Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Interculture: International Network

SIETAR World Congress 2008

The Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research SIETAR is the world’s leading organisation for professionals engaged in intercultural communication and learning. Today, the SIETAR Global Council oversees a global network of regional, national and local organisations. With more than 3,000 members world-wide, SIETAR is the largest interdisciplinary network in the field of intercultural cooperation and internationalisation.

On a regular basis, SIETAR facilitates the direct exchange between its members by organising national or international events. This year will see the celebration of the World Congress 2008, taking place from October 22 – 26 in Granada, Spain under the theme of “How Globalization Affects Cultures & Cultures Shape Globalization”.

© Sietar 2008

An "early bird" discount of 10% is applied to registrations received before 15 July. More information about the World Congress 2008 can be found by clicking on the link below:

SIETAR World Congress 2008

And for those who do not intend to participate in this year’s event in Granada, there is still the opportunity to join one of the national or regional groups throughout Europe. The group in Munich / Germany, for example, meets in intervals of six to eight weeks, choosing a variety of topical and interesting issues to be presented and discussed – and guests are always welcome!

For an overview of the European organisations and groups, here are the links:


SIETAR Germany

I will be looking forward to seeing you in Granada in October!

Andreas Hauser

Friday, 6 June 2008

Intercultural Competence

International Day in Munich

On 5 June, The Institute for Intercultural Studies IFIS at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich celebrated its annual international conference. This year, the 6th International Day 2008, which has become sort of an institutionalised venue over the years, was held under the topic of “Applied Interculturality – Intercultural Projects”.

I had the pleasure of being invited as a guest speaker amongst a number of national and international experts, all of them approaching the issue of working and living in intercultural environments from different angles. In reference to my fellow presenters, I chose a topic that bore relation to experiences in my own work life and that combined scientific knowledge with practical experience in the field:

Intercultural Success Factors in Consulting
– Saudi Arabian Experiences

Cover Page of the Presentation

On the basis of two projects that I have led over the past three years in Yanbu and Jeddah, I compiled my hard-earned expertise into a catchy summary of the main intercultural challenges. In order to do this, I chose a two-angle approach: firstly, I showed the German experience of the Saudis by way of matching Arab proverbs; and secondly, I cited a number of statements made by a Saudi while in Germany.

As a result, the key success factors identified for consultancy in Saudi Arabia were as follows:
  • Understanding of time
  • Communication
  • Attitudes and behaviour
  • Religion
  • Personal relationship

And finally, this led to the essential message that lies at the basis of working in any intercultural environment:



Andreas Hauser