Intercultural competences: perspectives from Asia and Europe compared 26 Mar 2019 16:30 17:30

Intercultural competences: perspectives from Asia and Europe compared 26 Mar 2019 16:30 17:30

Mr Miguel Sánchez Araujo Presenter
Mr Rob Maat Presenter
Mrs Roelijn Kok Presenter
Prof Dr Yun-Chen Lai Presenter


Intercultural competences: perspectives from Asia and Europe compared

Intercultural competences are one of the most essential topics at an institution and its student body when talking about internationalisation. These competences are both used while at university and upon entering the working field. Without these competences, international cooperation & communication will most probably end in well meant approaches, but no concrete results. Both NDHU and Windesheim have made Intercultural Competences a priority in their institution when it comes to internationalisation. In this session NDHU and Windesheim will give an insight into their approaches regarding the topic of development of intercultural competences in their institution and how this is received by staff and students. Best practices will include examples from first year students to graduates and developing competences @home and abroad. NDHU and Windesheim will give an overview of their efforts, successes and failures of integrating intercultural competences at their institution and will reflect on each other’s approaches determining how these approaches would work in an Asian and/or European setting.

This session will give insights into the following learning outcomes:
• Definition of Intercultural competences in an international context
• Approaches for developing intercultural competences among students (and staff)
• Comparative insights between Europe and Asia: what can we learn from each other?



Mrs Roelijn Kok
Lecturer intercultural studies/ International coordinator
Business school
Windesheim University of Applied Sciences

Roelijn has a solid background in organisational and social psychology and has worked in higher education since 2005. In recent years, her focus has shifted to cross cultural studies in particular, which complements her role as departmental international coordinator at the business school of Windesheim University of Applied Sciences.

Prof Dr Prof Dr Yun-Chen Lai
Director, Division of International Academic Cooperation and Exchange, Office of International Affairs
National Dong Hwa University

Prof. Dr. Yun-Chen Lai is the assistant Professor of National Dong Hwa University of Taiwan. She obtained her PhD from Freie Universitaet Berlin in 2015. After that, she had served for Ministry of Foreign Affairs of R.O.C. for a while in 2017. Since 2017, she has joined the Department of Public Administration of NDHU. Also, she is the Director of Division of International Academic Cooperation and Exchange of Office of International Affairs (OIA) of NDHU. She now teaches International Relations, Globalization, International Organization and European Policy at NDHU.

Mr Rob Maat
Head of International Office
Windesheim University of Applied Sciences

Rob is Head of the International Office at institutional level at Windesheim and has more than 10 years of experience in International higher education. His day to day work consists of creating and implementing ideas to further Internationalisation both abroad and @home

Mr Miguel Sánchez Araujo
Exchange Program Manager, International Office
La Salle Campus Barcelona - Universitat Ramon Llull

Civil Engineer, Master in Project Management and Master in Environmental Quality and Master in Business Administration (MBA), with more than fifteen years of experience in the implementation of quality systems, environment and in general in the project management. Lecturer of Project Management related topics and Exchange Program Manager for the past 5 years.

Room 307