global People” website and resources make a substantial contribution to thinking and practice in the area of intercultural working. As a professional in international cultural relations, I will be referring partners that we work with, both in UK and overseas, to this site.
John Knagg, OBE, Senior Adviser Learning & Teaching, The British Council
The team from the University of Northampton who are working on a Connect project with a university in Shaoguan spent an afternoon going through some of the Global People materials. As a result, we were able to plan a three day workshop in Shaoguan which was tremendously successful. I really do believe that anybody involved in collaborations would benefit from this resource. Many thanks.
Dr Dave Burnapp, National Teaching Fellow, University of Northampton
Audio Endorsement
Click to hear David Lock (Director of International and UK Projects, the Leadership Foundation) talk about the importance of intercultural awareness and the value of the Global People resources.
To see the full video of David Lock's endorsement click here.