Please access this site to find information about the Ready for Take-Off project, its rationale, approach, intended outcomes and deliverables. The project team will also be regularly updating the site with research findings and resources as the project progresses.
What is intercultural learning?
Intercultural learning, in a practical sense, involves learning how to engage, interact and communicate with people from different cultures. Training in intercultural learning can include gaining knowledge about culture, history, geography, environment, values, lifestyle, customs, taboos and norms of a society, how to communicate effectively, and how to engage in business endeavours or conduct negotiations in the professional realm.
How is intercultural learning beneficial?
“Our country will benefit enormously from having young ambassadors from Australia who have an understanding of and an insight into the region that only comes from living and studying and working there.”– Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop speaking at the University of Sydney, May 16, 2014.
In light of the globalised higher education arena, current growth in outward bound student mobility and the introduction of the New Colombo Plan, universities are seeking to better equip their students in intercultural learning to facilitate positive engagement with Australia’s Asian neighbours. This can be achieved by implementing tools that will support students who embark on study-abroad journeys and better prepare them for these valuable experiences. Drawing on the contributions of OLT funded projects, Bringing the Learning Home and the Good Practice Report: Work Integrated Learning, this project aims to address the less researched areas of pre-departure support for mobility experiences. This project will build intercultural capacity within Australian higher education by developing an evidence-based conceptual model to enhance the preparedness of students participating in short-term study tours to Asia. The model will contribute to learning modules and functional tools to help students embrace change, establish shared understandings and develop cultural awareness prior to departure.
The Ready for Take-Off: Preparing Students for Intercultural Learning in Asia project commenced in September 2014 and is funded by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT Reference number: SD14-3759). The University of South Australia leads this project. OLT information for this project can be found here.
If you have any further queries, please contact Project Leader, Dr Tracey Bretag, at Tracey.Bretag@unisa.edu.au