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Culture Training course

"Working cross-culturally" is a CQ (cultural intelligence) compentence development course that  consists of two workshops and a networking / discussion session.

The International Staff Unit (ISU) offers all staff (Danish and international), guest researchers and PhD students in all Aalborg University's three campuses (Aalborg, Copenhagen and Esbjerg) at least one culture training course per semester. 

The goal of this programme is to support the transition of all Aalborg University’s (AAU) staff into a high-performing culturally diverse work environment.

This course is FREE and EXCLUSIVE for this target group.


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    Contact & registration

    Registration for the course can be done at Aalborg University's competence development's course portal.

    Questions related to registration:

    Heidi Lind Madsen
    t. 9940 3893
    e. hlm@adm.aau.dk

    Questions related to content:

    Catarina Bettencourt
    t. 2087 2701
    r. cab@adm.aau.dk

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    Course description

    This course provides you with useful knowledge and tools to help you react and adapt effectively in a variety of culturally diverse settings.


    Workshop 1: The scope of cross-cultural collaboration

    3-hour workshop exploring the potential of diversity and the different parameters of cultures, as well as how to handle the ‘elephant’ in your workplace.


    Workshop 2: The international workplace in Denmark

    3-hour workshop focussing on how the Danish culture interplays with other cultures in the workplace as well as on the importance of cultural relativism.


    In between the two workshops, you should expect a light reflection assignment.


    Networking / discussion

    All participants who complete the course are invited to an informal networking session. Attendance at this occasion is optional but highly encouraged. More information about this event will be provided during the course. 

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    Practical Information

    The course is offered by Aalborg University’s International Staff Unit (ISU) and facilitated by a trainer certified by the Living Institute

    By registering for this course, you commit to attend two workshop sessions. The sessions are held in English.


    The course in Aalborg

    In Aalborg, the course is conducted on two separate days (3 hours each day). Coffee, tea, cake and fruit will be served on both days. There are two courses available in Aalborg during the autumn semester.


    The course in Copenhagen and in Esbjerg

    In Copenhagen and Esbjerg, the course is conducted in one afternoon (5 hours); coffee, tea, cake and fruit will be served between the two workshops and the course will be followed by a light meal and a networking session. There is only one available course date during the autumn semester in Copenhagen as well as one in Esbjerg.


    Registration & cancelation terms

    Registration deadline is 48 hours before the course start. 

    At ISU, we understand when life throws us curves and you have to cancel your registration for a course. Hence, we kindly ask you to consider that there are many resources going into putting together these FREE courses for you. If you are unable to join the course for which you registered, please contact us as soon as possible.

    The ISU reserves the right to cancel the courses if the minimum participants’ (6) number is not reached.

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    Cultural Intelligence (CQ) is key in establishing positive work relationships, collaborating in teams, assisting staff and supervising students across cultures. A lack of CQ can lead to low performance, conflicts, frustration and mistrust in culturally diverse groups. While basic social skills and respect for other cultures can be enough, cultural intelligence is especially important in stressful situations.

    1. Its benefits are reflected in your work performance;
    2. Diverse teams with high cultural intelligence will outperform homogeneous teams;
    3. Cultural intelligent individuals can effectively adapt to various culturally diverse situations;
    4. Without it, mutual distrust can set in, language barriers can grow more divisive, and different people in the group may bring disparate approaches to conflict;
    5. While basic social skills and respect for other cultures can be enough, cultural intelligence is especially important in stressful situations (conflict management).