Learning in a new culture and in an intercultural environment. Lars Peter Jensen and Xiangyun Du Department of Control Engineering Department of Education, Learning and Philosophy . Overview . 9:30 – 9:40 Workshop introduction
and in an intercultural environment
Lars Peter Jensen and Xiangyun Du
Department of Control Engineering
Department of Education, Learning and Philosophy
Need for Innovation in Engineering Education
What on earth
the supervisor wanted
me to do?
So difficult to do a
project in group work!Coming to DK – Sweden to learn innovative ways…
Please write 3 words
For foreign students:
What were your most impressive observations on arrival of AAU/DK?
For Danish students:
What were your most impressive
observations on arrival of another
East vs. West - Cultural Differences be unknown in another
comparison of Western and Asian culture in the eyes of a Chinese raised in Germany.
ME be unknown in another
WAYS OF LIFE be unknown in another
PARTY be unknown in another
TRENDS be unknown in another
STREET AT WEEKEND be unknown in another
SHOWER TIME be unknown in another
QUEUING be unknown in another
Manners and body language – eye contact, distance, etc.
Rasmussen & Bank-Mikkelsen 2000: 8)
‘The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said.’
(Peter F. Drucker American Educator, b.1909)
(Herlitz 1989:60)Intercultural communication- cultural understanding
How would you read this ad of pills?
Please work in pairs, talking to different people using the script which follows…
A: ‘You are late’.
B: ‘I know’.
Try to do it completely differently each time.
Why is culture an issue?
Globalized context isn't being said.’
Designing and conducting experiments
Identity and solve applied science problems
mathematics and science knowledge
Social, environmental, and ethical concerns
Developing intercultural competencies for future engineers
Opinions? isn't being said.’
KnowledgeChallenges and identified problems 2Different beliefs on/ways of learning – different expectations
Studying in a PBL environment, Denmark
Will they believe me because I am a girl??
NO, I can’t get up anyway
YES, we can meet at 8 tomorrow morning
It is my turn to talk?
If we don’t follow the supervisor’s suggestion, will he allow us to pass?
Listen to me, I am very experienced
He complains of my garlic, but he has coffee and carrots all the time!!!
They don’t understand even such easy things!!
Brainstorm isn't being said.’
PresentationDoing project in groups
Student’s reflection isn't being said.’
`I have never worked in a group in my educational life… In group work, I preferred to listen when some students discussed intensely, because I could not understand why it was a question to discuss. Sometimes I could not follow their ideas or thinking. I need to change and actively work in the group.´(Chinese female master student)
Muslim isn't being said.’
Is ethnicity the only reason that
makes us different?
(Jensen 2005:18) isn't being said.’Is culture something we are born with?
’I got culture from mom’s breast breeding’
You are so big. You can not stay here! Come back when you become smaller!
Learning from each other vs. cultural integration
Self vs. others
Acceptance vs. adaptation
Cultural reflections become smaller!
A new culture to be establishedPBL in International programs, AAU, Denmark
Different backgrounds in educational culture
Doing PBL in ‘the right’ way!
Root of PBL in DK
- Tradition of group
work in Denmark
- Critical thinking
- Emphasis on
- Lower power gap
- Close link between
industry and university
Confucius Institute for Innovation & Learning, AAU is playing a role of facilitating intercultural and international collaboration between DK-China. In collaboration with Investment Denmark, a state-run organization, to attract and facilitate Chinese industry to invest in north DK. BRANDEN, a biomed company in China showed interest and is exploring opportunities. These days the CEO, Mr Zhang, comes to Aalborg for a visit.
Please work out a list of recommendations for BRANDEN to successfully develop a new international small-middle size company in North DK.
Both Danish and foreign graduates from Aalborg University will be potential employees in the new company, together with Engineers from China, North DK and other countries.
Is there any special issues to prepare/consider for establishing a company in North DK , e.g. cultural issues?
What are the culture preparations for employing international staff (engineers, scientists and medicine people) and facilitate an efficient working environment? How to prepare for meetings, how to approach people, etc.
What management style will you suggest to lead the new company?
Which parts of the company profile should be emphasized in a job adverticement to attract graduates from Aalborg University?
Prepare a short (5 min) presentation of your recommendations.
Branden is a professional medical device supplier, who also handles its own R&D, production and marketing services. The company was founded in 1996, registered in Zhongguancun, Haidian District in Beijing. Over a decade, the company experienced a rapid growth period. http://www.brandentech.com
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