Intercultural competencies for 21st century exchange students 27 Mar 2019 16:30 17:30

Intercultural competencies for 21st century exchange students 27 Mar 2019 16:30 17:30

Dr Ivor Emmanuel Presenter
Dr Olga Khachaturyan Presenter
Dr Ivor Emmanuel Chairperson


Intercultural competencies for 21st century exchange students

This session will reflect on introducing cross-cultural communication in US, Dutch and Russian universities and helping students to achieve 21st Century Competencies such as Global Awareness and Cross-Cultural Skills. This is of crucial importance for students going on exchange or when they start a degree programme abroad. The international English-speaking atmosphere in both Radboud University (RU) and National Research University Higher School of Economics, or HSE in short, is a big internal support for foreign students. And this brings in the cross-cultural communication with group mates, professors, in dorms, when travel in the country and daily life like shopping and visiting doctor. Orientation covers some this and it is receiving more importance to teach cross-cultural competencies. During the session we compare how this competence is introduced to inbound/international students as well as outbound students at the University of California Berkeley, RU and HSE. HSE, which has campuses in 4 different Russian cities adds to see where students have access to different kinds of practical trainings and international speakers, and all the chances to use English in their everyday life, and where basic knowledge of the Russian language and better understanding of the country specific is essential for “surviving”.

- to introduce the importance of cross-cultural competence for students within an international setting to become global citizens: either for those going abroad for an exchange, internship or research, or for students starting a degree in another country
- to get inspiration from best practices as well as sharing challenges on cross-cultural support to incoming/international degree students at Radboud University, National Research University Higher School of Economics and University of California Berkeley as well as their students going abroad
- to allow participants of the session to share their initiatives and ask questions regarding the subject



Dr Ivor Emmanuel
International Office
The University of California, Berkeley

Ivor holds a doctorate in Higher Education Administration and has served as Director of Berkeley International Office since 2003. Prior to joining Berkeley he held a similar position at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign while also served as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Organization and Leadership

Dr Olga Khachaturyan
Deputy Head
National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE)

Olga is involved in establishment and development of HSE’s international partnerships, as well as preparation and implementation of agreements and related documents with current and prospective partner institutions. Regular participant (also session speaker or chair) at APAIE, EAIE, NAFSA and AIEA international conferences and exhibitions. Research interests: Cross-cultural communication.

Ms Lauren Moloney-Egnatios, M.A.
Assistant Director of the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership, The University of California, Berkeley, USA

Lauren Moloney-Egnatios, M.A., has over a decade of experience facilitating, coaching, and student/staff development in higher education institutions in the U.S. and abroad. Her expertise is in designing and delivering intercultural and leadership development workshops for UC Berkeley staff/faculty/students, and other higher education, governmental, corporate, and non-profit organizations.

Room 308 & 309