Intercultural Learning for Global Engagement Conference details


As part of INU’s 25th anniversary celebrations in 2023, INU is organising an online conference on Intercultural Learning for Global Engagement.  The week-long conference will take place from Monday 27th – Friday 31st March 2023 and which will showcase exemplars and expertise from INU member universities in the field of intercultural learning and global engagement.

Sessions will address the following areas:
1. Intercultural learning: theory, practice, and research
2. Institution-wide efforts in development of intercultural competencies
3. UN SDGs at intersection with intercultural competencies/global engagement related topics

The conference is open to all staff, both faculty and professional/administrative staff who have an interest in building intercultural competences for students and staff, and who would like to learn from best practice at other institutions.  We hope the conference will provide a platform for staff across INU members to make connections and form the basis for future collaborations.

The Program

The program of sessions can be viewed below (along with details of the timing for each session based on your time zones).

We aim to make the sessions as interactive as possible to enable you to engage with other members of the audience from institutions from around the world, as well as learning from the speakers themselves.


You’re invited to register for the sessions you would like to attend via the Eventbrite Registration Page. Registrations can only be accepted from members of staff working at an INU member university.

Registrations will close on Thursday 23 March 2023


Workshop Sessions – Time Zone Differences

We are running two sessions each day, on the following time slots.

There is one exception on Thursday 30th March when we have three sessions, two of which will be running parallel during session 2 time slot.

Session 1 Session 2
USA 05:00-07:00 08:00-10:00
Argentina 06:00-08:00 09:00-11:00
Colombia 05:00-07:00 08:00-10:00
Sweden 11:00-13:00 14:00-16:00
UK 10:00-12:00 13:00-15:00
Germany 11:00-13:00 14:00-16:00
Spain 11:00-13:00 14:00-16:00
South Africa 11:00-13:00 14:00-16:00
Japan 18:00-20:00 21:00-23:00
Indonesia 16:00-18:00 19:00-21:00


Monday 27th March 2023

Session 1 Changing learning theories for challenging times – A view from the South Ms Ruth Andrews and Mr Ramone Comalie Stellenbosch University (South Africa)
Session 2 “The Use of Virtual Learning Spaces to Cultivate Cultural Competency and Leadership for Global Citizenship in Nursing” – An INU Seed Money Nursing project INU Nursing Collaborative Led by James Madison University (USA)


Tuesday 28th March 2023

Session 1 Shared Humanity: Lessons in Critical Thinking – Social Justice as Pedagogy

Ms Ruth Andrews, Head of Experiential Education

Mr Fanelesibonge Ndebele, Shared Humanity Module  Coordinator

Stellenbosch University (South Africa)
Session 2 Ethical Reasoning as a Site for Intercultural Learning Dr Christian Early James Madison University (USA)


Wednesday 29th March 2023

Session 1 Challenge Based Learning for global understanding

Dr Cecilia Christersson

Dr Béatrice Rouzé

Assoc. Prof. Inga Juknytė-Petreikienė

Ms Niki Kasis

Malmö University (Sweden)

University of Lille (France)

Mykolas Romeris University (Lithuania)

European University Viadrina (Germany)

Session 2 Keynote Speaker:  Principles and Practical Solutions for Intercultural Learning Dr Kris Acheson-Clair,  Director, Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment and Research, Purdue University Facilitated by colleagues at James Madison University (USA)


Thursday 30th March 2023

Session 1 Global learning for all: COIL experiences in literature and cultural studies

Dr Andrea Roxana Bellot, Department of English and German Studies

Ms Marina Vives i Cabré
Internationalization at Home & COIL

Rovira i Virgili University (Spain)

We have two sessions running parallel on Thursday 30th March

Session 2


Global engagement, climate change, and anti-racist practices – a learning mobility experience for change


Dr Tania Dias Fonseca, Strategic Academic Lead for Sustainability

Tamara Reid, Inclusive Curriculum Consultant Programme Lead

Rochelle Watson, Graduate Success Advisor

Dr William Essilfie, Lead for Student Academic Success 


 Kingston University (UK)
Session 2 Measuring change in students’ world-views as evidence of effective teaching and development:  Case studies on using the BEVI at Rovira i Virgili University and in-house tools at Stellenbosch University

Prof John Style, Senior Lecturer, English and German Studies, and BEVI coordinator for Europe

Ms Ruth Andrews, Head of Experiential Education

Rovira i Virgili University (Spain)


Stellenbosch University (South Africa)


Friday 31st March 2023

Session 1 Climate change and intercultural learning: points of convergence for global engagement

Dr Tania Dias Fonseca, Strategic Academic Lead for Sustainability

Mr Stanislaus Risadi Apresian, Assistant Professor

Prof Guy Midgley, Director of School for Climate Studies

Kingston University (UK)

Parahyangan Catholic University, (Indonesia)

Stellenbosch University (South Africa)

Session 2 Scaffolding teaching and learning with self-awareness activities in an international setting of mutual responsibility.

Ms Niki Kasis, Center for Teaching and Learning

Dr Kyle Gipson, Associate Professor, College of Integrated Science and Engineering

European University Viadrina (Germany)

James Madison University (USA)