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‘Cultural competence is not a ‘nice skill’ to have – it’s a necessity![1] Join one of our intercultural workshops to explore different aspects of living and working in both exciting and challenging international environment.

[1] Brake, Terence, Danielle Medina Walker and Thomas Walker. Doing Business Internationally: The Guide to Cross- Cultural Success. Princeton, N.J., 1995

 

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Workshops

Combating ‘culture shock’

Culture shock isn’t necessarily a negative experience, but most of the students and researchers (both native and non-native speakers!) will experience the negative side effects of it in some form or shape when living abroad. Even a very good command of a language doesn’t guarantee an easy cultural ‘transition’ – one can master a foreign language to the proficiency level, but there is more to communication than speaking the same language.

Aim:

  • To better understand the impact of culture shock and how to deal with it

 

Germans are rude, British are too polite… are they?

Have you ever struggled with other students’ or colleagues’ styles of communication, wondered why some people seem to use more formal language, or be more direct than others? Culture plays a big part in how we communicate, and adjusting to the cultural communication norms means more than learning a foreign language.

Aim:

  • To gain a better appreciation for different communication styles

Who is the Global Engineer?

Join our workshop to learn more about the importance of cultural competence in engineering. Find out more about the impact of cultural (national, regional, interdisciplinary etc.) differences on management styles, team dynamics, communication and more.

Aim:

  • To better understand where to place ‘intercultural competence’ in the skill set for engineers.

 

Team Building

CLIC acts as a facilitator to help break the ice, establish a sense of belonging, facilitate discussion, ensure better participation from all team members, solve conflicts and get teams to collaborate more efficiently.

Lunchtime Series

 

Language lunchtime clubs

Simply turn up with your sandwich/lunch box and join in the informal chit-chat or whatever activity is taking place (for example we have some board games for some of these languages). 

  • French: La pause déjeuner: Mondays 12.30-1.30 at CLIC (avec )
  • German: Mittagspause ("Mahlzeit!"): Wednesdays 12.30-1.30 at CLIC (mit Alexander Bleistein)

 

“7 sins” cultural discussion

Most of us, regardless of the belief system we grew up in, will probably have heard of the 7 sins. The list, established centuries ago, was more recently popularised by David Fincher’s film Seven in 1995. Each of these 7 sins can constitute an interesting starting point of discussion on key cultural areas that often lead to cultural incidents or misunderstandings on a daily basis. Why don’t you come along and explore these with CLIC over 7 lunchtimes?

  1. Pride - 28.10.2019, 12-1pm, in CLIC2

    Ways of presenting or selling yourself, whether it’s via a CV, at interviews or online/offline networking can vary a lot across cultures…

    Come to share and reflect on what is appropriate in various contexts so that you can develop an awareness and pitch things right!

  2. Greed

  3. Lust

  4. Envy

  5. Gluttony

  6. Wrath

  7. Sloth