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Events and dates

We would be happy meeting you as participant of one of our upcoming events:

Recent events:



Date:Thursday, November 2 - Friday, November 3, 2017
Title:RWTH Workshop on Intercultural Communication
Location:RWTH Aachen
Host: RWTH Aachen, International Office, Div. 2.2 (International Student and Scholar Services) 
Duration:2 days
Language:English
Target group:Students of all faculties at RWTH Aachen
Fee:none
More info:RWTH workshops web pages
Description: See our RWTH workshops web pages.


Date:Monday, August 7 - Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Title:RWTH Workshop on Intercultural Communication
Location:RWTH Aachen
Host: RWTH Aachen, International Office, Div. 2.2 (International Student and Scholar Services) 
Duration:2 days
Language:English
Target group:Students of all faculties at RWTH Aachen
Fee:none
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Description: See our RWTH workshops web pages.


Date:Thursday, June 1 - Friday, June 2, 2017
Title:RWTH Workshop on Intercultural Communication
Location:RWTH Aachen
Host: RWTH Aachen, International Office, Div. 2.2 (International Student and Scholar Services) 
Duration:2 days
Language:English
Target group:Students of all faculties at RWTH Aachen
Fee:none
More info:RWTH workshops web pages
Description: See our RWTH workshops web pages.


Date:Monday, February 6 - Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Title:RWTH Workshop on Intercultural Communication
Location:RWTH Aachen
Host: RWTH Aachen, International Office, Div. 2.2 (International Student and Scholar Services) 
Duration:2 days
Language:English
Target group:Students of all faculties at RWTH Aachen
Fee:none
More info:RWTH workshops web pages
Description: See our RWTH workshops web pages.


Date:Thursday, October 27 - Friday, October 28, 2016
Title:RWTH Workshop on Intercultural Communication
Location:RWTH Aachen
Host: RWTH Aachen, International Office, Div. 2.2 (International Student and Scholar Services) 
Duration:2 days
Language:English
Target group:Students of all faculties at RWTH Aachen
Fee:none
More info:RWTH workshops web pages
Description: See our RWTH workshops web pages.


Date:Thursday, September 8 - Friday, September 9, 2016
Title:RWTH Workshop on Intercultural Communication
Location:RWTH Aachen
Host: RWTH Aachen, International Office, Div. 2.2 (International Student and Scholar Services) 
Duration:2 days
Language:English
Target group:Students of all faculties at RWTH Aachen
Fee:none
More info:RWTH workshops web pages
Description: See our RWTH workshops web pages.


Date:Thursday, July 14 - Friday, July 15, 2016
Title:RWTH Workshop on Intercultural Communication
Location:RWTH Aachen
Host: RWTH Aachen, International Office, Div. 2.2 (International Student and Scholar Services) 
Duration:2 days
Language:English
Target group:Students of all faculties at RWTH Aachen
Fee:none
More info:RWTH workshops web pages
Description: See our RWTH workshops web pages.


Date:Thursday, March 3 - Friday, March 4, 2016
Title:RWTH Workshop on Intercultural Communication
Location:RWTH Aachen
Host: RWTH Aachen, International Office, Div. 2.2 (International Student and Scholar Services) 
Duration:2 days
Language:English
Target group:Students of all faculties at RWTH Aachen
Fee:none
More info:RWTH workshops web pages
Description: See our RWTH workshops web pages.


Date:Monday, December 7 - Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Title:RWTH Workshop on Intercultural Communication
Location:RWTH Aachen
Host: RWTH Aachen, International Office, Div. 2.2 (International Student and Scholar Services) 
Duration:2 days
Language:English
Target group:Students of all faculties at RWTH Aachen
Fee:none
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Description: See our RWTH workshops web pages.


Date:Thursday, September 24 - Friday, September 25, 2015
Title:RWTH Workshop on Intercultural Communication
Location:RWTH Aachen
Host: RWTH Aachen, International Office, Div. 2.2 (International Student and Scholar Services) 
Duration:2 days
Language:English
Target group:Students of all faculties at RWTH Aachen
Fee:none
More info:RWTH workshops web pages
Description: See our RWTH workshops web pages.


Date:Monday, April 27 - Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Title:RWTH Workshop on Intercultural Communication
Location:RWTH Aachen
Host: RWTH Aachen, International Office, Div. 2.2 (International Student and Scholar Services) 
Duration:2 days
Language:English
Target group:Students of all faculties at RWTH Aachen
Fee:none
More info:RWTH workshops web pages
Description: See our RWTH workshops web pages.


Date:Monday, February 2 - Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Title:RWTH Workshop on Intercultural Communication
Location:RWTH Aachen
Host: RWTH Aachen, International Office, Div. 2.2 (International Student and Scholar Services) 
Duration:2 days
Language:English
Target group:Students of all faculties at RWTH Aachen
Fee:none
More info:RWTH workshops web pages
Description: See our RWTH workshops web pages.


Date:Thursday, December 4 - Friday, December 5, 2014
Title:RWTH Workshop on Intercultural Communication
Location:RWTH Aachen
Host: RWTH Aachen, International Office, Div. 2.2 (International Student and Scholar Services) 
Duration:2 days
Language:English
Target group:Students of all faculties at RWTH Aachen
Fee:none
More info:RWTH workshops web pages
Description: See our RWTH workshops web pages.


Date:Monday, September 8 - Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Title:RWTH Workshop on Intercultural Communication
Location:RWTH Aachen
Host: RWTH Aachen, International Office, Div. 2.2 (International Student and Scholar Services) 
Duration:2 days
Language:English
Target group:Students of all faculties at RWTH Aachen
Fee:none
More info:RWTH workshops web pages
Description: See our RWTH workshops web pages.


Date:Thursday, August 21 - Friday, August 22, 2014
Title:RWTH Workshop on Intercultural Communication
Location:RWTH Aachen
Host: RWTH Aachen, International Office, Div. 2.2 (International Student and Scholar Services) 
Duration:2 days
Language:English
Target group:Students of all faculties at RWTH Aachen
Fee:none
More info:RWTH workshops web pages
Description: See our RWTH workshops web pages.


Date:Thursday, June 12 - Friday, June 13, 2014
Title:RWTH Workshop on Intercultural Communication
Location:RWTH Aachen
Host: RWTH Aachen, International Office, Div. 2.2 (International Student and Scholar Services) 
Duration:2 days
Language:English
Target group:Students of all faculties at RWTH Aachen
Fee:none
More info:RWTH workshops web pages
Description: See our RWTH workshops web pages.


Date:Tuesday, January 14 - Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Title:RWTH Workshop on Intercultural Communication
Location:RWTH Aachen
Host: RWTH Aachen, International Office, Div. 2.2 (International Student and Scholar Services) 
Duration:2 days
Language:English
Target group:Students of all faculties at RWTH Aachen
Fee:none
More info:RWTH workshops web pages
Description: See our RWTH workshops web pages.


Date:Thursday, December 12 - Friday, December 13, 2013
Title:RWTH Workshop on Intercultural Communication
Location:RWTH Aachen
Host: RWTH Aachen, International Office, Div. 2.2 (International Student and Scholar Services) 
Duration:2 days
Language:English
Target group:Students of all faculties at RWTH Aachen
Fee:none
More info:RWTH workshops web pages
Description: See our RWTH workshops web pages.


Date:Thursday, October 24 - Friday, October 25, 2013
Title:RWTH Workshop on Intercultural Communication
Location:RWTH Aachen
Host: RWTH Aachen, International Office, Div. 2.2 (International Student and Scholar Services) 
Duration:2 days
Language:English
Target group:Students of all faculties at RWTH Aachen
Fee:none
More info:RWTH workshops web pages
Description: See our RWTH workshops web pages.


Date:Thursday, September 19 - Friday, September 20, 2013
Title:RWTH Workshop on Intercultural Communication
Location:RWTH Aachen
Host: RWTH Aachen, International Office, Div. 2.2 (International Student and Scholar Services) 
Duration:2 days
Language:English
Target group:Students of all faculties at RWTH Aachen
Fee:none
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Description: See our RWTH workshops web pages.


Date:Thursday, August 22 - Friday, August 23, 2013
Title:RWTH Workshop on Intercultural Communication
Location:RWTH Aachen
Host: RWTH Aachen, International Office, Div. 2.2 (International Student and Scholar Services) 
Duration:2 days
Language:English
Target group:Students of all faculties at RWTH Aachen
Fee:none
More info:RWTH workshops web pages
Description: See our RWTH workshops web pages.


Date:Thursday, July 4 - Friday, July 5, 2013
Title:RWTH Workshop on Intercultural Communication
Location:RWTH Aachen
Host: RWTH Aachen, International Office, Div. 2.2 (International Student and Scholar Services) 
Duration:2 days
Language:English
Target group:Students of all faculties at RWTH Aachen
Fee:none
More info:RWTH workshops web pages
Description: See our RWTH workshops web pages.


Date:Thursday, June 20 - Friday, June 21, 2013
Title:RWTH Workshop on Intercultural Communication
Location:RWTH Aachen
Host: RWTH Aachen, International Office, Div. 2.2 (International Student and Scholar Services) 
Duration:2 days
Language:English
Target group:Students of all faculties at RWTH Aachen
Fee:none
More info:RWTH workshops web pages
Description: See our RWTH workshops web pages.


Date:Thursday, April 11 - Friday, April 12, 2013
Title:RWTH Workshop on Intercultural Communication
Location:RWTH Aachen
Host: RWTH Aachen, International Office, Div. 2.2 (International Student and Scholar Services) 
Duration:2 days
Language:English
Target group:Students of all faculties at RWTH Aachen
Fee:none
More info:RWTH workshops web pages
Description: See our RWTH workshops web pages.


Date:Friday, March 8 - Saturday, March 9, 2013
Title:RWTH Workshop on Intercultural Communication
Location:RWTH Aachen
Host: RWTH Aachen, International Office, Div. 2.2 (International Student and Scholar Services) 
Duration:2 days
Language:English
Target group:Students of all faculties at RWTH Aachen
Fee:none
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Description: See our RWTH workshops web pages.


Date:Friday, December 7 - Saturday, December 8, 2012
Title:RWTH Workshop on Intercultural Communication
Location:RWTH Aachen
Host: RWTH Aachen, International Office, Div. 2.2 (International Student and Scholar Services) 
Duration:2 days
Language:English
Target group:Students of all faculties at RWTH Aachen
Fee:none
More info:RWTH workshops web pages
Description: See our RWTH workshops web pages.


Date:Friday, August 3 - Saturday, August 4, 2012
Title:RWTH Workshop on Intercultural Communication
Location:RWTH Aachen
Host: RWTH Aachen, International Office, Div. 2.2 (International Student and Scholar Services) 
Duration:2 days
Language:English
Target group:Students of all faculties at RWTH Aachen
Fee:none
More info:RWTH workshops web pages
Description: See our RWTH workshops web pages.


Date:Friday, May 4 - Saturday, May 5, 2012
Title:RWTH Workshop on Intercultural Communication
Location:RWTH Aachen
Host: RWTH Aachen, International Office, Div. 2.2 (International Student and Scholar Services) 
Duration:2 days
Language:English
Target group:Students of all faculties at RWTH Aachen
Fee:none
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Description: See our RWTH workshops web pages.


Date:Friday, March 30 - Saturday, March 31, 2012
Title:RWTH Workshop on Intercultural Communication
Location:RWTH Aachen
Host: RWTH Aachen, International Office, Div. 2.2 (International Student and Scholar Services) 
Duration:2 days
Language:English
Target group:Students of all faculties at RWTH Aachen
Fee:none
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Description: See our RWTH workshops web pages.


Date:Friday, October 28 - Saturday, October 29, 2011
Title:RWTH Workshop on Intercultural Communication
Location:RWTH Aachen
Host: RWTH Aachen, International Office, Div. 2.2 (International Student and Scholar Services) 
Duration:2 days
Language:English
Target group:Students of all faculties at RWTH Aachen
Fee:none
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Description: See our RWTH workshops web pages.


Date:Friday, July 22 - Saturday, July 23, 2011
Title:RWTH Workshop on Intercultural Communication
Location:RWTH Aachen
Host: RWTH Aachen University, Alumni-Team 
Duration:2 days
Language:English
Target group:Students of all faculties at RWTH Aachen
Fee:none
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Description: See our RWTH workshops web pages.


Date:Thursday, June 16 - Friday, June 17, 2011
Title:Intercultural Communication Workshop for German and International Doctoral Candidates
Location:Aachen
Host: RWTH Aachen University, Center for Doctoral Studies (CDS) 
Duration:9.00am -6.00pm
Language:English
Target group:German and International Doctoral Candidates at RWTH Aachen University
More info: Seminar and workshop program of the CDS 
Contact: Doris Frank, RWTH Aachen, Abteilung 1.1 - Akademische Angelegenheiten, Center for Doctoral Studies (CDS) 
Description: From the workshop description:

The relevance of intercultural communication awareness and skills training for scientists is underscored by a common assumption among scientists, that science is objective and neutral, and that scientific facts speak for themselves. This may be true, but how scientists exchange information, discuss and defend their positions, work in teams, provide supervision, etc., is loaded with often very different cultural assumptions and expectations.

The 2-day introductory workshop to intercultural communication is designed to offer graduate students the opportunity to develop the necessary knowledge base and skills in their functions as team members or leaders in a highly multicultural work environment. Drawing on real-life case studies and scenarios that illustrate the most prototypical cross-cultural communication problems, this workshop provides participants with insight into how basic differences in cultural values assumptions directly impact the manner in which technical and scientific professionals meet, talk about their business, work in groups to evaluate and solve problems, make decisions, and provide supervision and motivational leadership. In particular, the workshop approaches these scenarios from both perspectives of the team member and team leader, ultimately drawing together the necessary tools required for effective multicultural team-building and leadership skills. Whether participants are presently in leadership positions or are simply often called upon to exercise leadership abilities, sensitivity and skill in handling the cultural context of teamwork is a key component to harnessing and synergising the multicultural work potential.

The applications-oriented nature of this workshop guides learners to create a systematic assessment of the "cultural logic" (inherent cultural values, assumptions, and expectations), and the inherent risks and potentials that underlie different communication models that shape native tools and work cultures. This approach enables a critical "paradigm shift" in locating critical conflict interfaces and devising new strategies in key communication scenarios such as conducting meetings, negotiating deadlines, managing cross-cultural conflicts, requesting and providing information, optimising multicultural teams, providing motivational leadership, assessing and responding to tricky emails.

Another important aspect of intercultural communication is the role of language. How do the conflict interfaces explored manifest themselves on the lingual level when, for example, "German-English" dialogues with native "English-English" or "Japanese-English", each of which reflects in tone and structure the values logic of the speaker's native tongue. What are, for example, the characteristics of "German-English" that frequently lead to typical misunderstandings between German professors and international students when communicating critical feedback, issuing instructions, or expressing requests? Participants will learn to use the potential inherent in native "English-English" to create the psychological space required to effectively negotiating conflict. Participants will also learn how to make the "paradigm shift" for more effective communication on the language level, and how to maximise the inherent potential of English as a mediatory tool.



Date:Friday, May 27 - Saturday, May 28, 2011
Title:RWTH Workshop on Intercultural Communication
Location:RWTH Aachen
Host: RWTH Aachen University, Alumni-Team 
Duration:2 days
Language:English
Target group:Students of all faculties at RWTH Aachen
Fee:none
More info:RWTH workshops web pages
Description: See our RWTH workshops web pages.


Date:Thursday, January 27 - Friday, January 28, 2011
Title:Intercultural Communication Workshop for German and International Doctoral Candidates
Location:Aachen
Host: RWTH Aachen University, Center for Doctoral Studies (CDS) 
Duration:9.00am -6.00pm
Language:English
Target group:German and International Doctoral Candidates at RWTH Aachen University
More info: Seminar and workshop program of the CDS 
Contact: Doris Frank, RWTH Aachen, Abteilung 1.1 - Akademische Angelegenheiten, Center for Doctoral Studies (CDS) 
Description: From the workshop description:

The relevance of intercultural communication awareness and skills training for scientists is underscored by a common assumption among scientists, that science is objective and neutral, and that scientific facts speak for themselves. This may be true, but how scientists exchange information, discuss and defend their positions, work in teams, provide supervision, etc., is loaded with often very different cultural assumptions and expectations.

The 2-day introductory workshop to intercultural communication is designed to offer graduate students the opportunity to develop the necessary knowledge base and skills in their functions as team members or leaders in a highly multicultural work environment. Drawing on real-life case studies and scenarios that illustrate the most prototypical cross-cultural communication problems, this workshop provides participants with insight into how basic differences in cultural values assumptions directly impact the manner in which technical and scientific professionals meet, talk about their business, work in groups to evaluate and solve problems, make decisions, and provide supervision and motivational leadership. In particular, the workshop approaches these scenarios from both perspectives of the team member and team leader, ultimately drawing together the necessary tools required for effective multicultural team-building and leadership skills. Whether participants are presently in leadership positions or are simply often called upon to exercise leadership abilities, sensitivity and skill in handling the cultural context of teamwork is a key component to harnessing and synergising the multicultural work potential.

The applications-oriented nature of this workshop guides learners to create a systematic assessment of the "cultural logic" (inherent cultural values, assumptions, and expectations), and the inherent risks and potentials that underlie different communication models that shape native tools and work cultures. This approach enables a critical "paradigm shift" in locating critical conflict interfaces and devising new strategies in key communication scenarios such as conducting meetings, negotiating deadlines, managing cross-cultural conflicts, requesting and providing information, optimising multicultural teams, providing motivational leadership, assessing and responding to tricky emails.

Another important aspect of intercultural communication is the role of language. How do the conflict interfaces explored manifest themselves on the lingual level when, for example, "German-English" dialogues with native "English-English" or "Japanese-English", each of which reflects in tone and structure the values logic of the speaker's native tongue. What are, for example, the characteristics of "German-English" that frequently lead to typical misunderstandings between German professors and international students when communicating critical feedback, issuing instructions, or expressing requests? Participants will learn to use the potential inherent in native "English-English" to create the psychological space required to effectively negotiating conflict. Participants will also learn how to make the "paradigm shift" for more effective communication on the language level, and how to maximise the inherent potential of English as a mediatory tool.



Date:Friday, January 14 - Saturday, January 15, 2011
Title:RWTH Workshop on Intercultural Communication
Location:RWTH Aachen
Host: RWTH Aachen University, Alumni-Team 
Duration:2 days
Language:English
Target group:Students of all faculties at RWTH Aachen
Fee:none
More info:RWTH workshops web pages
Description: See our RWTH workshops web pages.


Date:Thursday, November 11 - Friday, November 12, 2010
Title:Interkulturelle Kommunikation
Dealing effectively with international students and academics
Location:Aachen
Host: RWTH Aachen University 
Duration:8.30am - 5.30pm
Language:English
Target group:RWTH Aachen University staff (see below)
Contact: Vera Sevenich, RWTH Aachen, Dezernat 5, Weiterbildung für das nichtwissenschaftliche Personal 
Description:
Interkulturelle Kommunikation
Dealing effectively with international students and academics

Ziel der Veranstaltung:
Vermittlung von Kenntnissen und Fähigkeiten auf dem Gebiet der interkulturellen Kommunikation, um mit ausländischen Studierenden und Gastwissenschaftlern/Gastwissenschaftler-innen erfolgreich kommunizieren zu können.

Methoden:
Es wird ein thematisches Konzept vorgestellt, auf dessen Basis sich die unterschiedlichen kulturabhängigen Kommunikationsstile identifizieren und verstehen lassen. Dabei wird gleichzeitig verdeutlicht, wann und warum es zu Spannungen in typischen interkulturellen Situationen im universitären Alltag kommt. Durch die Anwendung des Konzepts und davon abgeleiteten Werkzeugen sollen mit Hilfe von Gruppenarbeit und Fallbeispielen praxisorientierte Fähigkeiten für den beruflichen Alltag vermittelt werden.

Inhalte:

  • Group work, activities, case studies, discussions
  • Dealing with culture-based expectations of hierarchy, indirectness, expressing "constructive criticism" and giving feedback, resolving conflicts, assessing and responding to tricky e-mails
  • Hidden risks in "German-English"
  • Major cross-cultural communication dilemmas in university scenarios:
    1. Why don't some students understand a clear "no"?
    2. Why do some students think rules and deadlines can be changed?
    3. Why don't they frequently accept my decisions?
    4. How can I be more convincing and bring my point across?
  • What problems are predictable even if everyone speaks "perfect" English?
  • How do I distinguish between cultural behaviour as opposed to personality, situational, tactical, or other factors?
Teilnahmevoraussetzungen:
Die Unterrichtssprache dieses Workshops ist Englisch. Die Teilnehmer/innen sollten daher zumindest Schulenglisch beherrschen und sich an Diskussionen auf Englisch aktiv beteiligen können. Selbstverständlich kann bei Bedarf seitens der Teilnehmer/innen auf Deutsch zurückgegriffen werden.

Teilnehmerkreis:
Beschäftigte, die im Rahmen der täglichen Arbeit regelmäßig Kontakt zu ausländischen Studierenden und Gastwissenschaftlern/Gastwissenschaftlerinnen haben (z. B. Beschäftigte des International Office, des Studierendensekretariats und des Zentralen Prüfungsamtes sowie der Prüfungsämter der einzelnen Fakultäten, Beschäftigte der Dekanate, (Fach-) Studienberater(innen), Studiengangskoordinator(inn)en)

Weitere Informationen über dieses Seminar finden Sie im Weiterbildungsprogramm II/2010 . Die WB-Kennziffer der Veranstaltung lautet "WB 82/2010".



Date:Friday, October 22 - Saturday, October 23, 2010
Title:RWTH Workshop on Intercultural Communication
Location:RWTH Aachen
Host: RWTH Aachen University, Alumni-Team 
Duration:2 days
Language:English
Target group:Students of all faculties at RWTH Aachen
Fee:none
More info:RWTH workshops web pages
Description: See our RWTH workshops web pages.


Date:Friday, July 16 - Saturday, July 17, 2010
Title:RWTH Workshop on Intercultural Communication
Location:RWTH Aachen
Host: RWTH Aachen University, Alumni-Team 
Duration:2 days
Language:English
Target group:Students of all faculties at RWTH Aachen
Fee:none
More info:RWTH workshops web pages
Description: See our RWTH workshops web pages.


Date:Monday, June 21 - Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Title:Intercultural Communication Workshop for German and International Doctoral Candidates
Location:Aachen
Host: RWTH Aachen University, Center for Doctoral Studies (CDS) 
Duration:9.00am -6.00pm
Language:English
Target group:German and International Doctoral Candidates at RWTH Aachen University
More info: Seminar and workshop program of the CDS 
Contact: Doris Frank, RWTH Aachen, Abteilung 1.1 - Akademische Angelegenheiten, Center for Doctoral Studies (CDS) 
Description: From the workshop description:

The relevance of intercultural communication awareness and skills training for scientists is underscored by a common assumption among scientists, that science is objective and neutral, and that scientific facts speak for themselves. This may be true, but how scientists exchange information, discuss and defend their positions, work in teams, provide supervision, etc., is loaded with often very different cultural assumptions and expectations.

The 2-day introductory workshop to intercultural communication is designed to offer graduate students the opportunity to develop the necessary knowledge base and skills in their functions as team members or leaders in a highly multicultural work environment. Drawing on real-life case studies and scenarios that illustrate the most prototypical cross-cultural communication problems, this workshop provides participants with insight into how basic differences in cultural values assumptions directly impact the manner in which technical and scientific professionals meet, talk about their business, work in groups to evaluate and solve problems, make decisions, and provide supervision and motivational leadership. In particular, the workshop approaches these scenarios from both perspectives of the team member and team leader, ultimately drawing together the necessary tools required for effective multicultural team-building and leadership skills. Whether participants are presently in leadership positions or are simply often called upon to exercise leadership abilities, sensitivity and skill in handling the cultural context of teamwork is a key component to harnessing and synergising the multicultural work potential.

The applications-oriented nature of this workshop guides learners to create a systematic assessment of the "cultural logic" (inherent cultural values, assumptions, and expectations), and the inherent risks and potentials that underlie different communication models that shape native tools and work cultures. This approach enables a critical "paradigm shift" in locating critical conflict interfaces and devising new strategies in key communication scenarios such as conducting meetings, negotiating deadlines, managing cross-cultural conflicts, requesting and providing information, optimising multicultural teams, providing motivational leadership, assessing and responding to tricky emails.

Another important aspect of intercultural communication is the role of language. How do the conflict interfaces explored manifest themselves on the lingual level when, for example, "German-English" dialogues with native "English-English" or "Japanese-English", each of which reflects in tone and structure the values logic of the speaker's native tongue. What are, for example, the characteristics of "German-English" that frequently lead to typical misunderstandings between German professors and international students when communicating critical feedback, issuing instructions, or expressing requests? Participants will learn to use the potential inherent in native "English-English" to create the psychological space required to effectively negotiating conflict. Participants will also learn how to make the "paradigm shift" for more effective communication on the language level, and how to maximise the inherent potential of English as a mediatory tool.



Date:Thursday, June 10 - Friday, June 11, 2010
Title:RWTH Workshop on Intercultural Communication
Location:RWTH Aachen
Host: RWTH Aachen University, Alumni-Team 
Duration:2 days
Language:English
Target group:Students of all faculties at RWTH Aachen
Fee:none
More info:RWTH workshops web pages
Description: See our RWTH workshops web pages.


Date:Saturday, February 27 - Sunday, February 28, 2010
Title:Introductory Workshop in Intercultural Communication - A Key Skills Package for the Global Workplace
Location:RWTH Aachen University
Host: RWTH Aachen University, Alumni-Team 
Duration:2 days
Language:English
Target group:Alumni of RWTH Aachen University
Fee:150 Euro
More info: RWTH Aachen University, Alumni-Team 
Description: Please note that registration is required for this event, which is open to all alumni of RWTH Aachen University. To register, please contact RWTH Aachen University's Alumni-Team .

The increasingly global nature of business today means that technical, scientific, and business professionals are faced with having to be more interculturally skilled and proactive in a work culture than does not comply to universal rules. RWTH Alumni-Team offers a special workshop on intercultural communication for internationally-active managers, project leaders of international teams, engineers, scientists among the RWTH-Alumni.

The 2-day practice- and applications-oriented workshop addresses those culture-based communication challenges and problems faced in particular by technical and business professionals. Through an understanding of how different frameworks of cultural rationale and expectations work, participants learn how to systematically structure that conceptual knowledge into the concrete steps that lead to informed action by 1) "mapping out" likely culture-based conflict interfaces, in order to 2) make a critical "paradigm shift" in devising new strategies in key work scenarios, such as solving problems, conducting meetings, managing and negotiating conflict, requesting information, optimising multicultural teams, and providing motivational leadership.



Date:Friday, January 22 - Saturday, January 23, 2010
Title:RWTH Workshop on Intercultural Communication
Location:RWTH Aachen
Host: RWTH Aachen University, Alumni-Team 
Duration:2 days
Language:English
Target group:Students of all faculties at RWTH Aachen
Fee:none
More info:RWTH workshops web pages
Description: See our RWTH workshops web pages.


Date:Thursday, January 14 - Friday, January 15, 2010
Title:Intercultural Communication Workshop for German and International Doctoral Candidates
Location:Aachen
Host: RWTH Aachen University, Center for Doctoral Studies (CDS) 
Duration:9.00am -6.00pm
Language:English
Target group:German and International Doctoral Candidates at RWTH Aachen University
More info: Seminar and workshop program of the CDS 
Contact: Doris Frank, RWTH Aachen, Abteilung 1.1 - Akademische Angelegenheiten, Center for Doctoral Studies (CDS) 
Description: From the workshop description:

The relevance of intercultural communication awareness and skills training for scientists is underscored by a common assumption among scientists, that science is objective and neutral, and that scientific facts speak for themselves. This may be true, but how scientists exchange information, discuss and defend their positions, work in teams, provide supervision, etc., is loaded with often very different cultural assumptions and expectations.

The 2-day introductory workshop to intercultural communication is designed to offer graduate students the opportunity to develop the necessary knowledge base and skills in their functions as team members or leaders in a highly multicultural work environment. Drawing on real-life case studies and scenarios that illustrate the most prototypical cross-cultural communication problems, this workshop provides participants with insight into how basic differences in cultural values assumptions directly impact the manner in which technical and scientific professionals meet, talk about their business, work in groups to evaluate and solve problems, make decisions, and provide supervision and motivational leadership. In particular, the workshop approaches these scenarios from both perspectives of the team member and team leader, ultimately drawing together the necessary tools required for effective multicultural team-building and leadership skills. Whether participants are presently in leadership positions or are simply often called upon to exercise leadership abilities, sensitivity and skill in handling the cultural context of teamwork is a key component to harnessing and synergising the multicultural work potential.

The applications-oriented nature of this workshop guides learners to create a systematic assessment of the "cultural logic" (inherent cultural values, assumptions, and expectations), and the inherent risks and potentials that underlie different communication models that shape native tools and work cultures. This approach enables a critical "paradigm shift" in locating critical conflict interfaces and devising new strategies in key communication scenarios such as conducting meetings, negotiating deadlines, managing cross-cultural conflicts, requesting and providing information, optimising multicultural teams, providing motivational leadership, assessing and responding to tricky emails.

Another important aspect of intercultural communication is the role of language. How do the conflict interfaces explored manifest themselves on the lingual level when, for example, "German-English" dialogues with native "English-English" or "Japanese-English", each of which reflects in tone and structure the values logic of the speaker's native tongue. What are, for example, the characteristics of "German-English" that frequently lead to typical misunderstandings between German professors and international students when communicating critical feedback, issuing instructions, or expressing requests? Participants will learn to use the potential inherent in native "English-English" to create the psychological space required to effectively negotiating conflict. Participants will also learn how to make the "paradigm shift" for more effective communication on the language level, and how to maximise the inherent potential of English as a mediatory tool.



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