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Selected Bibliography on Higher Education and Intercultural Dialogue:

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  • At Home in the world: bridging the gap between internationalization and multicultural education / Olson, Christa L.; Evans, Rhodri; Shoenberg, Robert F. / American Council on Education [ACE].-- Washington,DC, 2007 . 43 p. (Working Papers on Internationalizing Higher Education in the United States. no. 4)


  • Dialogue among Civilizations / UNESCO.-- 2006. 271 p.
    MEETING: Asia -Pacific Regional Conference on Dialogue among Cultures and Civilizations for Peace and Sustainable Development. Hanoi, Viet Nam, 2004.

  • A New paradigm for higher education and culture in East Asia / Lee, Jeong-Kyu.-- IN: Higher Education Review, vol. 38 no. 3, pp. 53-63, 2006 - ISSN: 0018-1610
    CONTENTS: This article explores how cultural identity reveals itself in East Asian higher education. The following questions are addressed. First, what is culture and what is the characteristic of East Asian culture? Second, what are the cultural situations of East Asian higher education? Third, how does the cultural identity of East Asia reveal itself in higher education? Finally, what are new paradigms in East Asian higher education? The article offers a theoretical basis to establish new paradigms of higher education in East Asia.

Main declarations

Some Initiatives

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  • The Center for Intercultural Studies and Multicultural Education
    Adelaide University, Australia
    Pioneer in teaching and research on multiculturalism and ethnic diversity in Australia; development of culturally inclusive curricula; resource for public actors and professionals.

  • The Center for Culture Renewal
    McGill University, Canada
    A cross-disciplinary center that focuses on the fundamental connections between public policy, culture, moral discourse, and religious conviction to the end of providing public actors with quality resources.

  • International Academy for Intercultural Research
    University of Hawaii at Hilo, Hawaii
    The Academy serves as a forum for exchanging ideas, theories, research and know-how for senior intercultural researchers, academics, and trainers. The Academy fosters high-level interdisciplinary research and scholarship on intercultural issues by organizing conferences, publishing a newsletter and maintaining a website with papers and other resources.

  • Center for International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER) - a multi-disciplinary research group
    University of Bergen, Norway
    The center addresses in depth issues of identity, plurality and multiculturalism in the urban environment; and of accommodating diversity in society in general. The center also researches gender issues in cultural diversity; as well as citizenship, mobility and migration. A newsletter and a magazine in English or Norwegian are published regularly and available online.

  • The European Research Centre on Migration and Ethnic Relations (ERCOMER)
    Utrecht University, The Netherlands. [h][30017]
    The Center seeks to encourage comparative multi-disciplinary research on the topics of migration, multiculturalism, ethnic exclusionism and ethnic conflict, racism and nationalism. Apart from research, the center also provides expert analysis and information on key issues, as well as instruction and training; it organizes seminars, publishes extensively and serves as a host institute for researchers.

  • Centre d'études amérindiennes
    Université du Québec à Chicoutimi - Canada

  • Centre d'anthropologie culturelle
    Université Libre de Bruxelles - Belgium

  • Centre d’Etudes Nord-Américaines de l’ULB (CENA)
    Université Libre de Bruxelles - Belgium

  • Centre interculturel euro-libanais
    Université Saint-Joseph de Beyrouth - Lebanon

  • Centre de recherche et d'études arabes
    Université Saint-Joseph de Beyrouth - Lebanon

  • Centre de recherche sur les identités nationales et l'interculturalité
    Université de Nantes - France

  • Centre de recherche sur les conflits d'interprétation
    Université de Nantes - France

Policies and principles

Programs and projects

  • Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies
    Aalborg University, Denmark.
    The Department undertakes teaching and research within the areas of intercultural communication and inter-country interaction and influence on each other with special focus on language and culture and emphasis on their intercultural, comparative, and historical aspects.

  • INTERACT : Intercultural Active Citizenship Education
    The Danish University of Education, Denmark.
    This project analyses the impact and implications for education of the political changes resulting from EU integration, enlargement and globalization. It focuses on the intercultural element of citizenship education and aims to provide guidelines for teacher education.

  • EAIE courses
    Professional development programmes - Training Courses 2008

  • Chaire d'anthropologie interculturelle
    Université Saint-Joseph de Beyrouth - Lebanon

  • Chaire Jean Monnet et Centre d'études sur l'union européenne (Centre d'excellence)
    Université Saint-Joseph de Beyrouth - Lebanon

  • Chaire de Francophonie
    Université Saint-Joseph de Beyrouth - Lebanon

  • Groupe de recherche sur la construction interculturelle des mondes sociaux
    Université Libre de Bruxelles - Belgium

Pedagogical resources

Case studies

Degrees and diplomas

  • Master's Program of Intercultural Encounters - Department of Comparative Religion at the University of Helsinki, Finland.
    A multi-disciplinary program giving a strong theoretical basis for understanding situations where cultures interact, while at the same time developing the practical skills for intercultural interaction and personal cultural sensitivity. The program also works to promote research and education in intercultural interaction.

  • Executive Master in Intercultural Communication - University of Lugano, Switzerland
    This multidisciplinary program is designed to furnish the practical tools necessary for analyzing multicultural situations, resolving conflicts arising in such situations, and communicating efficiently in different professional contexts. The overall aim of the program is to improve the intercultural communication in everyday life as well as in the public and private spheres.

  • Bachelor and Master's Program in "Business, Language and Culture" - The Department of Intercultural Communication& Management, the Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.
    The programs combine the study of business with language, communication, cultural education. The curricula seek to provide the intercultural knowledge through a cross-disciplinary, international and comparative approach. In addition, the Department offers courses in "Languages, Communication and Cultural Studies" and a bachelor's degree in "International Business Administration and Modern Languages".

  • Course on "Intercultural Dialogue and Intercultural Education" - Bourgas Free University, Bourgas, Bulgaria.
    The course was introduced in the context of the initiative of UNESCO chair on Human Rights and Culture of Peace, in Bourgas, Bulgaria in the effort to promote human rights, democracy and intercultural dialogue. Contact person: Prof. Rumen Valchev

  • Certificat en immigration et relations interethniques
    Université du Québec à Montréal - Canada

  • Certificat en éducation interculturelle
    Université du Québec à Montréal - Canada

  • Master en médiation interculturelle
    Université Saint-Joseph de Beyrouth - Lebanon

Initiatives for students

  • L'Association des Etudiants internationaux Autour du Monde of the Université de Nantes aims to facilitate the integration of the foreign students within and around Nantes by encouraging contact with French students and organizing intercultural activities. It proposes activities such as conversation clubs, city visits, dinners at university restaurants, foreign film festivals, etc.

  • AIESEC (Association Internationale des Etudiants en Sciences Economiques et Commerciales) is an international organization present in more than 800 universities throughout the world and made up of students devoted to the promotion of international understanding and co-operation. Through the programs international training courses, the students can acquire valuable work experience at foreign companies, allowing them to increase their level of cultural awareness, social responsibility and entrepreneurship.

  • Student mobility programs: CREPUQ

  • AFS Programs
    AFS, previously known as "American Field Service", is a not-for-profit international organization offers to support intercultural relations training. This network based in 50 countries, offers student exchange programs between one another.

Parallel events



Links on Education and Intercultural Dialogue

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