UTIntercultural CompetencesProgramme Structure

Programme Structure

The essence of the intercultural competences micro-module

Our Intercultural Competences: Guiding Practical Insights through Citizen Science micro-module (or ICCS for short) is a novel collaboration between innovative universities from the ECIU network. Together with seven universities, we have gathered expertise and insights to provide you with a new form of education: one that is targeted to your needs! 

Intercultural competences form a foundation of our social interactions and are a required skill in your professional career. That is why we want to already provide you with the opportunity to gather and improve your skills as a student and young professional. Find the development that you need in our new ICCS micro-module

What can you expect from the programme?

Please note that this course is held entirely in English.

Project information

Purpose project
Intercultural Competences micro-module
Duration
14/11/2022 - 10/02/2023
Necessary funds
Free for students of the University of Twente and ECIU universities

In addition to the online components (outlined further below), students can apply within the ICCS course to join our mobility week taking place in person. This year, we are very excited to host our mobility week at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain), taking place between 06 and 10 February 2023! This on-site week consists of engaging workshops and fun events in Barcelona that allow students to dive into the Spanish culture together and to meet students from the entire programme, as well as free time to explore the city and spend time with your peers from the ICCS course. The mobility week is not an obligatory aspect of the course; students participating in this mobility week will receive an additional ECTS for their time investment (i.e. a total of 3 ECTS from the programme). Please note: the travel and accommodation for students will be covered or partially compensated by the local university. It is up to the local university to decide how many students may receive this compensation and to select students from the programme to participate. After the start of the course, we will communicate details on the mobility week and how to apply per university. While we aim to offer the mobility week to as many students as possible, please note that your participation is not guaranteed at the start of the module.

The online, 2 ECTS part of the ICCS course (i.e. excluding the mobility week), has three main components: the Citizen Science project, the Expert Meetings and the Coaching & Reflection, which are all elaborated below.

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Citizen Science Project

The most important aspect of learning any skill is knowing how to put it into practice! That is why the ICCS micro-module is centred around a Citizen Science project. Within citizen science, research or scientific work is done by members of the general public, often in close collaboration with professional scientists who guide or direct the process. This means that citizens, alongside scientists, play a key role within the purpose, structure and execution of the scientific work. There are different degrees of participation for citizens in citizen science, from only helping in data gathering (crowdsourcing) to setting up the entire project with limited (initial) input of the scientists. Some examples of citizen science are the following:

Within the Citizen Science project, you will be looking at how citizen science can be used within a specific community to enrich scientific research. The end result of the project is a well-motivated understanding of an issue taking place within a cultural context and a defended argumentation of how citizen science is suitable to address it. For this project, you receive insights from the Expert Meetings and support in the form of coaching (see both further below).

The project is structured within the Challenge-Based Learning (CBL) methodology. Within this course, you will complete the first phase of CBL (the 'Engage phase'), which consists of the following points. More information about CBL, the project process and all deliverables will be provided during the introduction meeting of the course.

Expert Meetings

We have gathered experts from all over Europe to help you gain fundamental insights into intercultural competences, how you can further develop them and what (scientific) issues underlie them. In addition, we support your Citizen Science project by giving you hands-on information and examples of how citizen science works and what its strengths and risks are. During the 3rd, 5th and 9th week of the course, we will host a large variety of Expert Meetings on the topics of intercultural competences and citizen science that you can follow. These will be scheduled throughout the week at various times to provide a flexible course. You have to follow at least one Expert Meeting within each Expert Meeting week (so one in week 3, week 5 and week 9; at least three meetings in total, but more are, of course, highly encouraged!). Since each week will give you important insights for your project as well as your own development, you will need to divide and conquer with your team and reflect on the sessions you attended with your peers. A great way to already strengthen your communication skills! After registration, you will see the complete overview of all possible Expert Meetings that you can attend. A selection of the topics that we offered in our first run of the ICCS course can be found below.

Coaching & Reflection

In order for you to grow within your intercultural competences, you need to understand what your starting level is, how you can improve and check that your skills are improving. We provide the first two aspects to you by giving you a structured and guided insight into self-reflection (a highly valuable skill on its own) and support you as you assess your own intercultural competences level and points of improvements. We provide four Coaching Sessions for you and your team to assess your skills and form an understanding of how you can further improve with one of our talented coaches. These sessions will take place in the 2nd, 4th, 6th and 10th weeks of the course. During these weeks, you can plan a meeting with your coach alongside your team to discuss your collective efforts and plan your continued improvements. Short reflection moments throughout the course ask you to think about your improvement within a few sentences to see your progress over time. This will help you further improve and will guide your efforts to continue growing, using the methods you received in all aspects of the module!