Internationalization at Home and SDGS

Internationalization of Higher Education and Globalization The Internationalization of Higher Education is a relatively recent phenomenon, whose meaning has been adapted to the circumstances and challenges that society has imposed on university education over the last decades. Its origin dates back to the beginning of the 20th century, when coordinated …

Why you need to stop using BAME when discussing Diversity and Inclusion

On 4th September 2020 over 250 people that have suffered experiences of racism came together to discuss the term #BAME (Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic). According to them, this term fails to represent them and many others who experience racism in the UK (A for an inclusive arts workforce, 2020). …

Helping Modern Learners Become Intercultural Learners

by Pilar Teran & Gabriela Weglowska Introduction The fields of intercultural communication studies and intercultural education are not new, but have grown in recent decades in response to new challenges as the world has become more globalised: advances in new technologies, migration, global trade and peace. People live, study and …

Only foreign students and staff need cultural awareness training?

The world we live and work in today has changed and diversity has become a distinguishing feature all around us, in countries, regions, cities, companies, families and in universities and classrooms. Learning to live together ‘as equals and in dignity’ (White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue, Council of Europe, 2008) seems …

How about integrating nationals towards migrants?

Written by Dr Katharina Lefringhausen  (Introduction to the research paper “Acculturation and Discrimination: A Parallel Mediation Model via Intergroup Contact and Threats” by Dr Katharina Lefringhausen, to be presented at the Mini SIETAR congress: Building Dialogues on Diversity, 16.11.19) What motivates nationals to adapt to rather than reject cultural diversity …

It’s Not About Culture, It’s About Diversity & Inclusion

Culture and its various concepts and components have long been the raison d’être of SIETAR. But we need to enlarge the concept of culture to comprise more paradigms when it is about changing your own environment and adapting to a new one, for example, students starting their education in a …

Who Are Our Future Global Leaders When the Only Constant is Change?

The World of Work is changing so rapidly that skills which might have once spanned a whole career in previous generations may now become redundant in only a few years. Companies trying to stay ahead of the curve and ‘future-proof’ their organisations are preparing the workforce for flexibility amidst constant …

Does culture really matter in intercultural communication?

This article is a result of Valentina’s nomination by SIETAR UK who was one of the supporters of the 22nd Warwick International Conference in Applied Linguistics. SIETAR UK nominated two presentations from the Intercultural Communication track which are of most relevance to the UK practitioner community. The presenters were invited …