Sunday, 16 October 2011

Intercultural Competence

Millions of people, be they business men, diplomats, teachers, laborers, students, immigrants, refugees or aid workers, nowadays live for longer or shorter periods of time in another than their culture of origin. The once clear definitions of ‘us’ and ‘them’ are being blurred (for many); we’re confronted with new challenges, intercultural competence is demanded.
So how does one acquire such competence?

Here is the approach of Knowledge Must, a company with offices in Delhi, Berlin and Chengdu:

„Intercultural competence is something that cannot easily be taught in a lecture-style classroom setting alone. We want our clients to become more aware of cultural differences through a holistic combination of education, training, experience, travel, and work. Ancient scholars such as the Chinese sage Confucius already understood the importance of experiential education: "I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I do and I understand". Only personal experience through all senses results in a sustainable understanding of other cultures. Learning by doing is the ultimate in intercultural learning!“

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