In other words, to feel part of a multinational community, either in the same location or across the globe, requires a combination of factors, including a view of the world that is based on an understanding and respect of local differences and supported by an environment that shares the same vision and values. Studying a global academic degree, for example, continues to be an opportunity to construct professional networks across borders and to experience being international through regular interactions with others who share a similar learning experience. Business Schools can therefore help to nurture a global mindset among students and educators, as well as the employees who support them.
Being ‘global’ may be understood as having a network of experiences that reach across geopolitical borders – a view of a borderless world that is possible thanks to online communication and digital tools. Nonetheless, interactions within a virtual environment, as well as an understanding of others, remain an experience of the self, shaped by the given context and the role it has for the individual. How people perceive and relate to others, as well as the language used in a virtual classroom, differ from their equivalents in the family or friends’ context. So, despite the elimination of physical distances between people during online communications, individual differences in sociocultural backgrounds still exist. This means that awareness, understanding and acceptance of such differences continue to be part of a global mindset.