Course 1: Acting successfully in an international academic environment

Welcome & Networking, Good Scientific Practice & Research Integrity17.06.2024 10:00 - 18:00 (Mon)TUM Graduate School
Course 1: Improving Your Intercultural Collaboration Skills - Acting successfully in an international academic environment18.06.2024 09:00 - 17:00 (Tue)Andreas Hauser
Course 1: Improving Your Intercultural Collaboration Skills - Acting successfully in an international academic environment19.06.2024 09:00 - 16:00 (Wed)Andreas Hauser
Getting in (online) contact, Trust as the basis for working together, What is culture – and why does it affect collaboration?, Study-Live-Work internationally / in a multi-cultural environment, (Private and business) Etiquette around the world
Course Description: 

Intercultural challenges are becoming a matter of course in daily academic life. Success in an increasingly global environment strongly depends on the individual’s ability to deal with different nationalities, mindsets and ways of working – be it as a foreigner in Germany or when going abroad. 

The 2-day training provides you with insights and tools to manoeuver the hidden pitfalls of work across cultures. The result will be more effective strategies to deal with the ‘strange‘ or different behavior of superiors, colleagues, employees, peers or students – to get the best out of cross-cultural encounters in academia, work and daily life.

Course aims: 
  • Getting in (online) contact Individual presentation – Intercultural experiences – ‘Feierabend‘ concept in Germany
  • Trust as the basis for working together: Affective & cognitive trust – Making intercultural connections – Expectations for the training
  • What is culture – and why does it affect collaboration? Description and dimensions – Different perspectives – Intercultural competencies 
  • Study-Live-Work internationally / in a multi-cultural environment Opportunities & benefits – Challenges & misunderstandings – Success strategies
  • (Private and business) Etiquette around the world, International greeting styles – Typical mistakes & pitfalls – Different ways towards the goal
  • Cooperation in multi-cultural project teams, Differing time concepts – Definition & commitment to quality – Risks & reliability
  • Understanding and appreciating different cultures, National culture values – Typical behavior (at work) – Recommendations (Germany vs. other nations) 
  • International negotiations & conflict management, Common goals – Working across hierarchies – Dealing with critical intercultural situations
  • Communicating across cultures, Language & understanding – Direct vs. context messaging – Online challenges
  • Individual success strategies, Tips & tricks – Personal recommendations – Golden keys to learning
Teaching methods: 

The contents of the training will be dealt with in a fun and interactive form: group activities, audio and visual input, joint laughter, aha-effects, (self) reflection, critical incidents, exchange of experience, moderated discussions, changes of perspective and analysis of best practice examples. Synchronous and asynchronous training methods will provide a relaxed yet effective learning atmosphere.

Additional information: 

The training is suitable both for international students living and working in a German academic environment – and for German students acting in a cross-cultural environment in Germany and/or around the world. We will have a culturally mixed group and make the very best use of it! 

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Andreas Hauser

Andreas Hauser studied, travelled, lived and worked in more than 95 countries on 5 continents. As a cross-cultural trainer and coach, he has a record of preparing over 15.000 participants from more than 150 countries for international challenges world-wide, both in business and academia. In his inspiring training work, he builds a bridge between the German value system and international culture dynamics.