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Laurier launches Intercultural Effectiveness Certificate Program
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Laurier International, in partnership with the Centre for Intercultural Learning, is offering an Intercultural Effectiveness Certificate Program (IECP) for the fall term.
The program, which is designed to strengthen participants’ intercultural abilities and knowledge, represents a unique partnership between the Centre for Intercultural Learning (CIL) and a Canadian university. The IECP is delivered through eight workshops facilitated by Laurier International, the Diversity & Equity Office, the Student Leadership Centre and Career Services.
“The IECP is important to Laurier as the university embraces the internationalization of our campuses and looks to grow our number of international students,” said Peter Donahue, director of Laurier International.
Workshops will be offered in the fall semester and again in the winter semester to give students the flexibility to complete the program in a term, academic year or over their course of study at Laurier.
The program was piloted last year with more than 100 students and staff completing at least one module, and students in Laurier’s School of Business & Economics completing the certificate program before a trip to India.
“We had positive feedback from our pilot program, and many students have contacted our office eager to complete the full certificate,” said Lise Pedersen, manager of international programs and services for Laurier International. “The development of intercultural competencies is crucial to the concept of global citizenship, as outlined in Laurier’s academic plan.”
Through the program, participants will gain a variety of competencies, including an understanding of culture and how culture affects interactions with others, the ability to identify the stages of cultural adjustment and awareness, an understanding of cultural communication styles and an appreciation of values and ways of thinking that are different from one’s own.