Let’s Go Work Together: Introducing Intercultural Competencies at the Universitat de Barcelona

By Assumpta Aneas and Alejandra Montané.

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Modern societies are diverse, complex, and in a constant process of development and integration which require university to incorporate qualifications in their curriculum which impart the competencies that make them relevant in the career of a professional working in a global world, and at the same time equip the student for exercising an equalitarian and responsible citizenship based on solidarity with fellow citizens.
Intercultural competences can thus be thought of as key competences which are already being introduced into the curriculum and study plans of many Centres of Higher Education in Europe, and which are also now being introduced into the Catalan university (Spain). The psychosocial processes which emerge in intercultural relations and which determine the activity of the professional are in themselves justification for the presence of training for these competences in the university. Intercultural training has its own inherent objectives, takes advantage of a variety of teaching strategies, and generates a wide variety of impacts which have been examined and studied in detail by a number of authors. All of this governs the strategies appropriate to the development of intercultural competences in the university: generic application and the creation of specific subjects which can be articulated over a variety of formats with a high level of flexibility.

Keywords: Intercultural Comeptencies, University, Intercultural Relations at the University, Intercultural Training, Hight Education

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 10, pp.355-368. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.283MB).

Dr. Assumpta Aneas

Lecturer of the Faculty of Pedagogy, Department of Methods of Research in Education, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

All my professional experience has focus on the training in the organizations. Since I begun to teach at the university I begun to investigate about the intercultural needs at the companies. As consequence of this interest I presented my doctoral thesis about the Intercultural Competencies at 2003. I ‘m member of the Intercultural Academy of Intercultural Research IAIR and the Society of Intercultural Education Training and Research SIETAR since 2000. I belong to a consolidate group of research of the Universitat de Barcelona (GREDI) and a consolidate group on docent innovation of the Universitat de Barcelona (GIAD). I belong, too, to two networks about the intercultural education (REINEB) and Higher Education (Riaipe- CYTED) I’ve develop some intercultural training resources as Doing business in Spain of the Diversophy collection and the Cultural Detective in Spain.

Dr. Alejandra Montané

Lecturer at the Faculty of Pedagogy, Department of Didactic and Scholar Organization, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Since I begun to teach at the university I begun to investigate about the Higher Education, the Training at the Organizations and the Complexity. As consequence of this interest I presented my doctoral thesis about the Complexity and the Education at 2008. I belong to a consolidate group of research of the Universitat de Barcelona (‘Formación, Innovación y Nuevas Tecnologías’) and a group of docent innovation about the training at the organizations. I coordinate the Spanish team of the network about Higher Education (Riaipe- CYTED).

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