Intercultural Competence – Stakeholders and Learning Activities at the University
Conference contribution, 2015

INTERCULTURAL COMPETENCE – STAKEHOLDERS AND LEARNING ACTIVITIES AT THE UNIVERSITY

Proceedings of the 11th International CDIO Conference, Chengdu University of Information Technology,
Chengdu, Sichuan, P.R. China, June 8-11, 2015.

ABSTRACT
This project is currently being carried out at Chalmers University of technology and is
scheduled to be finished by early 2016. The study aims at exploring views on intercultural
initiatives at the Master’s level the university. It also aims at providing strategies for active
learning by designing learning objectives, activities and assessment practices for intercultural
competence among students and teachers.


KEYWORDS
Intercultural competence, intercultural communication, active learning, integrated learning


Project in Progress
Many Master’s students across the world study in a multicultural environment and will work in
a global environment. This is an environment that involves meeting, communicating with,
negotiating with, and cooperating with a range of cultures both currently at the university
level and later on in different companies and different countries. Many universities work
actively to attract students from other countries and have internationalization as a stated goal
of the university.


The question this work-in-progress presentation seeks to address is how far universities
prepare students for such environments. This project has carried out interviews and
questionnaires with engineering students and faculty at Master’s programs at Chalmers
University of Technology in order to investigate the level of integration between Swedish and
non-Swedish students and if steps are being taken in order to facilitate this integration.
Furthermore, the project also investigates and proposes actions to be taken in order to
introduce active learning within the realm of intercultural competence. One of the initial
findings is that there is some work being done in this field, but this seems primarily focused
on the visiting students, thereby neglecting learning activities for the national students. This
presentation will therefore report on the preliminary results of this study and, in particular,
present steps that universities can take in order to increase intercultural communication
competence amongst its students.


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Author

Becky Bergman

Chalmers, Applied Information Technology (Chalmers), Language and Communication (Chalmers)

Carl Johan Carlsson

Chalmers, Applied Information Technology (Chalmers), Language and Communication (Chalmers)

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