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1 What is cross cultural capability? Liz Robertson Head of International Student Advisory Service (ISAS) 12 December 2007

2 International Forum What would a graduate with cross cultural capability (CCC) know? about their own culture and how it shapes their lives and learning that other cultures are different and knowing something about other cultures can assist in being able to communicate effectively but also to help them understand their own culture and perspective more fully that there are various skills, attitudes and values that can encourage effective communication across cultures that valuing difference can be of benefit in many ways that without cross cultural capability at every level of society – we are in trouble!

3 12 December 2007 International Forum PepsiCos advertising slogan Come Alive with Pepsi! in Taiwan was translated as: Pepsi brings your ancestors back from the dead!

4 12 December 2007 International Forum " I'm just an ordinary middle-aged primary school teacher. I went out there to have an adventure and got a lot more adventure than what I was looking for. I never imagined this would happen."

5 12 December 2007 International Forum When people with different backgrounds and culture collaborate, the number of ideas created jumps significantly.

6 12 December 2007 International Forum What would a graduate with CCC be able to do? communicate across cultures by being culturally sensitive, and willing to reflecting critically on a particular situation and set of circumstances able to adapt to functioning, living and working in different cultures (countries, work environments, learning environments, social groups, communities etc) value difference able to see different cultural influences on and practices in their own discipline area

7 12 December 2007 International Forum What attitudes and values would a graduate with CCC hold? openness a willingness to challenge assumptions curiosity in others and the world respect for other people and their views

8 12 December 2007 International Forum Students are unlikely to find another time in their life when they meet so many people from so many different cultures and have so much freedom to think, listen, discuss, explore and debate. Glynis Cousin, Senior Adviser with the Higher Education Academy Beyond saris, samosas and steel bands Academy Exchange Issue 5 Winter 2006 Internationalisation

9 12 December 2007 International Forum Killick, David (2004) Curriculum review as a strategic driver: developing awareness and transforming the student experience Killick, David (Issued Jan 2006) World –Wide Horizons Cross Cultural Capability and Global Perspectives: Guidelines for Curriculum Review (Leeds Met website) Clifford, Val November (2007) Internationalisation of the Curriculum for All Students presentation Oxford Brookes University Haigh Martin J (2002) Internationalisation of the Curriculum: designing inclusive education for a small world Journal of Geography in Higher Education Vol 26, No pp49-66 Leask B (1999) Bridging the gap- internationalising university curricula, NLC National Education Conference as adapted and quoted in Haigh (above).


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