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Workshop: Developing Intercultural Competence

As globalization and academic mobility continue to evolve, life in and around the university has become increasingly culturally diverse. We often work and socialize with people of different backgrounds and do not always have the time to be aware of or focus on the complex dynamics at play in such interactions. Whether we are in the role of host or guest, in professional life intercultural competence is an important asset, especially when such diversity becomes the norm in a society.

Taking a closer look at the way we interact and relate to others and also reflecting on our own and others´ cultural practices, values and assumptions can also be very helpful in overcoming barriers that impede fruitful and effective interaction between colleagues and acquaintances of differing backgrounds.

Through the lens of intercultural competence we will explore together the meaning of host and guest - going beyond a traditional view of these roles to a place where both carry an active and meaningful responsibility in the exchange between individuals and cultures. Improving one´s intercultural competence builds upon the skills needed to explore these differences in a respectful and impactful manner beyond politeness and appreciation.

So how does one become interculturally competent, and what is the meaning of culture in this context? What is your personal communication style and how is it perceived by culturally others? What types of cultural challenges have you experienced in Germany an elsewhere and how did you deal with these?

Using concepts from the field of Intercultural Communication in practical ways and taking an interactive approach, we will cover these and similar issues in an informative and enjoyable way, giving everyone a chance to participate. The overall aim of the workshop is to help participants interact more effectively in culturally diverse settings and enhance their intercultural awareness and sensitivity.

Feel invited to join this supportive workshop held in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and connect with other members of the university.

Please note: Perfect English is not expected from anyone wishing to attend the workshop. So don´t let the fear of making mistakes hold you back.
    Date: Wednesday, 6th February 2019
    Time: 9:00 - 17:00 (Lunch will be provided)
    Location: Room V2-105/115 (Main building of Bielefeld University)
    Target Audience: All employees and international guests of Bielefeld University
    Trainer: Munira Jamal, M.A.
Munira Jamal is an experienced intercultural, academic skills and language trainer. She completed her Teaching German as a Foreign Language and English Studies in Germany and earned her M.A. in Intercultural Communication in the UK. She designs and delivers workshops for universities and other institutions and has worked in many different training settings.

Please contact welcome@uni-bielefeld.de until 23rd Jan 2019 to register for the workshop.