On 19th July, the team of Globe Ed organized a presentation on intercultural communication at Indus Valley World School, Kolkata, for students of class 11 and 12. The talk was led by Dr. Hans-Martin Kunz, a former lecturer of Social Anthropology at Heidelberg University, Germany.
Intercultural communication seeks to understand the differences in how individuals with different religious, social, ethnic, and educational backgrounds act, communicate, and perceive the world around them and how they connect and share information across different cultures and social groups. The students learnt that today it is necessary to enhance cross-cultural competence. Models such as the culture onion made them understand different layers of their identities and the cultural iceberg explained that what we perceive of others is only a small part of their culture, the surface. The main parts of culture such as ideas, values, notions of morality or manners, approaches to studying/learning and religion or different communication styles, are lying below the surface and are not easy to identify.
Ms. Amita Prasad, the Director of Indus Valley World School, contributed to the talk and introduced us to the term, “Otherization” as it stands against “Inclusion”. She pointed out that intercultural communication is very important to break down walls, overcome prejudices and build awareness of cultural differences.
We thank the director, Mrs. Prasad for inviting us to her school and hope the morning raised enough questions in the minds of the students.
“Network, network, network!” was Anneysa Ghosh’s advice to students at our this year’s Coffee and Conversation round. During her years at the University of York she embraced every chance to connect with people, volunteering to help them out. This way she gained precious work experience and boost her CV. “Think about what kind of impression it gives if you have worked for a major of a big foreign city”, she advised and pointed out that infact in many cases, she even got paid back for her free work later, through “real” job offers and a network which helped her to establish herself as a successful business woman.
Dr. Hans-Martin Kunz, former lecturer of Social Anthropology, told us about the traps of intercultural communication. “Everyone makes mistakes while staying in a foreign country, so don’t be afraid to make any. Important is that you communicate as much as possible with people. Only, try not to address your western professor as “Sir”!
Those who made it to the event reported that they got a lot of new insight and advice. The evening was well received by everyone and students thanked us for hosting it.
See you again next year for a Coffee & Conversation!
What do international art & design schools look for in application portfolios? Last Saturday at our Globe Ed session on portfolio creation in openhouse, Art and Design students learned what to include in an application, the importance of research for it, the value of keeping a sketchbook and the huge variety of international art & design programs. Ritika Agarwal, a graphic design graduate shared her experiences as a student in Singapore and UK. We learned about the advantage of cultural diversity in the student communities of UK and the strong presence of Asians in Singapore. Ritika told us how beauty is interpreted in art, how the thought and process of creation holds more value in the west and the extensive collaboration work among students within the creative schools. A participating student, Saloni showed us her minimalist artwork made using a matchbox which won many accolades. If you are interested in studying art & design abroad and want to learn more about portfolio creation, come to our office and discuss your plans with our Globe Ed team.
Is studying in Germany really free? Last Saturday a group of students discussed their career plans at our Globe Ed workshop on higher education in Germany at openhouse. With its 450 universities and 17.000 degree programs (almost 2000 of them in English) Germany offers a diverse range of study opportunities and is the 3rd most popular country for students worldwide. The highly international environment, affordable living expenses and very low tuition fees (and often none at all), the 18 months post study work permit and the wide range of job possibilities are attracting more and more Indian students every year. If you want to learn more about possibilities of higher education and a career in Germany, come and discuss your plans with our team at the Globe Ed office!