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Global Mind Monitor

[Started in 2015]

The Global Mind Monitor (GMM) is a tool that helps students and teachers to monitor the development of so-called international learning outcomes and the influence of activities that can be defined as ‘internationalisation at home’ (for instance, training or an international classroom) and ‘internationalisation abroad’ (a work placement, or exchange). The instrument allows repeated application (once per year/ pre/post work placement) and, as such, helps analysing the progress students make towards developing their internationalisation learning outcomes. The GMM can further be used to investigate the effect of educational interventions in relation to internationalisation learning outcomes, which in its turn - by benchmarking and comparison (i.e., by sharing evidence-based best practice) - will help to fine-tune the course content. The GMM is based on a literature study in the context of PhD research and has been refined by a team of 5 different Dutch Universities of Applied Sciences (all with a hotel school). Finally, the Market Research Agency RMI has helped to technically develop and house the instrument.


The GMM research project aims to:

  • monitor how students develop their international competences, leading to international learning outcomes;
  • provide insight into the (relative) influence of  ‘internationalization at home’  and ‘internationalization abroad’ on these international learning outcomes;
  • show how international competences contribute to the employability of students in an international context;
  • benchmark  with other education institutes in the Netherlands and abroad who are less (or more) internationally oriented;
  • investigate the international competencies of graduates in relation to an (international) career.


In education, the GMM aims to:

  • provide students with a user friendly toolkit to reflect on the development of their ‘Global Mind’, and enable them to integrate this in their portfolio and/or resume;
  • give the management of educational institutes insight into and advice about optimizing the curriculum in order to maximize the international learning outcomes and the international employability potential of their graduates.


For further information, please contact ankie.hoefnagels@zuyd.nl



  • Hoefnagels, A., Hoppenbrouwers, G., Odekerken, A. (2015). The Global Mind Check: to Enhance the Global Wiring of the Translation/ Interpreting Student. Presented at Duo Colloquium on “Translation and Meaning”,  Maastricht, the Netherlands, 2014.


  • March 2015: Zorgtotaal, Utrecht (the Netherlands): “Wereldburgers in de Zorg”
  • May 2015: The International Maastricht-Łódź Duo Colloquium on “Translation and Meaning”,  Maastricht (the Netherlands): “The Global Mind Check: to Enhance the Global Wiring of the Translation/ Interpreting Student”
  • March, 2016: The Loop, Maastricht (the Netherlands): “Developing Intercultural Competence with the Global Mind Monitor”
  • September 2016: Inspirational session on Internationalisation at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, Maastricht (the Netherlands): “Development of students’ global mind: the Global Mind Monitor”