1. Cross-Cultural Competences For 21st Century Students and Staff [APAIE Pre-Conference Workshop 1A]

Date: Mar 22, 2020
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Hosted By: APAIE 2020
Location: Meeting Room 11, Vancouver Convention Centre
City: Vancouver, BC
Cost: USD 100


This workshop is a pre-conference workshop as part of the APAIE 2020 conference. Attendees do not need to attend the conference to take part. Interested in furthering your learnings? Registration is still open for this year’s conference!

Learning objectives

– To improve the participants' knowledge in non-formal education, culture, culture shock, cross-cultural communication and cultural adaption
– To allow the participants to experience culture shock and cultural adaptation
– To develop participants' activities for students to equip them with intercultural competences
– To get to know different approaches to students’ intercultural competence assessment


The 21st century shows an increased interaction between people with different cultural backgrounds. Student mobility numbers have increased rapidly. Students and staff that are active in this international environment need to be equipped with relevant intercultural competences. This workshop provides an opportunity for educators and international officers to learn hands-on educational methods that can be used to train students to get ready for a stay abroad or welcome international students to your campus. With the use of interactive working methods, such as games and role plays, the participants will get acquainted with the concepts of culture, culture shock, cross-cultural communication and cultural adaption of students. Furthermore In addition to rich practical part, we will introduce and discuss research-based approaches to asses students’ intercultural competences. The workshop will also provide ample space for the participants to reflect on their own needs and background, and the participants will formulate practical take-aways for themselves and their institutions with the greater aim to reach out to their students.


Rob van Leeuwen, The Netherlands | Coordinator Partnerships & Mobility, Radboud University

Rob van Leeuwen, MA, has been Coordinator Partnerships & Mobility at the Central International Office of Radboud University, the Netherlands, for more than 4 years. With his more than 10 years' background and experience in intercultural learning, cultural anthropology and non-formal educative exchange programs, he aims to include this experience in the support for international students. As a trainer/facilitator he links theory to interactive working methods to cover all parts of Kolb's learning styles.

Ingrid Pleschberger, Austria | Head Of International Office, University Of Applied Sciences Bfi Vienna

Degrees in history of art, comparative literature, and cognitive science. Gained international experience living, studying, and working in Peru, Spain, and Slovenia. Currently PhD student at the Center für internationalsation of Education at the University of Groningen/University of Applied Scineces Stenden, in the Netherlands, research topic Reflective thinking and intercultural competencies

Olga Khachaturyan, Russia | Deputy Head, National Research University Higher School Of Economics

Dr. Olga Khachaturyan holds a Master degree in Linguistics and Cross-cultural Communication and PhD in History. Her current position is Deputy Head at the Office for International Cooperation at National Research University Higher School of Economics where she coordinates establishment and development of international partnerships. In addition to professional international communication, Olga’s personal experience gained via internships and international exchanges, working and living in China, Czech Republic and the USA. Cross-cultural Communication is the area of research interests and teaching at home university.

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