The multicultural education program “Basics of Multicultural Education” within the framework of EU Tempus project “ALLMEET//Actions of Lifelong Learning addressing Multicultural Education and Tolerance in Russia” took place from November 30 to December 13, 2016. It was the second time the course was held at NArFU. This module was designed specifically for teachers in the technical and engineering profile who work with foreign students.
The practice-oriented course was focused on examining the following topics:
- Basics of multicultural education;
- Ethnopsychological basics for teachers in higher education in multinational and multicultural environments;
- Inter-ethnic conflicts and their resolutions.
The experts in the field of intercultural communication: Elena Tryapitsyna (Candidate of Philology, Associate Professor, Head of Department of English philology and linguistics at NArFU’s Higher School of Humanities, Social Sciences and International Communication, and a specialist in the field of intercultural communication) and Margaret L. Selkova (lecturer of the department of national history at NArFU’s Higher School of Humanities, Social Sciences and International Communication, head of the Center of Civic Education at the Arkhangelsk Regional Institute of Open Education, and head of the NGO "The Renaissance of Russian Culture").
The classes had a purely practical-oriented nature and were held in an active, interactive and training formats, the simulations allowed the participants to achieve a better understanding of the specifics of intercultural communication, especially those that come from working in a multinational academic environment.
The participants highly appreciated the refresher course:
- «The course was interesting, with the elements of the practice».
- «All the teachers are qualified; they have shared quite a valuable experience».
- «The material was given in the form of discussions, free communication and by highly qualified specialists».
- «It was possible to gain knowledge that would help in the future professional activity».
- «I got the new knowledge about the peculiarities of working with foreign students».
The course confirmed the relevance of such activities for university academic staff. The project organizers future plans include considering the continuation of this successful practice in the spring of 2017 with an extension of the course subjects, as well as increasing the number of practice-oriented trainings and workshops.
The ALLMEET working group,
Addition Education Office,
International Cooperation Office