Hi! Welcome to Intercultural Competence. We are pleased to have you on board!

In today’s globalized world, most people encounter members from other cultures, and for many of them, this happens on a regular basis, whether in social, political, or commercial contexts. It is therefore important for them, in all areas of their lives, to be able to interact successfully with people from cultures different from theirs. This ability is called intercultural competence.

Intercultural competence is needed for people from different cultures – with their different values, practices, and ways of communicating – to avoid conflict and misunderstanding. It requires them to be flexible in their thinking and to recognize that people are complex individuals. To see people in ways that are simple and not complex is to stereotype them.

We invite to to start working on the activities of Week 1 ahead if you please. Synchronous meetings will be held regularly on Saturdays 16/1, 23/1, 30/1, 6/2 and 13/2 at 8.00 am Eastern time. They will not exceed 1 hour, in case you want to register under other sessions. You can check the time at your location on this link: https://www.timeanddate.com/. Registration starts on January 3, 2021. 

We look forward to making the most of this learning opportunity on EVO21.

Mushtak and Patricia 

About the moderators

Mushtakhusen SM is an Assistant Professor of Business Communication and Soft Skills at ICFAI Business School, Hyderabad, India. He teaches management graduates and undergraduates for MBA and BBA programmes. He has over 17 years of experience in academics as well as industry. His area of interest is Business Communication, Cross-cultural Communication, Global Skills, Employability Skills, Educational Technology, Educational Psychology, Mindfulness and Wellness. In addition to teaching, he has been into research, institutional and community development. He has given numerous presentations at national and international conferences.

Patricia Andrada is an educator, ESOL Cambridge examiner and certified translator. Her background includes over twenty years in Education career services and her interests range from communication skills to personal growth and art.  Driven by her passion for life-long learning, she has taken up several courses in the fields of Leadership, Wellbeing and Personal Growth. Patricia holds a BA in Education and took English Philology seminars at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg during her residence in Germany in 2001. She holds a Master's Degree in Legal Translation and Court Interpreting, awarded by the University of Buenos Aires, and a postgraduate certificate in Translation Skills, awarded by the City University of London. She has acted as Court Interpreter and Translator for the past ten years and was Head of the Novice Translators Committee at the Sworn Translators Association in Buenos Aires during 2011 and 2012. According to the Via Institute of Character, her signature strengths are Teamwork, Creativity, Leadership and Honesty.