Eramus Mundus Intercultural Competence project

Erasmus Mundus Intercultural competence

Glasgow Caledonian University is leading a project researching Intercultural Competence within the Erasmus Mundus programme. The research is being funded by the European Commission - Erasmus Mundus Action 3 grant (EUR 150,000).

Project partners

Core partners: Glasgow Caledonian University – Lead organisation (Principal Investigator and Coordinator of the Network - Dr. Dane Lukic); University of Deusto, Spain; University for Peace, Costa Rica; University of Porto, Portugal.

Associated partners: EUROMIME: Erasmus Mundus Master in Media Engineering and Design; MALLL: Erasmus Mundus Master in Lifelong Learning Policy and Management; GIM: Global Innovation Management; WOP-P: Master in Work, Organisational and Personnel Psychology; Erasmus Mundus Alumni Association (EMA).

What is the project about?

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The Eramus Mundus programme is run by the European Commission, and offers students the opportunity to gain educational experience in at least two countries that have different teaching and learning models, as well as different culture and traditions. Having to both study and live in several diverse contexts can present intercultural challenges, and Erasmus Mundus students therefore require a set of abilities to deal effectively with this cultural diversity.

The Erasmus Mundus Intercultural Competence (EMIC) project aims to develop an integrated learning programme that will help students deal with issues of cultural diversity and enable them to use intercultural contexts to their advantage.

The EMIC learning programme will create a unique environment for sharing experiences and strengthening bonds with other colleagues, and fostering a network for future intercultural experiences and professional contacts.

The project will also create an EMIC Toolkit that will contain a set of open-source tools for supporting activities aimed at developing intercultural competence, based on the EMIC Learning programme.

Aim and objectives

The aim of the EMIC project is to research and develop an integrated learning programme to support the development of intercultural competences of students within the Erasmus Mundus programmes.

  • Objective 1: Identify and explore specific issues and needs of students and alumni with respect to interculturality in EM programmes.
  • Objective 2: Develop a flexible learning programme, integrating face-to face and online activities for EM students and alumni, and test these with a group of Erasmus Mundus Master courses (EMMCs).
  • Objective 3: Develop an EMIC Toolkit with a set of open educational resources, recommendations and learning activities that can enable all EMMCs to run the EMIC learning programme adapted to their countries cultural needs.
  • Objective 4: Disseminate the results of the EMIC project and the EMIC toolkit to all EMMCs and other stakeholders (i.e. potential study-abroad students, other Erasmus and actions).
Project phases
  • Baseline study
  • Learning intervention
  • Evaluation
  • EMIC training toolkit
  • Dissemination
Benefits of the project

This project will improve student experience in international EM programmes, through integration and research. This will be achieved through supporting the development EM students’ intercultural competence, focusing beyond academic achievement.

For further information, please contact Dr Dane Lukic, or visit the project website for all news updates and outputs. A project outline is available.