Education is an instrument of social integration and a means through which to construct identity. Access to information and knowledge influences access to employment, socio-economic integration and development. At the same time, education is also a tool through which identity, perceptions and understandings, real or imagined, are developed. The way that the dominant cultural majority frames the educational system and the values that it propagates through schooling (methods, curricula, etc), expresses and determines perceptions of own identity and understandings of the ‘other.’ Just as it can be inclusive, and a vehicle through which to promote principles of social cohesion, solidarity, and equality, it can equally propagate prejudice, stereotypes, perceptions of cultural confrontation, superiority, or discrimination. Thus, the challenge for a heterogeneous society is to meet raised expectations for educational policies that are able to respond to the needs of the entire
student population. In short, for educational policies that are culturally sensitive, that enhance educational, socialization and personal development opportunities for students of all communities.
Why Intercultural Courses?
When working with overseas colleagues have you ever been frustrated that they work differently to you? That their priorities in the workplace are sometimes different to yours? That they appear to be sending mixed messages—and that their body language is often confusing?
The role of Intercultural Courses: These different attitudes and behaviours are more than likely conditioned by culture—values, assumptions and perceptions that are instilled early on in life and are expressed in the way we behave and interact. These cultural influences are so deep that we act upon them instinctively—in everything we do, from the way we stand and talk, to the way we deal with superiors, conflict and decision-making. As these differences are so deep and intuitive, they can often lead to substantial misunderstanding and breakdowns in communication. Nowhere is this more detrimental than in an international workplace, where misunderstandings, based on culture, can make or break a important business deal, an international merger or any other type of cross-cultural working.
Our Intercultural Courses aim to raise your intercultural awareness and enable you to communicate effectively across cultures. Designed in close collaboration with you and your organisation, our Intercultural Courses will develop your own cultural awareness and enable you to work more effectively with counterparts from other cultures.