Intercultural Competence Workshop

In this workshop, we will be exploring the framework of intercultural competence, not only on a theoretical level, but also discussing it’s practical implications and manifestations in international work spaces and communities.

What does it mean to be interculturally competent? What skills, knowledge and attitudes do you need to have? How can these be acquired, trained or refined? Inspired by years of training- and consulting practice within different working areas (education, student-exchange programmes, international business, civil society and international cooperation), a theoretical framework was developed by the expertise centre CIMIC (Centre for Intercultural Management and International Communication). The "Frame of Reference for Intercultural Competence" gives us concrete insight into nine relevant components of intercultural competence. Nine components in which a part of the knowledge, skills and attitudes are contained. What do you have to 'know', 'be able to do' and also 'be' in order to act professionally in this multifaceted world?

This will be the first workshop in a series of 4 workshops during the year. Although the topics of each of the 4 workshops are connected, it is not necessary to join all 4 to join the workshops. 

Workshop 1, June 22nd: Exploring the circle: a birds eye view of the nine components for intercultural competence

This is an introductory workshop, where we will overview the whole model, thus understanding that the development of intercultural competence is a dynamic, lifelong process of transformation. All different components are connected and affected by one another. It is actually a bit like 'chemistry': bringing together the right, often already known components, in the right time, produces a functional process, a qualitative reaction. We will try to understand where we stand in our individual processes, take stock and have a lively discussion on where we want to go next.

The 9 components:

· Cultural self-knowledge: knowing your own frame of reference and roots

- Cultural flexibility: willingness to adapt and explore alternatives

· Cultural resilience: ability to overcome stress and negative feelings caused by difficult intercultural encounter

· Cultural receptiveness: openness to listen to other views and capacity to correctly position own views and ideas

· Cultural knowledge: interest in exploring factual knowledge on cultural differences and capacity to use this knowledge in an appropriate manner

· Cultural relational competence: willingness to invest time and energy in the building of trust and willingness to connect

· Cultural communicative competence: ability to explore the particularities of own communication style and approaches, to remediate if necessary and to explore the communication style and approach of counterparts

· Cultural conflict management: consciousness of potential positive forces of intercultural conflict and knowledge of own conflict management style

· Multiperspectiveness: able to view a single issue from different perspectives and appreciating this various perspectives

Practical information:

  • In English
  • Free
  • Location: Augustinessenklooster Romaanse Poort (Brusselsestrat 63, Leuven) Room B14
  • Registration required, via Eventbrite.

Tentative topics for the next 3 workshops in the series:

  • Workshop 2 (August): Focus on the components of Self knowledge and receptiveness
  • Workshop 3 (October): Focus on relational competence and communication skills
  • Workshop 4 (December): Focus on conflict management and developing multiple perspectives

General info

Wednesday 22 June 2022
10:00 - 13:00
International House Leuven
Augustinessenklooster Romaanse Poort (Room B14)
Brusselsestraat 62
3000 Leuven
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