Let’s Go Work Together! Introducing Intercultural Competencies As a University Subject in Catalonia, Spain

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The need to be an intercultural professional is a reality both in the Global Context and the European Higher Education Area. That does mean that today the majority of professionals maintain professional relations with people of other cultures and countries, and will work at internationals scenarios.
For five years there have been some experiences of the introduction of the training in Intercultural Competencies as subjects at the curriculum of higher education; Spanish universities have been pioneers in this experience. Three Catalan universities in particular have developed this innovation: the Faculty of Pedagogy of the Universitat de Barcelona, The Tourism School EUHT St Pol of the University of Girona and the ETSECCPB of Engineering of the UPC. The workshop will describe the process of design of this subjects and the valuation of this experiences.
In this workshop we will see of the didactic material and do some of the exercises used in the classrooms in order to see both the didactic as the experiential resources applied.


Keywords: Intercultural Competencies, Higher Education
Stream: Equity, Social Justice and Social Change; Community, Culture, Globalisation
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
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Dr. Assumpta Aneas

Lecturer of the Faculty of Pedagogy, Department of Methods of Research in Education, University of Pedagogy
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 (FINT)
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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