COVID-19 pandemic and cultural differences

In these hard times, where the world gets tortured with the Corona virus, intercultural communication in the professional life is a daily situation. There is a lot to learn from other countries in these difficult times. But there are so many different approaches, so where to start? It's a hot topic, intercultural communication in business.…

Ethnocentrism & cultural relativism

According to Wikipedia ethnocentrism is the act of judging another culture based on preconceptions that are found in the values and standards of one's own culture. In the field of intercultural communication this is a major subject. Why? Well, because most of us can only respond to what we perceive based on our own frame…

United Nations SDG’s

After writing 6 blogs on internationalisation in higher education, there is still a major topic that gets, and deserves a lot of attention nowadays: the United Nations Sustainable development goals. There are Facebook pages dedicated to them, like this one and this one. Of course the United Nations have a dedicated page. The sustainable development goals,…

Employability & international experience

For the 2018 EAIE Conference Starter Paul Blackmore wrote an article called “Building bridges between employability and international experiences in higher education”. A subject that is very important at the moment, as it is in high demand. Therefore, if we want to provide enhanced employment prospects for our students, international experience is a must. The…

Lingua franca of internationalisation

In my last blog I wrote about mental health among international students. In this blog I will continue on the subject by adding aspects of language and identity. The lingua franca of internationalisation in higher education is English. More and more universities wonder if this is the correct approach, being afraid that the national language…

Diversity brought by expats

The Netherlands hosts approximately 60.000 expats, also known as “the non-Dutch” and approximately 17.100.000 permanent residents, also known as “the Dutch”. When you Google: “what do expats think of the Netherlands” you get about 25 million results. When you Google: “what do Dutch think of expats” you get 138.000. That brings me to the question:…

Personal motivation in perspective

This blog relates the use of intercultural communication models to individual motivation by shortly addressing a few of the most commonly used models to several aspects of personal motivation. Over the years, many theories related to the diversity of culture with a focus on societies have been published. To name a few big ones that…