What does it take to develop intercultural competence?

Tuesday 02 June 2015 -
13:30 to 14:45
Session 7.5. Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London.

As tertiary education operates within, and prepares students for, an increasingly intercultural world, students and staff need the intercultural skills to thrive. This session asks:

- What do we mean by intercultural competence - and do different subject, institutional and international cultures require the same competencies?

- Can intercultural competence be best developed by targeted training, or by creating an institutional ethos that embraces diversity?

- How can we ensure that intercultural experiences develop intercultural competence?

Dr Catriona Cunningham
Consultant in Academic Practice, The Higher Education Academy, UK

Dr Catriona Cunningham is a former lecturer in French and in Education at Queen’s University Belfast, Edinburgh and the University of the West of Scotland, with a research background in postcolonial literature. She is now leading the HEA’s internationalising the curriculum framework and has run workshops in the UK and internationally on intercultural awareness. Session 7.5

Dr Catriona Cunningham

Tracy Ferrier
Tracy Ferrier - Head of Skills, British Council, UK

Tracy has over 19 years’ experience in skills development and professional education, working in and with the public, private and charity sectors. As Head of Skills, she leads our work globally in vocational education and skills development, including global employability. Session 7.5

Tracy Ferrier

Dr Bhuall Nandkumar
Associate Professor, New York Institute of Technology, USA

Dr. B.N. Kumar is a professor of science and science education at Dowling College, research fellow at Columbia University, and professor of life sciences at New York Institute of Technology. He has published extensively and has, to his credit, a number of books. He has spent a lifetime making connections in developing school partnerships to improve science, science education, teaching, and learning. Session 7.5

Dr Bhuall Nandkumar

Dr Elizabeth Sandell
Associate Professor, Minnesota State University, USA

Elizabeth Sandell is Associate Professor of Educational Studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN, USA. Her mission is to lead, organise, and teach people in transition, so they grow in faith and hope, control their own decisions and resources, and use their gifts and talents. Session 7.5

Dr Elizabeth Sandell

Keith Warburton
International Business Development Director, Sannam S4, UK

Keith Warburton specialises in the impact of cultural differences on cross-border working and is a key advisor on this topic to many global companies, HE establishments and governments. He brings a pragmatic and insightful approach to the issues surrounding the need for HE organisations to develop a truly global mind-set. Session 7.5

Keith Warburton