Executive Summary

The project sets out to achieve certain aims outlined in a three-stage plan produced by CAL (requested by the International office, also presented at the “Diplomas in Employability” strategy meeting last term, and later copied on request to Dr. Paul Taylor) for promoting and then assessing students‟ intercultural competence. In doing so it will further the strategic aims of the university in regards to 2. Student experience and 3. Internationalisation.

Intended outcomes include:

  • A generic 1-day course in intercultural competence using experiential embodied learning for use by the international office and other employee stakeholders
  • A student-researched and trialled process for monitoring intercultural competence mid-year abroad
  • A student-developed and peer-assessable interactive online program for eliciting reflections on skills and experience
  • A case study of virtual collaboration between engineering students here and in Japan that foregrounds intercultural communication
  • A detailed literature review
  • A final report accompanied by video materials to include findings, international partners‟ responses and reflective action research conclusions on the process.