Solving intercultural conflicts with international students (11/2018–10/2020)
The Erasmus+ project SOLVINC aims to facilitate the development of intercultural and conflict management skills among international students, local students and higher education staff. By engaging with real-life cases of intercultural conflict and proposing possible solutions to said conflicts, SOLVINC raises awareness for the existence of cultural differences and thus attempts to alleviate discriminatory experiences students may have made on campus. Within the project, we will collect and analyze real experiences of intercultural conflict, devising strategies for negotiation and conflict management as well as creating training material for Higher Education staff to better deal with an increasingly diverse student population. Formats of intercultural learning between international and local students will also be implemented at partner universities in order to facilitate the development of intercultural skills among all students. This project is funded by the European Commission and is supported by universities from several European countries, including Poland, Austria, France, Portugal, and Germany.
Upcoming Partner Meeting in Vienna in November 2019
Partner Meeting in Mainz in May 2019
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The second Partner Meeting of the SOLVINC project took place in Mainz. First results of the analysis of multiple critical incidents were discussed and the second phase of the project, the definition of sensitive zones using relevant literature was initiated. The outcome of this step will be a reader on sensitive zones of intercultural encounters in Higher Education.
Paris Training Event in January 2019
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The 3 days joint staff training for 16 staff members from participating universities and 2 trainers from ELAN was held in Paris. It introduced the participants to the concepts, vocabulary and methodological steps of the critical incident methodology. Connecting to this event, the project members will develop an online-tool for Higher Education staff.
Kick Off Meeting in Porto in December 2018
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On 17th and 18th December 2018 Dr. Beate Hörr and Iris Thimm-Netenjakob took part on the Kick-Off-Meeting in Porto from the project SOLVINC - Solving intercultural conflicts with international students. SOLVINC is an ERWASMUS + project and planned for 2 years. It aims to solve intercultural conflicts and communication problems between international students and staff members as well on individual as institutional level.