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Global Competency

The Global Competency certificate allows students to earn formal recognition for their intercultural and international experiences – from Study Abroad, to learning a second language, to volunteer work.

Categories and Points

Students are required to earn a total of 12 points in any 2 of the following categories (with no more than seven points in one category):

Global Competency points
CategoryLow (1 point)Medium (3 points)High (5 points)
Category A:
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3 credits in ONE language 9 credits in ONE language 15 credits in ONE language OR Proficiency (via proficiency test, PLAR, or validated by other test means)
Category B: Global Competency Related Courses (credit or service) 1 course 3 courses 5 courses
Category C: International Experience TRU International Field Trip (not for credit) OR International Volunteer Experience (One week in duration) OR Military service (out of country), OR Other International experience (documented by student) TRU International Field Course (for credit) OR International Volunteer Experience (Month or more in duration) Study Abroad (for credit) OR COOP, Internship, Practicum Abroad
Category D: Employment activity related to global competency development 50 hours 150 hours 250 hours
Category E: Volunteer Related activity in Canada (on or off TRU Campus) 15 hours 25 hours 35 hours

Download a points form to track your progress

Notes on the point system

  • You can only earn a maximum of 7 points in any one category
  • You cannot count activities twice (no 'double dipping')
  • Up to 7 points can be transferred from other institutions
  • All points claimed must be substantiated and documented in your portfolio

Courses counting towards points

All GLBL approved courses

Please note that this list is not exclusive. Send the names of any courses you think may be relevant but are not included to the Coordinator.

Leadership in Environmental Sustainability

The Leadership in Environmental Sustainability Certificate allows students to earn formal recognition for their knowledge, skills, awareness, and attitudes that contribute to environmental sustainability competency – from projects, to artwork, architectural design, and relevant course assignments.

Categories and Points

Students are required to earn a total of 12 points in any three of the following categories:

Leadership in Environmental Sustainability points
CategoryLow (1 point)Medium (3 points)High (5 points)
Category A: Courses in Environmental Sustainability 1 course 3 courses 5 courses
Category B: Community Or TRU Volunteer Work 10 hours 20 hours 30 hours
Category C: Employment Related Activity - Green Jobs 100 hours 200 hours 400 hours
Category D: Environmental or Social Organizations Member Active Participant Executive Member
Category E: Extra-Curricular Knowledge Sharing Attending Events Presenting or facilitating ONE event Presenting or facilitating TWO or more events
Category F: Environmental Sustainability Course Related Work Create or write paper or project or poster Present TRU community Present or publish paper or project or poster outside TRU

Download a points form to track your progress

Notes on the point system

  • Students can only earn a maximum of 5 points in any one category
  • Students cannot count activities twice (no 'double dipping')
  • Up to 6 points can be transferred from other institutions
  • All points claimed must be substantiated and documented in the portfolio (see portfolio tab for forms)

Environmental or social organization

  • 1 point = being a member, attending meetings, voting, and discussing issues
  • 3 points = taking a leading role in subcommittees, or making special contributions to the organization
  • 5 points = being an executive member such as president, vice-president, etc.

Extra-curricular knowledge sharing

  • 1 point = attending event(s) and writing a reflective piece on the experience
  • 3 points = presenting at, or facilitating, one extra-curricular knowledge sharing event
  • 5 points = presenting at, or facilitating, two or extra-curricular knowledge sharing events

***Examples of events include: conferences, seminars, tours, workshops, community talks, etc.

Courses counting towards points:

List of sustainability-focused courses.

Why earn these recognitions?

Students university experience should include more than just classes and assignments. Certificate participants have many opportunities to take part in meaningful intercultural and international experiences on campus, in the community, and abroad.

Don’t graduate with just a degree, diploma, or certificate. We want students to launch their career with a resume full of the relevant learning experiences that employers value today. GLBL 1000 and ENSU 1000 courses give students just that – documented evidence of knowledge, skills, and attitudes of a globally- and/or of a sustainably-minded citizens.

How do I earn the certificates?

Students can start by earning and compiling points in any year of study from first year to fourth year.

When students are close to the required 12 points and interested in completing the one credit GLBL 1000 and/or ENSU 1000 course, they will need to be preapproved by the credential coordinator to add it to their course schedule.

Once students are registered into the courses, they are expected to complete a portfolio of their experiences, a giveback/presentation piece, and a reflective essay to be handed in at the end of that semester.

If students would like to earn the credential but do not meet the point requirements, we encourage them to first spend some time intentionally gaining relevant experience. Students can refer to the points chart or meet with the credential coordinator (email lead@tru.ca) to learn more about how to meet the points requirement.

Book an Appointment to Get Started Today!

Please email lead@tru.ca to book an appointment.

FAQ

Why would Global Competency be important to me?

The benefits for each individual person would be dependent on the student and their goals for the future. However, there have been a lot of studies that say international experience and education are no longer value-added qualities but, rather, a prerequisite for success in the global marketplace. Below are some articles/research/studies that have been released on the importance of Global Competency:

Why would Leadership in Environmental Sustainability be important to me?

The benefits for each individual person would be dependent on that student and their goals for the future. Below are some articles/research/studies that have been released on the importance of Environmental Sustainability:

What do I receive when I finish Global Competency or the Leadership in Environmental Sustainability certificate?

When a student has completed all requirements and handed in their portfolio. A mark of "COM" mark will go onto the students’ transcripts for the course. Each student will be recognized at convocation as they walk across the stage. Students will receive a certificate at convocation or if the student is not attending convocation, it will be mailed out a few days later.

Do I have to attend class time for these courses?

Students are not required to attend classes regularly as per the course time specified however we will let students know once they are enrolled in the course that we would have one required class time during the semester.

When can I attain the Global Competency or the Leadership in Environmental Sustainability certificate? Can I only get it in my graduation year?

Students may finish their certificate at any time during their years at TRU if they have met all requirements. However, they will not receive the certificate until they graduate from a diploma, degree or certificate program.

If I am a student that is out of country or an OL student can I still participate in the ENSU 1000 or GLBL 1000 course?

Yes! We will have a Moodle site that students can follow that will help them through the development of their portfolio however the certificates run on a semester basis like an on-campus course. Also, the Learning Strategist is always available via email with any questions students may have.

Student Conferences

Thompson Rivers University provides student conferences throughout the year. Please visit this page for updates on conferences.

TRU LEADership Cohort

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The 2022/23 TRU LEADership Conference is being re-imagined into a yearlong LEADership series. The purpose of the LEADership series is to encourage aspiring and active student leaders to explore their knowledge, skills, and values as they relate to leadership. Students will have the opportunity to build connections with fellow students, staff and faculty.

Each topic will include 1 workshop and 1 activity session for you to practice your skills.

Register for this amazing opportunity today! 

Winter semester sessions:

Session Topic & Date Details Location

Public Speaking and Presenting

Jan. 19, 2023

This session will help you embody confidence when speaking to groups and one-on-one situations. This will include strategies for combing fears of public speaking, tips for engaging small groups and how to make small talk. OM2612

Public speaking Activity

Feb. 2, 2023

This session will give you ample opportunity to come out of your shell and put some learning into action. OM2612

Intercultural Understanding and Equity

Feb. 16, 2023

This session will bring awareness to different cultural perspectives and the importance of inclusion in leadership, as well as concepts on biases, privlege and equity. OM2612

Intercultural Activity

Mar. 2, 2023

Connecting together- Get to know others on a deeper level through a series of intercultural and equity developing skill-based activities. OM2612

Ambassador and Mentor Information Session and Networking

Mar. 16, 2023

In this informal walk-around, students will be introduced to TRU Peer Mentor programs, offering students and mentors the opportunity to network. OM2612

Self-Care and Wellness

Mar. 30, 2023

Essential for great leadership, this session will educate students on how to improve mental wellbeing, prevent burnout and maintain a healthy work-life balance. OM2612

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram, @TRUStudentLife, to stay up-to-date on the latest information. We hope to see you soon!

Steps Towards Success

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Success is not a destination, it’s a journey. Take the first step and register today!

 

The TRU Steps Towards Success Series is an opportunity for students to connect with peers, learn how to access resources on campus, and engage in skill-building interactive sessions. This series will cultivate a sense of belonging, boost student well-being, and empower students to take ownership over their own success.

Students will walk away from this three-part series with confidence to tackle the Winter semester, a plan to achieve their own definition of success, and the tools to support them in taking their next steps.

Join us for a three-part series in the Winter semester to sharpen your academic and life skills. 

Register now!

 
Title Description Date/Time
A Healthy Choice for Me It can be challenging to make more nutritious food choices when you are short on time and money. This workshop will give you practical tools to identify food choices that are healthy for you. Jan.17, 2023

11:30am-12:30pm

Room: AE108
Confidence in Group Work Although they are an inevitable part of student life, many students dread group projects. This workshop will help you set your group up for success, and maybe even have fun doing it! Jan.24, 2023

11:30am-12:30pm

Room: AE108
More than Courses and Grades: Make the Most of Your Degree With the rising cost of living and a competitive job market, it is important to make the most out of your time at TRU. Learn how to get as much value out of your university experience by getting involved in campus opportunities.  Jan.31, 2023

11:30am-12:30pm

Room:AE108
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